National Geographic has released a story about the newest dinosaur found in Argentina. This 4-story-tall plant eating creature was found among a treasure-trove of various fossils. The story can be found at National Geographic.
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There's a woman I know who agreed to share her thoughts on the state of television today, but only on condition of anonymity, since she doesn't care to field questions on the subject in the future. An English teacher whose family roots go back to the 1930s in the Poplar Bluff area, this woman claims to have loved television growing up. At dinnertime, her family would "gather around the set to watch The Lucy Show" and other programs of the day. Gunsmoke, Barnaby Jones, and The Carol Burnett Show were favorites. When she names All in the Family as a beloved program, I point up its often-controversial subject matter. "Look, we didn't feel like only Sesame Street counted as goodOct 17,
Ever wonder what valedictorians do once they're let loose on an unsuspecting world? I've always liked to think that they bring the energy and focus of their youth to adult life in such a way that innocent bystanders might be inclined to catch the fire and be invigorated by it. Documentary filmmaker and journalist Dianne Becker---yes, the valedictorian of her graduating class at Greenville High School in 1977---has kept the momentum going full force. And yes, she has managed to shape life and career in a way that invigorates, and empowers, many around the globe. After having taken a degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the one-time KFVS reporter began rising through the ranks in newsrooms fromOct 12,
I had a meeting Saturday here in Poplar Bluff, which brought me face to face with what appeared to be the Mother of All Poplar Bluff Street Jams---the 14th Annual Fall Arts Festival/Art on the Run blowout, spilling forth along the historic red-cobblestone stretch of Main Street with gusto. Simply put (if you happen to be Frank Sinatra): The Friends of Margaret Harwell Art Museum, organizers of the event, really know how to throw a swingin' shindig. There was live music. I saw Toni Becker engage those assembled with her rich vocals and wonderful guitar. To my chagrin, I had missed by a hair Gary Garner's performance on the Chapman Stick---an instrument not unlike a guitar, but for people whoOct 10,
DonorsChoose.org is a non-profit organization that works with people from all over the web, to enrich and enhance the opportunities of students all over the US. According to the site: DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need for more effective learning. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund. On completion of a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.Oct 10,