In the LAT, British columnist Chris Ayres tells Americans to buck up at the prospect of losing our status as the top world superpower. It would actually be a godsend, he says, because no one blames the little guy.
In Portland, Ore., there's more to being a barista than just pouring coffee. A five-page job application for Ladybug Organic Coffee Company wants to know what prospective employees think might improve their city and what they routinely do "to make the world a better place," says the NYT. Although 150 people have answered the 10 essay questions on the application since the cafe opened in 2007, only 25 have been hired.