“Homeland Elegies,” by Ayad Akhtar (Little, Brown and Company)
An elegy is a mournful poem expressing regret for something lost. Ayad Akhtar’s brilliant new novel, “Homeland Elegies,” mourns...
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Three teenagers have been charged after a drawing of a noose, the word “lynch” and “a racial slur” were found spray-painted at a Maryland high school, police said...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Delaware River Port Authority will soon reopen cash toll lanes on its four bridges that connect Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yemeni-American poet Threa Almontaser has won the Walt Whitman Award for best first book. Almontaser's “The Wild Fox of Yemen” comes out in April 2021.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a teenager armed with a knife was shot and wounded by police after crashing a stolen school bus on a bridge that connects Philadelphia and New...
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."
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...
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NEW YORK (AP) — A Cincinnati-based poet is this year's winner of the Walt Whitman Award for a debut book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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...