The rebels in Libya are short of many things these days — weapons, money, even Cabinet ministers.
In the largely improvised scramble to set up an alternative to leader Moammar Gadhafi's regime, the rebels are leaning heavily on a small number of people. One of them is Ali Tarhouni, a University of Washington economics professor who abruptly left his family and students to join an uncertain Libyan revolution.
Tarhouni is not an easy man to sit down with these days; it would be an exaggeration to call him a one-man Cabinet, but sometimes it seems that way.
Height is often used as a proxy for health, because children who get good nutrition and health care tend to grow taller than their forebears.
Now new research shows that the average height of women in 14 African countries is shrinking. And that spells bad news for the future health of those nations.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the heights of women ages 25 to 49 in 54 countries who had been measured between 1994 and 2008, and compared that to the heights of women in 1945.
Thousands of mourners waited in a mile-long line to pay their respects to guru Sri Satya Sai Baba, who died on Saturday at age 85. Among the mourners were Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, reported the BBC.
If there were ever a time for thunderously grand trumpet fanfares and unfurling waves of orchestral sound, this would be it: the wedding of the heir to the throne. Of course, there's plenty of speculation about the music on the ground, even if the palace's people are keeping awfully quiet — in fact, it's completely hush-hush, at least for now.
In the lead-up to the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton this Friday, such secrecy hasn't kept marketers from trying to cash in on this global event.
Way back when we first got into the reporting business, an editor (or perhaps several), said that you'd better be absolutely, positively sure if you ever use phrases like "best ever" or "last ever" or "only one in the world."
You're almost surely going to be proved wrong, the crusty old newshounds would say.
Kentucky began before the civil war to establish its reputation as a horse breeding state. Woodburn farm in Woodford county was known then as a premiere breeding operation. The story is detailed by Maryjean Wall, a turf writer for more than three decades at the Lexington Herald newspaper. She's also the author of a book detailing the civil war's impact on the horse industry. Wall says the 1860's signified a break in the action and recovery took some time.
Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III have each assembled remarkable careers, full of top-notch albums and influential music that spans at least 40 years. In the five decades that Thompson has been making music, he's earned some of the highest possible praise for his work as a live performer, guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Paducah, Kentucky's Lloyd Tilghman House and Museum may not have the cache of Arlington or the Lincoln Birthplace, but it's a must-see if you're looking into the history of the Civil War's western theater. U.S. Grant launched his Fort Donelson campaign from Paducah, William Tecumseh Sherman once commanded Union Soldiers in the city, and Nathan Bedford Forrest raided the river town in 1864. The future author of Ben Hur, Lew Wallace, even got into a fistfight during the war in what is now the museum's main gallery.