Alan Greenblatt http://kenw.org en How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://kenw.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 45188 at http://kenw.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://kenw.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 45107 at http://kenw.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere http://kenw.org/post/deal-detroit-could-signal-cuts-pensions-elsewhere It used to be that if you were a public employee, you knew your pension benefits could not be touched.<p>That's no longer the case.<p>Pensions have been under political attack in recent years, with some politicians arguing they can't afford to fund generous retirements at the same time they're cutting services. Numerous states and cities have trimmed the type of pension plans they're offering employees — mostly new employees.<p>But pension benefits already earned have always been sacrosanct, protected by federal law and, often, state constitutions. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44935 at http://kenw.org Deal In Detroit Could Signal Cuts To Pensions Elsewhere Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://kenw.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44532 at http://kenw.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer http://kenw.org/post/whats-causing-latest-immigration-crisis-brief-explainer It's turning into the largest influx of asylum seekers on U.S. soil since the 1980 Mariel boatlift out of Cuba.<p>Since October, more than 52,000 children — most from Central America and many of them unaccompanied by adults — have been taken into custody. That's nearly double last year's total and 10 times the number from 2009.<p>President Obama has called on Congress to supply nearly $4 billion simply to deal with the problem. In the meantime, U.S. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 44359 at http://kenw.org What's Causing The Latest Immigration Crisis? A Brief Explainer