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2008-06-24 12:00:00

By Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jun. 24--I admit that April Fool's Day probably was not the best time to announce the Life Sherpa's presidential candidacy. Even so, it's obvious the Life Sherpa is not getting a fair shake: -- John McCain is getting help from high-powered lobbyists with connections to AT&T. All I ever got from AT&T was mediocre cell-phone service and monthly bills. -- Barack Obama got a lot of positive press by following a nurse around one morning at a...

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2008-06-24 12:00:00

"Always do whatever's next," George Carlin, who died Sunday at 71, once famously said. He did, and the rest of the culture followed. Forget those seven words, which you still mostly won't hear on commercial TV. Carlin's influence was of the sort that went beyond mere obscenity and mere television as well. It was a language-busting, barrier-breaking influence that soared past TV and strafed popular culture at large (before rebounding, naturally, back to TV). Today, Carlin's impact is spread...

2008-06-23 06:00:00

By Terry Rombeck, Journal-World, Lawrence, Kan. Jun. 23--There were times, when Paul Tucker was at the control of jets thousands of feet above the earth, that his mind would wander to music. "I'd be at 23,000 feet in cruise in a (Cessna) Citation or a Lear, thinking about music," Tucker says. "I was planning musical things." Sometimes, life's journey takes you on some detours. And sometimes those journeys are thousands of feet above ground. That's the way it's been for Tucker, who...

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2008-06-22 06:00:00

Even for Pixar, a company that thrives on new frontiers, WALL-E is a gutsy next move. It's the first dystopian parable that's actually ecstatic fun. It's also the closest Pixar has come to making a full-length silent movie. The choice of hero is audacious: a beeping, whirring Waste Allocation Load Lifter, Earth class, or WALL-E. For long, unbroken, startlingly seductive stretches, we see him navigate an abandoned American city all by himself. (He does have a pet cockroach.) Thanks to him,...

2008-06-21 15:00:00

By Mike Fletcher, Kokomo Tribune, Ind. Jun. 21--As a nurse, Sherri Parish knew what cancer can do to a person. She saw the sickness, the loss of hair and the agony on the faces of cancer patients. But until she lived through it herself, she didn't fully realize the consequences. "It scared me," the 47-year-old said of being diagnosed with breast cancer. "I wondered what would happen to my kids and grandkids," she said. "The chemo made me deathly sick for days and days. Losing my...

2008-06-20 12:00:00

Climbing the concrete stairs for my first visit to Sacred Art Thai Massage Studio on McKinney Avenue, I realize I'm off to a bad start. I forgot to bring a gift. According to the studio's Web site, arriving with an "offering to spirit" is the custom. I prod my jacket pockets, hoping to find the recommended "unscented white candles or fresh fruit of all kinds." I decide a receipt from Starbucks and a half-eaten packet of Skittles don't count. Entering the studio, I take off my shoes and...

2008-06-20 06:00:00

By Blake Hannon, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. Jun. 20--While most young kids spent their bedtime curled up with teddy bears, Jeremy McComb spent his sleeping next to his father's guitar amp during one of his many gigs in the Pacific Northwest. Now, country artist McComb, 27, has been hitting the road on a U.S. tour promoting his debut album "My Side of Town," making stops at Kansas City's Beaumont Club at 8 p.m. tonight and at the Buffalo Bar in St. Joe with Casey Brett at 8 p.m. June 21....

2008-06-19 15:00:00

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON Michelle Obama said Wednesday that she was "touched" that first lady Laura Bush came to her defense after she was harshly criticized by Republicans for her February comment that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of the United States. Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, later clarified her remarks, saying she had always been proud of her country and was particularly proud to see so many people involved in the...

2008-06-19 12:00:00

By Brian Rose, Times-News, Burlington, N.C. Jun. 19--HILLSBOROUGH -- Blues musician Michael Burks has been around the music business his entire life -- literally. "I first picked up a guitar when I was 2 years old, and I was playing in clubs when I was 6," Burks said in a recent phone interview. "My father played and my grandfather played, so I guess it kind of rubbed off on me." Aside from family, Burks said he could spend "two or three days" talking about his musical influences. One...

2008-06-19 09:00:00

Michelle Obama said Wednesday she was "touched" that first lady Laura Bush came to her defense after she was criticized by Republicans for her February comment that for the first time in her adult life she was proud of the United States. Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, later clarified her remarks, saying she had always been proud of her country and was particularly proud to see so many people involved in the political process. In an interview last week with...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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