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Jul 17, 2011

Private data still online after alert: Ping Newsletter

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Private data still online after alert
INFORMATION relating to paternity and other testing could still be viewed online over 24 hours after the company responsible was alerted.
Moshtix founder hails cab system
SCULPTURE may seem completely different to developing new businesses, but Hamish Petrie believes there are similarities.
Data to be 'key to marketing'
DIGITAL communications and social networking have become core parts of the direct marketing busines.
DNA test names exposed online
AUSTRALIANS seeking confidential DNA paternity tests to establish the parentage of their children have been outed in a major privacy breach.
ANZ revamps tech for Pacific push
ANZ Bank is out to break the stranglehold of Standard Chartered, HSBC and Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region.
Victoria backflips on IT panel decision
THE Victorian government has backflipped on a decision to reduce the number of IT providers used for government contracts.

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Asia stocks post mild losses: MarketWatch | Asia Markets

By Sarah Turner, MarketWatch 

SYDNEY (MarketWatch) — Mild losses for Sydney and Seoul-listed stocks got the Asian trading week off to a muted start on Monday, with energy stocks and News Corp. losing ground in Australia and exporters pressured in South Korea.
The S&P/ASX 200 index AU:XJO -0.30%  declined 0.3% to 4,461.60, while Korea’s Kospi KR:0100 -0.84%  fell 0.5%. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. 

Obama says time running out for debt deal President Obama says he is "ready to move" on raising the country's debt ceiling and asks Congress to present him with a plan within days. The comments come as House Republicans set a debt-ceiling vote next week.

Extending losses from last week, when the benchmark Australian index fell 3.9%, News Corp. shares AU:NWS -5.82%   NWSA +1.33%  fell 3.6% amid a deepening scandal over alleged mobile-phone hacking at the now-shuttered British tabloid News of the World. Read more on News Corp.
News Corp. owns MarketWatch, the publisher of this report.
The Australian energy sector came under pressure on Monday, as sector giant Woodside Petroleum Ltd. AU:WPL -1.79%   WOPEF -2.54%  extended its slide after mining major BHP Billiton Ltd. AU:BHP -0.69%   BHP -1.30%  made an offer to buy U.S. energy firm Petrohawk Energy Corp. HK +62.49%  late last week.
Woodside’s shares had been lifted recently by speculation that it, rather than Petrohawk, would receive a takeover bid from BHP Billiton.
The heath of the global economy remained on the agenda for investors, after Friday saw U.S. consumer confidence dropping to its lowest level since March 2009, while eight European banks failed a second round of stress tests. Read more on European bank stress tests.
Heavyweight exporters declined in Korea, with Samsung Electronics Co. SSNHY 0.00%  down 1.3% and Hyundai Motor Co, HYMTF -4.47%  losing 1.7%, in the wake of gains for the market late last week.
Sarah Turner is MarketWatch's bureau chief in Sydney.

China faces slowing foreign investment by Craig Stephen's: MarketWatch | This Week in China

By Craig Stephen 

HONG KONG (MarketWatch)Fears were eased last week that China’s economy was stalling after GDP growth came in at a brisk 9.5% for the second quarter. Yet, reports at the weekend that foreign direct investment is slumping are a reminder that China is not immune to the developed-world debt overhang on global growth. 

FDI rose just 2.8% in the year to June, a sharp slowdown next to annual growth running at 13.4% in May and 15.2% in April. 

Looking past the economy, investors are now turning to the interim financial reporting season with a focus on avoiding companies that might present some surprise earnings disappointments in the half-year report.
We are seeing this in a variety of ways, with a common theme of getting defensive. 

Asia's Week Ahead: China PMI; Japan Trade Data July 15, 2011 A preview of a key Chinese manufacturing gauge for July and Japan's June trade data will be in focus next week. MarketWatch's Lisa Twaronite in Tokyo looks at the week ahead. 

One priority remains screening out mainland Chinese companies that may pose a risk of fraudulent accounting. Last week , I highlighted troubles with some U.S. listed mainland companies, and now Moody’s has cast this net wider with its ‘red flag’ report. It includes six Hong Kong-listed mainland companies in a portfolio of 61 flagged companies. ( See report on Moody’s study of Chinese firms.)
Some have criticized Moody’s for singling out mainland Chinese companies, but the extent of the problem suggests something systematic and deserving of special treatment. Even renowned Fidelity fund manager Anthony Bolton was left red faced last week after revealing losses on two reverse-merger mainland companies accused of wrongdoing. Three decades of fund outperformance undone by fraud.
Moves by overseas banks and funds to cut stakes in mainland banks also suggest precautionary selling ahead of earnings uncertainty. This is partly due to an expiration of lock-up periods, although reports of $640 billion worth of bad debt at municipal authorities has left a cloud over the sector, as has a report by Moody’s saying the credit outlook for mainland lenders may sour. ( See report on Moody’s warning on Chinese banks. )
Monday will be the first day of trading following the expiration of the lock-up on Hong Kong-listed shares of Agricultural Bank of China HK:1288 -0.25%   CN:601288 0.00%  held by the Qatar Investment Authority. Recently, Singapore’s Temasek Holdings raised 3.63 billion Hong Kong dollars ($466 million) by selling almost 1/10 of its stake in China Construction Bank HK:939 -1.32%   CN:601939 +0.41%   CICHF -1.30%  and about half of its shares in Bank of China HK:3988 -0.85%   CN:601988 -0.32%   BACHY -0.53%  on July 5.
According to some analysts, the big feature to watch out for in the coming earnings season is divergence in performance. This is a bit different from the usual good or bad — and suggests earnings numbers could be harder to forecast this year.
Goldman Sachs puts the emphasis on avoiding earnings risks as we approach interim earnings results. It adds that analysts had begun paring earnings forecasts since the end of May.
Sectors that pose a risk of earnings misses include aluminum/steel, industrials, utilities, transport, autos, chemicals and hardware. Meanwhile, metals, mining and construction have potential to surprise on the upside.
There is not much explanation for this divergence, but sectors that benefit from the commodity and construction boom and are able to pass on price increases look to be favored. Cement makers for instance are one recommendation that seems increasingly popular, as the Chinese government pushes ahead with building social housing.
The flip side are those companies that need to pass on or absorb price increases, running the risk of serving up disappointments.
One thing to consider is — irrespective of what headline GDP growth numbers say — business conditions are generally more challenging this year. Not only are interest rates higher and capital tighter, commodity prices and wages have also been rising, and various price controls have been imposed. This makes it harder to see what is going on and could add up to an earnings’ squeeze.
Goldman also suggests sticking with large caps in the current environment in order to avoid earnings misses. Arguably the large state-owned enterprises give an added level of comfort on the mainland, as they are less likely to be exposed to credit rationing.
Another way of interpreting this advice is to get defensive. It can often be overlooked that there are still a range of risk profiles with China investments.
At the riskier end of the scale are some of the high-growth potential start-ups which have accelerated listing by reverse mergers on cross-border exchanges.
For somewhat less risk tolerance, you might consider investing alongside the mainland government in its huge listed state-owned industry leaders such as China Life HK:2628 -0.19%   LFC -0.04%  or China Mobile HK:941 -0.42%  . CHL -0.07%  
Some old-school conservative China funds, however, still feel investing directly in mainland companies of any description is too racy. Instead, multinationals with exposure to China or Hong Kong or Taiwanese companies that offer a play on mainland growth are as much risk as they can handle. Perhaps less exciting, but it fits the bill for those after an uneventful earnings season.

The Australian Capital Circle: Liberals told to tackle policy

Capital Circle Newsletter
Liberals told to tackle policy
Peter Reith EXCLUSIVE: Christian Kerr TONY Abbott has been told to urgently rebuild the Liberals' policy credentials.
Food before coal: Newman backs farmers
Global fears won't stall carbon tax plan
ALP puts limits on principal power

Labor hits new low as union verdict looms
The pain for the Gillard government continues as Australia's biggest blue collar union prepares to pass judgement on her carbon tax.

Julia Gillard is in and around Sydney all day. She has made a speech at the "Long Carbon Journey" breakfast.
Tony Abbott is in Brisbane this morning, where he'll attend a seniors expo. After that he's back to Sydney for a meeting of the Liberal Party's federal executive.
Poll pain: As Labor's public support continues to dive, the question on everyone's lips is "how low can it go?" Perhaps the bottom is here, at 26 per cent of the primary vote. A Nielsen poll in Fairfax papers sets a new low for the party, while Tony Abbott leads Julia Gillard by 11 points as preferred prime minister. The poll reinforces similar results from Newspoll and Galaxy last week. But it's more bad news for the PM as she embarks on week two of her shoe leather tour to convince voters of the merits of her carbon tax, or at least the strength of her resolve.
Carbon verdict: The government is today hoping to secure the endorsement of Australia's biggest blue collar union for its carbon tax. Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes will meet with the union's steel industry delegates at 11am to discuss their response. Howes previously warned he would oppose the tax if even "one job" was lost. An announcement is scheduled for 1pm in Sydney.
Sneaky: The government was so concerned journalists would learn about its new carbon tax ad campaign last week, it booked the airtime under the guise of a tobacco campaign. But, as Capital Circle noted, there was a possibility they would pull the ol' switcheroo. And of course they did. We've had a look at the full range of ads on the website. They're not the worst we've seen, but they're not going to reca
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Abbott’s long and short games
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The Australian Business Briefing: Job cuts loom in banking and retail.

Job cuts loom in banking and retail
Jobs Sarah-Jane Tasker and Teresa Ooi THE banking and retail sectors are expected to shed staff as companies seek to save costs in a weakening economy
Analysts query value of BHP's buy
SHALE GAS Matt Chambers BHP Billiton's plans to spend $75bn on US shale gas and oil may not deliver much more to the company than its cost of capital.
Back to basics for Hastie
David Harris , CEO of Hastie Group at the companies Richard Gluyas AFTER returning from the abyss, the last thing you'll hear from Hastie Group boss David Harris is that it's business as usual.
Virgin muscles in on gym market
Richard Branson Damon Kitney SIR Richard Branson's Virgin Group is planning to spend over $40m to extend its chain of Virgin Active health clubs in Australia.
Brooks held at Scotland Yard
Britain Phone Hacking Peter Wilson, Europe correspondent REBEKAH Brooks was arrested by Scotland Yard last night on suspicion of phone hacking and bribing police for information.
Heavy weather for panel maker
solar panels Tim Boreham AS head of Australia's only solar-panel maker, Michael Goldsworthy welcomes the carbon tax and the subsidies.
Hope ahead for weaker states
Housing Matt Chambers STEADY interest rates could provide the jump-start needed for the struggling NSW and Queensland economies, according to CBA.
Citic's budget blown as costs soar
Iron ore project Sarah-Jane Tasker NEW projects are struggling with budget blowouts.
Financial Markets
Markets tipped to open higher
Stocks THE sharemarket is tipped to open modestly higher today, but investors will be wary of the European and US debt crises.
Progress made on Greek solution
Rates talk to boost homes market
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Mining & Energy
Analysts query value of BHP's buy
SHALE GAS Matt Chambers BHP Billiton's plans to spend $75bn on US shale gas and oil may not deliver much more to the company than its cost of capital.
Citic's budget blown as costs soar
Heavy weather for panel maker
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CBS NEWS: Breaking News Alert: Murdoch exec Rebekah Brooks arrested.

CBS News: Breaking News Alert July 17, 2011

Murdoch exec Rebekah Brooks arrested; Ex-News of the World editor who resigned as head of News Corp.'s U.K. newspapers is 10th person arrested in phone hacking probe

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Top lawmakers press forward on debt plan
“Grand bargain” could be in the works, if conservatives will go along.
(By Alec MacGillis and Lori Montgomery)

Little-known firms track data used in credit scores
This collection of information carries particular weight for the estimated 30 million people who live on the margins of the banking system.
(By Ylan Q. Mui)

In Britain, phone hacking sullies famed Scotland Yard
Scotland Yard is weathering its worst crisis in years as the phone-hacking scandal explodes.
(By Anthony Faiola)

Police: Courthouse switch led to man’s escape
Facing arraignment on a murder charge, a suspect switched ID bracelets with another man in the courthouse lockup and went on the lam, police say.
(By J. Freedom du Lac and Victor Zapana)

A rookie mistake ended Clemens trial
How the Roger Clemens trial was cut abruptly short: Two well-respected prosecutors made a basic mistake, and a tough judge caught it.
(By Del Quentin Wilber)

WSJ publisher quits, Murdoch’s British chief leaves as mogul tries to stem hacking scandal
LONDON — Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignation of The Wall Street Journal’s publisher and the chief of his British operations on Friday as the once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone hacking scandal with a public statement of contrition and a personal apology to the family of a murdered schoolgirl.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Idaho Republican officials schedule 2012 presidential caucus for Super Tuesday
MOSCOW, Idaho — Idaho Republicans will hold the state party’s presidential caucus vote on Super Tuesday in March 2012, a move that supporters hoped would give candidates a reason besides fundraising to come to the state.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Obama's private meeting with Dalai Lama at White House draws complaint from Chinese government
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama held a White House meeting Saturday with the Dalai Lama, a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, hours after China called on the U.S. to rescind an invitation that could sour relations with Beijing.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Top lawmakers press forward on debt plan
“Grand bargain” could be in the works, if conservatives will go along.
( by Alec MacGillis and Lori Montgomery , The Washington Post)

Obama meets with Dalai Lama
President Obama held a closed-door meeting with the Dalai Lama on Saturday, despite the strong objections of the Chinese government.
( by Perry Bacon Jr. , The Washington Post)

Gentleman ‘on call’ feels better staying unscheduled
Miss Manners applauds a writer who has made what she says is a sensible accommodation to his status as an emergency on-call worker. But what about the rest of us?
(, Universal Press)

Ask Amy: Uncle upset about tuition gifts
Childless uncle resents that his mother has paid for the education of his nieces and nephews.
(, Tribune Media Service)

Carolyn Hax: Awkward situation at a wedding
She’s going to a wedding where her ex-husband his mother will be guests. Should she bring her current boyfriend?
(, The Washington Post)

Details: Istanbul Eats
Details for tour stops with Istanbul Eats.
( by Tom Sietsema , The Washington Post)

Turkish delights
Postcard from Tom: Our restaurant critic tours the behind-the-scenes restaurants and eateries of Istanbul.
( by Tom Sietsema , The Washington Post)

China leads women's 1-meter springboard qualifying at world championships
SHANGHAI — China took the top two spots in qualifying for women’s 1-meter springboard diving at the world championships.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Mariners loss 8th straight game in 5-1 loss to Rangers
SEATTLE — Prior to Saturday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, the Seattle Mariners celebrated the 10th anniversary of their 116 win AL West champion squad.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Kinsler's two HR's lead Texas to 10th straight win, 5-1, over Mariners
SEATTLE — Facing Felix Hernandez, the Texas Rangers knew they were going to have to make the most of their chances.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Loss ejections leave Rockies with mixed feelings
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies had plenty to be upset about — as well as encouraged.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Cristiano Ronaldo scores to help Real Madrid to 4-1 win over David Beckham and Galaxy
LOS ANGELES — There wasn’t much for Cristiano Ronaldo to complain about in his team’s first match following the offseason.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

NATO bombs Taliban who capture empty school in eastern Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO warplanes on Sunday bombed a school in eastern Afghanistan taken over by an unknown number of Taliban fighters as Afghan troops battled with insurgents holed up inside the building, a provincial official said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Syrian troops storm town near Lebanese border, hundreds detained since Friday, activists say
BEIRUT — Syrian troops backed by tanks stormed a town Sunday near the border with Lebanon as security forces rounded up more than 500 people, including a leading opposition figure, across the country over the past two days, activists said.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Monsoon flooding in northeast India kills at least 1, afflicts 150,000 people
GAUHATI, India — Heavy monsoon rains have led the mighty Brahmaputra River to overflow its banks and submerge scores of villages in India’s remote northeastern state of Assam.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Jordan detains 4 policemen suspected of using 'excessive' force against protesters
AMMAN, Jordan — A Jordanian police spokesman says authorities have detained four police officers suspected of using “excessive force” against protesters and journalists in a pro-democracy sit-in last week.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Clinton in Greece to show US support for economic recovery plans
ATHENS, Greece — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Greece to show American support for the financially troubled country’s economic recovery plans.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Women's World Cup Final: U.S. vs. Japan recap
A live discussion on the 2011 Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan hosted by Washington Post soccer reporter and blogger Steven Goff.
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Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages
Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly discusses the ups and downs of parenting, and tips for helping children through challenging times.
(, vForum)

The Mil Life: Ensuring a quality education for military children
Learn how to ensure your child gets a quality education in a sometimes unstable military lifestyle.
(, vForum)

Carolyn Hax Live
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life.
(, vForum)

Real Wheels Live
Live online discussion with Real Wheels columnist Warren Brown about car-buying and the auto industry.
(, vForum)

Keen On… Don’t Steal This Book (TCTV)

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A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

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A Groupon For Solar? Solar@Work Offers Buildings Discounts For Going Green Together

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Applifier Hits 100 Million Installs, Brings Social Game Discovery Bar To Mobile

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Google+ Ad On Facebook Is Banned

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Lawmakers, White House gauge debt options; Obama may meet congressional leaders again
WASHINGTON — Congress and the Obama administration are weighing their options as time closes in on the deadline for raising the nation’s debt ceiling, and the White House may call another meeting Sunday of congressional leaders and President Barack Obama.
( Associated Press Associated Press , AP)

Keen On… Don’t Steal This Book (TCTV)

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A Tale Of Two Countries: The Growing Divide Between Silicon Valley And Unemployed America

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A Groupon For Solar? Solar@Work Offers Buildings Discounts For Going Green Together

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Applifier Hits 100 Million Installs, Brings Social Game Discovery Bar To Mobile

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Today's Headlines


Stain From Tabloids Rubs Off on a Cozy Scotland Yard

Testimony and new evidence indicate that Scotland Yard and News International became so intertwined that they wound up sharing the goal of containing the phone-hacking investigation.

Egypt Military Moves to Cement a Muscular Role in Government

Ground rules for drafting a constitution are raising fears of a broad mandate to intercede in politics.

Charter School Battle Shifts to Affluent Suburbs

Charters, normally thought of as a way to help poor areas, are being proposed in places that have good schools.
"Some of these folks aren't right for a long time. If you gave me a list of drugs that I wouldn't want to touch, this would be at the top."
KAREN E. SIMONE, director of the Northern New England Poison Center, on the effect of so-called bath salts.


Slide Show: Chevys for All Seasons, Especially Summer

Dennis Albaugh of Ankeny, Iowa, has amassed what may be the definitive collection of open-top Chevrolets.
News Analysis

We're Spent

We are living through a tremendous bust. It isn't simply a housing bust. It's a fizzling of the great consumer bubble that was decades in the making.

A Day of Apologies for the Murdochs, and of New Questions for Cameron

Penitence was the buzzword far beyond the London headquarters of Rupert Murdoch's British-based newspaper subsidiary, News International.

Ethnic Music Tests Limits in China

In China, ethnic musicians walk a fine line: play it safe and they may lose their audience; go beyond prescribed limits and they may be barred from performing.

On the Rise in Tajikistan, Islam Worries an Authoritarian Government

Spooked by the specter of Islamic radicalism and the challenges posed by increasingly influential religious leaders, the Tajik authorities have been working fervently to curb religious expression.

An Alarming New Stimulant, Sold Legally in Many States

New stimulant drugs that people are calling "bath salts" are alarming doctors, who say they have unusually dangerous and long-lasting effects.

Los Angeles Freeway Is Closed and Life Goes On

Interstate 405, 10 miles of which are closed all weekend for a road-widening project, was a virtual ghost town.

In Central Florida, a Chorus of 'Happy Trails' to Anthony, Minus the 'Happy'

Casey Anthony, acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was released from the Orange County Jail on Sunday.

For Bachmann, Gay Rights Stand Reflects Mix of Issues and Faith

Mrs. Bachmann's career in Minnesota offers a look at her ability to seize an issue and use it to circumvent the party establishment.

New Stable of Wealthy Donors Fueled Obama Campaign's Record Fund-Raising Quarter

President Obama recruited about 150 new elite donors, who raised as much as a half a million dollars each.

G.O.P. Freshmen Say Debt Concerns Them More Than Re-election

The battle over raising the federal debt limit is different this time because a new class of lawmakers has fiscal policy in its sight.

Law School Economics: Ka-Ching!

Despite fewer high-paying jobs, students continue to pour into law school. And the schools keep charging higher tuition and admitting more students.

Arab Spring, Start-Up Summer?

Egypt's revolution has sent the economy into a tailspin, but an emerging class of young entrepreneurs hopes to make the country a technology hot spot.

Seeing Promise and Peril in Digital Records

The standards set for digital health records will determine whether they provide better information, improve care and curb costs, or do more harm than good.
Corner Office: David Sacks

Fostering a Culture of Dissent

David Sacks, the founder and chief of Yammer, says the democratic nature of a start-up should include ample room for employees to debate the direction and operation of the company.

E-Book Revolution Upends a Publishing Course

A six-week, $6,990 crash course in a fast-changing publishing industry at Columbia attracts more eager applicants than it can accommodate.
Sports Business

A Tip Becomes a Twitter Torrent

A torrent of posts on Twitter - about a sportswriter who may or may not have been suspended - displayed the raw influence of social media.

Abby Wambach Stands Tall for U.S.

The 5-foot-11 striker for the U.S. women's national team has proved adept at scoring crucial goals with her head.
Mets 11, Phillies 2

Hairston Fills in With a Career Day, and the Mets Thwart Hamels Again

Scott Hairston knocked in a career-high five runs, including a three-run homer, filling in for Carlos Beltran as the Mets ended their skid.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1

Sabathia Reminds the Yankees What They're Not Missing

C.C. Sabathia won his seventh consecutive start, stifling the Blue Jays with a deadly slider during eight strong innings in the Yankees' victory Saturday.

Leading Man, Miles Beyond the Boy Band

Justin Timberlake has morphed from a boy-band singer to a solo pop star to a lead actor in two major screen comedies this summer.

Arena Opera, Mortier Style

After a failed attempt to bring his radical ideas to New York City Opera, with budget he found unacceptable, Gerard Mortier left for Madrid, where he is shaking things up.

Lloyd Webber's Latest Creation: Breathing Space

Andrew Lloyd Webber has long been a hands-on theater creator and producer, but lately, after a battle with cancer, he has been more content to let others interpret his work.

Union Yields on Benefits in Deal With Cuomo

Facing hundreds of layoffs scheduled to take effect within days, the Public Employees Federation accepted significant wage and benefit concessions.

Waiting for the Wrecking Ball

After two buildings in the East Village are demolished, some residents will return to a shiny glass tower. But to them, it will be the death of a grittier, even cherished, era.

A Bronx Oasis With a Gritty, Industrial Past

Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point, once a neglected stretch of waterfront, is now a summer getaway that fans strive to keep secret.
Magazine Preview

Miranda July Is Totally Not Kidding

She is the most honest, uninhibited filmmaker of our time. Or: She's twee, precious and maddening. Discuss. Nicely.

The All-American

John Kerry knows as well as anyone that diplomacy fails most of the time. But someone has to go to Islamabad.

The Would-Be Prince of Port-au-Prince

While Wyclef Jean plainly wants to do something for Haiti, there is also, it seems, much that he wants Haiti to do for him.

Terrorism and the Law

The prosecution of a Somali national accused of supporting Al Qaeda is now headed for trial in a federal court, where it belonged all along.

Are They Learning?

Rampant cheating by teachers in Atlanta's schools hurts students and destroys trust.

A New Try at Curbing Piracy

A new agreement between major Internet service providers and movie studios and record labels has some troubling elements.
Editorial | Sunday Observer

The V.A. Tries to Get Beyond Its Culture of No

In a small hospital wing in Canandaigua, N.Y., the V.A. is mending its reputation for unresponsiveness.
Op-Ed Columnist

Why Are Prosecutors Striking Out?

An error by the government's lawyers gives the Rocket a chance to walk.
Op-Ed Columnist

Lawmakers, Armed and Dangerous

Did a lawmaker intentionally point her loaded .380 Ruger at a newspaper reporter, or was it just a misunderstanding?
Op-Ed Columnist

The Clash of Generations

In America and in Greece, the baby boomers may not be up to fixing the problem they have caused.
Op-Ed Columnist

Our Broken Escalator

The best antipoverty investment in the world - from New York to Nigeria - is education. So why do we keep cutting it?

Why Would Anyone Miss War?

The idea that a psychologically healthy person could miss war seems appalling.

Patrolling Cancer's Borderlands

Cancer control depends on success in scientific, political and social challenges.

Drought: A Creeping Disaster

Unlike earthquakes, hurricanes and other rapid-moving weather, drought could become a permanent condition in some regions.

Books and Other Fetish Objects

As the raw material of history is digitized, some of the mystery is lost.
Gray Matter

The Critique of Pure Horror

The cultural appetite for horror raises a curious question: why do so many of us enjoy being disgusted and terrified?

Oliver Sacks

Oliver Sacks on what he's reading, watching and collecting.
On July 17, 1975, an Apollo spaceship docked with a Soyuz spacecraft in orbit in the first superpower linkup of its kind.