The reign of Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrates 60 years as Great Britain’s monarch this week, has occupied the throne longer than anyone over the past 1,000 years except Queen Victoria.
Detroit's vigilante citizens
Vigilantism is taking hold in Detroit. Budget woes have led the city’s police force to be cut by 40 percent over a decade, to 3,000 cops, delaying police response times. At least 34 citizens killed attackers last year in what the city classified as justifiable use of force. “I don’t intend to be one of their victims,” said Julia Brown, 73, who now has a licensed handgun.
American Catholic women and birth control
Ninety-eight percent of American Catholic women have used artificial birth control, according to a 2011 study by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan sexual-research organization.
The music industry's dwindling sales
Between 1999, when Napster made illegal file-sharing popular, and 2009, U.S. music sales fell 47 percent, from $14.6 billion to $7.7 billion. Despite attempts to crack down on piracy, a record-industry study found that consumers paid for just 37 percent of the music they acquired in 2009.
How college freshmen view gay marriage
An unprecedented 71.3 percent of college freshmen believe that same-sex couples should have the right to marry, up from 64.9 percent in 2009, according to a new UCLA survey.