An Afghan working on an installation shared by Afghan and foreign forces shot and killed three NATO soldiers on Friday — raising to six the number of international troops killed by their Afghan partners in 24 hours, officials said.
Saplings — no more than 6 feet tall — dot the landscape in Joplin, Mo. They replace the large shade trees that were ripped out of the ground by a massive tornado that swept through town in May of 2011.
Nearly 7,000 new trees, donated by various organizations, have been planted. They include sturdy, mostly native, varieties, such as oak, sycamore and redbud — trees that can withstand strong winds when they're taller.
With temperatures above normal for the past few months and precipitation below normal, those trees have had a hard time taking root.
Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 12:02 pm
All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.
"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."
More than half a century ago this week, on Aug. 12, 1958, some of the greatest jazz musicians of the day assembled in Harlem at what was, for them, the ungodly hour of 10 a.m. Fifty-seven players came to East 126th Street to have their picture taken for Esquire magazine.
Even the strongest among us get the blues: You can't get out of bed, you don't want to talk to a single other humanoid, and you just want to close the curtains and turn on the music. The songs you choose for those miseries have to be just right.
Adam Brent Houghtaling is something of a connoisseur of the melancholy moment. Perhaps to cheer himself up, he's put that expertise to use by producing a kind of encyclopedia of the best soundtracks for lonely days and nights. It's called This Will End in Tears: The Miserablist Guide to Music.
Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4x100 meter relay at the Olympic Stadium on Day 14 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Carmelita Jeter of the U.S. points at the time board as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 4 x 100 relay on Day 14 of the London Games. The U.S. set a new world record by finishing the race in 40.82 seconds.
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Szabolcs Zubai of Hungary shoots over Magnus Jernemyr of Sweden during the men's handball semifinal.
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Dzhamal Otarsultanov of Russia (in red) and Vladimer Khinchegashvili of Georgia wrestle during the men's freestyle 55-kilogram gold medal match. Otarsultanov won the event.
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The team from Italy performs during the rhythmic gymnastics group all-around qualifications.
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Latvia's Maris Strombergs leads the competition during the BMX cycling men's final. Strombergs won his second straight Olympic gold medal.
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Egypt competes in the team synchronized swimming free routine final.
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Maartje Paumen (center) of the Netherlands celebrates after a goal during the women's field hockey final against Argentina.
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Meseret Defar of Ethiopia celebrates winning gold in the women's 5,000 meters.