In the six weeks the United States was at war with Iraq, reports say, more than 9,900 American businesses failed. Bet none made yellow ribbons.

- "The British have never felt America to be a foreign land," says Queen Elizabeth. It's what you'd expect to hear from a former absentee landlord.- The queen's visit to the United States raises the question of who's back in London minding the store. Is there a vice queen?

- The Kennedy family Palm Beach case gets increasingly strange, and we keep expecting to read that one of the attorneys is a chap named Quiddick.

- Midlife crisis: It's realizing that today's minimum hourly wage is what, as a kid, you dreamed about making in a whole day.

- Bill Tammeus, Kansas City Star