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Jul 15, 2011 Designers Revisit Copyright Protection

QUOTE: Now five years into a campaign by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to enact some sort of protection for original designs, the proponents of such legislation say they have their best chance yet at seeing a bill become law. But it is a far cry from what they proposed in an earlier bill that was deemed too broad.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2010 Beauty Discrimination During a Job Search

QUOTE: an attractive man needs to send an average of five résumés with a photo to get one interview. An ordinary-looking man needs to send 11 résumés with a photo to get a single interview. But the apparent bias in favor of job candidates with photos didn’t hold true for women.

New York Times
Jun 03, 2010 Should a Bad Call Change Baseball?

QUOTE: with two outs in the ninth inning in Detroit, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was on the cusp of throwing a perfect game when the first-base umpire, Jim Joyce, called the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Donald safe at first base. It didn’t look close....Should there be greater use of video replays in baseball to prevent such errors?

New York Times
Nov 29, 2008 Preservationists See Bulldozers Charging Through a Loophole

QUOTE: The strategy has become wearyingly familiar to preservationists. A property owner — in this case Sylgar Properties, which was under contract to sell the site to Related — is notified by the landmarks commission that its building or the neighborhood is being considered for landmark status. The owner then rushes to obtain a demolition or stripping permit from the city’s Department of Buildings so that notable qualities can be removed, rendering the structure unworthy of protection.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2006 'Teardowns' have critics torn up

QUOTE: Preservationists have long been opposed to knocking down older houses to put up big modern ones in their place. Now that the pace of "teardowns" has intensified, they're declaring an all-out war.

Dec 03, 2005 French Doctors Defend Ethics of First Face Transplant

QUOTE: French physicians on Friday defended their decision to perform the world's first partial face transplant....criticism from some medical ethicists, who questioned whether a high-risk transplant should be performed for cosmetic reasons on patients who do not have life-threatening injuries.

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2005 N.H. Puts a Price on Panoramas: Property Taxes Soar Based on Scenery

QUOTE: How do you value a view? That is the strange conundrum that is captivating New Hampshire at the moment, as town officials have embarked on an controversial quest to quantify -- and then tax -- the beauty of their residents' vistas.

Washington Post
Jul 07, 2003 No Hairdo, No Dance: Four-Year-Old Dancer With Corn Rows Is Removed From Recital

QUOTE: ...corn rows in her hair did not satisfy the Backstage Dance Academy's handbook requirements that all recital performers' hair be pulled back straight in a low, tight, bun...

ABC News
Apr 11, 2003 Suit Says Refusal to Fire Unattractive Woman Led to Dismissal

QUOTE: After a top executive of her company, L'Oréal, visited the perfume department of a Macy's store in San Jose, she said, he ordered her to fire a saleswoman for not being sexy enough.

New York Times
Mar 01, 2003 Who Are the Great Women Artists?

QUOTE: "By choosing to say there were no great women artists, Nochlin provoked us all to look again, to reexamine, and to reevaluate, and with every justification, include those women artists that we had overlooked..."

May 18, 2001 The Emphatic Philosopher

QUOTE: For about 30 years now, [philosopher/author] Weiss has made news every so often when somebody decided he was too old to do what he is still doing.

Washington Post