Eclectic Rant: U.S. Apologizes for Abusive Guatemala Human Medical Experiments

By Ralph E. Stone
Tuesday October 26, 2010 - 10:47:00 PM

In an Oct. 1, statement, the U.S. government acknowledged that between 1946 and 1948, U.S. Public Health Service physicians deliberately infected at least 696 Guatemalans with syphilis and gonorrhea without their knowledge or consent to study the effect of venereal disease. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius formally apologized for the "abhorrent" and "clearly unethical" medical experiments. And on October 2, President Barack Obama apologized to his Guatemalan counterpart and vowed that all human medical studies conducted today will be held to exacting U.S. and international legal and ethical standards. -more-

Dispatches From The Edge: Of Horns & Beaks and the Afghan War

By Conn Hallinan
Friday October 22, 2010 - 12:59:00 PM

“Troops were poised to retake the most nefarious area of all, the horn of Panjwai, an area 19 miles long and 6 miles wide where the Taliban had built up a redoubt of command posts, courts and mined areas over the last four years. Afghan and American troops mounted an airborne assault into the region last weekend.”—New York Times, 10.21.10 -more-

Wild Neighbors: Honkers, Cacklers, and Taxonomists

By Joe Eaton
Monday October 25, 2010 - 04:17:00 PM
Cackling goose pair with goslings.

We’re accustomed to seeing crows on the Derby Street athletic field, just hanging around waiting for the crowball game to start. In the last few months they’ve been joined by variable numbers of Canada geese. My assumption has been that the geese are part of the local resident population, maybe the ones that frequent Golden Gate Fields and the neighborhood of the Gill Tract. -more-

The Public Eye: Election 2010: Choosing the Abuser

By Bob Burnett
Friday October 22, 2010 - 11:54:00 AM

Every day, 10,000 US women are assaulted by their husband or boyfriend. Most often they do not leave and the violence continues; psychologists call it battered women’s syndrome. On November 2nd, we’re likely to see the political counterpart, where American voters – despite a history of egregious Republican abuse – decide to give the Grand Old Party one more chance. -more-

Senior Power: I just discovered Grandparents Day…

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday October 26, 2010 - 10:14:00 PM

First Person: Closed Dustin Hoffman Haunt on Teley Was a "Hippy Jewelry Store"

By Ted Friedman
Friday October 22, 2010 - 09:25:00 AM

We will always have our Sather Gate Jewelers, on Telegraph if only in the celebrated late sixties film, "The Graduate." -more-