Alan Greenblatt http://whqr.org en Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course http://whqr.org/post/yall-keep-talking-lab-scratches-southern-accent-reduction-course Government scientists can speak Southern after all.<p>Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the <em>Knoxville News Sentinel</em> <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58829 at http://whqr.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets http://whqr.org/post/house-votes-end-full-fare-rule-airline-tickets The House voted Monday to allow airlines to advertise lower prices for their routes.<p>The Transparent Airfares Act, which was approved with minimal debate, would overturn a <a href="http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/25/2011-9736/enhancing-airline-passenger-protections#h-42" target="_blank">2012 rule</a> that requires airlines to post the full price of tickets, including taxes and fees.<p>Shoppers are smart enough to figure out the price of an airline ticket without federal regulation, said Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio, a bill co-sponsor.<p>"Talk about the nanny state," he said. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58770 at http://whqr.org House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://whqr.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58712 at http://whqr.org How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://whqr.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58645 at http://whqr.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere http://whqr.org/post/deal-detroit-could-signal-cuts-pensions-elsewhere It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.<p>That's no longer the case.<p>Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're cutting services. Numerous states and cities have trimmed the type of pension plans they're offering employees — mostly new employees.<p>But pension benefits already earned have always been sacrosanct, protected by federal law and, often, state constitutions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 58459 at http://whqr.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://whqr.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 57983 at http://whqr.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer http://whqr.org/post/whats-causing-latest-immigration-crisis-brief-explainer It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.<p>Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.<p>President Obama has called on Congress to supply nearly $4 billion simply to deal with the problem. In the meantime, U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 57784 at http://whqr.org What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month http://whqr.org/post/federal-highway-program-could-run-out-money-next-month Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.<p>For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:50:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 57519 at http://whqr.org Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble http://whqr.org/post/unions-fear-high-courts-ruling-opens-door-more-trouble It wasn't the worst possible outcome for public sector unions. But that could still happen.<p>The Supreme Court stopped short in its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/30/326926651/supreme-court-rules-against-union-dues-for-some-home-care-workers" target="_blank">Harris v. Quinn decision</a> this week of eliminating unions' ability to collect compulsory dues from government workers who aren't union members but receive the same benefits. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:05:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 57450 at http://whqr.org Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War http://whqr.org/post/illinois-declares-truce-cupcake-war No one really thinks 12-year-old Chloe Stirling presents a menace to public health.<p>The Illinois girl has a knack for baking cupcakes and has done pretty well selling them. So well, in fact, that her local newspaper published a <a href="http://www.bnd.com/2014/01/26/3021370/troy-11-year-old-turns-cupcakes.html" target="_blank">story</a> about her earlier this year. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:16:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 56122 at http://whqr.org Illinois Declares Truce In Cupcake War