New York eighth-grader wins national spelling bee–Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, correctly spelling the word “knaidel.” “It means that I am retiring on a good note,” said Mahankali, who attends Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 and was in his last year of eligibility. “I shall spend the summer, maybe the entire day, studying physics.” (CNN Photo) by Jon Pennington (CNN) — I’ve always lived in a world of letters and alphabets. One of my earliest recollections is memorizing every line and curve of the ABC’s on a baby blanket my grandparents gave me. I learned to read at an early age, but my favorite books were dictionaries. I wanted no plot, no narrative, just the onrush of one word after another.
Daily Archive: June 2, 2013
MARVIN JUNIOR 1936-2013 My very first encounter with the Dells was in 1969. I had just heard the song “Oh What a Night” on the radio in New York City.
Danilo Pérez is the 2013 Festival headliner by Sharon Banks Jazz can never be put in a box. It cannot be classified as one musical genre, style or artist.
UCLA Physician Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA notes that gay youth are three times more likely to partake in substance abuse, and that adolescents who said they felt stigmatized — for example, in the form of family rejection — are five times more likely to experience depression. by Rob Stephenson (CNN) — When I was 8, I joined the Boy Scouts. I lasted three weeks–couldn’t get the hang of all that knot tying, and no one was interested in singing show tunes around the campfire.
Dear Tamara: My best friend is a such a flirt! It’s one thing when she flirts when we are out socializing, but it is a totally different thing when she flirts with our boss and the other men at our job.
by Alan Duke LOS ANGELES (CNN) — Elvis Presley’s death became a controversy at the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial as a man who promoted both artists’ last tours testified.
(CNN) — The leader of the free world is the child of one Black parent and one White parent. The number of Americans who identify as “mixed race” is on the rise. And this year marks the 46th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, which made interracial marriage legal in the United States. So why is a Cheerios ad featuring a multiracial family causing a stir?
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly poses at the anchor desk at the Fox studios in New York. Kelly says she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t do as well as families with stay-at-home moms. (AP Photo/Fox News, Alex Kroke) by David Bauder AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly said Friday that she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t fare as well as children with stay-at-home moms.
In this May 8, 1997, photo, Atlanta Hawks’ Mookie Blaylock (10) drives against the Chicago Bulls’ Ron Harper during an NBA basketball playoff game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital Saturday, a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.