Many NPR listeners are familiar with the term "driveway moment." You know, you've become so entranced by a story that you sit in your car long after the drive is over or run an extra lap around the block just to hear the conclusion of a story. Do you remember your first "driveway moment?"
"Giovanni Ramirez, a stocky 31-year-old with a head shaved bald," was arrested by Los Angeles police yesterday in connection with the March 31 beating of a San Francisco Giants fan following the Opening Day game between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Authorities in Joplin, Missouri say at least 89 people are dead after a huge tornado passed over the town at sunset, yesterday. the city manager delivered the shocking news outside a hospital abandoned because it was so badly wrecked.
Joplin Globe sports writer Ryan Atkinson estimates the twister's path begins at the destroyed hospital and stretches down through the center of town where a number of shoppers were out.
Ryan was at work last night at Globe headquarters when he and colleagues noticed the bad storm beginning.
When I was eight, my mother found the sketchbook where I'd been keeping notes on the daily decomposition of a dead dog at the end of our street. In the middle of summer. In Australia! I had drawn all the maggots with fangs and sunglasses. Since then, I've discovered there are two kinds of people in the world: Some who read about maggots and quickly go to polish their shoes with toothbrushes, and those who read about maggots and laugh.