Arts & Life

Isaac Does Damage
5:24 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Isaac Does Some Damage To South Alabama Farms

South Alabama farmers are assessing their crops after Isaac.
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ National Hurricane Center

South Alabama farmers reported receiving some damage from Hurricane Isaac, but say it was not as bad as it could have been.

The worst damage appeared to be to pecan crops, always sensitive to high winds and rain.

Jeremy Sessions said an early inspection of his Grand Bay farm revealed damage to pecan trees. He said some limbs filled with pecans were blown over. He expects many of the pecans remaining on trees were ruined.

Planet Money
12:57 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

What Americans Actually Do All Day Long, In 2 Graphics

A commuter walks down the platform before boarding a Manhattan-bound N train at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard station in the Queens borough of New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:35 pm

For more, see our post What America Does For Work

Here's how the average American with a full-time job spends a typical workday:

Here's a more detailed breakdown of two of the categories listed above:

Notes:

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Participation Nation
12:33 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Reuniting Siblings In Lincoln, Neb.

Canoeing at Camp Catch-Up.
Courtesy of CCU

Camp Catch-Up, hosted by the publicly and privately supported Nebraska Children & Families Foundation, enables children separated by foster care and adoption to spend a fun-filled weekend with their brothers and sisters — at no cost to the families.

Whether campers haven't seen their siblings in a week or a year, they bond at camp as only siblings can, through activities structured to bring them together.

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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mobile slowly drying out from Hurricane Isaac

Mobile County's Emergency operations center
APR

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Arts & Life
8:22 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Alabama Beach Structures Look OK After Isaac

Waves crash into the public fishing pier at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., shortly before Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Crews removed flooring panels from the pier to prevent damage.
AP Photo/Jay Reeves Associated Press

The gulf is churning large waves and white foam on Alabama's coast and the wind from Isaac is still whistling around buildings. But beachfront walkways and other structures along the shore appear intact.


Lights are still on Wednesday morning in Orange Beach and a few cars are traveling the beach road. Louisiana took the brunt of Isaac after the hurricane shifted west and gave Alabama only a glancing blow.

Around the Nation
7:50 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Missing Tourist In Iceland Finds Herself

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:04 am

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Sweetness And Light
2:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Just Say No: Doping Diminishes All Athletes

San Francisco Giants' Melky Cabrera fouls off a pitch. Cabrera was suspended Aug 15 for 50 games without pay after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.
Ben Margot AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:23 am

Certain forms of art are performed in private. The painter is alone when he paints, the writer likewise.

But the most pertinent aspect of the performing arts is that they are watched. Dance, music, drama and sport are most challenging — and most thrilling — precisely because they are real, before our eyes.

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Arts & Life
2:04 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

The Mozart Festival--a preview

The Picture Show
12:51 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Drinking, Dancing, Dolly Parton: Photos Of The '70s Country Music Scene

Last Call, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Nashville, Tenn., 1974
Henry Horenstein

It may come as a surprise that the photographer who shot these country stars — and their fans — is from Massachusetts. But, Henry Horenstein explains, country music "was a rural music, not necessarily a Southern music."

As a young photographer, Horenstein spent a good part of the 1970s and early '80s at bluegrass festivals, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, New England honky-tonks and elsewhere, documenting what he believed was an "era that was going to go away."

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Arts & Life
12:37 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Seven UA Athletes Participate in 2012 Paralympic Games

Oscar Pistorius, aka the "Blade Runner," was the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics and will be competing in this year’s Paralympics as well.
http://www.oscarpistorius.com/

The 2012 Paralympic Games in London kick off today and the University of Alabama has is well represented in this year’s games. Seven athletes from UA’s Adapted Athletics program will compete in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis. Charlie Katica is head coach for the women’s wheelchair basketball team at UA.

“Everyone who’s here is extremely motivated,” says Katica. “Really the challenges were to almost hold them back at some point just because they were training real hard and really trying to be at their peak for the Paralympics.”

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Participation Nation
12:04 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Saying Thanks In Hattiesburg, Miss.

Capt. Michael Davidson of the Hattiesburg Fire Dept. and Jaycee Marquise Slator.
Picasa Courtesy of Hattiesburg Jaycees

Every year since 1994, volunteers from the Hattiesburg Jaycees have been holding a blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply. This Friday, the group will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for anyone willing to kick off Labor Day Weekend by donating at the Labor of Love Blood Drive.

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Arts & Life
11:12 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Saving the "littlest victims" of Isaac

APR

The approach of Isaac put much of the northern Gulf coast on alert. Here in Alabama, the major concern was tropical storm force winds, the threat of spin up tornadoes, and flooding from storm surge. Homeowners in flood prone areas along Mobile Bay were placed under a voluntary evacuation order. But, not all residents with beach front property were able to move. Some were dug in…literally.

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Around the Nation
11:05 am
Tue August 28, 2012

New Orleans Braces For Isaac

Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.

Deceptive Cadence
9:41 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

President Obama congratulates pianist Van Cliburn after presenting him with the National Medal of Arts in 2011.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:53 pm

Renowned Fort Worth pianist Van Cliburn, 78, has bone cancer. Long time friend and publicist Mary Lou Falcone issued this brief statement Monday afternoon.

"Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer," Falcone said. "He is under excellent care and resting comfortably at home. His spirits are high. We ask that his privacy be respected."

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Strange News
8:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Hunt For Lion Outside London Called Off

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 8:32 am

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