August 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Deborah Miles was just 16 when her father brought her to the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago to see the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. speak at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "My father said it was like the arms of Lincoln's statue were embracing" King, Miles said. "You knew this was history in the making. " Half a century later, Miles was among tens of thousands of people who came to the National Mall once again to hear leaders and activists speak from the steps of the memorial.
August 24, 2013 |
MIAMI - The first thing you notice are the names. Arena and Sarachan are not the most common of monikers, but in U.S. soccer they are considered the gold standard of coaching. So when Kenny Arena and Ian Sarachan decided to follow their fathers' career paths they knew their surnames alone would create both opportunity and expectation. "It's great. Everybody should have a high standard in whatever professions they're doing," says Arena, son of the Galaxy's Bruce Arena, a Hall of Famer and the most successful coach in U.S. soccer history.
August 21, 2013 |
Although our human ancestors climbed down from the trees millions of years ago, our feet have retained the type of flexibility seen in today's tree-dwelling primates, new research shows. For about 80 years at least, scientists have been under the impression that human feet are special. Studies comparing human and chimpanzee footprints in the 1930s suggested that human feet were much stiffer than those of other apes. Humans have arches in the mid-foot region, as well as rigid outer edges, leading scientists to conclude that our mid-foot regions weren't capable of touching the ground, unlike those of our ape relatives.
May 12, 2013 |
Some 120 years after Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge posters surfaced on the lamp posts and kiosks of Paris, street artists reinvigorated by the antique charms of gluepot and paper are dipping into buckets of mix-it-yourself wheat paste to plaster supersized graphics on urban surfaces around the world. The international paste-up revival, documented in "It's a Stick-Up" (Laurence King), features "wheaties" from San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Brooklyn, Turin, Italy, and São Paulo, Brazil.
March 26, 2013 |
WICHITA, Kan. - Julie Burkhart's high heels click against freshly laid tiles as she tours the construction zone. Wires jut from walls waiting for connection, and the smell of new paint fills the air. With the countdown on, her walk and talk say crisp determination. Next week the newly remodeled South Wind Women's Center is scheduled to open. Under heavy security, doctors will perform abortions, as well as offering other gynecological services. Burkhart bought the unremarkable 1970s-era building last August through her foundation, Trust Women, for an undisclosed amount.
March 22, 2013 |
The contemporary American South is so different from the troubled yet exotic Dixie of the past that it's nearly unrecognizable, argues Tracy Thompson in her splendid new book, "The New Mind of the South. " Because of immigration, the typical Southerner in 2013 is almost as likely to be a Latino as a native black or white. At the same time, the huge numbers of Northern blacks who have returned to the region their grandparents fled because of racism more readily identify themselves as Southerners nowadays than whites do. Then there's religion.