Draped in ponchos, hiding under golf umbrellas and gripping soggy homemade signs, teachers like Jessica Holman sprang to action Saturday.
"I'm glad to see y'all here today in the rain because this doesn't scare us," Holman said. "We've done bus duty in worse than this."
Teachers descended on the Tennessee state Capitol, many bused in by unions, to protest Republican-sponsored bills that would limit their collective bargaining rights. The president of the National Education Association, Dennis Van Roekel, even made the trek.
Wye Oak — the Baltimore-based multi-instrumentalist duo of Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner — began playing music together five years ago. The band self-recorded and self-released its first album, If Children, in 2007. With Wasner's rough-hewn but direct voice at its center, the album was good enough to get the pair signed by Merge Records.
He gave us both Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles — so for a generation of readers, Dashiell Hammett more or less defined both "hard-boiled" and "suave." Not bad, that.
Now, from the long-deceased author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, comes a never-before-published short story: "So I Shot Him." It's suspenseful, full of secrets no one's telling, and — according to Andrew Gulli, editor of the mystery magazine that's publishing the story — somewhat more than what you might think of as vintage Hammett.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and other Republican governors recently demanded that Medicaid, the state-federal health program that covers 50 million poor and disabled, be transformed into block grants. "Y'all would save a lot of money if you let us run the program," Barbour told a congressional committee.