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  • Portland: 10 Things to Do

    April 29, 2010 11:50 AM 165

    Portlanders are perhaps the most self-satisfied city tribe in the whole United States. To pass for one of them (and who wouldn't want to?), here's a tip: do not carry an umbrella. Yeah, it tends to rain a bit here, but it's the drizzly sort of precipitation that's best weathered under a hat or a hoodie. Plus, a rainy morning often turns into a gorgeous

  • Lima: 10 Things to Do

    April 29, 2010 11:50 AM 204

    Peru's sprawling megacapital is actually a mosaic of many smaller cities. Comprising 43 districts with nearly 9 million inhabitants, Lima is a study in contrasts, with ultramodern seaside neighborhoods butting up against gritty shantytowns that cling to barren hillsides. It is one of the world's few megacapitals that can claim a golf course in the middle

  • Local book events for the week of Oct. 25

    October 25, 2009 10:30 AM 33

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which he co-wrote with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, from 4-6 p.m. today at Shell Oil Auditorium, McNair Street, Rice University, 6100 Main. $30 includes autographed book. Information for the Asia Society event, co-presented with Brazos Bookstore and the World Affairs Council, Houston

  • Lee Fields: Soul Survivor

    July 21, 2009 4:03 PM 127

    Soul singer Lee Fields may be an R&B veteran, but don't call him a relic. Since the 1970s, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums — 15 and counting — and part of the secret to his success has been flexibility. To younger fans, especially those lauding his latest album, My World, Fields is retro-soul royalty, with a voice that recalls

  • Steve Earle On Mountain Stage

    July 20, 2009 5:45 PM 133

    For his newest album, Townes, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Steve Earle recorded a collection of his favorite Townes Van Zandt-penned songs. A longtime friend and inspiration to Earle until his death in 1997, Van Zandt had a lasting impact on the singer's life and career. On this Mountain Stage performance, Earle combines his own storytelling in "Ft. Worth

  • Silversun Pickups: Sweeping, Swooning Rock

    June 20, 2009 1:31 PM 136

    Silversun Pickups' members often find themselves compared to The Smashing Pumpkins, due to their sweeping rock sound and use of distorted guitars. Brian Aubert's vocals range from ghostly whispers to powerful cries, while appearing against a landscape of fuzz-drenched guitar, trembling bass and ethereal keyboards. Silversun Pickups first made waves in 2005 with the release

  • Gloomy Economy Responsible For Lower Gas Prices

    November 4, 2008 1:22 PM 102

    MONTAGNE: Yes, a bit of good news now. The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular is down to about $2.40 a gallon. In parts of the South and the Midwest, gas is selling for less than two dollars a gallon. It's a sharp drop from earlier in the year when gas prices were around four dollars a gallon. Of course, the reason for the drop is not one we would

  • Robots On Mars Search And Catalog Red Planet

    September 19, 2008 2:08 PM 46

    Science Friday travels to the home base of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander in Tuscon, Ariz., to discuss the continuing exploration of Mars. Scientists explain how various robots, both on the surface and in orbit, are mapping and cataloging the Red Planet. The Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's

  • Here's Where We Stand On World AIDS Day By The Numbers

    December 12, 2007 7:48 PM 87

    1) Blacks make up 50 percent of people diagnosed with AIDS; Whites, 30 percent; Latinos,18 percent. Other ethnicities make up 2 percent. 2) There are 38,584 people in the United States diagnosed with AIDS. Blacks represent 19,206 of those with AIDS; Whites, 11,806; Latinos, 6,970; other ethnicities, 602 of for a total of. 4) Worldwide, there are 33.2 million

  • How Are Hurricanes Named?

    August 29, 2006 3:07 PM 123

    Hurricanes names are chosen from a list selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six separate lists of names for Atlantic Ocean storms, with one list used each year. In 1953, the National Weather Service picked up on the habit of Naval meteorologists of naming the storms after women. Ships were commonly referred to as female, and were often