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Amid tight budgets, use of police reserve officers is common

AP US News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:42am
Amid tight budgets, use of police reserve officers is common Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:42-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Homicide, Crime, Volunteerism, Law enforcement agencies, Police, Violent crime, Social affairs, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Eric Harris, Steven Seagal, Oklahoma, Tulsa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A year after kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, hope dwindles

AP Top news - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:41am
A year after kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, hope dwindles Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:41-04:00 News Topics: General news, Hostage situations, Kidnapping, Militant groups, War and unrest, International relations, Terrorism, Crime, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Muhammadu Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan, Abubakar Shekau, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Nigeria, Abuja, West Africa, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year

AP Top news - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:33am
Iran expects delivery of Russian missiles by end of the year Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:33-04:00 News Topics: General news, International agreements, Government arms deals, Sanctions and embargoes, National governments, Government and politics, International relations, Weapons administration, Military and defense, Foreign policy, Government policy People, Places and Companies: Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu, Josh Earnest, Sergey Lavrov, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russia, Moscow, Israel, Iran, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Christie proposes overhaul of Social Security benefits

AP Politics - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:32am
Christie proposes overhaul of Social Security benefits Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:32-04:00 News Topics: Business, Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, Government pensions and social security, 2016 United States Presidential Election, Political parties, Medicare, National elections, Elections, Government business and finance, Political organizations, Government-funded health insurance, Government programs People, Places and Companies: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Hampshire Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

AP Technology News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:27am
Nokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:27-04:00 News Topics: Business, Technology, Mobile phone manufacturing, Mergers and acquisitions, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Mobile telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Industries, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Ownership changes, Corporate news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: France, Helsinki, Finland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Nokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

AP Business News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:27am
Nokia in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:27-04:00 News Topics: Business, Technology, Mobile phone manufacturing, Mergers and acquisitions, Consumer electronics manufacturing, Mobile telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications equipment manufacturing, Telecommunications, Industries, Consumer product manufacturing, Consumer products and services, Ownership changes, Corporate news, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: France, Helsinki, Finland Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Jury selection winds down in Colorado theater shooting case

AP Entertainment News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:24am
Jury selection winds down in Colorado theater shooting case Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:24-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Small business, Movies, Entertainment, Violent crime, Sentencing, Shootings, Trials, Legal proceedings, Juries, Crime, Law and order People, Places and Companies: James Holmes, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Colorado, Denver Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Ben: Writing Letters to Grandma

49 Writers - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:19am
Dear GrandmaI write letters to my grandmother.  I feel pressure to keep something in the mail.  She is my only regular reader.

On my grandmother’s 92nd birthday, she told my aunt that her second daughter’s family, my mother’s family, wrote to her more than anyone else called her on the telephone.  That may not have been true; a letter has more impact than a telephone call and persists in memory.

It is easy to forget the power of writing for a single person.  I hope this post is read by many people.  When a book comes out, everyone involved hopes that a hoard of readers will grab it and dig in.  Even with a hoard, the book must still be read by each individual.  Experiencing a piece of writing as a cultural phenomenon can have value, but the books that move us personally feel as if they are written for us; the writer crafted those words for our eyes.

With a book, that may not be true.  With a letter, it is.  When I write a letter, it is for my grandmother or for my sister or for my friend.  If someone else reads it, that may be fine (depending on the content of the letter), but that does not mean the letter is for them.  I do not address the recipient of my letter to a “gentle reader” the way Isaac Asimov sometimes did in his books.

The post From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Push-ups and Poses from a few days ago talks about the power of being constrained by a form.  A writing exercise is one way to force that constraint.  Writing a letter is another.  When I write to someone specific in a letter, my writing becomes focussed and constrained in the same way it does when I work on a writing exercise.

In Brian Kiteley’s book The 3 A.M. Epiphany, he marries the idea of an exercise with a letter.  For the exercise, “Letters From Inside the Story,” the writer is instructed to “Have one character in a story you’re working on write a story to another character in the same story.”  Ariel Gore, in her book How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, suggests letter writing as the first stepping stone to sending your writing out into the world.

A letter doesn’t cary much glory with it.  It is a humble form of writing.  We sometimes read the letters of famous people, but no one grows famous for their letters beyond the small circle of friends and family they write to.

In the end, the best reason to write a letter may be in the impact it has on the relationship between you and whoever you send it to.  My grandmother lives two thousand miles from here, but I am always in her apartment when one of my letters is on her table and that keeps both of us closer to each other.  Isn’t that the reason we write anything at all: to be closer to other human beings?  It's time to finish that letter and get it in the mail.


Categories: Arts & Culture

Writing Letters to Grandma

49 Writers - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:19am
Dear GrandmaI write letters to my grandmother.  I feel pressure to keep something in the mail.  She is my only regular reader.

On my grandmother’s 92nd birthday, she told my aunt that her second daughter’s family, my mother’s family, wrote to her more than anyone else called her on the telephone.  That may not have been true; a letter has more impact than a telephone call and persists in memory.

It is easy to forget the power of writing for a single person.  I hope this post is read by many people.  When a book comes out, everyone involved hopes that a hoard of readers will grab it and dig in.  Even with a hoard, the book must still be read by each individual.  Experiencing a piece of writing as a cultural phenomenon can have value, but the books that move us personally feel as if they are written for us; the writer crafted those words for our eyes.

With a book, that may not be true.  With a letter, it is.  When I write a letter, it is for my grandmother or for my sister or for my friend.  If someone else reads it, that may be fine (depending on the content of the letter), but that does not mean the letter is for them.  I do not address the recipient of my letter to a “gentle reader” the way Isaac Asimov sometimes did in his books.

The post From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Push-ups and Poses from a few days ago talks about the power of being constrained by a form.  A writing exercise is one way to force that constraint.  Writing a letter is another.  When I write to someone specific in a letter, my writing becomes focussed and constrained in the same way it does when I work on a writing exercise.

In Brian Kiteley’s book The 3 A.M. Epiphany, he marries the idea of an exercise with a letter.  For the exercise, “Letters From Inside the Story,” the writer is instructed to “Have one character in a story you’re working on write a story to another character in the same story.”  Ariel Gore, in her book How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, suggests letter writing as the first stepping stone to sending your writing out into the world.

A letter doesn’t cary much glory with it.  It is a humble form of writing.  We sometimes read the letters of famous people, but no one grows famous for their letters beyond the small circle of friends and family they write to.

In the end, the best reason to write a letter may be in the impact it has on the relationship between you and whoever you send it to.  My grandmother lives two thousand miles from here, but I am always in her apartment when one of my letters is on her table and that keeps both of us closer to each other.  Isn’t that the reason we write anything at all: to be closer to other human beings?  It's time to finish that letter and get it in the mail.


Categories: Arts & Culture

Robert Kennedy Jr. backs off 'holocaust' in vaccine debate

AP Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. on Monday apologized for describing the number of children injured by vaccines as "a holocaust" during a film screening last week. 2015-04-13T12:14:00-04:00 2015-04-13T16:14:09-04:00

Rural Indiana county's HIV outbreak tops 100 cases

AP Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 100 people in southeastern Indiana have tested positive for HIV in an outbreak linked to the sharing of intravenous needles, and officials said Friday they're trying to combat unfounded fears among drug users that they could be arrested if they take part in a needle-exchange program created to stem the spread of the virus. 2015-04-10T19:18:00-04:00 2015-04-10T23:18:57-04:00

Group hopes recycled hotel soap helps save lives worldwide

AP Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. 2015-04-10T05:45:00-04:00 2015-04-10T09:45:48-04:00

UN: Ebola still global emergency despite big drop in cases

AP Health News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says the year-long Ebola outbreak in West Africa still qualifies as an international emergency even though the number of cases has plummeted. 2015-04-10T04:59:00-04:00 2015-04-10T08:59:51-04:00

Lester roughed up, Cubs rally to beat Reds in 10

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler came through big and helped the Cubs rally for a win after ace Jon Lester struggled in his second start with Chicago. 2015-04-13T21:01:00-04:00 2015-04-14T01:01:55-04:00

Pelicans close in on playoff berth with win over Wolves

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have been fighting for their playoff lives for more than a month. 2015-04-13T19:43:00-04:00 2015-04-13T23:43:29-04:00

Westbrook scores 36; Thunder beat Trail Blazers 101-90

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook made the most of his second chance. 2015-04-13T20:04:00-04:00 2015-04-14T00:04:05-04:00

Jordan Spieth is going places in a hurry

AP Sports News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:10am
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The most important round in Jordan Spieth's young career began with a little perspective from his caddie. 2015-04-13T15:45:00-04:00 2015-04-13T19:45:15-04:00

Clinton stops at Iowa coffee shop to kick off 2016 campaign

AP Politics - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:09am
Clinton stops at Iowa coffee shop to kick off 2016 campaign Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:09-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Political fundraising, 2016 United States Presidential Election, Presidential elections, Campaign contributions, Campaign finance, Campaigns, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

French legislators OK health care reform targeting anorexia

AP Top news - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:09am
French legislators OK health care reform targeting anorexia Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:09-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Lifestyle, Health care policy, Health care reform, Anorexia nervosa, Government and politics, Government policy, Political issues, Eating disorders, Mental health People, Places and Companies: France Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Police: College shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

AP US News - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:08am
Police: College shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay Associated Press - 14 April 2015 13:08-04:00 News Topics: General news, Shootings, Gays and lesbians, Hate crimes, Violent crime, Criminal investigations, Crime, School shootings, School violence, Commercial printing services, Hate groups, Neo-Nazism, Nazism, Law and order, Violence, Social issues, Social affairs, School safety, Education issues, Education, Professional services, Industries, Business, Discrimination, Human rights and civil liberties, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Goldsboro, North Carolina, Florida Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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