"I didn't at any time yell. ... I didn't go on a rant. I wasn't irate."
So says Jason West, the Utah man who's at the center of a tale about 2,500 pennies and how he used them to pay a disputed $25 medical bill — and now faces a potential fine of 14,000 pennies ($140, that is).
History books tend to suggest that the world was black-and-white before 1950. Photos by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans paint a stark picture of the Depression. Famed war photographer Robert Capa almost single-handedly forged the monochrome mental imagery of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
But, although it was expensive and somewhat rare, color photography did exist at the time.
KSMU's Seldom Heard Music, one of the station's longest-running programs, first aired in 1982, with host Mike Smith offering a complex mix of bluegrass, old-time and traditional Ozark music, the likes of which hadn't been heard on the Ozarks' airwaves since the 1950s. It was undeniably music that was "seldom heard" outside the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Harry Moore, another collector in the genre, joined the show in 2004.
Today, Bahrain arraigned 47 nurses and doctors in a security court. The doctors are accused of participating in the attempt to overthrow the country's monarchy, but human rights groups say they are being tried simply for treating protesters.
The AP reports that the prosecution is a sign that Bahrain's Sunni leadership is intent on quashing the Shiite-led opposition, even after ending its emergency rule last week:
Sugar Ray Leonard is considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. The first boxer to win more than $100 million in purses, Leonard won world titles in five weight divisions, received a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics and went on to become a successful motivational speaker, actor and commercial endorser.
The members of Chicago's Smith Westerns were barely out of high school when they released this year's Dye It Blonde, which has already staked its place as one of 2011's best records. It almost goes without saying that a young, sensitive indie-rock band is going to exude charming naivete, and "All Die Young" is awash in it. In fact, the first two-thirds of the song read like the diary of a lovelorn teenager: "Definitely maybe I will live to love," Cullen Omori sings, adding, "Heart and soul / Never know."