Linton Weeks en 5 Fast, Flashy Fireworks Facts Fireworks can be:<p>1) <strong>Historic.</strong> One of the earliest references to the celebration of America's Independence Day comes from <em>The Universal Asylum and Columbia Magazine</em> in July 1790. Because July 4<sup> </sup>fell on a Sunday that year, festivities were postponed for a day. In Philadelphia, thousands of celebrants gathered on Monday, July 5, at <a href="">Grey's Gardens</a> (sometimes spelled Gray's) on the shore of the Schuylkill River. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:50:11 +0000 Linton Weeks 9696 at Warning: In Bitter Cold, Beware The 'Umbles' Icy vortices, trains of snowstorms, treacherous temperatures — many people are having to learn some harsh lessons about harsh weather.<p>"When the weather is bitter cold," says Dr. Campbell McLaren, "we have to be vigilant — not just to protect ourselves, but those around us."<p>And we have to watch out for the "umbles."<p>As an emergency room doctor in northern New Hampshire, McLaren has specialized in hypothermia and other deleterious effects of extreme cold. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:03:53 +0000 Linton Weeks 8370 at How About You Be The Decider You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.<p>One of the attractions of the new <a href="">George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points Theater, an interactive experience. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:41:25 +0000 Linton Weeks 5120 at How About You Be The Decider 5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration Only a few more hours until the sequestration is scheduled to kick in. You can feel the tension. The anxiety. The pre-panic attack.<p>On Wednesday, a dank and dire dread hangs in the air like malware. "Countdown to Budget Crisis," reads the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> headline. "Sequestration Is Two Days Away," a CBS affiliate <a href="">reports</a>. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:18:35 +0000 Linton Weeks 4249 at 5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration Rethinking The U.S. Presidency: 3 Alternative Realities Did you pay attention to the <a href="">State of the Union Address</a>? Were you struck by the countless complexities President Obama has to deal with? The economy. The national budget and deficit. Health care. Tax reform. Education. Jobs. Energy. Climate change. The national infrastructure. Immigration. Gun violence and on and on and on.<p>It's all too much. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 12:45:10 +0000 Linton Weeks 4050 at Rethinking The U.S. Presidency: 3 Alternative Realities Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys? The traditional American shooting range is extending its range.<p>In Summerville, S.C., for example, the <a href="">ATP Gunshop & Range</a> stages community-minded blood drives and Toys for Tots collections. Twice a week there are ladies' nights, where women can learn to fire pistols and receive free T-shirts.<p>The <a href="">Freestate Gun Range</a> in Middle River, Md., has staged competitive, poker-style target games and zombie shoots. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:22:57 +0000 Linton Weeks 3734 at Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys? The Signature Fades Away; Will It Be Missed? Much has been made recently of the <a href="">loopy signature</a> of Jack Lew, the Treasury secretary nominee whose name — if he is confirmed — will appear on new U.S. currency.<p>Lots of other people have screwy and inscrutable signatures that are every bit as illegible as Lew's. You can find a few of them <a href="" target="_blank">on the Internet</a>, including the hen scratchings of actor Johnny Depp, writer J.K. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:43:50 +0000 Linton Weeks 3421 at The Signature Fades Away; Will It Be Missed? The Second Amendment: 27 Words, Endless Interpretations The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is like:<p><ul><p><li>an Etch A Sketch. You can make it into pretty much whatever you want.</li><p><li>an optical-illusory M.C. Escher staircase that climbs back into itself.</li><p></ul><p>How can something apparently so simple — a <a href="">27-word sentence</a> — be so confusing? Wed, 09 Jan 2013 18:08:11 +0000 Linton Weeks 3332 at The Second Amendment: 27 Words, Endless Interpretations Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration? For the sake of argument, let's agree that when we use the word "inauguration" in this particular post, we are talking about the multiday, ball-bestrewn, soiree-soaked, tuxedo-dappled extravaganza that costs tens of millions of dollars and often leaves many Americans out in the cold — figuratively and literally.<p>We are<em> not</em> referring to the inaugural parade and solemn swearing-in ceremony <a href="" target="_blank">planned</a> for Jan. 21, 2013. The 57th inauguration of the U.S. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:20:19 +0000 Linton Weeks 2551 at Do We Really Need A Second Inauguration? Why The White House Glass Ceiling Remains Solid Will the United States ever elect a woman president?<p>When President Obama — or Mitt Romney — leaves the Oval Office, there will be a handful of highly touted female candidates for consideration as top-of-the-ticket nominees for both major parties.<p>On the Republican side, the list includes Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Govs. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:28:27 +0000 Linton Weeks 2282 at Why The White House Glass Ceiling Remains Solid