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September 2011

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Taj Mahal

What Ails the Taj Mahal?

A debate rages over preserving the awe-inspiring, 350-year-old monument that now shows signs of distress from pollution and shoddy repairs

Osama bin Laden reaction

What 9/11 Wrought

The former editor of the New York Times considers the effects of the terrorist attacks on the 10th anniversary of the fateful day

Flloyd Country Store Jamboree

Road Music

Grab a partner. Bluegrass and country tunes that tell America's story are all the rage in hilly southern Virginia

Samuel Morse and Gallery of the Louvre

Reversal of Fortune

It wasn't until after he failed as an artist that Morse revolutionized communications by inventing the telegraph

Sea otter feasting on crab

Picky Eaters

Could the California sea otters' peculiar dietary habits be impeding their resurgence?

Kirkkojarvi School

A+ for Finland

The country's achievements in education have other nations, especially the United States, doing their homework

Departments

From the Editor

Coming to Terms

In the United States and Finland

Indelible Images

Super Model

As photographer William Wegman tells it, his cinnamon-gray Weimaraner wasn't content to just sit and stay

The Civil War

On the March: September 1861

During this month, the civil war expands to Kentucky and West Virginia, and President Lincoln rejects an attempt at emancipation

Letters

Letters

My Kind of Town

Beyond Bourbon Street

From out-of-the-way jazz joints to po' boy shacks, a native son shares his favorite haunts in the Big Easy

This Month in History

September Anniversaries

Momentous or Merely Memorable

Around the Mall

Mail Pooch

For nine years, Owney rode the rails and the wagons on top of mailbags as the mascot of the mailmen

From the Castle

Sound Scholarship

The Object at Hand

Down But Not Out

Fans still argue about who really won the 1927 "long count" fight between Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey

Q&A

Q&A: Tony Hawk

The skateboarding champion talks about the growth and evolution of his sport

What's Up

What's Up

Presence of Mind

The Struggle Within Islam

Terrorists get the headlines, but most Muslims want to reclaim their religion from extremists

The Last Page

Strike Up the Brand

In an ever more competitive world, nations strive for the perfect slogan