Sat October 25, 2014
Garden Report

Maintaining Soil Moisture For Healthy Plants

Regular lawn watering can do damage to shrubs if they are close by.
Credit Gareth / Flickr - Creative Commons

One of the joys of horticulture and gardening is it’s a continual learning process. Just when you think you know how a plant is going to react, nature throws a curve ball and the plant doesn’t react as expected.

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Sat October 25, 2014

After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

Shirley Parrello's son, Brian, died in Iraq almost ten years ago. Sgt. Kevin Powell was with him that day, and he says he can still picture Brian Parello in the moments after the IED exploded.

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello was the only member of his platoon who didn't make it home from Iraq. They were patrolling near the Haditha dam when Brian was killed by an IED, at the age of 19.

In the decade since Brian's death, his platoon has grown close to his family. One of those Marines, Sgt. Kevin Powell, recently sat down with Brian's mother, Shirley Parrello, for a StoryCorps interview in West Milford, N.J.

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Fri October 24, 2014

A Warm Colorado Fall Aids Vesicular Stomatitis' Southern Movement

Credit Drs. Brent Thompson and Fred Bourgeois / Colorado Department of Agriculture

Sixty properties along the Front Range are currently under quarantine because of a virus mainly affecting horses. An outbreak of vesicular stomatitis began in Colorado in July, but as warm temperatures persist into the fall, the flies that carry the virus keep breeding.

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Fri October 24, 2014

'Listen Up Philip' Is Lean On Story, Long On Eccentricity

Jason Schwartzman as the title character in Listen Up Philip.
Tribeca Film

The new film Listen Up Philip is about a young writer who's thinking about success. I'm glad that the writers I know and love are nothing like the writers in this film. As this movie imagines them – and its director is also its writer – they are arrogant, self-serving, nasty, and blind to just about everything in life, especially themselves.

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Fri October 24, 2014