Wild Neighbors: Last Cat Standing: Predators Past and Present

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 03:21:00 PM
Sabertooth at the Smithsonian.

Big predators have a powerful mystique, a theme explored by David Quammen in his book Monsters of God. If the police had shot a coyote on Shattuck Avenue, would anyone have set up a shrine in its memory? -more-

Dispatches From The Edge: Afghan Talks: A Delicate Moment

By Conn Hallinan
Monday September 20, 2010 - 04:29:00 PM

Peace talks involving the Taliban and its allies are apparently underway, according to the Asia Times (AT), and from most accounts a deal appears doable. AT’s Pakistan bureau chief Syed Saleem Shahzad reported Sept. 11 and 15th that, under the auspices of the Pakistan military and intelligence services, “serious negotiations” were taking place, with Saudi Arabia serving as the go-between to the U.S. -more-

Restoration Comedy: Mods and Rockers

By Jane Powell
Monday September 20, 2010 - 03:27:00 PM

Reporter: “Are you a mod or a rocker?”

Ringo Starr: “No, I’m a mocker.”

Since last October I’ve been engaged in trying to get a HAMP modification for my mortgage. I was rejected outright once, began the reapplication process in May (because you have to start all over once you’re rejected), flew to Washington DC in mid-July to attend an event sponsored by the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, where I was told I would have a reply from Fannie Mae in a week. You may have noticed it is now September. The GMAC representative will not return my calls or e-mails. -more-

Blogbeat: Help Save KittyCat

By Thomas Lord
Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 07:32:00 AM

Thinking of adopting a cat? This column is both an invitation to do so and a warning not to. -more-

Senior Power: Q & A

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 03:07:00 PM

It’s six months since the first “Senior Power” column. I’ve received emails from as far as New Zealand and even Texas! I appreciate the positive comments. Some of the questions deserve an attempt at response. As Levi Strauss put it, “ An expert knows all the answers - if you ask the right questions. ” Here goes Q & A. -more-