Sat September 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Looking To 'Future,' Ga. Schools Require Mandarin

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 9:57 am

Instructor Huiling Li encourages second-grader Trinity Faulkner on the first day of Mandarin Chinese classes at Brookdale Elementary School in Macon, Ga.
Adam Ragusea for NPR

Public schools in Macon, Ga., and surrounding Bibb County have a lot of problems. Most of the 25,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced lunch, and about half don't graduate.

Bibb County's Haitian-born superintendent Romain Dallemand came into the job last year with a bag of changes he calls "The Macon Miracle." There are now longer schools days, year-round instruction, and one mandate nobody saw coming: Mandarin Chinese for every student, pre-K through 12th grade.

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Tue August 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Reaching Age 100 Is No Reason To Slow Down

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 7:32 am

Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, turned 116 over the weekend. For her birthday, Walton County, Ga., named a bridge after her. Over at Facebook headquarters, tech savvy Florence Detlor was honored by Mark Zuckerberg. At 101, Detlor is recognized as the social network's oldest registered user.



Wed August 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Confederate Soldier In Famous Portrait Is Identified

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 5:43 pm

Stephen Pollard of Carroll County, Ga., who fought and survived the Civil War.
Library of Congress

The Washington Post brings us an interesting story about a portait that was donated to the Library of Congress.

As far as portraits from the Civil War go, this one is quite famous. It shows a confederate soldier looking a bit disheveled and very serious while holding an 1855 Springfield single-shot pistol carbine.

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Mon August 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Famed Augusta National Golf Club Adds First 2 Female Members

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:06 am

The 16th green at Augusta National — framed by some of the course's famed azaleas — in 2001.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

Breaking news from The Associated Press about a historic day for one of the nation's most historic sporting venues:

"For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

"The home of the Masters has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October. Both women have accepted."

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Sun August 19, 2012
Arts & Life

'Gone With The Wind' Author's Estate A Windfall

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 12:41 pm




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