"I do not mean to suggest that our handsome, newly enlarged library is to be a headquarters of busy bookworms, old and young, routinely absorbing knowledge by the hour while birds sing outside and the Mets fight it out for last place in the National League. On the contrary, a good library is a joyful place where the imagination roams free, and life is actively enriched."
—John K. Hutchens
- EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:15 -0400
- The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.
- Parsing The Rulebook To A Police Officer's Use Of Force Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:15 -0400
- More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
- Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:13:15 -0400
- The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.
- Spiderman, Batman And Elmo Team Up To Fight Times Square Restrictions Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:51:25 -0400
- Times Square performers, who often don characters' costumes, have been a New York City staple for years, exchanging photos for tips. Lately, though, city officials have said tipping the performers is optional, and the city council is pushing for all performers to be licensed. The performers have responded with an announcement that they're organizing for collective action.
- Same-Sex Marriages On Hold In Virginia After Supreme Court Weighs In Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0400
- The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed gay marriages to begin in Virginia tomorrow.
- Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:57:56 -0400
- Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.
- President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:17:00 -0400
- The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday.
- Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:56:00 -0400
- Activists around the country say Michael Brown's death and the police response have strengthened their resolve to fight injustice.
- What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:23:00 -0400
- There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.
- A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:12:00 -0400
- Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent in Ferguson last night, as protesters and police avoided clashes that have marred demonstrations over an unarmed teen's death in the St. Louis suburb.
- If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:03:00 -0400
- Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?
- Rights Of Protesters, Media Misunderstood In Ferguson Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:06:00 -0400
- Authorities in the Missouri city are barring protesters and the media from recording their actions, arresting photographers and reporters and insisting that marchers walk instead of stay in one place.
- Two Miles From Protests, Residents Want Calm To Return To Ferguson Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:06:00 -0400
- If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
- With Ferguson, Obama Forced To Confront Race Yet Again Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:36:00 -0400
- President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
- A Tale Of Two Polls Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:34:00 -0400
- Two surveys claim to capture the public's view of the Common Core State Standards. But they tell very different stories.