Roy Roberts, emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools, speaks at Amelia Earhart Elementary-Middle School. Roberts, a former General Motors executive, came out of retirement to try to fix the school system.
If there were an award for the "most challenged" school district in the United States, the Detroit public school system would have good reason to claim the title.
The system is wrestling with crumbling buildings, low achievement and a decline in enrollment that just won't stop. But this year, the system has added some new faces and plans to the mix in an attempt to revive it.
"Critics here at home" argue that the war in Iraq has hurt the reputation of the United States around the world, former Vice President Dick Cheney acknowledged this morning. But he doesn't believe that's true.
A K-9 police officer and his partner "Bart" patrol New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2003. Less visible are the clandestine security measures the government has implemented since 2001.
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Dana Priest received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the Water Reed Army Medical Center and the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for her work on CIA secret prisons.
Thousands of government organizations and private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence. Last December, The Washington Post reported that this "top-secret world ... has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work."
The towers of the World Trade Center. Sept. 11, 2001.
Guidelines sent by the White House to U.S. government officials around the world about how to commemorate the Sept. 11 attacks on their 10th anniversary focus on honoring the victims, stressing the need to be prepared for another attack and recognizing that other nations have also been targeted by terrorists, The New York Times reports this morning.