From 1919 to 1969, college home economics programs around the country had so-called practice houses or practice apartments where young women learned the domestic arts: cooking, cleaning, running a household.
The college students learned mothering skills by caring for "practice babies" -- infants lent by local orphanages to live at the school.
(8 a.m. ET, Jan. 7: We've added quite a bit to this post, as you'll see below. The additions include comments from Ellen Weiss, the NPR news executive who has resigned, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and Juan Williams -- the news analyst who was dismissed last October, setting in motion the events that led to today's announcements. Read through to see how the story developed. We're rearranging things so that it's all in chronological order, starting with our original post.)
Seven months after resigning from her post as a White House columnist for Hearst because of controversy over her comment that Israeli Jews should return "home" to Poland and Germany, 90-year-old Helen Thomas is writing again.
David Nichols, a Purdue University pharmacologist, is a hero to many.
He has fans in the medical community, who salute his 40 years of work on the brain chemical serotonin that has lead to insights for treatment of Parkinson's and depression. He's also revered by a shifty community of underground chemists hoping to find the next big street drug among the psychedelic compounds he makes in his lab.