Drones aren't unlawful killing machines, but misunderstood and useful military tools, some say.
Charli Carpenter is associate professor of international relations at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and blogs about human security at the Duck of Minerva. Lina Shaikhouni is completing a degree in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with an emphasis on human rights and humanitarian law.
Eastern Kentucky University employees are getting their first pay raise in three years. The hike is included in the 2011-12 budget approved Tuesday by the EKU Board of Regents. The salary increase will not be less than 500 dollars for any full-time employee. The budget of more than 233 million dollars is an increase of 6-point-9 percent over the previous year. It includes a 5 percent tuition increase for undergraduates and graduate students, with certain exceptions. The general increase had been approved earlier. The Board approved resident tuition rates for non-resident military veterans and a $60-per-credit hour rate for EKU Now! students.
Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream shop in Columbia, Mo., tried a new take on seasonal flavors: brown sugar, chocolate cicadas. The ice cream sold out immediately. Health officials advised against using the insects in food.
This satellite image from NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response Team shows the fires in red, along the Arizona border with New Mexico (the line just to the right of the red marks that pinpoint the flames), and the smoke billowing to the northeast. It was taken Monday.
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Over the weekend, a sheep named Shrek died. He was the sheep that wouldn't be shorn. According to the Telegraph newspaper, Shrek escaped his flock and his fleecing for six years. When he was finally found in a cave, his overgrown fleece made him appear triple his size.
Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the bestselling novel <em>Wench</em>. She lives in Washington, DC.
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I like what Victor LaValle is doing. Let me rephrase. I love what he is doing. His third book — Big Machine — is, itself, a big machine.
Its ambition is epic, characters flawed and unpredictable, plot fantastical. As I read this novel, I realized: I think of myself as possessing a lot of certainty about my politics, my perspectives. This book, however, gives me doubts. And for that reason, you must read this book.