Arts & Life


Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Debuts Its Virtual Currency

The new Amazon Coins are making some people in the publishing world a little uncomfortable.
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Tue May 14, 2013
The Salt

Michigan Apple Orchards Blossom After A Devastating Year

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 6:20 pm

Apple Blossoms
Amy Irish-Brown

Last year, almost the entire Michigan apple crop was lost because of 80-degree days in March and then some freezing April nights. This year, the apples are back, but everything always depends on the weather. The state was under a freeze warning Sunday night — a scary prospect if you're an apple grower and your trees have just come into bloom.

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Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:19 am

British tanks move to support their infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.

In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler's armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation.

The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances.

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Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:08 am

Dr. Joyce Brothers in a January 16, 2004 in New York City.
Peter Kramer Getty Images

Dr. Joyce Brothers, whose long-running television show dispensed advice on life and relationships to her viewers, has died in New York at age 85, according to her publicist.

She died on Monday of natural causes, Sanford Brokaw said.

Brothers, who was a pioneer of the television advice show, first gained fame as a winning contestant on the television game show "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, becoming the only woman ever to win the top prize. The AP says:

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Mon May 13, 2013
The Salt

Why Humans Took Up Farming: They Like To Own Stuff

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 9:06 am

Prehistoric "pantries": This illustration is based on archaeological findings in Jordan of structures built to store extra grain some 11,000-12,000 years ago.
Illustration by E. Carlson Courtesy of Dr. Ian Kuijt/University of Notre Dame

For decades, scientists have believed our ancestors took up farming some 12,000 years ago because it was a more efficient way of getting food. But a growing body of research suggests that wasn't the case at all.

"We know that the first farmers were shorter, they were more prone to disease than the hunter-gatherers," says Samuel Bowles, the director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, describing recent archaeological research.

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