From Wikipedia: Henry Carter Adams (December 31, 1851 – August 11, 1921) was a U.S. economist, born in Davenport, Iowa to Elizabeth Douglass and Ephraim Adams, a missionary of the "Iowa Band" from New England.
He graduated from Iowa College -- now called Grinnell College -- which was co-founded by his father .He went to Andover Theological School, then studied in Heidelberg and Berlin for two years, before he went to Johns Hopkins University, where he made Ph.D. in 1878 and became a lecturer from 1880 to 1882. He was afterwards a lecturer in Cornell University. He also became statistician to the Interstate Commerce Committee and was in charge of the transportation department in the 1900 census.
From Wikipedia: Asa Griggs Candler (December 30, 1851 – March 12, 1929) was an American business tycoon who made his fortune selling Coca-Cola. He also served as the 44th Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia from 1916 to 1919. Candler Field, the site of the present-day Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, was named after him, as is Candler Park in Atlanta.
Thomas J. "Tom" Bradley (December 29, 1917 – September 29, 1998) was a five-term mayor of Los Angeles, California, serving in that office from 1973 to 1993. He was the first and to date only African American mayor of Los Angeles. His 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city's history. His 1973 election made him only the second African American mayor of a major U.S. city. The first was Carl Stokes of Cleveland, Ohio, who was elected in 1967.
Bradley unsuccessfully ran for Governor of California in 1982 and 1986 and was defeated each time by the Republican George Deukmejian. The racial dynamics that appeared to underlie his narrow and unexpected loss in 1982 gave rise to the political term "the Bradley effect."
From Wikipedia: Calixa Lavallée, (December 28, 1842 – January 21, 1891), born Calixte Paquet dit Lavallée, was a French-Canadian-American musician and Union Army officer during the American Civil War who composed the music for O Canada, which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980.
Calixa Lavallée was born in Verchères, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec. His father, Augustin Lavallée, was accomplished in many trades, including those of blacksmith, logger, bandmaster, and self-taught luthier. Calixa began his musical education with his father and studied in Montréal with Charles Wugk Sabatier. In 1857, he moved to the U.S. and lived in Rhode Island where he enlisted in the 4th Rhode Island Volunteers of the Union army during the American Civil War, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970), was a 2nd generation American modernist poet who was a crucial link between earlier figures like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, a rubric which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat poets, and the San Francisco Renaissance. Subsequently, many postmodern groups, such as the poets of the Language School, include Olson as a primary and precedent figure. He is credited as one of the thinkers who coined the term postmodern. Across the Atlantic, these various poetic movements have exerted a deep and ongoing influence on an important array of alternative and experimental writers, including Roy Fisher, Geoffrey Hill, JH Prynne and Edwin Morgan, behind whose works lurks Olson's ghost of language-driven inventiveness.
Read examples of Charles Olson's work, free from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
From wikipedia: Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth (December 26, 1819 – June 30, 1899) was an American writer of more than 60 novels in the latter part of the 19th century. She was probably the most widely read author of that era.
E.D.E.N. Southworth moved out to Wisconsin after graduating from Washington, D.C.. She studied in a school kept by her stepfather, Joshua L. Henshaw, and in 1840 married inventor Frederick H. Southworth, of Utica, New York. After 1843 she returned to Washington, D.C. without her husband.
She began to write stories to support herself and her children when he husband deserted her in 1844. Her first story, "The Irish Refugee", was published in the Baltimore Saturday Visitor. Some of her earliest works appeared in The National Era, the newspaper that printed Uncle Tom's Cabin. The bulk of her work appeared as a serial in Robert Bonner's The New York Ledger, which was widely read in the 1850s and 1860s.
The Chevalier de Saint-Georges (December 25, 1739–June 10, 1799), born Joseph Boulogne in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, was the son an African-descended slave woman and her aristrocratic French owner. He rose to become a leading composer who has been compared to Mozart and Voltaire, a feared swordfighting champion, a leader of the French revolution, and a startling symbol of the pernicious racism which he struggled heroically to rise above throughout his life, but which ultimately obscured his place in history.
Christmas is a holiday described by the religious as a celebration of the birth of their savior Jesus Christ. In reality, however, like many other religious holidays, most aspects of this modern tradition have very little to do with the actual birth of Christ.
The date of Christmas, December 25th, has no actual relevance to it’s supposed background(Jesus’ real birthday is thought by historians to be on April 17, 6 BC), but was placed on the Pagan feast day of Sol and Victus, or the open unconquered sun. As Christianity was beginning, it was thought that the best way to win converts was to liken Jesus the Messiah to Pagan sun idols, taking aspects from the Roman god Attis, Greek god Dionysus, the Egyptian god Osiris, and most notably stealing the birthday of Mithra, a Persian god worshipped by Romans. This obviously led to the Christian adoption of many heathen traditions.
Edwin Arlington Robinson (December 22, 1869 – April 6, 1935) was an American poet who won three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.
Robinson was born in Tide, Lincoln County, Maine, but his family moved to Gardiner, Maine, in 1870. He described his childhood in Maine as "stark and unhappy": his parents, having wanted a girl, did not name him until he was six months old, when they visited a holiday resort; other vacationers decided that he should have a name, and selected a man from Arlington, Massachusetts to draw a name out of a hat. Throughout his life, he not only hated his given name but also his family’s habit of calling him “Win,” and as an adult he always signed himself as “E. A.”
By Rick LaPlante,New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
Members of the New Haven community looking for last-minute holiday gifts might consider purchasing tickets to the New Haven Schools Foundation’s “Casino Night” fund-raiser – and giving the person receiving the gift a chance to win even more presents.
A trip for two to Hawaii, a cabin for six in the Truckee-Tahoe area and a flatscreen television top the list of prizes and auction items already lined up to be loaded “On a Mississippi Riverboat,” the title of the Foundation’s second annual event, to be held Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church.
From Wikipedia: Sewall Green Wright (December 21, 1889 – March 3, 1988) was an American geneticist known for his influential work on evolutionary theory and also for his work on path analysis. With R. A. Fisher and J.B.S. Haldane, he was a founder of theoretical population genetics. He is the discoverer of the inbreeding coefficient and of methods of computing it in pedigrees. He extended this work to populations, computing the amount of inbreeding of members of populations as a result of random genetic drift, and he and Fisher pioneered methods for computing the distribution of gene frequencies among populations as a result of the interaction of natural selection, mutation, migration and genetic drift. The work of Fisher, Wright, and Haldane on theoretical population genetics was a major step in the development of the modern evolutionary synthesis of genetics with evolution. Wright also made major contributions to mammalian genetics and biochemical genetics.
Logan Art Teacher Julie Curson has collected more than 350 pounds of canned and packaged foods this holiday season to be donated to the Alameda County Food Bank.
Curson and the students in the Interact Club she advises, with major donations from fellow teachers Tim Wharton and Grace Griego and their students, collected 365 pounds of food that Curson delivered to the Alameda County Food Bank on Tuesday.
The club, which has around 50 members, is lead by student President Jennifer Au. Club member Clyde Feliciano coordinated the food drive. This was the first such drive for the club.
This new anti-suicide poster
was created by Logan students.
By Sawant Khangura,Courier Staff Writer
According to kidshealth.org, 6.9 out of 100,000 adolescents commit suicide with suicide being the third leading cause of death for teenagers age 15 to 24. Teens usually commit suicide because they see it as the only escape from an impossible situation where they have to deal with bad thoughts or feelings. They just see suicide as the only way to escape from these problems. It is unknown if the problem has actually got worse. To provide more information and to talk to about what is being done at James Logan High School, The Courier invterviewed Sarah Vaughn, a mental health counselor here at Logan.
Reporter: Why are teens committing suicide?
Vaughn: I think what typically the reason teens and adults think about killing themselves is because they're depressed. They have some depression going on. It is pretty common for teens to think about killing themselves which is called suicidal ideation. It is less common for teens to actually commit suicide but it does happen.
Reporter: What specific things are causing teens to commit suicide?
Graham Parker at the
Freight and Salvage Coffee
House in Berkeley on
November 6, 2011 Patrick Hannigan/Courier Photo
By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT)
MINNEAPOLIS — The first time Graham Parker heard of Judd Apatow was in 2002, when he was informed that the writer/ producer's sitcom "Undeclared" would feature both an appearance by Ben Stiller and a rendition of Parker's "Love Keeps You Twisted."
It turned out to be the show's final episode.
"I cursed it," said Parker. "Typical of me."
In a more blessed career, the 62-year-old British musician would be as celebrated as his contemporaries Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, thanks to more than three decades of smart, sassy, soulful punk-pop singles. Instead, he's better known as a bitter underachiever who's burned more bridges than General Sherman.
Logan Alumnus Fariba Nawa is an internationally renowned journalist and former Courier editor. Her latest book, Opium Nation, centers on her return to her homeland of Afghanistan and the corrosive drug trade she found there. Visit her blog.
From New York to Los Angeles, Seattle to Phoenix, to the nation’s capital, I stood before Americans for the last year and told the story of Afghanistan’s drug trade, the story of its women, its drug lords, its heroes and criminals. I told my own story of an exile returning to my homeland, traveling in the region for seven years and finally, bidding farewell to Afghanistan. But my spirit’s still there.
After dozens of talks at bookstores, libraries, universities, on TV shows and radio programs, I spoke to whoever listened, reminded them that even though American troops will be leaving Afghanistan, Americans still should care. Why? Because it’s too easy to forget, and too deadly. The two countries are intertwined now, should be a part of each others’ conscience. Eleven years so far, 2000 US troops dead, thousands of Afghans slaughtered and an Afghanistan still in chaos. How can you forget?
From Wikipedia: Kan'ichi Asakawa (December 20, 1873 – August 10, 1948) was a Japanese academic, author, historian, librarian, curator and peace advocate. Asakawa was Japanese by birth and citizenship, but he lived the major portion of his life in the United States.
He was born in Nihonmatsu, Japan, and was educated at the Fukushima-ken Jinjo School in Fukushima Prefecture and at Waseda University in Tokyo before he traveled to the United States to study at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was awarded his BA degree in 1899. He continued his studies at Yale University, earning his Ph.D. in 1902.
Genre(s): Dystopian, Drama
Publication date: 1998
Media Type: Printed
Paperback: 311 pages
By Yara Mukaled,Courier Book Reviewer
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an unnerving and luring read that left me stunned. Atwood has readers question society and the status of women, making the future seem dark and hostile. The Handmaid’s Tale explores a world where women have basically no rights whatsoever, the government controls everything and everyone, individuality is extinct, and where “God is a National Resource” (and so are women). Atwood does not hold back and I loved every bit of it. It was a page turner and it made me reassess and think about the values of society and where we women really are in the social pyramid.
Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Woodson was one of the first scholars to study African-American history. A founder of Journal of Negro History, Woodson has been cited as the father of black history.
Carter G. Woodson was born December 19, 1875, the son of former enslaved Africans, James and Eliza Riddle Woodson. His father helped Union soldiers during the Civil War, and he moved his family to West Virginia when he heard that Huntington was building a high school for blacks. Coming from a large, poor family, Carter Woodson could not regularly attend school. Through self-instruction, Woodson mastered the fundamentals of common school subjects by age 17.
Image: U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services
By Meghan Daum Los Angeles Times (MCT)
It's been an especially fruitful week for rueful lamentations about "kids today." Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the text message. Along with it came the predictable chorus of bellyaching about the demise of literacy, the shortening of attention spans and the rise of abbreviations and acronyms that take longer to decipher than it would to pick up the phone and have a real conversation.
By Kathleen Megan, Amanda Falcone and Denise Buffa The Hartford Courant (MCT)
NEWTOWN, Conn. — Somber students returned to Newtown schools on Tuesday, some on buses, some brought by their parents, as residents struggled to adopt some sense of normalcy.
Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed Friday, remained closed. Those students and their teachers will eventually attend a school in Monroe that had been mothballed.
As much as I liked the idea of "Far Cry 2" and its open world exploration, something always felt off to me with that game. I'm not sure if it was the African setting (compared with the tropical island of the first) or the general nature of the missions, but it wasn't quite what I expected it to be. It was still fun, though, and upon hearing about "Far Cry 3" (which was announced last year at Ubisoft's E3 press event), I couldn't help but wonder . . . would this be the one that gets the thrill of the hunt right? And it truly is.
From Wikipedia: Graciano López Jaena (December 18, 1856-January 20, 1896) was a Filipino journalist, orator, and revolutionary from Iloilo, well known for his written work, La Solidaridad.
Philippine historians regard López Jaena, along with Marcelo H. del Pilar and José Rizal, as the triumvirate of Filipino propagandists. Of these three ilustrados, López Jaena was the first to arrive and may have founded the genesis of the Propaganda Movement.
Residents of Newtown, Connecticut
attend a Sunday vigil for the victims
of the South Hook Elementary shooting. Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant
By Tina Susman, Brian Bennett and Michael Muskal Los Angeles Times (MCT)
NEWTOWN, Conn. — This shattered town prepared on Monday to begin burying the dead from one of the country's worst mass shootings as the nation fought to overcome days of anguish.
Christmas decorations have given way to impromptu roadside memorials leading in and out of this western Connecticut town. One such commemoration featured 26 tiny U.S. flags with a candle in front of each, symbolizing those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning when a gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, forced his way into the building and began firing.
The town prepared to bury the first of the 20 first-graders who were shot many times, some at close range. They were Jack Pinto, 6, a New York Giants football fan, and Noah Pozner, also 6, who liked to tinker.
BEIJING — Not long after Adam Lanza killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults Friday at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the news swept through Chinese media and websites. The state Xinhua newswire ran an editorial headlined, "Innocent blood demands no delay for U.S. gun control."
On that same Friday, 23 children were stabbed or slashed at a schoolhouse in central China's Henan province. All of them survived — the attacker wielded a knife and not, as in Newtown, an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.
During the days that have followed, though, the sense of satisfaction about China's strict gun laws has been accompanied by growing questions about the difference in how the two nations handled the incidents.
From Wikipedia: Dame Mary Lucy Cartwright DBE FRS (17 December 1900 – 3 April 1998) was a British mathematician. With J. E. Littlewood she was the first to analyze a dynamical system with chaos. She was born in Aynho, Northamptonshire where her father was the vicar and died in Cambridge, England. Through her grandmother Jane Holbech she was descended from the poet John Donne and William Mompesson, the Vicar of Eyam.
She studied mathematics at St Hugh's College, Oxford, graduating in 1923 with a first class degree. She was the first woman to attain the final degree lectures and to obtain a first class.
She then taught at Alice Ottley School in Worcester and Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire before returning to Oxford in 1928 to read for her Doctorate of Philosophy.
From Wikipedia: Piet Hein (16 December 1905 – 17 April 1996) was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short poems, known as gruks or grooks, first started to appear in the daily newspaper "Politiken" shortly after the Nazi occupation in April 1940 under the pseudonym "Kumbel Kumbell".
He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the University of Copenhagen (later to become the Niels Bohr Institute), and Technical University of Denmark. Yale awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1972. He died in his home on Funen, Denmark in 1996.
He was a direct descendant of Piet Pieterszoon Hein, the Dutch naval hero of the 17th century.
Every now and then, there comes a movie that changes everything about what we know. A movie that is simply just so breathtakingly gorgeous and accurate that the viewers stand there and simply wonder, "how?" You can simply tell by looking at the nominations for best movie of the year: the epic biopic known as Lincoln.
Just like any film created by Steven Spielberg, the film shows sides of Abraham Lincoln not majorly known by most of the general public. It's easy to say that Lincoln wasn't the angle that we make him out to be- the movie begins at the and of Lincoln's first term, as it begins to merge with his second term. It is mainly revolves around the ratification of the thirteenth amendment. While this may seem like an uninteresting time, his way of getting it ratified is what makes the entire movie so worth it.
From Wikipedia: Jane Cowl (December 14, 1883 - June 22, 1950) was an American film and stage actress and playwright "notorious for playing lacrymose parts". Actress Jane Russell was named in Cowl's honor.
Cowl was born as Grace Bailey in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were Charles A. Bailey and Grace Avery. She attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York.
She made her Broadway debut in New York City in Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall in 1903, the play opened on the night of her twentieth birthday. Her first leading role was Fanny Perry in 1909 in Leo Ditrichstein's Is Matrimony a Failure?, produced by David Belasco, and then she played stock. This was followed by The Gamblers(1910), her first great success, and by Within the Law(1912), Common Clay, and other successes (New International Encyclopedia). She was known for her interpretation of Shakespearean roles, playing Juliet, Cleopatra and Viola on Broadway. She made Broadway history by playing Juliet over 1000 consecutive performances in 1923; critic George Jean Nathan declared her "not ... the best Juliet that I have seen, but she is by all odds the most charming". Cowl's affecting performances led her to be described as having a "voice with a tear." Biographer Charles Higham admired Cowl's "marvelous bovine eyes and exquisite genteel catch in the voice ..."
In this day and age, it's not uncommon to find that the number of musician-hopefuls is increasing. Video sharing and blogging sites help these people get their name out. YouTube alone has brought many into the spotlight, both average Joes and small-town celebrities. The best example is probably Justin Bieber, who is popular all over the world.
However, just because these tools exist does not mean it's any easier to make it big. Plenty of people post videos that showcase such amazing talent but no one really watches. There are also a lot of people that post videos showing off how much talent they do not have, but they still get a lot of exposure. They know that it's a one in a million chance, but they hope to be that one person, that can actually make it.
By Rick LaPlante,New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
The Board of Education on Tuesday night elected Linda Canlas to serve as President and Jonas Dino as Clerk. Mr. Dino, the longest serving member of the Board, was sworn in for a fourth term, and outgoing president Michelle Matthews took the oath of office for a second term. Michael Ritchie, who joined the Board last January after being appointed to fill a vacant seat, was sworn in for his first full term.
Also on Tuesday night, the Board thanked Superintendent Kari McVeigh and District staff for its successful pursuit of a federal Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) grant. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced the District would receive a $29.3 million RTTT-D grant, one of only 16 applicants granted funds from 372 that applied. (More information about RTTT-D, including the complete text of the grant, is available on the District website, www.nhusd.k12.ca.us, under the "Spotlight" section).
From Wikipedia: Belle da Costa Greene (December 13, 1883 in Washington, D.C. - May 10, 1950 in New York City, New York) was the librarian to J. P. Morgan and after his death in 1913, Belle continued as librarian under his son, Jack Morgan. In 1924 the private collection was incorporated by the State of New York as a library for public uses, and the Board of Trustees appointed Belle first director of the Pierpont Morgan Library.
She was born Belle Marion Greener in Washington, D.C., and grew up there and in New York City. Her biographer Heidi Ardizzone lists Belle's birth date as November 26, 1879. Her mother was Genevieve Ida Fleet, a member of a well-known African American family in the nation's capital, while her father was Richard Theodore Greener, an attorney who served as dean of the Howard University School of Law and was the first black student and first black graduate of Harvard (class of 1870). After his separation from his wife (they never divorced), Greener became a U.S. diplomat posted to Siberia, where he produced a second family with a Japanese woman. Once Belle took the job with Morgan, she likely never spoke to her father again. She may have met him once in Chicago around 1913, but there are no letters or written proof. Belle burned all personal papers in her possession shortly before her death, while Richard was thought to have lost most of his in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. A recent treasure trove of documents belonging to Greener however, was discovered in the attic of an abandoned house in Chicago, and early indications are that they will shed even greater light on Greener's life.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Language: English
Genre(s): Dystopian, Science fiction novel,
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 2005
Media type : Print (hardback & paperback)
ISBN 1-4000-4339-5 (first
By Yara Mukaled,Courier Book Reviewer
Upon hearing that Never Let Me Go is a “scifi” novel, I lost the excitement I had felt about reading it. I am happy that I did not let that label prevent me from starting the book because, afterwards, I could not put it down.
Never Let Me Go should not be confined to the Science Fiction label – it is so much more than that. The story deals with social alienation, love, the fear of death, the question of humanity and the meaning of life, free will, and the duty to the common good. It is heartwarming and touching yet dreamlike and disturbing – a beautiful paradox.
As the due dates of college applications draw near, many college hopefuls are on tight deadlines to put down what is so special about us, what makes us unique, within 500 words. The colleges and universities reassure us with the well-worn advice to ‘be ourselves’, and that ‘whichever college is right for you will admit you!’
But if we take a minute to think about who we are, we might find that we really do not know. Haven’t most of our goals during our high school careers consisted of trying to get into college? What we do now is for our future–the sports we play, the art we make, the classes we take, the volunteering we do–all of it in hopes of looking like a more ‘well-rounded’ student in the eyes of the universities.
Week 14 the Niners faced the Miami Dolphins. San Francisco came out on top 27-13.
The first quarter was slow for both teams and neither team scored. In the second quarter the Dolphins drew first blood with a field goal, but San Francisco answered with a field goal of their own.
In the 3rd quarter Frank Gore scored on a one yard scamper. Frank Gore now is tied with 49er greats Roger Craig and Joe Perry for most rushing touchdowns in franchise history. It is undeniable that Gore is the best running in San Francisco 49ers history.
Paul Elmer More (December 12, 1864 – March 9, 1937) was an American journalist, critic, essayist and Christian apologist.
More was educated at Washington University in St. Louis and Harvard University. He taught Sanskrit at Harvard (1894-1895) and Bryn Mawr (1895-1897).
After his short career as an academic, he worked as a journalist on The Independent, the New York Evening Post and The Nation. He started on his Shelburne Essays in 1904; they were to run to 11 published volumes, drawing on his periodical writing, and were followed later by the New Shelburne Essays, in three volumes from 1928.
Marco Scutaro and team mate Angel Pagan were in San Francisco Friday to have physical exams before re-signing contracts with the Giants.
After convincing Angel Pagan to stick with the Giants a week ago Monday, the San Francisco Giants retained another key part of the team when they also convinced Marco Scutaro to accept a 3-year deal the next day. Both players signed on the dotted line on Friday, according to ESPN.
Once Pagan will get $40 million for his four years; Scutaro gets three years at $20 million.
By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools
Director of Parent and Community Relations
The New Haven Unified School District was named today one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition.
New Haven’s application was ranked No. 2 in the country. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next four-and-a-half years, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers.
Developer PikPok has put two of the greatest things any app user would want; zombies and free games! Into the Dead is a first person "survival game" that drops you into a world that has been taken over by the living dead (OH MAN THAT'S ORIGINAL!) The game offers three game modes,Classic, Massacre, and Hardcore, but Classic is available at the time I'm writing this review. The objective of Classic mode is to run as far of a distance as you can while avoided zombies and other obstacles which persists of fence posts, corn fields, and trees. You can run through by either using touch controls, or tilting the screen. You can choose from up to four different control layouts.
Jenni Rivera was many things: a banda singer with a nimble voice, a chronicler with a unique perspective from Long Beach, Calif., an advocate of domestic violence awareness, a reality show star, a symbol.
The musician, who was believed to have died Sunday in Mexico, had her first child while in high school, endured a brutal case of domestic violence and then bravely addressed it in song and action, and rose in the '00s to be one of the most successful female banda singers in a male-dominated music style.
As her success grew, she matured into an artist with more universal aspirations and seemed to be on her way there.
From wikipedia: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815, London – 27 November 1852, Marylebone, London), born Augusta Ada Byron, was the only legitimate child of poet Lord Byron. She is widely known in modern times simply as Ada Lovelace.
She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. She is today appreciated as the "first programmer" since she was writing programs—that is, encoding an algorithm in a form to be processed by a machine—for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.
Listen to a BBC radio program about Ada Lovelace.
Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy officer. A pioneer in the field, she was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer, and developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.
She conceptualized the idea of machine-independent programming languages, which led to the development of COBOL, one of the first modern programming languages. She is credited with popularizing the term "debugging" for fixing computer glitches (motivated by an actual moth removed from the computer). Owing to the breadth of her accomplishments and her naval rank, she is sometimes referred to as "Amazing Grace." The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hopper (DDG-70) is named for her, as was the Cray XE6 "Hopper" supercomputer at NERSC.
From Wikipedia: Richard Warren Sears (December 7, 1863 – September 28, 1914) was a manager, businessman, and the founder of Sears, Roebuck and Company with his partner Alvah C. Roebuck.
Richard W. Sears was born in Stewartville, Minnesota. His father was James Warren Sears, born circa 1828 in New York, a blacksmith and wagon-maker; his mother was Eliza Burton, born in Ohio circa 1843. The family was living in Spring Valley, Minnesota by June of 1870, where his father served as a city councilman and eventually sold his wagon shop in 1875. Both of his parents were of English descent. During his boyhood in Spring Valley, he befriended Almanzo Wilder, the future husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder. After learning telegraphy he entered the service of the railroad.
Joseph Francis Lamb (December 6, 1887 – September 3, 1960) was a noted American composer of ragtime music. Lamb, of Irish descent, was the only non-African American of the "Big Three" composers of classical ragtime, the other two being Scott Joplin and James Scott.
Lamb was born in Montclair, New Jersey. The youngest of four children, he taught himself to play the piano, and was very taken with the early ragtime publications of Scott Joplin. He dropped out of St. Jerome's College in 1904 to work for a dry goods company. In 1907 Lamb was purchasing the latest Joplin and James Scott sheet music in the New York City offices of John Stark & Son when he met his idol Joplin. Joplin was favorably impressed with Lamb's compositions, and recommended him to classical ragtime publisher John Stark. Stark published Lamb's music for the next decade, starting with "Sensation".
"Mankind: The Story of Us All"
by Pamela D. Toler;
Running Press $30
By Tish Wells McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)
Human history is the story of restless people always on the move.
In "Mankind: The Story of Us All," Pamela D. Toler introduces us to the connections, over time, that led to our domination of the planet. It's a vast task that she does well.
A companion book to the History Channel's television series "Mankind," this book stands on its own. It provides enough depth to give readers enough information to understand what is being said but not to be bored.
It may be discouraged by administrators and teachers, but several students are generating income for themselves by selling various snacks to their fellow students.
Some of the more common items for sale "on the down low" are things like candy, chips, pop tarts, and, most famously, spam musubi, a snack food popularized in Hawaii and composed a slice of grilled Spam on rice, wrapped together with dried seaweed.
The profit is made by buying or making the items in bulk for relatively low prices, then selling these items for a dollar or so to hungry students.
From Wikipedia: Marcus Daly (December 5, 1841 – November 12, 1900) was an Irish-born American businessman known as one of the three "Copper Kings" of Butte, Montana, United States.
Daly emigrated from County Cavan Ireland to the United States at the age of fifteen, arriving in New York City.
Daly founded his fortune on the Anaconda Copper Mine in Butte, Montana, which he bought with money from various backers, including George Hearst (father of William Randolph Hearst) in 1880. The Anaconda began as a silver mine, but copper was discovered there and found to be one of the largest deposits known at the time.
This off-season the Giants had two major concerns that needed to be addressed. On Monday Brian Sabean addressed one of those needs, when he re-signed center fielder Angel Pagan to a 4-year, 40 million-dollar deal.
Pagan played a vital role down the stretch late in the season, when he took off at the plate when Bruce Bochy moved him to the leadoff spot in the lineup.
While in the leadoff spot Pagan provided an ample combination of power and speed, stealing 29 bases and having 61 extra base hits.
From Wikipedia: Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (December 4, 1912 – January 11, 1988) was a United States Marine Corps officer who was an American fighter ace during World War II. For his heroic actions, he was awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Boyington flew initially with the American Volunteer Group in the Republic of China Air Force during the Second Sino-Japanese War. He later commanded the U.S. Marine Corps squadron VMF-214 ("The Black Sheep Squadron") during World War II. Boyington became a prisoner of war later in the war.
By Lueigi Magnaye,Courier Football Writer
The game of the year?
Unfortunately, Logan’s game of the year in their best season since 1997 turned into a loss at the hands of the dominant De La Salle Spartans in a rain-drenched Dublin High School stadium Saturday night.
There was plenty of talk about Logan giving De La Salle a run for their money this year, but the more experienced and bigger team, De La Salle, took the North Coast Section championship once more. Their victory Saturday netted the Spartans their 21st consecutive North Coast Section D-I championship.
A researcher counts fish swimming around
a coral reef at Palmyra Atoll in the central
Pacific in August 2005.
Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT By Kenneth R. Weiss Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — The federal government on Friday proposed protecting 66 kinds of corals under the Endangered Species Act, an acknowledgment that these reef-building animals are suffering so many insults they are threatened with extinction.
The proposal, which covers corals in the Pacific and the Caribbean, lists 19 ways that corals are under assault. They include overfishing, pollution, heat-stroke, disease and dissolving in seawater that is turning more acidic.
When 8-year-old Logan Olson told his family he wanted a treehouse for his birthday, his grandfather was determined to make it not just any treehouse, but a grand one — a treehouse the whole neighborhood could admire.
The tan, barn-like structure sprawls 80 square feet atop a graceful old linden tree on the front lawn of the family's single-story tract home in Billings, Mont. It has a deck on three sides, with a door that looks like a barn entry, a tire swing suspended from the floor and a pulley to hoist up lunch.
From Wikipedia: Cleveland Abbe (December 3, 1838 – October 28, 1916) was an American meteorologist and advocate of time zones. While director of the Cincinnati Observatory in Cincinnati, Ohio, he developed a system of telegraphic weather reports, daily weather maps, and weather forecasts. Congress in 1870 established the U.S. Weather Bureau and inaugurated the use of daily weather forecasts. In recognition of his work, Abbe, who was often known as Old Probability for the reliability of his forecasts, was appointed the first head of the new service.
Julia Ann Moore, the "Sweet Singer of Michigan", born Julia Ann Davis in Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan (December 1, 1847–June 5, 1920), was an American poet, or more precisely, poetaster. Like Scotland's William Topaz McGonagall, she is famed chiefly for writing notoriously bad poetry.
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