All Further Articles for 2012-05-08

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Wild Things
Maurice Sendak, the cranky, brilliant, rowdy, darkly incisive author and illustrator, has died at 83. Haunted by the Holocaust and insistent on honoring the sometime menace of the world of children, Sendak's astounding body of work ranges from the classic Where the Wild Things Are to ballet sets and concentration camp operas. A singular, true-to-the-core vision. He will be missed. "This is obviously the work of a man who has dementia...I'm very happy with it." - Sendak on his final book, Brundibar.
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Trimming the Fat, Like Feeding Poor Kids and Seniors
Charged with reducing "lower-priority spending" to avert military cuts, House Republicans want to cut billions from food stamps, school lunches and other useful programs - to Fox News, "trimming the fat." Instead, here are over $500 billion in savings through cuts in “largely useless” weapons systems. Never mind the Bush tax cuts would provide double the savings needed. Scary charts.
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To Everything There Is A Season, If A Long Painful One: Passport In Her Hand
In a modestly hopeful sign of change, Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been given a passport for the first time in 24 years, mostly spent under house arrest. She plans to go to Norway in June to accept the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991.
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Monday, May 7, 2012
They Are Taking Our Rights Away, Again
Viviette Applewhite, 93, worked as a welder during WW2, marched with Martin Luther King, and voted in almost every election since JFK's. But like many older black citizens, she has no birth certificate or driver's license - which means, under Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, she can't vote . She can fight, though. She's the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit being filed by the ACLU and NAACP against the law.
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