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Mar 27, 2011

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Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Capital Circle: Headaches multiply as O'Farrell claims victory





Capital Circle Newsletter
Headaches multiply as O'Farrell claims victory
 
The fall out from the Coalition's sweeping NSW election victory continues as Labor begins to lick its wounds.

The PM's Diary: Julia Gillard is in Canberra today as parliament returns to continue the debate over National Broadband Network legislation. The bills, which passed through the Senate on Friday, restore the ACCC's oversight power over the NBN (report). Ms Gillard will also participate in a meeting of the Multi Party Climate Change Committee at 12.30pm today. The PM will be under pressure to take questions on Labor's crushing election defeat in NSW.
Tony Abbott is in Canberra today for the final sitting day before parliament begins a six week break. He begins the pollie pedal this Saturday.
The Federal Government will launch an advertising campaign that targets high rates of indigenous smoking today.
The Australian Tea Party is claiming it bested Get Up! in the battle for the NSW state seat of Port Macquarie.
On Q&A tonight: Tanya Plibersek, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Grahame Morris, Julian Morrow and John Della Bosca.
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Top of the papers today is NSW Coalition's victory in the election on Saturday. The Sydney Morning Herald declares "History delivers ultimate power to O'Farrell".
The Australian leads with a declaration from Premier-elect Barry O'Farrell: "I'll take the fight to the PM", while the Daily Telegraph tells Mr O'Farrell "Your time starts now'' while the Read more...

ABCNews Australia Morning Edition | Australia Business News: Rolls-Royce under scrutiny after Qantas explosion.



Rolls-Royce under scrutiny after Qantas explosion
A Four Corners investigation into last year's mid-air explosion of a Qantas A380 jet engine raises serious concerns about quality controls at Rolls-Royce.

Qantas flight turned back after smoke detected
An electrical fault in the galley forced a Qantas plane to return to Adelaide this afternoon.

Earth Hour labelled a waste of time
The chairman of Western Australia's largest sustainability program says Earth Hour is tokenistic and a waste of time.

Financial & Forex Info | The Australian Business Briefing : RBA tips $120bn flood of capital







RBA tips $120bn flood of capital
RBA Paul Cleary AUSTRALIA faces a flood of foreign capital as the mining boom boosts export receipts and makes the country a more attractive place to invest in.
 
Transurban chief's eyes on road to expansion
Chris Lynch 280311 Richard Gluyas BARRY O'Farrell's sweep into government in NSW at the weekend means yet another spin of the revolving door for infrastructure decision-makers.
 
Retailer defends massive discounts
Coles Damon Kitney THE parent company of retailing giant Coles has defended its decision to engage in aggressive price discounting in the liquor and dairy industries.
 
Leaders call for quick action
Barry O'Farrell Glenda Korporaal BUSINESS leaders yare urging the O'Farrell government  to move quickly on transport and infrastructure projects.
 
Cottoning on to price hikes
Cotton Teresa Ooi RETAILERS worried about the surging price of cotton are stuck between a rock and a hard place. 
 
New low-cost terminal planned
tiger airways Damon Kitney MELBOURNE airport is working on plans for a multi-million-dollar terminal redevelopment.
 
Health and safety to be tackled
Barry O'Farrell Glenda Korporaal BARRY O'Farrell might not be as glamorous as US President Barack Obama was when he had just been elected 2 1/2 years ago.
 
Rivals fear NBN plan will hit margins
NBN Mitchell Bingemann INTERNET providers warn that NBN Co plans to impose a two-tariff pricing structure on access seekers could increase costs for consumers.
 
Financial Markets
RBA tips $120bn flood of capital
RBA Paul Cleary AUSTRALIA faces a flood of foreign capital as the mining boom boosts export receipts and makes the country a more attractive place to invest in.
 
Markets shrug off Libya, but oil is a risk
Lloyds searches to kickstart branches sale
 
Financial Markets Coverage
 
Mining & Energy
Markets shrug off Libya, but oil is a risk
oil Sarah-Jane Tasker GLOBAL markets are bouncing back from the initial shock of Japan's devastating earthquake and the Libyan conflict.
 
Carbon cost to be less than 5pc earnings
BHP's faith in emerging markets
 
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MarketWatch | Market PulseJapan stocks retreat as nuclear crisis unresolved



By Michael Kitchen


LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks retreated early Monday, following gains at the end of last week, with the still-unresolved nuclear crisis weighing on shares. The 225-component blue-chip Nikkei Stock Average /quotes/comstock/64e!i:ni225 (JP:NI225 9,513, -23.44, -0.25%) lost 0.5% to trade at 9,487.42 in the early minutes, outpacing a 0.1% fall in the broader Topix to 856.64. Conglomerate Toshiba Corp. /quotes/comstock/64e!6502 (JP:6502 389.00, -10.00, -2.51%) /quotes/comstock/11i!tosy.y (TOSYY 29.90, -0.75, -2.45%) , which builds nuclear plants, fell 1.8%, while concern over post-quake production at Renesas Electronics Corp. /quotes/comstock/64e!6723 (JP:6723 628.00, -4.00, -0.63%) /quotes/comstock/11i!rnec.y (RNECY 4.03, -0.03, -0.74%) pushed its stock down 0.8%. Sony Corp. /quotes/comstock/64e!6758 (JP:6758 2,603, -31.00, -1.18%) /quotes/comstock/13*!sne/quotes/nls/sne (SNE 32.21, -0.17, -0.53%) dropped 1.2%, while Nintendo Co. (JP:7974 22,250, +250.00, +1.14%) /quotes/comstock/11i!ntdof (NTDOF 275.00, -1.00, -0.36%) retreated by 1%, while shares of the operator of the heavily damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. /quotes/comstock/64e!9501 (JP:9501 846.00, 0.00, 0.00%) /quotes/comstock/11i!tkecf (TKECF 11.15, -1.10, -8.98%) , were ask-only in early trade. However, Elpida Memory Inc. /quotes/comstock/64e!6665 (JP:6665 1,027, +11.00, +1.08%) /quotes/comstock/11i!elpdf (ELPDF 11.45, -1.05, -8.40%) stock rose 1% after the chip maker said some operations hit by the disaster were almost back to normal.

MarketWatch; Japan hit by 6.5 quake, prompting tsunami warning



By Michael Kitchen 


LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Monday morning, prompting a tsunami warning, according to reports from the region. The quake hit near Miyagi prefecture, which suffered extensive damage in the catastrophic March 11 temblor, at 7:24 a.m. (6:24 p.m. U.S. Eastern time), according to Kyodo News. Dow Jones Newswires said the quake was centered off the coast. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. A tsunami warning was issued shortly after the quake, however the resulting wave was expected to be relatively small in size, according to CNBC.

CBS News | Gates: Qaddafi losing ground in Libya

CBS News

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates expressed confidence this weekend in ongoing international military operations in Libya, suggesting that Muammar Qaddafi's forces are losing ground in the wake of the strikes and that his days as Libya's leader were numbered.
In a joint interview on CBS' "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday, Gates and Clinton said U.S. military operations in Libya were so far going "quite well" - although they declined to guess how long they might continue.
"I think the military mission has gone quite well," Gates told CBS' Bob Schieffer. "I think we have been successful a lot. You know, there was never any doubt in my mind that we could quickly establish the no-fly zone, and suppress [Qaddafi's] air defenses."
Qaddafi forces flee air raids; rebels take east
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Complete coverage: Anger in the Arab World

When asked how long the no-fly zone might be in place, Gates said "I don't think anybody has any idea."
Citing recent reports that opposition forces had seized the Libyan city of Ajdabiya, as well as Qaddafi's forces' inability to penetrate the city of Benghazi, Gates argued that the Libyan leader's strength was being depleted.
"We're not only striking his armor, we're striking his logistics and supplies and things like that," Gates said. "There are a lot of things that can go on here. His military can turn, we could see elements of his military turning, deciding this is a no-win proposition, the families splitting, I mean any number of possibilities are out there, particularly as long as the international pressure continues, and those around him see no future in staying with him."
Acknowledging potential weaknesses in the nature of Libya's opposition forces, Clinton said that, nevertheless, "we've already seen quite significant progress on the ground," and argued that the opposition was being bolstered by Libyan military defectors.
"Yes, this is not a well-organized fighting force that the opposition has," Clinton told Schieffer. "But they are getting more support from defectors, from the former Libyan government military, and they are, as Bob said, very brave, moving forward, and beginning to regain ground that they lost when Qaddafi was brutalizing them by moving toward Benghazi."
"I think the results on the ground are pretty significant," she added.
Gates also disputed reports that U.S. forces had resulted in civilian casualties in Libya, and said there were "a number of reports" suggesting that Qaddafi was blaming the U.S. for civilian deaths inflicted by his own forces.
"The truth of the matter is we have trouble coming up with proof of any civilian casualties that we have been responsible for," Gates said. "But we do have a lot of intelligence reporting about Qaddafi taking the bodies of the people he's killed and putting them at the sites where we've attacked. We have been extremely careful in this military effort, and not just our pilots but the pilots of the other coalition air forces have really done an extraordinary job."
Gates urged viewers not to "underestimate the potential for elements of the regime themselves to crack," and suggested that Qaddafi's days were numbered.
"I'd just underscore: the military attacks began essentially a week ago, last Saturday night," he said. "I wouldn't be hanging any new pictures if I were him."
  • Play CBS Video Video Can Libya's rebels topple Qaddafi? Bob Schieffer spoke with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the chances of Libya's rebels overthrowing their leader Muammar Qaddafi without the support from NATO and the U.S.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates discuss U.S. strategy in Libya on 'Face the Nation,' Sunday, March 27, 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates discuss U.S. strategy in Libya on 'Face the Nation,' Sunday, March 27, 2011.  (CBS/Chris Usher)

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTS
The spark that started a revolution
Revolutions are explosions of frustration that can build over decades, but it is often a single spark that ignites them.
(By Marc Fisher)

Airstrikes help Libya rebels advance
Days of coalition airstrikes appeared Saturday to have pushed open the door to western Libya for anti-government rebel forces, which retook the strategic city of Ajdabiya.
(By Liz Sly and Scott Wilson)

Syria’s Assad moves to allay fury after security forces fire on protesters
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad released hundreds of political prisoners in an apparent effort to tamp down public anger a day after deadly crackdown on protesters.
(By Leila Fadel)

Courting Iowa conservatives
For the second time this month, potential 2012 GOP candidates came to Iowa to court conservative activists, with Rep. Michele Bachmann drawing an enthusiastic response.
(By Dan Balz)

Holtby extends Montreal’s misery
Braden Holtby makes 18 saves as the Capitals top the Canadiens, 2-0, for their 14th win in the past 17 games. Marco Sturm and Alexander Semin score the goals.
(By Katie Carrera)
POLITICS
Rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out Social Security COLA for third straight year
WASHINGTON — Millions of retired and disabled people in the United States had better brace for another year with no increase in Social Security payments.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Md. legislature focuses on consumer protections
The Maryland General Assembly could be remembered not for any signature initiative but for a raft of modest bills that affect day-to-day routines.
( by Ann E. Marimow and John Wagner , The Washington Post)
DeMint predicts fresh GOP candidates for president
Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, scourge of the Republican establishment, says there could be a whole new crop of presidential candidates unless someone takes command of the race.
( by Dan Balz , The Washington Post)
Airstrikes help Libya rebels advance
Days of coalition airstrikes appeared Saturday to have pushed open the door to western Libya for anti-government rebel forces, which retook the strategic city of Ajdabiya.
( by Liz Sly and Scott Wilson , The Washington Post)
Courting Iowa conservatives
For the second time this month, potential 2012 GOP candidates came to Iowa to court conservative activists, with Rep. Michele Bachmann drawing an enthusiastic response.
( by Dan Balz , The Washington Post)

STYLE
Date Lab: Liking the same music doesn’t mean they’ll sing the same tune
On this week’s blind date: The definition of a foodie, a “false yes,” and why Puck from “Glee” is hot.
(, The Washington Post)
Vietnam sails forward
Say the word “Vietnam,” and people still think “war.” But it’s a place with a rich history, breathtaking landscapes and a booming economy.
(, The Washington Post)
Nuptials: Sharon Robinson & Steve DelBusso
Thanks to a popular dating site, this couple found each other and fell in love.
(, The Washington Post)
Spring Travel: Pittsburgh forges ahead
In the 1950s, famed photographer was given a freelance assignment to shoot Pittsburgh. Here, an exploration into the city he saw vs. today.
(, The Washington Post)
Whatever Happened To... the love story?
A congresswoman and widower fell in love, got married — and then faced a life-threatening test.
(, The Washington Post)

SPORTS
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel wins F1 Australian GP; Hamilton finishes second in season-opener
MELBOURNE, Australia — Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel opened his Formula One title defense by driving a flawless race, outpacing McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to win the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Party time! Butler's 2nd straight Final Four run comes with another late-night celebration
INDIANAPOLIS — Butler prefers old-school basketball and old-style celebrations to all the preseason nonsense.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Staying late: Fresno St. tops San Diego 3-2 in 22 innings, tied for 3rd-longest in D-I history
FRESNO, Calif. — Garrett Weber’s RBI single in the 22nd inning gave Fresno State a 3-2 victory over San Diego on Saturday night in a game that lasted over 7 hours and tied for the third-longest in NCAA Division I history.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Yes UConn! Kemba Walker scores 20 as Huskies edge Arizona 65-63, advance to another Final Four
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jim Calhoun could scarcely watch when the most improbable postseason run of his coaching life at Connecticut came down to an open 3-point attempt by Arizona’s Jamelle Horne.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Ogwumike sisters help top-seeded Stanford pull away late for 72-65 win over North Carolina
SPOKANE, Wash. — Nnemkadi Ogwumike was out of the play and unaware of what was taking place after the Stanford star missed in the lane with less than a minute ago.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

WORLD
German state elections come as crucial test for chancellor Merkel's conservative party
BERLIN — Eight million Germans are voting in a closely watched state election that could see Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party lose power in southern Baden-Wuerttemberg for the first time in almost six decades.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Myanmar military holds unusually low-key celebration of Armed Forces Day
YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar’s military government has held an unusually low-key ceremony marking Armed Forces Day, as anticipation mounts that it will soon turn over power to a nominally civilian administration.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Radioactive levels in water inside reactor reported to be 10 million times the norm
TOKYO — Japanese officials reported a huge jump in radioactivity — levels 10 million times the norm — in water in one reactor unit at a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Sunday, forcing workers to evacuate and again delaying efforts to control the leaking complex.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Taliban militants say they have kidnapped 50 Afghan policement in northeastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban say they have kidnapped 50 Afghan policemen in the northeast of the country.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Syrian army units deploy in Syrian seaside city rocked by unrest
DAMASCUS, Syria — Activists and eyewitnesses say Syrian army units have deployed in key areas of a seaside Mediterranean city rocked by protests and unrest.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

LIVE DISCUSSIONS
Free Range on Food
Free Range on Food is a forum for discussion of all things culinary.
(, vForum)
Election 2012 - The Fix Faceoff Video Q&A
Political blogger Chris Cillizza's fast-paced video Q&A about the 2012 presidential election
(, vForum)
Outlook: What the no-fly zone in Iraq reveals about the challenges in Libya
Daniel Byman, professor of security studies at Georgetown University, will be online Monday March 28 at 11 a.m. ET to chat about his latest Outlook piece, "What the no-fly zone in Iraq reveals about the challenges in Libya."
(, vForum)
What the Census Says About DC
Roderick J. Harrison will discuss what the latest U.S. Census Bureau reports reveal about DC.
(, vForum)
The TV Column Live with Lisa de Moraes
TV columnist Lisa de Moraes takes questions about drama, comedy, and heartbreak in the world of television.
(, vForum)

BUSINESS
Egypt stock markets opens strong, triggering market halt and reversing earlier declines
CAIRO — Egypt’s stock market is reversing two days of earlier declines, with the broader EGX100 index surging almost 5.1 percent within minutes of the market’s opening in a rally that forced a halt in trading.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air cancel dozens of flights after computer outage
PHOENIX — Technicians worked to resolve a computer problem that prompted Alaska Airlines and its Horizon Air affiliate to cancel 152 flights, affecting at least 12,000 customers, officials said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Independent financial panel deciding fate of Kabul Bank, says Afghan official
KABUL, Afghanistan — An independent Afghan financial commission has been asked to recommend whether to dissolve Kabul Bank, the nation’s largest financial institution that nearly collapsed last year after allegations of mismanagement, cronyism and questionable lending, an Afghan official said Sunday.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Thousands of union members, leaders march streets of LA vowing to fight for organized labor
LOS ANGELES — Thousands of union leaders and workers marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, vowing and shouting that they would fight for organized labor in California after recent union setbacks in Wisconsin.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)
Meet Mr. Market
Warren Buffett’s reading of Mr. Market is that he has “incurable emotional problems.” Some days he feels euphoric and names a high price for his share. Other days, he’s depressed and wants to unload his share for a pittance.
( by Bob Frick , The Washington Post)

 

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TOP NEWS

Airstrikes Clear Way for Libyan Rebels' First Major Advance

By KAREEM FAHIM and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces retreated from the strategic city of Ajdabiya in the first major advance for rebels since American and European airstrikes began.
News Analysis

Unrest in Syria and Jordan Poses New Test for U.S. Policy

By MARK LANDLER
Instability has spread to nations that the United States considers vital to its interests and to chances for peace in the Middle East.

Nuclear Rules in Japan Relied on Old Science

By NORIMITSU ONISHI and JAMES GLANZ
For decades, Japanese officialdom and even parts of its engineering establishment clung to older scientific precepts for protecting nuclear plants.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"Having a naked picture of your significant other on your cellphone is an advertisement that you're sexually active to a degree that gives you status. It's an electronic hickey."
RICK PETERS, a prosecuting attorney for Thurston County, Wash., discussing sexual texting by teenagers in his jurisdiction.

Obituaries

Video: Last Word: Geraldine A. Ferraro

In 1984, Geraldine A. Ferraro became the first woman nominated for national office by a major party.
Opinion

Op-Art | Mariellé Anzelone and Wendy Hollender

Interactive Feature: When New York City Bloomed

Only a fraction of the native plant species documented in New York City's history remain. Here's a selection of plants that have vanished.
WORLD

Tension and Grief in Syria After Protests and Deadly Reprisals

By MICHAEL SLACKMAN and LIAM STACK
Protesters set fire to a ruling party office, and President Bashar al-Assad tried to promote calm by ordering the release of as many as 200 political prisoners.

Libyan Woman Struggles to Tell Media of Her Rape

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
A woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli and fought off security forces as she told journalists that she had been raped and beaten by Qaddafi militia members.

President of Yemen Vows to Stay

By LAURA KASINOF
In his latest pivot in negotiations over a transfer of power, President Ali Abdullah Saleh disputed news reports that he was ready to leave.
U.S.
Poisoned Web

A Girl's Nude Photo, and Altered Lives

By JAN HOFFMAN
Law enforcement officials and educators are struggling with how to confront minors who "sext."

In Tennessee, Grand Plans for a $750 Million Theme Park Raise Great Doubt

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
A businessman has announced he will build a $750 million theme park complex on 1,500 acres in Spring Hill, but some question his background.

In Tour, U.S. Nuclear Plant Opens Doors to Make Case

By MATTHEW L. WALD
An Alabama plant presented a detailed case that American reactors of the same design and vintage as the ones damaged in Japan do not face the same risks.
POLITICS

Iowa May Turn G.O.P.'s Focus to Social Issues

By JEFF ZELENY
Iowans are pressing the likely Republican candidates on social and religious issues, overshadowing economic concerns.
Geraldine A. Ferraro, 1935-2011

She Ended the Men's Club of National Politics

By DOUGLAS MARTIN
In 1984, Ms. Ferraro took her place in American history as the first woman nominated for national office by a major party.

Fed Official Suggests Early End to Stimulus Effort

By BLOOMBERG NEWS
James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, said the economy was clearly stronger than last summer and fall and questioned whether a bond-buying effort should continue.
BUSINESS

What Would Estée Do?

By NATASHA SINGER
The Estée Lauder beauty empire is expanding into new markets, all while keeping the heritage of the family matriarch in mind.

AT&T Lobbyist Faces Beltway Test in T-Mobile Deal

By EDWARD WYATT
A merger would put AT&T into the No. 1 position among wireless providers, and its veteran lobbyist is on the case.
Unboxed

In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

By STEVE LOHR
How HTML5 - an umbrella term for an assemblage of new technologies - could soon change the way we use the Web.
TECHNOLOGY

Spoiled by the All-in-One Gadget

By SAM GROBART
Americans like to complain about rising smartphone rates, but considering all that they can do, they may be a bargain.

It's Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

By NOAM COHEN
A German politician was surprised to learn he was being tracked by his cellphone carrier.

Silicon Valley Hiring Perks: Meals, iPads and a Cubicle for Spot

By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER and JENNA WORTHAM
Companies, particularly start-ups, are offering an array of perks - including lessons in entrepreneurship - to lure whiz kid engineers.
SPORTS
West: Connecticut 65, Arizona 63

Huskies Pull Together

By GREG BISHOP
With Kemba Walker struggling, the Huskies showed they were far from a one-man team.
Southeast: Butler 74, Florida 71

Butler Claws Its Way Back to Final Four

By PETE THAMEL
Shelvin Mack scored 5 of his 27 points in overtime to help Butler beat Florida and earn a return trip to the Final Four.

Uncanny Partnership of Morris and Morris

By JOHN BRANCH
The twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, Kansas' leading scorers and rebounders, are the foundation on which the team's title hopes are built.
ARTS

Modern Marvel

By DAVE ITZKOFF
Marvel, which has produced comics in various forms since 1939, is enjoying a hard-fought moment in the spotlight while it grapples with adapting to the 21st century.

Plum Role: History's Ultimate Godfather

By CHARLES McGRATH
"The Borgias," a new Showtime mini-series created by Neil Jordan, is about the rich, ruthless, scheming and corrupt Borgias family of the Renaissance.

Grab a Brew While They Face Death

By DANA JENNINGS
"Coal," a new series on Spike, and other television series pursue the elusive 18-to-49 male audience by showing blue-collar workers risking life and limb in hardscrabble jobs.
NEW YORK / REGION

Alone, Together

By JOHN LELAND
At Seaside Adult Community Center in Queens, elderly regulars get together to share meals, engage in activities and keep one another company.
City Critic

The Joys of Ping-Pong in the Open

By ARIEL KAMINER
In a city where space is precious, a pastime usually confined to basements is transformed into a public spectacle.

Webcast by a Hip-Hopper Who Cooks

By DAVID GONZALEZ
Richard Colon, known as Crazy Legs in the break-dancing world, is the host of "Lunch Breaks," a show on the Web that combines hip-hop music and wholesome cooking.
MAGAZINE

The Good Girl, Miranda Cosgrove

By PEGGY ORENSTEIN
Can the 17-year-old tween idol, beloved by millions as iCarly, turn into a grown-up star without becoming tabloid fodder?

A Soccer Phenom Puts the 'I' in Team

By TIM CROTHERS
She may play a team sport, but the rising star Indi Cowie has an independent streak.

Next-Generation Scientists

By JESSE LICHTENSTEIN
How two best friends built a machine that understands feelings.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

Rich District, Poor District

The inequity of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed education cuts can be seen in how they will affect two New York State school districts: Ilion and Syosset.
Editorial

A Minimum Wage Increase

The millions of workers earning the minimum wage, or less, need a raise.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Contributor

Alien Life, Coming Slowly Into View

By RAY JAYAWARDHANA
Within the next few years, astronomers expect to find dozens of alien earths that are roughly the size of our planet. Detecting life on them would change our view of ourselves.
Op-Ed Columnist

Coffee Cups in Hell

By MAUREEN DOWD
Mormons make their flamboyant debut on Broadway - could the White House be next?
Op-Ed Columnist

Hoping for Arab Mandelas

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
The prospects for democracy in the Arab world generates both hopes and fears.
Op-Ed Columnist

Freedom's Painful Price

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Mubarak is gone, but an Egyptian woman's story of torture depicts a revolution far from over.
Op-Ed Contributor

Every Revolution Is Revolutionary in Its Own Way

By SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE
Do the popular uprisings of 1848, 1917 and 1979 tell us anything about 2011?
Op-Ed Contributor

A Dream Still Deferred

By THOMAS J. SUGRUE
Detroit's blacks are moving to the suburbs, but segregation persists.
Op-Ed Contributor

A Career in Tabloids, Thanks to Elizabeth Taylor

By BARRY LEVINE
I became a reporter who learned to stalk celebrities after seeing my mother's passion for the biggest star of her time.
ON THIS DAY
On March 27, 1958, Nikita Khrushchev became Soviet premier in addition to First Secretary of the Communist Party.