At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.
On the heels of the quadrennial political extravaganzas, it's back to the day-to-day work of winning the election. On Friday, that means the focus returns to a pair of small-population states with relatively few electoral votes: Iowa and New Hampshire.
F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But his family had deep roots in Maryland, and he's buried in Rockville, next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.
Teachers say they will walk out Monday if tense weekend negotiations don't bring a contract. School has already begun in the district, and the stakes are high. It would be the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years, and with similar conflicts brewing nationwide, it may be a catalyst for other actions.
The Panera coffee and sandwich chain is replacing some of its stores with nonprofit versions that allow customers to pay what they want and raise awareness about food insecurity. So far, the stores are paying for themselves.
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