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2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Out here in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the wind can pound any landlubber into submission. And that fact, scientists say, is what makes Tangier Island such an attractive place for a wind- energy project. State researchers want to erect one or two wind turbines at the gusty southern edge of the island as a pilot project for this new, alternative energy source in Virginia. But scientists do not want to stop...

2008-07-11 06:00:31

By CHAD ROEDEMEIER DEAR AMERICAN AIRLINES Jonathan Miles 192 pages, Houghton Mifflin, $22 There could never be a debut novel more perfectly timed to enter the world than Jonathan Miles' "Dear American Airlines." The book is a novel-length complaint letter written by one angry American Airlines passenger who has been stranded in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and may miss his daughter's wedding in Los Angeles. Sound familiar? Just a few months ago, hundreds of thousands of...

2008-07-06 09:00:15

By DAVID L ULIN By David L. Ulin The Los Angeles Times TALK ABOUT TIMING: In April, American Airlines grounded more than 1,000 flights, many of them out of Chicago, to check electrical connections on its fleet of MD-80s. Two months later, Jonathan Miles published his first novel, "Dear American Airlines," written as a letter from a disgruntled flier stranded at O'Hare, waiting to be delivered from the existential nightmare of the terminal. If you've ever been in such a situation "Dear...

2008-06-17 00:00:22

By Chad Roedemeier The Associated Press There could never be a debut novel more perfectly timed to enter the world than Jonathan Miles' "Dear American Airlines." The book is a novel-length complaint letter written by one angry American Airlines passenger who has been stranded in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and may miss his daughter's wedding in Los Angeles. Sound familiar? Just a few months ago, hundreds of thousands of actual American Airlines customers were stranded in...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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