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Christine Powell, a Newsday intern, is a junior studying journalism at Stony Brook University.
The Long Island Farm Bureau told the Newsday editorial board on Monday that the public has misconceptions about pesticides -- starting with their very definition.
Joe Gergela, executive director of the bureau, said in a meeting with the board that even ordinary baking soda and chlorine for pools fall into that category. And he said many pesticides serve the important function of protecting...Read more »
We've all heard time and time again that the United States lags behind other industrialized countries in science and math. And president after president has instituted their own version of education reform, although none seems to have improved this plight.
But it doesn't stop us from trying.
Yet another set of guidelines, geared specifically toward science, was announced on Tuesday....Read more »
The Knicks and the Nets. The Mets and the Giants. The Cosmos and the Unos? Who knows.
"Soccer is the global sport, New York is America's global city and we want to be a global team," said Seamus O'Brien, chief executive officer for the revitalized New York Cosmos, in a Monday meeting with Newsday’s editorial board.
O'Brien is taking a tour to promote the team and discuss...Read more »
Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again. No, not spring. College admissions season.
Across the nation, high school seniors are shrieking with joy or disappointment as they get word from the colleges they applied to this winter.
The disappointment of one high school senior, Suzy Lee Weiss, was heard nationwide after the Wall Street Journal published “To (All) the Colleges That Reject me,”...Read more »
Our society regards those in certain jobs as heroes, like firefighters, police officers, soldiers and teachers. The respect comes from our judgment that their work directly benefits serves the greater good of society.
So when teachers — heroes — cheat and lie, it cuts deep. We have come to expect, sometimes relish in, bad behavior from politicians and celebrities. But teachers? Not teachers.
Last...Read more »
Powell: Advertisements by Ford India raise uncomfortable questions about attitudes toward women in India
Marketing depends upon understanding cultural perspectives to engage consumers, so when advertisements created to sell cars in India depict women bound and gagged, it can only be assumed that the ads were designed with audience in mind.
This is what's most alarming about the proposed Ford Figo ads floating around on the Web.
One ad, which is a caricature of sorts, shows former Italian...Read more »
You probably didn’t know that the person who decides whether consumers can legally unlock their cell phones is also the nation’s top librarian.
Yes, the Library of Congress has control over certain copyright matters, and this particular issue falls under the institution’s jurisdiction.
That why in a world saturated by rapidly changing digital technology, public policy on the topic has...Read more »
It’s a sticky situation at the grocery store these days.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a criminal complaint against four former officials of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation America (PCA) charging that its top officials knew it was responsible for a major salmonella outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2008-09 outbreak caused 714 known...Read more »
The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless will hold its annual Have a Heart for the Homeless candlelight vigil from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Farmingdale State College to raise awareness about the growing problem of homelessness on Long Island. This year, that includes people who lost their homes to superstorm Sandy.
But who is it that needs to be made aware? Not those who have been...Read more »
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, as they flew to Minneapolis for an event on tougher gun control, that The White House released a photograph of President Barack Obama shooting skeet at Camp David in an attempt to quiet “persistent questions.”
Clearly, that didn’t go very well.
The photograph, released on Saturday, depicts Obama shooting clay targets on Aug....Read more »