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What's Behind the Huge (and Growing) CEO-Worker Pay Gap?

And could it possibly be justified?<p>Ron Johnson, the disgraced outgoing CEO of JC Penney, made an astonishing 1,795-times the average wage and benefits of his department store workers, according to a new survey from Bloomberg. That makes JC Penney the single most unequal company in the U.S., by …

The Real Reason for Pensions

Augustus Caesar, in 13 B.C., worried that retired soldiers might rise up against the empire. So he came up with a clever solution: after twenty years in a legion and five years in the military reserves, a soldier would earn, in a lump sum, a pension that worked out to about thirteen times a …

Nitrogen Fertilizer: Agricultural Breakthrough--And Environmental Bane

One hundred years ago this month, a laboratory experiment at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany set the stage for the Green Revolution. Chemist …

This U.K. City’s Controversial Parking Tax Shows How To Fund Public Transit

In just four years, Nottingham’s tax has already paid for two new tram lines and other bus and rail improvements.<p>Nottingham, England, is the first U.K. city to levy a tax on parking in order to pay for public transport. In 2012, the city began taxing commuter parking spaces, after a period where …

The Role of Highways in American Poverty

They seemed like such a good idea in the 1950s.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is adapted from remarks delivered by the author on March 16 at the University of Arkansas’s Clinton School of Public Service, in Little Rock.</i><p>Little Rock is a fascinating city. With its river and renovated warehouses and …

Urban Design

12 Uncommon Suggestions for Amending the Constitution

Atlantic readers offer ideas including a tricameral legislature, a ban on incarcerating nonviolent criminals, and declassifying all information after 20 years.<p>Wikimedia Commons<p><b>How About a Parliament?</b><p>Several readers suggested changing America's legislative branch to a European-style body that gives …

Canada: Where the 'Right to Life' Is Also the Right to Die

The country's supreme court has reversed its ban on assisted suicide, permitting those with "endless suffering" to end their own lives.<p>In 1991, Sue Rodriguez, a Canadian woman living in British Columbia, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Knowing …

Assisted Suicide

Why Two States Are at Odds Over the Future of the Death Penalty

Public support for capital punishment has declined in recent years, but the issue continues to be a point of contention, as some advocate for its repeal and others push for its reinstatement.<p>Capital punishment will be on the ballot in a handful of states this week. The propositions come amid rising …

Death Row

Do Parents Invade Children's Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

When Katlyn Burbidge's son was 6 years old, he was performing some silly antic typical of a first-grader. But after she snapped a photo and started using her phone, he asked her a serious question: "Are you going to post that to Facebook?"<p>She laughed and answered, "Yes, I think I will." What he …

Cardio Protects You From Depression, Says Million-Person Study

If you need more motivation for continuing to lace up your running shoes as the weather gets colder, consider this: According to a new meta-analysis …

How video games train the brain to justify killing

Let's play a game. One of the quotes below belongs to a trained soldier speaking of killing the enemy, while the other to a convicted felon …

Probiotics can help thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve the thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer’s disease, research has found.<p>In a clinical trial involving 52 people, those who drank a daily dose of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria for 12 weeks showed improvements on …

Dementia

The US is warming to Sweden’s habit of burning trash for energy

Maybe, in the near future, calling something a “dumpster fire” won’t carry the flavor of a pejorative that it does now.<p>The practice of burning trash to generate energy works well for Sweden, but in the US the idea remains controversial. That might be changing. Officials in seven Idaho counties have …

EPA

How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Targeting the gut could create a new class of psychiatric treatments.<p>Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition ― leading …

Mental Health

French mayor on burkini ban: They must accept our way of life

<b>(CNN) —</b> The mayor of a seaside town on the French Riviera is sticking by his town's burkini ban, telling beachgoers, "if you don't want to live the way we do, don't come."<p>"You have to behave in the way that people behave in the country that accepted you, and that is it," Cogolin Mayor Marc Etienne …

These innovative states want to protect domestic violence survivors using paid “safe days”

Kami Reep of Sonoma County, California was let go from work twice last year—not because she wasn’t able to perform her duties as a bookkeeper or because she did her job poorly, but because she needed to take time off when her ex-husband and abuser took two of their three young children from an …

French court suspends burkini ban

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mayors do not have the right to ban burkinis, France's highest administrative court ruled Friday.<p>The Council of State's ruling suspends a ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice, and could affect cities around the country that have prohibited the full-length swimsuit.<p>More than 30 …

Annual report shows domestic violence shelter space limited, police unit strained

Trent Kreslins didn't consider his short stature or a disorder that makes his bones fragile when he tried to help after he saw a man hit a woman in …

The Invisible Army of Women Fighting Sexual Violence in Colombia

In a country where gender-based violence has become normalized and the government hasn't done nearly enough to help, women are stepping up to support each other.<p>Isabel* first started walking with her head down to hide her bruised eyes. Then, it became a matter of convenience. She would look at the …

Yes, Male Victims of Domestic Violence Exist & It’s Time to Talk About It

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and although we are making important progress in combating this kind of violence—through …

The Great Rent Squeeze

America’s renters are paying more and having less money left over to generate the demand required for economic growth.<p>“The rent is too damn high” is more than a political slogan. It reflects the harsh reality of increasingly unaffordable housing in America today. Ever since the economic crisis of …

Housing

7 ways domestic abusers get to keep their guns

At the time, Mitchell was subject to a court order barring contact with Apling, his ex-girlfriend. Mitchell had a rap sheet of at least 12 prior similar convictions, and had been arrested for an alleged domestic violence attack against Aplin just days before her death.<p>This scenario is not unusual. …

Guns

The new alcoholics: Retired, wealthy and bored

Musician Phil Collins retired a few years back and found he had a lot of time on his hands. He filled it by drinking. According to this story, he's part of a trend. "Retired, wealthy and bored after their children have long left home, many over-fifties can relate to the same curse that afflicted …

Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse Statistics

Statistics underscore the prevalence of violence in our communities. It is urgent that we stand up against domestic violence, sexual assault and …

Fact Sheets-Caffeine and Alcohol- Alcohol

Alcohol and Caffeine<p>Public Health Impact of Excessive Alcohol Use<p>Excessive alcohol use is responsible for about 88,000 deaths in the United States …

Here’s Why You Feel Like Crap When You Quit Smoking - Men's Health

Cigarettes could drain your brain as much as your body: Smoking may reduce your levels of dopamine, a brain chemical tied to reward, new research …