SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts is celebrating the upcoming 200th anniversary of poet Walt Whitman's birth with a marathon cover-to-cover reading of his masterpiece "Leaves of Grass."
Leah Naomi Green wins Walt Whitman Award for debut poet
NEW YORK (AP) — A debut poet from Greensboro, North Carolina, has received a prize named for one of the country's greatest writers.
Leah Naomi Green won the Walt Whitman Award, the Academy...
In Trump’s rise, Michael Moore sees the hallmarks of Hitler
TORONTO (AP) — At the premiere of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9," the filmmaker's impassioned and portentous documentary about Donald Trump and the conditions that led to his presidency, Moore brought to the stage several Parkland, Florida, students who appear briefly in the film. "Generation of hope!" called out an audience member.
"No, I'm against hope," corrected Moore. "Hope was back then with Obama. I'm for a generation of action."
“I loaf and invite my soul,” wrote that most American of poets, Walt Whitman. He celebrated his prodigiously gifted, magnanimous, outsized self, and we continue to celebrate him. Yet we modern Americans trot briskly about with our anxieties and our cellphones, busy even in our leisure, “loafing” a vaguely negative concept in our multi-channeled minds.
NEW YORK (AP) — A Cincinnati-based poet is this year's winner of the Walt Whitman Award for a debut book.
2 teens charged after school shooting threat on social media
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two northern Virginia teenagers have been arrested after police say they tried to impress a girl by posting threats to carry out a school shooting.
Fairfax County Police said Wednesday that the 14- and 15-year-old boys have been charged in juvenile court with threatening to commit harm on school property. They've been released to their parents' custody.
Bill Murray goes classical for April 7 Heinz Hall show
Actor Bill Murray's latest creative endeavor is a far cry from his "Saturday Night Live" comedic roots — a stage show of readings from American literature, accompanied by a classical music ensemble led by German cellist Jan Vogler.
"Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends" will come to Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall on April 7.
Among pop stars, rappers and rockers, the spring concert calendar will also include a visit from actor Bill Murray.
Billed as "Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds" the tour features cellist Vogler and Murray in a "joint program" at Fillmore Detroit April 18.
Delays and bitter cold in New Jersey after storm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jerseyans are facing icy conditions and bitter cold as they dig out one day after a major snowstorm.
Gusty winds are causing wind chills well below zero Friday and forecasters say the biting cold will continue into Saturday.
The state's major highways are down to pavement, however motorists are advised to use caution because of icy spots. Speeds were reduced on the George Washington, Betsy Ross, Commodore Barry, Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman bridges.
Bitter wind chills sweep across Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bitter wind chills are sweeping across Pennsylvania as parts of the state are digging out from a snowstorm.
Motorists across the state are urged to use caution on Friday because of icy conditions.
Forecasters say the cold temperatures, combined with gusty winds, will make it feel like the thermometer is in negative double digits.
Perched on a branch low to the ground or scratching the leaf litter below a bush in search of insects is the lovely hermit thrush that can silently slip from branch to shadow with little notice.
Motorcyclist killed in crash with guardrail
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a man driving a motorcycle that hit a guardrail in south Philadelphia has died.
WPVI-TV reports that the 26-year-old man was driving very fast at about 11 p.m. on Friday on I-95, near the exit ramp for the Walt Whitman bridge. He lost control of the motorcycle and hit the guardrail.
Factory creates world of color: Rust-Oleum plant meets many consumer needs
WAUPUN — If you’re looking for a bridge, the Waupun Rust-Oleum factory has a long list of them — not to sell, but to show off as examples of the durability and quality of its paint.
Noxyde paint made in Waupun tints the George Washington Bridge and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge in New York City, the Walt Whitman Bridge in Philadelphia and others.
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Poetry for the masses: Transit poems spread to Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A program that spreads poetry through the transit systems of U.S. cities is getting a new audience as it celebrates its 25th year.
For the first time, the "Poetry in Motion" program will reach bus riders across an entire state on Tuesday, when the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority begins running the first lines from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" on digital display panels inside buses.
ZUMBROTA — "Leaves of Grass — Illuminated," a play about poet Walt Whitman, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave. Zumbrota.
The one-man play was written and is performed by Patrick Scully, a Twin Cities actor. The play focuses on Whitman as a ground-breaking artist, especially in the ways he broached the topic of same-sex love.
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WYKOFF — "Leaves of Grass — Illuminated," a play about the life and work of Walt Whitman, will be presented July 7 at DreamAcres Farm near Wykoff.
The one-man performance by Minneapolis actor Patrick Scully reveals the various sides of Whitman, and focuses on his attempts to use his poetry to change American society. The play explores Whitman's utopian dreams and his many tribulations.
Michael Corrigan's short road novel, Down the Highway, has been released as a soft cover by Amazon.
Temple DB Sean Chandler
chosen to Lott IMPACT Watch List
Temple senior defensive back Sean Chandler is one of 42 players selected to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List. Chandler, a Camden, N.J., native, is a two-time All-American Athletic Conference second-team selection (2015-16) and an ECAC first-team all-star in 2016. He was the only Temple player ever awarded the prestigious single-digit jersey as a freshman, given to one of the nine toughest players each year.
To American author Walt Whitman, baseball “tend(s) to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us.”
With the Mason County Relay for Life taking place at noon Saturday, June 24, baseball, again, can try to relieve and repair the losses of lives beset with cancer, in line with this year’s theme — “Striking Out Cancer.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Murray is set to go on tour with a chamber music trio for a program of songs and literary readings.
The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2p37tT6 ) the actor is pairing up with cellist Jan Vogler for the project titled "New Worlds." The highlights of the tour include songs from Van Morrison and "West Side Story" and readings from Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and Ernest Hemingway. Music includes the works of Gershwin, Bach and Schubert.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A pro football player facing a weapons charge in New Jersey has been allowed to enter a pretrial program.
Prosecutors say Joshua Huff won't face jail if he successfully completes the program. His attorney says the program lasts six months.
The wide receiver was playing for the Philadelphia Eagles when he was stopped for speeding on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman bridge last November.
NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Jenny Xie (SHUH) has won the Walt Whitman Award for an outstanding debut collection.
Music scribe: Ostensibly Joe Pug works in the folk/singer-songwriter mold, though his influences aren't necessarily guys with guitars. Pug is a studied scribe, who cites the likes of Walt Whitman, Raymond Carver, John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy as influences on his music. And while these influences weren't exactly stage performers, Pug himself is quite good at selling his smart songs with just voice and guitar. His latest, "Windfall," is a few years old, so he may come to town with something...
165-year-old Walt Whitman novel discovered
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was searching for the name "Jack Engle" in mid-19th-century newspapers that put Zachary Turpin on to the "warm lead" that turned into a "white hot" discovery: A forgotten 165-year-old novel written by Walt Whitman.
Ashleigh M. Albert, Staff Writer
It was before dawn on Dec. 7 when Delaware River Port Authority Police Officer Kevin Doran, on patrol on the Walt Whitman Bridge, spotted a man standing outside his vehicle. Believing the man was having mechanical trouble, Doran got out of his patrol car to help.
The emergency was not one Doran expected: The man had tied one end of a rope to his vehicle and was putting the other around his neck.
NEW MILFORD - The town’s poet laureate, James Scrimgeour, will lead the The New Milford Public Library’s next poetry book club at 6 p.m. Dec. 15.
The club will meet the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Main Street library. A snow date of the fourth Thursday is set.
Participants can pick up a packet of poems for the meeting during the first week of each month.
Delaware River port agency holds line on bridge tolls
CAMDEN, N.J. — Commuters will not be paying more to cross the four bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority next year.
The agency, which is jointly run by New Jersey and Pennsylvania, passed a $296 million operating budget for 2017 on Wednesday that does not contain any toll increases. That’s up from nearly $291 million in 2016.
Most of the increase will cover higher costs for payroll, pensions and health care.
DRPA holds line on tolls in new operating budget
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Commuters will not be paying more to cross the four bridges operated by the Delaware River Port Authority next year.
The agency, which is jointly run by New Jersey and Pennsylvania, passed a $296 million operating budget for 2017 on Wednesday that does not contain any toll increases. That's up from nearly $291 million in 2016.
Most of the increase will cover higher costs for payroll, pensions and health care.
Bucs promote WR Huff, place WR Shorts on injured reserve
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bolstered their injury-depleted receiving group, promoting Josh Huff from the practice squad to the active roster and placing Cecil Shorts III on injured reserve Tuesday.
Huff, 25, is getting a second chance in the NFL after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the aftermath of the third-year pro's arrest on gun and drug charges last month.
Ex-Eagles Josh Huff misses court date on gun, pot charges
Ex-Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff missed his court date Tuesday to answer weapons and marijuana charges stemming from a stop for speeding on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman Bridge on Nov. 1
Huff, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the Eagles released him two days after his arrest, was slated to appear in the court in Camden at 1:30 p.m.
Cut by Eagles, Josh Huff tells AP he’s sorry and doing fine
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two days after he was arrested on gun and drug charges, Josh Huff lost his job.
The Eagles released the wide receiver and special teams standout on Thursday, reversing course after coach Doug Pederson said he planned to play Huff against the Giants this week.
"I apologized for everything that happened," Huff told The Associated Press after he cut. "I have trust in God and I'll be fine."
Josh Huff doesn’t feel safe in Houston so he carries gun
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Huff says he carries a gun because he doesn't trust people in his hometown of Houston and he has to protect his family.
The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver is expected to play this week against the Giants despite his arrest on gun and drug charges. The team doesn't plan any discipline yet.
Lawyer: Eagles player licensed to carry gun in Texas
GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. (AP) — The lawyer for a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver facing charges for driving with an unlicensed gun in New Jersey says that he is licensed to carry in Texas.
Fortunato Perri Jr. says that Josh Huff is licensed in his home state and that the gun was not loaded when he was stopped on the Walt Whitman Bridge on Tuesday morning.
Eagles player charged for pot, gun after traffic stop
A Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was charged Tuesday with possession of a 9 mm handgun without a permit and having a small amount of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding, according to a court complaint.
Josh Huff was pulled over on the New Jersey side of the Walt Whitman Bridge around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed three members of a family near a Bethesda high school.
The Montgomery County state's attorney's office announced in a statement that Olgucan Atakoglu entered the plea Monday. Prosecutors say investigators surmise that the BMW M235i Atakoglu was driving was traveling about 115 mph moments before the crash in a 45 mph zone.
Lanzinger develops role as poetic justice
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Judith Ann Lanzinger had always considered herself a literal person, a judge who prefers words on paper to be clear — especially in legal briefs and statutes.
But now the Ohio Supreme Court justice embraces some ambiguous words, teaching poetry to fellow judges, helping them, like herself, to use art and literature to break down barriers and to prompt introspection.
If nothing else, she's found that the words of Emily Dickinson and Walt...