Emily Midling wanted her beat-up Ford Explorer to stand out in Kalamazoo, Mich. That's why she had official-looking emblems put on each side of the SUV. They read "Kalamazoo County Department of Zombie Removal." And of course, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette, the cops pulled her over to get a closer look.
President Obama will visit New York City tomorrow to honor those killed at Ground Zero on September 11, 2011, following the slaying of Osama bin Laden. Politico reports he invited former President George W. Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani to join him. Mr. Bush has declined the invitation; Politico says there's no word on Mr.
Violence in the Balkans perhaps could be said to have opened and closed the Western 20th century — from the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian dissident to the brutal splintering, in the 1990s, of Yugoslavia, which led to ethnic cleansing and Slobodan Milosevic's trial for war crimes. In the spring of 1998, the bloodletting in Kosovo reached a point where the international community could no longer turn its head, and tensions would mount until NATO's bombing campaign was begun a year later.
My mom was a stay-at-home, bake-from-scratch, children-come-first mother. It was a wonderful way to grow up, but I never considered following in her footsteps. And then I had a baby. I was walloped, overtaken by biology, my fierce attachment to my daughter immediately overwhelming. I could do little else but obsess about her well-being. What had become of me? What had become of my drive to write?
Steve Inskeep talks to veteran military journalist Tom Ricks about U.S. strategy towards Afghanistan now that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Ricks writes the "Best Defense" blog for "Foreign Policy" magazine.
A reconciliation pact is set to be signed on Wednesday in Cairo between two key Palestinian factions: Hamas and Fatah. The deal was brokered by Egypt and by independent Palestinian groups which pushed the long time rivals into mending their differences. Both sides say they know the agreement is fragile and that much work remains.