So many fairy tales and myths are about girls who are known only by their positions in life: daughter, princess, wife. They don't slay dragons; they prick their fingers.
As a girl, I don't think I was aware of these discrepancies. I simply gravitated toward books in which girls did things. Later on, I realized that all my favorite childhood books were reinterpretations of these old stories — newer versions in which the girls were named, wielded weapons and fought battles. Here are three novels that have reclaimed some of these tales for women.
The 2010 Kentucky State Police Trooper of the Year is a veteran of Post 1 in Mayfield, in far western Kentucky. Senior Trooper Thomas Williams was honored along with a host of other state troopers in an awards ceremony in Frankfort.
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One thing you learn only after you've listened to a fair amount of mainstream jazz is how much it's changed over time. The changes are relatively subtle when they happen, and they happen at a relatively glacial pace, as the zeitgeist morphs around it. But every so often you look up and think: "This kinda looks and feels like the jazz of 50 years ago. But it could only have been made now."
That's one of my reactions to this 2008 Roy Hargrove quintet performance of Hargrove's "Strasbourg/St. Denis":
In lavish style, President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday affirmed a bond between the United States and the United Kingdom that has strengthened through the sacrifice of war and a history of common values. As the queen put it, the relationship is "tried, tested and, yes, special."
For his part, the president, dressed in white-tie tuxedo for a glitzy dinner at Buckingham Palace, said in a toast that the relationship "never rests."
NPR's Dina Temple Raston brings us a bit of fascinating news about 2009's underwear bomber case. She reports that the FBI found fingerprint and forensic evidence that ties the attempted bombing to one of al-Qaida's master bomb makers in Yemen. Dina reports:
For months now, U.S. officials have been certain that the Christmas Day attack against a U.S. airliner in 2009 and the cargo bomb attempt last year were the work of one man... His name is Ibrahim al-Asiri.
A new program will keep rising Fayette County kindergartners busy this summer. Four-year-old Josiah is already looking forward to next school year, when he'll be a kindergartner at Northern Elementary. "Books and art and paint," says Josiah. He's one of 2,000 students who will start kindergarten at Fayette County Public Schools this fall.