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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Free Comic Book Day And Rabbit Holes

NPR Books - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:08am

On this week's show, we talk about lots and lots of comics in preparation for Free Comic Book Day, and we go down a few pop culture rabbit holes.

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Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 9:00am
Toni Morrison, whose “God Help the Child” is No. 5 on the hardcover fiction list, used to receive phone calls from Marlon Brando, who would recite her work.

Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:59am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:35am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Crime: Jeffery Deaver’s ‘Solitude Creek,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:28am
In “Solitude Creek,” a killer likes to scare people into causing their own deaths.

‘The Thunder of Giants,’ by Joel Fishbane

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:28am
Fact and fiction merge in this tale of two extraordinary women.

‘Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy,’ by Phyllis Birnbaum

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:27am
A Qing royal led resistance forces, often dressed as a man.

‘The Battle of Versailles,’ by Robin Givhan

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:27am
American design faced off with French fashion in a 1973 show.

‘The Fair Fight,’ by Anna Freeman

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:27am
Anna Freeman sets her novel in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late-18th-century England.

‘Academy Street,’ by Mary Costello

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:26am
Mary Costello’s debut novel is an intimate portrait of one Irish immigrant’s life.

The Shortlist: Topical Fiction

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 8:26am
New books by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, Amanda Eyre Ward, Andrew Roe and Margaret Vandenburg.

Asne Seierstad’s ‘One of Us,’ About Rampage in Norway

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 6:27am
“One of Us” explores a dark side of contemporary Scandinavia through the life and crimes of Anders Behring Breivik, a mass murderer who killed 77 people, most of them teenagers.

Carey Mulligan Returns To Period Drama For A Thomas Hardy Classic

NPR Books - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 1:31am

The actress spent years avoiding the genre for fear of getting pigeonholed, but she says she made an exception for Far From the Madding Crowd because of Hardy's modern, forward-thinking heroine.

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Nepali couple with Winter Park ties OK after quake

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
A Nepali couple that has frequented Winter Park over the years is OK following a devastating earthquake in their home country.Lhakpa and Tashi Sherpa have made the long journey to Grand County every summer for years to set up their jewelry stand in front of the Mountain Rose Café in Winter Park.“The town has adopted them, and they’ve adopted Winter Park,” said Jack Gerstein, a Winter Park-based realtor and friend of the couple. “They’re just such wonderful people, and having the Sherpa and Buddhist culture so present here for us, it’s unique. It’s great.”Lhakpa and Tashi, as well as their …

Snow Mountain Ranch to host “Raven’s Challenge” military training

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:17pm
Members of Colorado State Law Enforcement and the U.S. military will train side-by-side at Snow Mountain Ranch from Tuesday, May 5, through Thursday, May 7, during an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program called “Raven’s Challenge.” Members of the training program will be on site starting May 1.During this training, which is closed to the public, more than 150 individuals will participate as teams in several series of live exercises over three days. Exercises include fire mitigation, hyper-realistic bomb scenarios, hostage situation training and more. Snow Mountain Ranch is working closely …

Brigid Irish case continued again for attorney update

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:09pm
After nearly a year in the courts, the Brigid Irish case has once again been delayed as her new attorney gets up to date.Public defender Chris Hamsher requested a continuance at Irish’s Thursday, April 30, arraignment hearing, which District Court Judge Mary Hoak granted, setting Irish’s next court date for June 22 at 3 p.m.Hamsher said that he had not received important pieces of the case’s discovery until March 19.Irish, who faces 932 felony counts including embezzlement and forgery, dismissed her previous attorney William Frankfurt at a Feb. 27 court hearing.During the Thursday hearing, both Hoak and Assistant District Attorney …

Middle Park High’s Adventure Ed: lessons only wilderness can teach

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:57pm
Some lessons cannot be taught in a classroom.Like what to do when a raft high sides onto a boulder in the middle of a rapid. Or how to set up a campsite for over 20 people while causing minimal environmental impact. Or that a classmate whom you’ve known for years, whom you passed every day in the halls at school, could become one of your closest friends.These are the kind of lessons high school students participating in Middle Park High School’s Adventure Education program learn.“It was a life-changing transformation,” said Suzannah Mikol, a 2011 MPHS graduate who is now a …

Grand County aims to save ailing landfill cover

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:41pm
Grand County officials hope that adding dirt to the Granby Landfill can temporarily save a cover installed last year to slow a landslide at the site.The cover was installed with the hope that it would prevent runoff from entering the slide area and exacerbating the slide, but settling beneath the cover has caused it to sink, thus allowing water to pool on top rather than run off.Additionally, the continued movement of the landslide caused one of the cover’s seams to drip.“It’s pretty apparent to me that if we let this thing sit and don’t put anything underneath it, and particularly …

Granby Dam flows to increase May 1

Local News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:33pm
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Northern Water will be increasing the water releases from Lake Granby on Friday, May 1.Operators will ramp up releases to 430 cubic feet per second through the outlet valves, which will enable reservoir operators to better manage peak spills later this spring.With the Colorado-Big Thompson Project reservoirs at record storage levels for late April, the likelihood of spills at Lake Granby are a near certainty.“What we are trying to do by increasing releases now is reduce the peak of the runoff to alleviate flooding concerns below Granby,” said Noble Underbrink, Collection Systems Department manager …

Open Book: Grandeur to Spare

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:31pm
Chris Impey, the author of “Beyond: Our Future in Space,” says: “I grew up in a small, damp, cloudy country. The stars and space were not prominent in my childhood.”
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