February 9, 2007 |
Novelist Ernest J. Gaines grew up picking cotton in Louisiana and went on to win a MacArthur "genius" grant, so he knows a little something about extraordinary journeys. "A Lesson Before Dying," adapted by Romulus Linney from Gaines' novel, and now playing at the Actors Group Theatre, follows a poor, nearly illiterate young African American's trip from an ill-timed visit to a corner store to the electric chair. It's rural Louisiana, 1948.
October 22, 2000 |
Researchers hoping to create a new migratory flight of whooping cranes are leading a group of sandhill cranes on a cross-country trip. Thirteen juvenile sandhills took off from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Oct. 3 and flew after a bright yellow ultralight piloted by a man in a crane costume. Plans call for the planes of Operation Migration to fly 1,250 miles over 15 to 30 days, with rest stops at 36 carefully chosen sites along the way.
March 12, 2012 |
First it was grits. Now it's catfish. On the eve of the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, Mitt Romney showed how far he would go to bond with Southerners who might feel something less than a natural kinship with the famously stiff New England investment titan. “That's a fine Alabama good mornin',” Romney said with a twang to a few dozen supporters who braved a drenching downpour to sing him “Happy Birthday” outside the Whistle Stop diner on the Gulf Coast. The former Massachusetts governor, who turns 65 on Tuesday, could have left it at that.
March 13, 2012 |
Hours from learning whether Alabama Republicans will reinvigorate his political fortunes, Newt Gingrich made a midday stop to speak to a suburban chamber of commerce, mentioning just a few times that he was running for president and not mentioning his opponents at all. Gingrich, who spoke after an expert on cyber crime, lapsed into a short discourse of the marvels of technology, extolling ATMs and the composite technology in the 787 Dreamliner....
March 11, 2012 |
With the Mississippi and Alabama primaries now two days away, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tussled on Sunday over which Republican presidential hopeful would adhere most faithfully to conservative orthodoxy on fiscal restraint, healthcare and oil drilling. Both also took swipes at GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney, whose heavy advertising has made the pivotal Deep South contests fiercely competitive despite both states' cultural dissonance with the former Massachusetts governor.
February 6, 2011 |
For Democrats, Ashley Bell was the kind of comer that a party builds a future on: A young African American lawyer, he served as president of the College Democrats of America, advised presidential candidate John Edwards and spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. But after his party's midterm beat-down in November, Bell, a commissioner in northern Georgia's Hall County, jumped ship. He joined the Republicans. Bell, 30, said he had serious issues with the healthcare law and believed that conservative "blue dog" Democrats in Congress who shared his values had been bullied into voting for it. Bell's defection is one of dozens by state and local Democratic officials in the Deep South in recent months that underscore Republicans' continued consolidation of power in the region ?
July 30, 1999 |
Much of the eastern half of the nation, from the Deep South to the Northern Plains, sweltered through another day of scorching temperatures Thursday as a heat wave that has killed at least 71 people in 12 states lingered with little relief expected until the weekend. The hot weather hit mid-America the hardest. It has been blamed for 27 deaths since July 19 in Missouri alone; Illinois has reported 19 fatalities, 11 in Chicago.