Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 5:14 pm
We followed the news as the field was announced for this year's NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship and then topped things off with a little "advice" for those who enjoy filling brackets (obviously, wink-wink, The Two-Way does not endorse betting in office pools).
Many of the 35 million Americans of Irish descent are here due to the worst famine to hit Europe in the 19th century, the Irish potato famine.
It drove more than a million people to flee mass starvation, many climbing aboard ships they hoped would ferry them to a better life in the New World. But the fate they would meet on what came to be known as "coffin ships" was often as grim or worse than the fate they were leaving behind; 100,000 passengers didn't survive the journey.
Share the excitement of opening night at the new Smith Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Neil Patrick Harris hosts FROM DUST TO DREAMS: OPENING NIGHT AT THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, headlined by Jennifer Hudson, Carole King, Martina McBride and many others from the worlds of music, television, stage and screen. Michael Stevens directs.
"From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center in Las Vegas" airs on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m.
The public television documentary SEEKING THE GREATEST GOOD chronicles the life and legacy of Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and an early champion of "practical conservation." Pinchot (pictured) spoke to audiences across the country and used the media to spread the very new idea of conservation.
Although born of wealth and privilege, Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) dedicated his life to public service — advocating for the sustainable management of natural resources. He championed the establishment of the National Forests and the U.S. Forest Service, where he served as its first chief under President Theodore Roosevelt. Pinchot believed in the democratization of national resources, and fought to ensure that a few powerful individuals could not monopolize these resources for their own financial gain.
Toyo Ito, a 71-year-old architect based in Japan, is the winner of the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The jury honored Ito for his more than four-decade career, in which he has created architecture that "projects an air of optimism, lightness and joy ... infused with both a sense of uniqueness and universality."
Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 9:59 am
Editor's Note: The author is a Syrian citizen living in Damascus and is not being further identified for safety concerns.
In Damascus, you can smell the scent of gunpowder that wafts in from shelling on the outskirts of the capital. You hear fighter jets buzzing above. Ambulance sirens wail throughout the day, and death notices are regularly plastered on city walls.
Damascus is not under direct bombardment, like many other places in Syria that have been ravaged by an uprising now two years old. But the war is creeping closer, and residents feel the heat.