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Pension Plans at Stake as Congress, Courts Consider Issues

The future of American workers' pensions will be at stake in 2004 as legal and legislative decisions are made during the year, a University of Alabama pension expert says.

December 15, 2003

Alzheimer’s ‘Cocktail Therapy’ Expected in 2004

Americans will see the beginning of "cocktail drug therapy" for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease in 2004, say Drs. Lou Burgio and Lucinda Roff, co-directors of The University of Alabama's Center for Mental Health...

December 15, 2003

New Motor Trends Include Hybrid Electric Vehicles and More Diesel Engines

While sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are the most popular vehicles on the market today, two University of Alabama engineering professors predict hybrid electric vehicles will join the SUV upsurge next year.

December 15, 2003

More Computer Viruses, Less SPAM Predicted for 2004

As if 2003 did not experience enough computer problems, three University of Alabama computer science professors predict there is more to come for computer viruses and SPAM in 2004.

December 15, 2003

2004 will be ‘The Year of the Internet Wars’ as Congress and Terrorists Enter the Fray

E-commerce is reported by the U.S. Department of Commerce to have ballooned to about $55 billion in 2003 — accounting for nearly 1.5 percent of all retail sales in the United States — but...

December 15, 2003

Roy Moore to ‘Take His Show on the Road’ in 2004

Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore will "take his show on the road" in 2004, seeking test cases to keep the Ten Commandments issue before the courts and support for a constitutional amendment to...

December 15, 2003

Iraq to Cost Bush Re-Election, Barring Dramatic Changes

One year ago, a University of Alabama expert in military and political affairs predicted that war in Iraq in 2003 would equal defeat for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election. Now, some...

December 15, 2003

Bush will Win Re-Election While Republicans Make Gains in Congress

Despite lingering worries about unemployment and continuing American casualties in Iraq in late 2003, President George W. Bush will be re-elected in the 2004 presidential election, a University of Alabama political scientist predicts.

December 15, 2003

News Channels will Continue ‘Crisis of the Moment’ Coverage to Keep Viewers

Not only will television news channels continue their rise in popularity in 2003, but so will the "crisis of the moment" coverage on cable news channels that reached its height after the Sept. 11...

December 19, 2002

Look for Reduction in Terrorist Attacks, but Expect More Deadly Incidents

Dr. Walter Enders, whose research into the connection between economic conditions and terrorist activity has garnered national attention, says Americans can expect a reduction in the number of terrorists incident directed against the United...

December 19, 2002

Look for Great, Wearable Clothes in 2003

There will probably be few surprises or outlandish trends in 2003 - just great wearable clothes, a reflection of the conservative mood of the designers and the country in general, says Dr. Marcy Koontz,...

December 19, 2002

Budget Shortfall, New Federal Guidelines to Hit Education Hard in 2003

The Alabama Legislature will continue to argue over the need for taxes and will remain as indecisive as ever, while new federal legislation will make it difficult for school districts to meet the new...

December 19, 2002

Aging ‘Boomers’ will Cause Changes to Health Care System

With estimates showing the number of Americans 65 and older doubling by the year 2030, changes in health care will have to be made, and we will see some movement in that direction in...

December 19, 2002

Television and Radio Outlets will Continue Their Consolidation and Give Audiences Fewer Real Choices

The consolidation of ownership will continue to drive the media industry in 2003, says Dr. Loy Singleton, professor and chair of the telecommunication and film department at The University of Alabama.

December 19, 2002

War with Iraq Will Cause Drop in Stock Market, Increase Market Place Uncertainty

An American attack on Iraq will likely cause a drop in the stock market, a decline that will continue as long as the war goes on or if there is an increase in terrorist...

December 19, 2002