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2008-09-03 12:25:00

NASA announced Wednesday the new Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars. Planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, are being discovered at a staggering pace, with more than 300 currently known. Decades ago, long before any exoplanets had been found, the late Carl Sagan imagined such worlds, and pioneered the scientific pursuit of life...

2008-09-02 12:00:00

By Rebecca Lavoie Like a stranded shipwreck survivor on a desert island, I watch the school bus lumber down my street like a Coast Guard cutter finally arriving to rescue me after months of hopeful waiting. Instead of a bonfire to flag it down, I've planted my second grader in the driveway. Today he's wearing a clean polo shirt and a sweater vest he will most certainly eschew in favor of his stained Indiana Jones and Star Wars tees as soon as his mother realizes that, yes, rescue has come,...

2008-09-01 15:15:00

Reruns of the classic U.S. children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighbohood" reportedly won't be seen on many PBS stations this season. Although the show's star, Fred Rogers, died five years ago and new installments of the series have not been taped for seven years, many people are still upset the children's television staple has been ousted from the 2008-09 lineup to make way for new shows, the Chicago Tribune reported. Chicago's WTTW-Channel 11, as well as stations in Los Angeles and New...

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2008-08-26 09:00:00

DENVER -- The woman Democrats hope will be the next first lady, Michelle Obama, told a packed Democratic National Convention on Monday night that she and her husband understand what America is, where it has come from and where it needs to go. "I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president. I come as a mom whose girls are the heart and the center of my world. "Their future and all our children's future is my stake in this election," she told a...

2008-08-26 00:00:00

By Anne Neville The young woman on the phone sounds thoughtful, introspective, with a slight twang in her pleasant alto voice that becomes more noticeable when she mentions her roots as "just a normal girl from Texas." In fact, Jessica Simpson sounds nothing like the confused "Is this chicken or fish?" ditz from the reality show "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" or the "I know, buffaloes don't have wings!" scatterbrain from the Pizza Hut commercials. This latest incarnation, as a...

2008-08-19 06:00:00

By JOHN DINGWALL KIM Wilde's career as a gardening expert is blooming, but she admits she will always be remembered for her hit song Kids in America. The mum of two loves to juggle a career in the garden with being mum to Harry, 10, and Rose, eight. Not to mention her touring commitments. And Kim, 47, can't wait to return to the stage at this year's Retrofest music festival at Strathclyde Country Park, which takes place from August 29 - 31. "I'm all set," she admitted. "We enjoyed it...

2008-08-15 03:00:00

A-level records were broken at county schools as more than 9,000 pupils collected their A-level results today. Nerves were jangling in many households as students prepared to find out what their futures held. Reporters Zena Hawley, Ed Hill, Shaun Jepson and Kelly Shorrock visited some of the schools to speak with students. Not only did Rosemary Stefaniuk gain a massive seven A-levels at A grade but she was also celebrating achieving one of the top five marks nationally in physics. The...

2008-08-13 15:00:00

By Barbara Holden Starting kindergarten can be an emotional time for the entire family. Parents' eyes filled with tears, beaming at how big and exciting this kindergarten milestone is; meanwhile, that little kindergartner of yours is a nervous wreck. The Academy of Pediatrics says that anxiety about school is a normal reaction for young children. Since it's the parent's job to lessen the stress and taking away as much of "the unknown" as possible, the AAP offers these tips for making the...

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2008-08-07 13:55:00

Sega has rolled out the official video game of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and mobile phones. The game lets you compete in 38 events from track and field to swimming to judo and has online play for the first time in an Olympics game. Sega enlisted U.S. gold medal contenders Amanda Beard, Tyson Gay, Nastia Liukin and Reese Hoffa for the cover of "Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games." These Olympians already considered themselves avid...

2008-07-22 09:00:00

Would somebody please tell Jesse Jackson to go somewhere _ anywhere _ and sit down? And, while you're at it, pass along the admonishment delivered by the background singers in Isaac Hayes' hit movie theme song from "Shaft" when their well-timed lyric bleeped an offensive word with the refrain: "Shut yo' mouth!" Jesse has grown tiring for those of us who have long known and said that the most dangerous place to be is between the Rev. Jackson and a television camera. I believe I'm uniquely...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'