You know all those lawsuits now pending around the country charging that the Obama administration's rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer no-cost contraception is a violation of religious freedom?
Well, a whole bunch of supporters of the rule are chiming in now to say that argument has no legal merit.
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The Puerto Rican drummer Henry Cole is probably best known in the U.S. as a stellar jazz accompanist, with bands led by compatriots and saxophonists David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón. Back in San Juan, Cole also works with poets and rappers, bomba musicians and pleneros, rockers and salsa ringleaders. He found they could all get down to Fela Kuti-style Afrobeat, and many jam sessions later, he found a way to record that sound for the 2012 album Roots Before Branches, with top New York jazz soloists coursing through it.
This week's quiz comes courtesy of Janet Weiss, drummer for the band Wild Flag (and former drummer for Sleater-Kinney). She's got some killer fills and intros here that (I thought) ranged from pretty easy to pretty hard. But see what you think.
Drag the intro or fill (or beat) to the album it's from. If you get it right, the song names will appear.
Emily Danforth is the author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
I was at a garage sale with my grandmother when I found a paperback copy of Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle.
I was, without much enthusiasm, rummaging through a pile of books. And then I turned over a small paperback. There, on the back, was a reviewer praising this "account of what it's like growing up lesbian ..." I flinched — such a private word to place in such prominence on a book cover.
I'll always love big musicals. Shows like Hairspray and Anything Goes just want to make me happy, and if they don't change my life, then so what? There are worse things than smiling for two hours while 35 hotties nail a synchronized tap number on the prow of a boat.
But sometimes, I love a musical that makes me come to it. Instead of singing in my face, a show like that whispers in my ear, giving me a private message to consider on the way home.
Jeffro Moye, Kirkwood Hall and Hodge near Massaponax Church on the Old Telegraph Road, in Spotsylvania County, Va. This area, a major crossroads of the Civil War, saw more than 100,000 casualties during the war.
Federal Zouave Prillaman brushes his teeth where there was once a winter encampment of the Army of the Potomac, in Stafford County, Va. Several Union Zouave regiments, which wore colorful, French North African-influenced uniforms, camped here.
Hodge, Jerry Hornbaker and Tim Cole advance through the Gettysburg Cemetery.During the Battle of Gettysburg, this area, called Cemetery Hill, was crowded with thousands of Union troops, artillery pieces, wagons, mules, horses, teamsters, mounted officers, and orderlies trying to shift troops from a weakening Union line.
Ben Hawley, 54th Massachusetts, at Pickett's Buffet, Gettysburg, Pa. The 54th Massachusetts infantry, a unit of black Union soldiers, was portrayed in the film Glory. The mural behind Hawley depicts the collapse of the Confederacy.
Think about where you are, this very moment — and imagine all that has happened there before now.
When I was in college in Tennessee, for example, my neighborhood was nicknamed "The Fort," because that's exactly what it was during the Civil War. How weird to think that where soldiers once fired cannons, students today are doing keg stands. And actually, I wouldn't have been shocked to see Civil War soldiers milling around the neighborhood; re-enactments were — and are — huge in the area.
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky, in for Ira Flatow. You've probably already encountered them this year, buried deep in your pet's fur, maybe on your own skin - yes, ticks. These bloodsuckers are often no bigger than a poppy seed, but they can wreak havoc with your health and your pet's.