The royal families

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – In a rare admission, Adel al-Jubeir, the smug, bug-eyed flack for the Saudi royal government, conceded that the kingdom ignored repeated requests by an American diplomat more…

NYT has no college policy for reporters

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – The New York Times, once the most respected newspaper in the nation, if not the world, has no formal policy requiring its reporters to have a more…

eBay backpedals from hoax claim

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – eBay powersellers say the auctioneer fooled the national media into believing it was a victim of a hoax regarding sales of UPS uniforms on its website more…

Justice memo frowns
on SARS mask-wearing

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – U.S. authorities have discouraged immigration inspectors from wearing masks as they process Asian passengers arriving at the nation's international airports from SARS hot spots such as more…

Did U.S. scientist help
N. Korea nuke program?

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – A former U.S. nuclear-weapons scientist suspected of spying for China was spotted by an FBI counterintelligence agent in China near the North Korean border, raising suspicions more…

Army recruiting Korean linguists

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON -- Not surprisingly, the U.S. Army is hard-pressed to recruit Arabic translators to help intelligence officers interrogate the thousands of Iraqi soldiers captured during the war. But more…

SARS epidemic
'China's Chernobyl'

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – When Beijing last week closed schools and restricted travel to slow the spread of the lethal SARS virus, belying earlier claims it was not a serious more…

U.S. still 'a nation at risk'

by Paul Sperry -- WASHINGTON – Twenty years after the seminal report "A Nation at Risk" warned of a "rising tide of mediocrity" in American schools, scholars are divided over the progress more…

Did SARS mutate
from duck, pig feces?

by Paul Sperry -- The last three influenza pandemics have all originated in Asia – the 1957 Asian flu, the 1968 Hong Kong flu and now this year's SARS flu, which also more…