February 22, 2008
Marrying Tradition and Modernity
Catholic young adults place great importance on marriage but have turned away from church-based ideas of how to make it work, according to a study released last week by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

July 6, 2007
Close Encounters of the Engaged Kind
From rings to registries and videographers to wedding planners, getting married is an estimated $161 billion industry in the U.S. But preparing for lifelong commitment often seems to fall by the wayside when couples are presented with the pressing concerns of party planning: Should the candy-coating on the dessert almonds be the same color as the dinner-menu cardstock? This week, Hollywood takes the focus off of “bridezillas” and puts it on marriage preparation courses. In “License to Wed,” which opened Wednesday, Robin Williams plays the “Reverend Frank,” a clergyman of unspecified denomination who puts his charges through a series of tests — including an exercise in the diapering of urinating robotic twins — to earn the right to marry. Off the silver screen, marriage preparation courses are about shared values rather than simulated disaster drills, and are increasingly popular.

November 3, 2006
Older but Wiser
Marriage is a priority for most Americans–more than 90% of American adults eventually marry–but these days it may not happen, as it so often did before, in the immediate post-high-school or post-college years. The truth is that we’re marrying later–and marrying smarter. The institution of marriage is alive and well in 2006.

October 7, 2005
The Road Is Heavily Traveled Now
Americans have never lacked for advice. From 17th-century Puritan treatises on avoiding the wrath of God to 21st-century paperbacks on breaking the cycle of codependency, pushy prose has told them what to do and how to do it. In the process, it has shaped the norms of American culture, sometimes even to the good. Most self-help books are markers of short-lived fads, but some, like M. Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled,” are credited with inspiring millions. The book spent more than 13 years — years, not weeks — on the New York Times best-seller list.

November 19, 2004
A Holiday Traffic Jam
This year, New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has some stiff competition from cities nationwide.

October 22, 2004
Theme Parks Up the Fear Factor
For families in search of new — and scarier — Halloween haunts this year, theme parks are raising the fear factor.

October 15, 2004
Screeners Get Friendly
With more mandatory security pat-downs going into effect at airports, some TSA officials are trying to placate harried travelers.

September 6, 2002
Lawmakers Joined Executives In Profiting From IPO Access
Several members of congressional committees now investigating how Wall Street doles out lucrative initial public offering stocks to favored bigwigs have themselves gotten access to coveted IPOs.

August 21, 2002
How Consumers Can Strike Back If Their Identity Has Been Stolen
Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, striking some 700,000 people last year from all walks of life.

August 20, 2002
Letters, Not Levers, Sway Washington’s Mayoral Race
A new political dynamic has emerged in the mayoral primary here: the “W” factor.

August 19, 2002
FEMA’s Aid Offering Is News To Many Eligible New Yorkers
On a sticky Sunday morning at a P.C. Richard & Son appliance store in downtown Manhattan, Grace Gargano shopped for an air conditioner. Her old unit broke a few weeks after Sept. 11, overwhelmed by dust wafting into her apartment about 20 blocks from Ground Zero, but she sweated through much of the summer, waiting for prices to drop.

October 19, 1999
Some Chilling Tales From Scientists Who Direct Traffic in the Cold South
What’s 40 miles long, 11 miles wide and moving 5.5 miles a day?

August 24, 1999
In Boom for Home Drug Tests, One Runs Afoul of Government
Back in May, radio psychotherapist Dr. Laura Schlesinger started steering troubled parent-callers toward a little-known line of instant drug and alcohol tests called First Check. By June, First Check was a paying advertiser, running a 60-second spot in which a pharmacist recommended the do-it-yourself kits “when the need to know … is now.”

August 6, 1999
Steroid Creams Sell Briskly, And Illicitly, as Cosmetics
Each night, N’Daiye Deye coated herself with a mixture of over-the-counter ointments to make her ebony skin look lighter and younger. At first, the creams worked miracles: Dark spots on her legs disappeared, and her face seemed to glow.

August 15, 1998
No Honeymoon For Covenant Marriage
When Louisiana passed its law a year ago offering couples the option of regular or “covenant” marriage, supporters and detractors alike predicted lovebirds would flock to covenant marriage, a high-test vow that mandates premarital counseling and makes divorce difficult. After all, given a choice between saying “I do, sorta,” and “I do,” who would choose the non-committal shrug?

July 24, 1998
Pass the Olestra! Confessions of a Feisty Food Tester
Natural foods are the fashion. Food technophobes dominate the headlines. Oprah Winfrey says she’ll never eat another burger, and the meat industry quakes because millions of Americans listen. The food police tell us to stay away from additives, and Europe shudders at the thought of genetically altered vegetables.

August 19, 1997
NOW Isn’t Pro-Choice On Education
As the Virginia Military Institute welcomes its first female rats, we can say this about feminists: At least they’re consistent. Having won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the formerly all-male VMI, they now turn their guns on a program designed to benefit girls: an all-female school in New York’s East Harlem. Sometime in the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Education is expected to decide whether the school will survive.

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