Saturday, August 31, 2013
DuBose Heyward (August 31, 1885 – June 16, 1940) was an American author best known for his 1924 novel Porgy. With his wife Dorothy, whom he met at the MacDowell Colony in 1922, he was co-author of the non-musical play adapted from the novel. His play was the foundation of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. A descendant of Thomas Heyward, Jr., who was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of South Carolina, Heyward became a Charleston insurance and real-estate salesman with a long-standing and serious interest in literature. He became financially independent and abandoned his business to devote full time to writing.
Read works by Dubose Heyward, free from Project Gutenberg.
Friday, August 30, 2013
by Darrin Baluyot, Courier Staff Writer
The most recent addition to the X-men film series had viewers full of anticipation for Marvel’s favorite anti-hero, known for poor box office sales these recent years. Fans of Logan, also known as Wolverine, were all in high hopes that The Wolverine didn’t turn out as slow and disappointing, like X-men Origins: Wolverine.
The movie begins with the usual depressed character of Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who we have been accustomed too for the past decade of X-Men films, living ruggedly as a hermit in the Yukon. Logan has now given up the goal of finding inner peace and has resorted to a meaningless life of solitude and nightmares.
The plot thickens when Yukio, a mutant with the ability to see how people die, confronts Logan with an invitation to Japan to visit Yashida, a former Japanese soldier in World War II that Logan once saved. Yashida now owns one of the world’s largest corporations. Once Logan arrives in Japan, he is thrust into the heart of a Yakuza gang war, as he tries to find the reason he was sent there.
By Mitchell Prothero
McClatchy Foreign Staff (MCT)
MASNAA, Lebanon — The main border crossing between Syria and Lebanon was thronged Wednesday with Syrians intent on fleeing what many locals believe will be a series of American-led airstrikes against Syrian government targets over the regime's alleged use of chemical weapons last week against rebels.
Lebanese media outlets — which tend to employ hyperbole on refugee matters — said tens of thousands of Syrians had used the Masnaa border crossing in the past 48 hours to flee the more than 2-year-old rebellion that has killed more than 100,000 people and threatens to enter a new phase of Western involvement. Lebanese security sources put the numbers substantially lower but said they were believed to be in the thousands.
By Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — Wong Kar Wai is known as an international master of moody romance, making films filled with a yearning melancholy. His "In the Mood for Love" was the only film from this century to make the Top 25 of a recent Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. So news that he was making a kung fu film tracing the life of Ip Man, who would famously go on to train Bruce Lee, caught many of his fans off-guard.
The long-awaited film has already been the biggest commercial hit of Wong's career in China, even with its unlikely combination of a rousing martial arts story and a moving tale of romantic longing.
John Gunther (August 30, 1901 – May 29, 1970) was an American journalist and author whose success came primarily in the 1940s and 1950s with a series of popular sociopolitical works known as the "Inside" books. He is best known today for the memoir Death Be Not Proud about the death of his teenage son, Johnny Gunther, from a brain tumor.
Gunther was born in Lakeview, a suburban area of Chicago, and grew up on the north side of the city. He was the first child of Eugene Guenther, a traveling salesman, and Lizette Schoeninger Guenther. During World War I the family changed the spelling of its name from Guenther to Gunther in order to avoid having a German-sounding name.
Learn more about John Gunther, free from WNYC.org.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
by Sean Stewart, Technology Editor
Nintendo recently announced the newest member of the 3DS family, dubbed the "Nintendo 2DS". By the look of it, seems to be going backwards in the aspects of design and portability.
Right off the bat, the 2DS looks like a giant square with two screens on it. Imagine the 3DS XL, but without the ability to fold and be portable. Fear not, Nintendo is offering a carrying case for this behemoth for twelve dollars on launch day. That in itself is inconvenient.
The 2DS is possibly an alternative for the audience that cannot experience the 3D function of the current 3DS models, since the 2DS will be compatible with all current and future 3DS titles.
What I'm wondering is what was thought was going through the heads of the designers over at Nintendo? Sure, it's the 3DS XL, but it just doesn't have the 3D function, and just doesn't seem to be as ideal as the current 3DS models on the market. It's nice to see that Nintendo is looking out for the little guys, but the little guys can just buy a 3DS and turn the 3D function off.
The 2DS will be available on October 12th, and will run at 130 dollars.
Giovanni Battista Casti (29 August 1724 – 5 February 1803) was an Italian poet, satirist, and author of comic opera librettos, born in Acquapendente.
He entered the priesthood after studying at the seminary of Montefiascone and became a canon in the cathedral of his native place, but gave up his chance of church preferment to satisfy his restless spirit by visiting most of the capitals of Europe.
In 1784, after the death of Metastasio (in 1782), he failed to be appointed Poeta Cesario, or poet laureate of Austria, and he left Austria in 1796. He spent the rest of his life in Paris, where he died in 1803.
Read an English translation of Casti's poem, The Debt of the “Giuli Tre,” from which the above quote is taken, free from Bartleby.com.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Anyone interested in Cross Country see Coach Webb on the track after school. Time to get in better condition!
Any young man in the 9th or 10th grade interested in playing Boys Basketball this school year please see Coach Richberg in room 63.
Any young lady in the 11th or 12th grade interested in being a manager for Boys Basketball this school year please see Coach Richberg in room 63.
Freshman girls interested in signing up for Tennis go to room 455 at lunch or the tennis courts after school to sign up.
PE clothes are for sale before school, at lunch, or after school at the old attendance windows near the Main Office.
If you have a problem with your locker please fill out the locker problem form in your house office.
The book room is open from 8:00 – 1:00 and then again from 1:30 to 4:00 daily.
If you have a problem with your schedule you may see your counselor in your house office before school, after school, and at lunch only. You must follow your original schedule until the problem is fixed.
Language Arts students get back to
Courier Staff Photo
Courier Staff Report
The roads around James Logan High School were jammed again this morning as students made their ways to the school for the first day of the new school year.
There are about 4,000 students enrolled at Logan this year, according to Vice Principal Abhi Brar.
"As of today, we have 3931 full-time students enrolled," Brar told The Courier Wednesday, "Including partial enrollments (Independent Study/CCHS taking courses at Logan) we have a total of 4123."
In general, students seemed to be glad to be back on campus.
"The Astronaut Wives Club"
by Lily Koppel
Grand Central Publishing ($28)
By Jill Vejnoska
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (MCT)
When inspiration hit, it didn't happen in a galaxy far, far away. Rather, in a trendy Manhattan loft.
"We had just bought this large coffee table book that was a re-release of Norman Mailer's opus on Apollo 11, matched up with these amazing photos from Life (magazine)," said Lily Koppel, 32, recalling a conversation she had with her husband three years ago.
"I turned the page to discover this amazing group portrait of these women all wearing poufy minidresses and with sky-high beehive hairdos. I turned to Tom and said, 'Has anyone ever written about the Astrowives?'" No one had. At least not the way Koppel does in "The Astronaut Wives Club."
Sensing there was way more going on underneath the seemingly placid and pretty surfaces presented by the "Right Stuff" women, Koppel began digging into research materials. When she made her first phone call to one of the "Astrowives," as they were known, she was even more surprised previous authors hadn't boldly gone where she was about to.
Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994), born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic book medium.
Growing up poor in New York City, Kurtzberg entered the nascent comics industry in the 1930s. He drew various comics features under different pen names, including Jack Curtiss, ultimately settling on Jack Kirby. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics. During the 1940s, Kirby, generally teamed with Simon, created numerous characters for that company and for National Comics, the company that later became DC Comics.
Visit the Jack Kirby Museum.
Monday, August 12, 2013
The Fertile Crescent at maximum defined extent,
with the names of ancient civilizations found there.
By Melissa Pandika
Los Angeles Times (MCT)
LOS ANGELES — A rich trove of artifacts and plant remains excavated from southwestern Iran suggests that ancient humans' transition from hunting and gathering to farming occurred throughout the Fertile Crescent at roughly the same time.
The excavation also revealed that this crucial change — which helped the region earn its reputation as the cradle of civilization — happened gradually over thousands of years, not in a few generations or centuries as previously thought, according to a study published this month in the journal Science.