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Location: Mailing Lists / Archive General Hot Articles / 2002-02-27

In this week's issue:  Ditching Windows, selling the
schools, the virtues of midlife crisis, and open-source
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A Salon piece argues that Enron CFO Andrew Fastow was just
doing what today's CFOs are told, and expected, to do.
A Red Herring article looks at the murky reality behind
Microsoft's fantastic vision of a thriving, democratic
future Internet powered by web services.
Fed up with Windows? The Computer Paper has an introduction
to migrating to Linux, the free operating system that has
matured into a viable option for your desktop.

Vandalism is becoming a more expensive problem for schools
these days, due to the cost of replacing damaged technology
equipment, reports Education Week.
The New Republic addresses a troubling issue:  immigrant
kids initially do very well academically, but lose that
advantage the more "Americanized" they become.
An American Prospect article asks whether the next NCAA
president will be able to reform college sports.
Facing increased competition for students from
homeschooling, private schools, and charter schools, some
public school districts have launched aggressive marketing
campaigns, reports Education Week.

IDB America reports on a study of rampant corruption in
Latin American public hospitals.
Physicians have found that inducing mild hypothermia in
patients who have just had heart attacks can increase their
chances for survival and prevent brain damage, reports
Science News.
In a Salon piece, a former editorial assistant at a
publishing house talks about the thankless, sometimes
amusing ordeal of reading unsolicited manuscripts -- "slush"
-- sent in by innumerable crazies.
An Atlantic Monthly piece extols the virtues of the midlife
crisis as an all-American duty.
---Social Issues---
A Salon article covers the debate over whether the
information contained in the human genome should be
patentable by companies, weighing in on the side of
"open-source" access.

Salon looks into the case of a man recently charged with
disrupting a Delta flight.  Was he a rude troublemaker, or a
well-meaning hero convinced the plane was being hijacked?
---U.S. Politics---
"Enron" is becoming politicians' buzzword of choice to
associate with people and things they disagree with --
substituting for substantive argument, according to Salon.
---World Politics---
A FEER article describes how internecine fighting and a lack
of international unity have destabilized the new Afghan
government so quickly.
Time Europe recounts the Italian police's prevention of a
possible chemical attack on the U.S. embassy in Rome.