In some neighborhoods, the drone of lawnmowers is the soundtrack of summer. Sean Hurley hears them bright and early in his New Hampshire town, and in this essay, he says he tries to make the best of the serenade.
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Heres a conversation opener: You ever thought about keeping a swarm of bees in your backyard? Bill Turnbull hadnt. Hes a well-known presence in Britain, where he hosts a morning TV talk show, "BBC Breakfast," and interviews cabinet ministers, authors, footballers, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.
Greek police unions, coast guards and firemen protest outside the finance ministry in Athens against the new austerity package.
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Next week, the Greek government will reveal a five-year austerity plan drafted by the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.
Parliament's approval is required if Greece is to receive an installment of $17 billion as part of last year's international bailout. But the new measures include even deeper spending cuts and tax hikes than those that have triggered weeks of massive street demonstrations.
Many economists believe Greece's international lenders are prescribing a harmful and inefficient medicine.
There are a couple of ways to approach summer reading. You can think of the long, hot days as the perfect time to kick back with an exciting plot-driven thriller by Stieg Larsson. Or you might feel that summer's leisurely pace gives you the space you need to take on a more challenging material.
Robert Laws collects supplies from the Tennessee food bank's mobile pantry.
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Food banks around the country are trying to keep their shelves stocked as more people in the U.S. struggle to get enough to eat. Increasingly, that means finding new ways to salvage food that would otherwise go to waste.
One innovation is being tested at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. In a back room at the food bank's warehouse in Gray, Tenn., dented and crushed cans containing everything from green beans to beets are piled high on a counter.