Legendary songwriter Tom Waits has written a new poem, "Seeds on a Hard Ground," and he's releasing it in a bound, limited first-edition hard copy. Waits' empathetic hymn, which speaks through the voices of those affected by poverty and homelessness, appeared on his website in its entirety Thursday.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican who first won election to the Senate in 1993, said Thursday she won't be running for re-election in 2012.
Texas's senior senator, the only woman to date to represent the Lone Star State in the Senate, told Dallas Morning News reporter Gromer Jeffers Jr. that had known on her re-election six years ago that she wouldn't
As Austrian filmmaker Werner Boote traveled the world to make Plastic Planet, he asked people to show off just how many plastic items were in their homes. Modest-sized dwellings in Japan, Austria and the U.S. yielded huge caches of the stuff. So did a small shanty in India.
Turns out it really is a plastic planet, even though products made of synthetic polymers have been commercially marketed for only about 100 years. (Bakelite dates to 1907.) Plastic blows in the wind, bobs in the ocean and -- perhaps most alarmingly -- percolates through the human reproductive system.