I approached this review with a little bit of dread. How do you write about the iconic novelist Thomas Pynchon, whose books are strange and difficult things, and whose die-hard readers gather online to wax poetic, and use words like Pynchonian, Pynchonalia and Pynchonesque? They are just so into him, and often so articulate about their love. If you read the thoughtful and detailed writing by Pynchon devotees, they make a very persuasive case.
The head of a Rhode Island school was named Providence Principal of the Year, but that was only the start of the accolades. Police say an employee, Christopher Michael Sheehan, gave his boss a present to celebrate - a half ounce of marijuana. Mr. Sheehan was arrested. Just to be clear, since it can apparently be easy to forget, Rhode Island is not one of the states that has legalized pot, and especially not in a school zone.
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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. A report by United Nations' chemical weapons inspectors does not blame Syria's government for last month's chemical weapons attack. The inspectors were not authorized to do that. But they did provide substantial evidence, the most detailed look available, of an August 21 attack that led the United States to threaten military action.
Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. There are multiple injuries and deaths, and one gunman is dead. Police say they are searching for two other "potential" shooters.
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A police helicopter flies overhead as officers walk on the roof of a building.
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A Park Police helicopter removes a man from the scene of the shooting.
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Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Navy Yard. Alexis's motive is still uncertain but, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in a press conference that there is "no reason to suspect terrorism."
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A military guard stands at the scene of the shooting. Shots were fired at around 8:20 a.m. ET.
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Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Vincent Gray speak to the media.
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President Obama said the federal government will do all it can to ensure that "whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible."
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Office workers, who had been under lock down since the shootings this morning, leave the area around the Washington Navy Yard on Monday in Washington, D.C. Thirteen people were killed, including the suspected gunman, and several were wounded.
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Brittany Carter, of Bowie, MD., (left) Jibri Johnson, of Landon, MD., (center) and Bryan Beard of Washington D.C. hold candles in remembrance of the 12 victims killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard earlier in the day.
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This undated cell phone photo provided shows a smiling Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas.
When the Affordable Care Act was working its way through Congress, Gary Lauer was nervous. Part of the bill sounded grim. It said people could buy required health coverage online, but only through websites run by state and federal governments.
"That was going to pretty much delete us from the landscape," he says.
-- Investigators now do not think there was a second shooter, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said late Monday evening. Throughout Monday, authorities had run down witness reports and other evidence indicating there might have been additional gunmen.
Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with an update on a Hawaiian woman with a very long name - Janice Lokelani Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele. She goes by Loke, but Honolulu's KHOM2 reported on her complaint that her name was cut off on ID cards, which led to issues with travel and cops.
Now, Hawaii will expand its limit on the length of names on IDs so Loke won't need to use her maiden name - Worth.
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Throughout the Syrian war, President Obama has insisted that President Bashar Assad must go. But now, the U.S. may want, or even need, Assad to remain in power for a while longer so he can oversee the dismantling of his chemical weapons stockpile.
"For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside," Obama said back on Aug. 18, 2011, in his first explicit call for Assad's ouster, something the U.S. president went on to repeat on multiple occasions.
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Anya Von Bremzen is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and the author of five cookbooks.
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A banquet spread is pictured in the 1952 edition of The Book of Tasty and Healthy Foods. The cookery book, published in the former Soviet Union, promoted a fantasy of abundance at a time when privations abounded.
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Anya von Bremzen emigrated from Russia with her mother (here, in Philadelphia in 1978) when she was 10 years old.
The French novelist Marcel Proust immortalized the connection between food and memory when the narrator of his novel Remembrances of Things Past bit into a madeleine and was transported to thoughts of his childhood.
But what if that madeleine were poisoned, so to speak?
That is the question underlying Russian American writer Anya von Bremzen's new memoir, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. Though it contains recipes, this is not a cookbook but rather, a history of a family and of Soviet Russia.
The Japanese city of Narita is best known to the outside world for its major airport that serves Tokyo, the nation's capital city.
Narita is also a rural area of Chiba Prefecture, however, with a long tradition of rice farming.
Toward the end of the summer, Narita's rice farmers gather to pray for bountiful harvests. They dance, play music and ride elaborate festival carts. From afar, the wagons appear to glide through a sea of lush green paddy fields as villagers pull them down Narita's placid country lanes.
When critics of industrial agriculture complain that today's food production is too big and too dependent on pesticides, that it damages the environment and delivers mediocre food, there's a line that farmers offer in response: We're feeding the world.
It's high-tech agriculture's claim to the moral high ground. Farmers say they farm the way they do to produce food as efficiently as possible to feed the world.