I stood up for nonsmokers’ rights—but does the law stand up for me?

On a cold, wet, windy night on the last day of winter, I stood up for my rights as a nonsmoker—and those of my two small children. But it's unclear whether the law is behind me.

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The American Dream is killing us

The American Dream has been defined for several generations now as an idyllic home in the suburbs, with a car to get you everywhere you need to go. But that dream appears to be something more of a nightmare, with Americans' dependence on automobiles leading to increased rates of a variety of ailments, "all of which can impair the quality and length of life," writes Jane E. Brody at nytimes.com.