What sort of books do prisoners read most? A former Boston prison librarian has written down his findings.
Anne Frank's diary is popular. So are Sylvia Plath and crime fiction.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010
Washington (CNN) -- The tattered journal, its pages yellow with age, contains the painful memories of a U.S. medic, a man who recorded the deaths of soldiers who survived one of World War II's bloodiest battles yet met their end as slaves in Nazi Germany.
32. Hamilton 4-5-45
33. Young 4-5-45
34. Smith 4-9-45
35. Vogel 4-9-45
36. Wagner 4-9-45
"Some were dying," said its author, Tony Acevedo, now 86. "Some died, and I made a notation of that."
Flipping through the pages, you encounter a horrific part of world history through the eyes of a 20-year-old inside a slave labor camp. Amid the horror, the journal captures extraordinary human moments of war. Acevedo sketched beautiful women in the back pages, pinups whose eyes provided comfort amid hell.
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Friday, October 22, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
THE controversial pastor who incited international outrage over a threat to burn copies of the Koran on the ninth anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks will receive a new car for calling off the demonstration.
New Jersey car dealer, and former New York Giants centre, Brad Benson made a promotional radio offer at the height of the controversy to give Terry Jones a brand new Hyundai if he canceled the burn.
Jones, who abandoned the public burning on the eve of the September 11 anniversary following pressure from President Obama and Defence Secretary Gates, came to collect on the car dealer's offer earlier this month.
David Cantin, general manager at Brad Benson Hyundai, says Pastor Jones called the dealership about ten days ago to arrange delivery of the vehicle.
"He lived up to his end of the bargain, and we're living up to our end," Mr Cantin said.
He added Pastor Jones would receive a 2011 Hyundai Accent, expected for delivery by the end of next week. The listing price for a new Accent starts at $ 13,329.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
If confirmed, rinderpest would become only the second viral disease - after smallpox - to have been eliminated by humans.
Rinderpest was once prevalent in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has said that it will now suspend its efforts to track and eliminate the virus.
The FAO said it was "confident" the virus has been eradicated from those parts of the world where it is prevalent.
When the disease arrived in Africa at the end of the nineteenth century between 80% and 90% of cattle and buffalo on the continent were killed.
The eradication of the virus has been described as the biggest achievement in veterinary history and one which will save the lives and livelihoods of millions of the poorest people in the world.
via BBC News
Thursday, October 14, 2010
"48 years ago today, an aerial photograph was taken over Cuba that revealed the Soviets were building multiple missile launch sites just 90 miles from U.S. soil. Eight days later on October 22nd, American asses collectively slammed shut when John F. Kennedy got on TV and announced the findings on the nightly news.
It was the closest the world has ever come to a full scale nuclear war, and gave many an excuse to pick up smoking and put off cutting the grass for a week, just in case the world got blown to hell.
Seven days after Kennedy's televised speech, the crisis reached a conclusion on October 29, 1962. The Soviets agreed to remove their missiles from Cuba provided the U.S. promise never to invade Cuba and to remove U.S. missiles in Turkey. Almost five decades later, you can buy a bottle of Russian vodka anywhere in the U.S., but Cuban cigars are still considered illegal contraband. WTF?"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Burke died on a plane after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles, airport police said. Burke's family said on his Web site the singer died of natural causes, but did not elaborate. He had been scheduled to perform a show Tuesday in an Amsterdam church converted into a concert hall.
He recorded a string of classic soul sides, including "Cry to Me," "Got to Get You Off My Mind," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and "Down in the Valley." His sound was a bold merger of orchestrated sophistication and countryish, down-home grit, and his best singles built a Gothic sense of drama and heartbreak.
These tracks bridged the gap between the more mannered mainstream rhythm and blues of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller songwriting team of the '50s, as exemplified by the Coasters and Drifters, and the gruffer Southern styles of the later '60s, as heard on the Stax Records sides of Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.
Though Burke never broke through to the mainstream like some of his contemporaries, including labelmates Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, Atlantic talent scout Jerry Wexler claimed Burke had the greatest voice of them all, versatile enough to sing country or the deepest gospel and leap the racial divide. “He was the best soul singer of all time,” Wexler once said.
He is perhaps best known for two songs: His 1964 hit “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" was recorded by the Rolling Stones and Pickett, and later was a centerpiece of the 1980 “Blues Brothers” movie; and “Cry to Me,” which provided the backdrop for a key scene in the teen-pop movie “Dirty Dancing.”
But these successes barely hint at Burke’s impact as a performer. In an era of outsized personalities and spectacular voices, Burke was second to none as an entertainer.
He had been dubbed "the king of rock 'n' soul" by a Baltimore deejay, and Burke ran with it: He would stroll on stage in a bejeweled crown and 15-foot cape trimmed in ermine.
"He had on this unbelievable outfit, and then he opened his mouth to sing, and I thought, 'What have we got here?' " said Nick Lowe, a U.K. singer-songwriter who saw Burke perform on the television show “Ready Steady Go,” in a Tribune interview. "He was fantastic, and I went out and started buying his records. I became a fan for life.”
His talent was so unnerving to some of his peers that the self-proclaimed Godfather of Soul, James Brown, once paid him not to perform at a show in Chicago. "He paid me $7,500 to stand onstage and hand him my robe and crown," Burke told the Tribune in a 2002 interview. "It was a great gig: I got paid and I didn't have to sing a note.”
via the Chicago Tribune
Saturday, October 9, 2010
The 10 month-old bird had been undertaking a six hour race from Guernsey to Dudley, West Midlands more than five weeks ago.
But it failed to arrive and its owner Darren Cubberly, 45, had give up hope the bird would return from the 224 mile trip.
He was surprised to get a phone call this week from Panama City, where the bird had ended up.
He was told the bird was alive and healthy despite making the more than 5200 mile trip. It is thought she landed on a ship travelling to the area.
The bird had been taken in by Gustavo Ortiz after it landed on his roof. Mr Ortiz rang Mr Cubberly after noticing contact numbers on it.
"I was gobsmacked. I didn't even know where Panama was," Mr Cubberley told the Daily Mirror.
"I've no idea how Houdini got there - I can only assume she hitched a lift on a ship across the Atlantic.”
He speculated she was fed on the boat as she appeared in “perfect shape”.
The pigeon, now learning Spanish, will now live with the family in Panama as it is too expensive to transport her home.
Mr Ortiz told Mr Cubberley his family were more than happy to have the pigeon.
Sid Barkel, secretary of the National Flying Club, said it was a “very unusual” case.