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Academics Going Virtual

A recent conference at Case Western Reserve University looked at the pros and cons of academic blogs, which now number in the thousands. The participants also explored how 3-D virtual worlds, like Second Life, will influence academe. Some professors are wary of this new model for fear, in the words of one commentator, “that we’re not needed anymore.”

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Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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Who Owns FedEx?

You may have seen (or heard on a podcast) that Fred Smith so vehemently objects to the New York Times report contending that FedEx paid nothing in federal taxes that he's challenged New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger to a public debate and pointed out that "the New York Times paid zero federal income tax ... Read More

The ‘Welfare Magnet’ for Immigrants

That term refers to a controversial concept -- and a salient one, given the Trump administration's efforts to make it harder for immigrants to use welfare in the U.S. A new study finds that there's something to it: Immigrants were more likely to come to Denmark when they could get more welfare there. From the ... Read More