Katharine Wroth

  • See you in the funny papers

    Gas prices in Parade? What next?

    Today’s news of Gulf-Coast battering deserves lots of attention. But first, let us return to Sunday. Ahh, Sunday. Spotted two instances of environmental shtuff creeping into otherwise “fun” parts of the paper. First, as further proof that the Sunday comics …

  • Fast-food times at Ridgemont High

    Chain restaurants stake out turf near schools

    Wait, why are we all getting fat?

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Buy the rights

    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 …