News archive from 25 April 2011

Maine's education chief continues 'listening tour'

FREEPORT, Maine-Maine's education commissioner is continuing his "listening tour" with stops at schools in Freeport and Gorham. Stephen Bowen on Monday will meet with students and teachers at Freeport Middle School, where he will focus on...

 

Texas firefighter grants missed fire-prone areas

DALLAS-Some of the Texas counties that endured the worst damage from this month's out-of-control wildfires received only a small portion of the more than $128 million the state awarded to volunteer fire departments over about a decade for training and...

 
Michael Morse hits first home run as Nationals top Pirates, 6-3

Michael Morse hits first home run as Nationals top Pirates, 6-3

PITTSBURGH – This spring, Michael Morse earned the Washington Nationals’ starting left field position, an elusive opportunity he had longed for his entire career, the chance he spent a decade chasing as he hopped around three organizations. Then the...

 

Macarons of Her Own

Keum Sook Park is as nonchalant about making macarons, the delicate French filled cookies - not to be mistaken for chewy coconut macaroons - as you would expect from an alumna of Payard Patisserie and Bistro in Manhattan. “Macarons are easy and fast...

 

Patrick pick for Mass. high court to face council

BOSTON-Gov. Deval Patrick's latest pick for the state's high court is facing a final hurdle before taking a spot on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Appeals Court Judge Barbara Lenk is scheduled to go before the Governor's Council on...

 
A Recording Studio Found Under the Pacific

A Recording Studio Found Under the Pacific

Humpback whales not only sing, they imitate the singing of other whales. And some of their tunes turn into worldwide hits, with whales all over the Pacific Ocean picking them up. RSS Feed Get Science News From The New York Times » Several genetically...

 

More Syrians Missing, Hinting at Wider Crackdown

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Dozens of residents have gone missing in Syria since Friday, many of them from the restive city of Homs and towns on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, human rights activists said Sunday, amid signs that the Syrian government...

 

China Detains Church Members at Easter Services

BEIJING - The authorities stepped up a three-week campaign against an underground Christian church on Sunday, detaining hundreds of congregants in their homes and taking at least 36 others into custody after they tried to hold Easter services in a...

 

Snake causes Easter Sunday power outage for thousands of Pepco customers

Occasionally, Mother Nature knocks down power lines with wind or severe rain. Ice and heavy snow are often culprits. Or there’s the classic tale of a kitty stuck on a utility pole near electrical wires. But Sunday, residents of Upper Marlboro lost...

 
Opposition in Yemen Divided Over Offer From President

Opposition in Yemen Divided Over Offer From President

Street demonstrators and youth leaders voiced skepticism on Sunday over an offer by President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave office in 30 days after signing an agreement that would grant him and his sons immunity from any crimes, saying they did not...

 
Falling in love with St. Andrews, Scotland

Falling in love with St. Andrews, Scotland

‘Bums!” Katy Barker, whom I’ve just met, is instructing me to look at the rear ends of four men whom I don’t know at all. “Bummmms!” she bellows again, mimicking the proper way to take a good long gander. “Now, chase!” In the course of one hour, I...

 

She’s about to leave, but he says he’s not upset

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I’m going through an application process that could be pretty life-changing, in a positive way. If I’m successful, I would be moving away from my boyfriend. When I asked him a few weeks ago if he...

 

Dozens of anti-government activists arrested in Syria

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition activists and fired from rooftops in a seaside town Sunday as authorities turned to pinpoint raids after days of bloodshed brought international condemnation and defections from President...

 
An 18-hour journey away from the misery of Misurata

An 18-hour journey away from the misery of Misurata

ABOARD THE RED STAR 1 — Some walked to the port and slept for weeks in squalid camps less than a mile from the docks. Some went from house to house searching for safety before concluding that there was no secure place in the Libyan city of Misurata....

 

Chernobyl a milestone on the road to Ukrainian independence

KIEV — After Chernobyl, there was no turning back. The Soviet Union had already set out on its long road to collapse, but 25 years ago on Tuesday, April 26, 1986, the explosion of Reactor No. 4 marked the moment when control at the top, and faith at...

 

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