Katharine Wroth

Fast-food times at Ridgemont High

Chain restaurants stake out turf near schools

Wait, why are we all getting fat?

Climate & Energy

The latest solution to pumped-up prices

Because I'm obsessed with reactions to gas prices, I shall tell you about an email I got this morning from a childhood friend in Maine. Maybe you've also gotten it. But not from my friend, a sweet woman who usually …

Climate & Energy

Drivers panic at the pump

Are rising gas prices driving some people to the brink? Late last week, a station attendant in Alabama was run over and killed while trying to stop a dude from stealing $52 worth of gas. (The driver just turned himself …

The fat of the land

Which state is full of skinny Minnies?

This just in: last year, Oregon was the only state in the U.S. where the obesity rate didn't increase. Huzzah for the Beaver State! Though static, Oregon's 21 percent rate is not the lowest in the nation. That honor belongs …

Now that's a gas

Hooray for sky-high prices!

In light of this summer's wicked high fuel prices, CNN.com has started a daily "gas gripes" section where readers can spout off about how tough life is. But here's a little secret -- these aren't gripes! Today's collection, especially, is …

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What happens when the Polish and polar bears meet?

Did you hear the one about the three Polish scientists who almost got eaten by polar bears? No, seriously. Three researchers were stranded for 15 hours on an island in Norway's Svalbard archipelago (I just really, really wanted to type …

You bet your life

Gambling site gives odds for oil

As news hits of a historic rise in oil prices (to $66 a barrel), America's "largest online sports betting destination" tells us they've turned the world's fuelish issues into a new category. Yup! Right there on the non sports events …

Forest meets felon in John Vaillant’s The Golden Spruce

The old riddle goes: If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? The new one might go: If a tree falls in a forest and no one’s there to …

G-d bless 'im

Frist brings science back into the mix

In potentially good news for science fans everywhere, Sen. Bill Frist has stepped up to support stem-cell research. The money quote on this one: "It's not just a matter of faith, it's a matter of science," (Dr.) Frist said. All …