Oprah ended her final show yesterday by giving out her e-mail address: email@example.com. That may come as a relief to the Norwegian Web browser company Opera, which over the years had been receiving emails meant for Oprah. The company revealed in a blog that it's tried to answer each email personally. For example, it responded to a nine-year-old's request for Hannah Montana tickets by recommending the punk band NOFX instead.
Kimmy Lankford and her 5-year-old son, Jack, walk through their neighborhood Wednesday after a massive tornado passed through the town. The Lankfords continue to live in their home a few blocks away, which was damaged but remains habitable.
This spring, tornadoes in the Midwest and the Southeast plus flooding along the Mississippi River are adding up to major expenses for the federal government, which is asked to provide emergency aid to states and localities.
On Tuesday, a House panel voted to put another $1 billion into a disaster assistance fund — and that may be just the start.
An Emergency Infusion Of Cash, Again
As rescuers continue their search for survivors, a different kind of accounting is going on in Washington.
Doctors regularly implore women over age 50 to take more calcium to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures. But they might not need as much as they think. And taking too much calcium can actually cause other health problems.
The Roots' ?uestlove on stage during his collaboration with singer Keren Ann, "Philly-Paris Lockdown," part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
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?uestlove, born Ahmir Khalib Thompson, is the renowned drummer of Grammy-winning Philadelphia band The Roots, but that's just the beginning. He's also a DJ, journalist and record producer. He's worked with Common, Erykah Badu, John Legend, Jay-Z, Bilal... the list goes on and on. And, of course, he's on network television almost every weeknight as the leader of the house band on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Students perform <em>Alcestis </em>at Queen's College in London, circa 1917.
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So many fairy tales and myths are about girls who are known only by their positions in life: daughter, princess, wife. They don't slay dragons; they prick their fingers.
As a girl, I don't think I was aware of these discrepancies. I simply gravitated toward books in which girls did things. Later on, I realized that all my favorite childhood books were reinterpretations of these old stories — newer versions in which the girls were named, wielded weapons and fought battles. Here are three novels that have reclaimed some of these tales for women.