We celebrate the deeply embedded ideal of the American dream every day, and yet the phrase has always been fraught. For many, there is no dream, so here, we give you "A Brief Diary of the American Nightmare."
Families that qualify for free and reduced school lunches can struggle to feed kids out of their own pockets all summer. But many kids can't - or won't - come to school for free summer meals. So some administrators are loading lunches on colorful, hip food trucks and bringing the meals to the kids.
Andy Isaacson rented a 19-foot motor home, enlisted two friends, and spent eight days traveling from California to Oregon and back. With a bathroom, kitchen and beds on board, he found the freedom to roam without reservations. Isaacson wrote about his trip in "Me and My RV" for the New York Times.
The drug has been linked to other crimes in which the suspect becomes irrational and violent. In some ways, they're a "walking dead person," according to the president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.
What Mitt Romney is looking for in Donald Trump is something he can't get from other billionaires. It is populist appeal. Trump has star power the way Sarah Palin had star power, except you won't catch him retreating to Alaska and renouncing it.
Dharun Ravi says he accepts responsibility for "my thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish choices." Tyler Clementi committed suicide shortly after learning Ravi had used a webcam to watch Clementi's romantic encounter with a man.
In Pocatello, Idaho, mail screeners at the federal courthouse were suspicious of a device they found in a magazine. The building was evacuated and the bomb squad came in. It wasn't a bomb. It was a magazine insert that played music.
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