Hugo Chávez (1954-2013)

Week of March 11, 2013 In the News: Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) Venezuelan president, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, has died. (From Encyclopædia Britannica: “Chávez styled himself as the leader of the “Bolivarian Revolution,” a socialist political program for much of Latin America, named after Simón Bolívar, the South American independence hero. Although the focus of the revolution has […]

The Catholic Church

Week of February 25, 2013 In the News: The Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will resign as leader of the Catholic Church on February 28, 2013. Born Joseph Ratzinger, he becomes the first pope in almost 600 years to step down from the papacy. Pick up one of these books to learn […]

Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

Week of February 18, 2013 In the News: Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar The novel The Bell Jar,  about a college woman who suffers through a mental breakdown in the 1950s, was originally published fifty years ago under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. It would turn out to be the only novel published by poet Sylvia […]

Drone Strikes

Week of February 11, 2013 In the News: Drone Strikes Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, used in warfare to kill militants have recently come under intense public scrutiny as John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for director of the C.I.A. and current counterterrorism advisor, met with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for his confirmation […]

Tarantino / Elvis

Week of January 28, 2013 In the News: Quentin Tarantino / Elvis Presley Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained recently received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Tarantino first garnered major critical acclaim over twenty years ago with the release of Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Mr. White, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. Pink…. […]

Hockey

Week of January 14, 2013 In the News: Hockey Hockey returns…. The NHL and the players union have reached an agreement that would end the 113-day lockout. The 48-game season is slated to begin on January 19. 30 for 30 (Volume 01, DVD 01) (DVD) ESPN. 2010 Call Number: GV576 .A1522 2010 Kings ransom: Explores […]

The Rolling Stones

Week of January 7, 2013 In the News: The Rolling Stones at 50 The Rolling Stones keep on rolling….The British band, featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts, celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2012.   According to the Rolling Stones By Mick Jagger et al. Edited by Dora Loewenstein and Philip Dodd. […]

Cigarettes & Lincoln

Week of November 26, 2012 In the News: Cigarette Packaging / Lincoln The cigarette plain-packaging law goes into effect on December 1st … in Australia. From that date, all cigarettes must be sold in dark brown packaging and be free of any logos. Also In the News: Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, Lincoln, opened in theaters […]

New York City / George McGovern

Week of November 5, 2012 In the News: Hurricane Sandy and New York City / George McGovern (1922-2012) Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Mid-Atlantic, New England, Southeastern, and Midwestern states last week causing billions of dollars in damages and leaving millions in the dark without power. Although many cities were heavily hit by the […]

James Bond / Russell Means

Week of October 29, 2012 In the News: 50th Anniversary of James Bond Film Series / Russell Means (1939-2012) The James Bond films series celebrates its 50th anniversary. From Dr. No (1962) to Skyfall (2012), viewers have enjoyed watching 007 (played throughout the years by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, […]