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At Spelling Bee, Winning Word ‘Laodicean’ Spells Champion for Kavya Shivashankar

The fourth time was the charm for spelling bee veteran Kavya Shivashankar, who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night in Washington with the correct spelling of "Laodicean," which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.
" ... A 13-year-old shows America an awe-inspiring talent in spelling expertise."
- Miriam Pepper, Kansas City Star writer

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At Spelling Bee, Winning Word ‘Laodicean’ Spells Champion for Kavya Shivashankar

Source: ABC News, Fri May 29, 2009
The fourth time was the charm for spelling bee veteran Kavya Shivashankar, who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night in Washington with the correct spelling of "Laodicean," which means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics.

Federal agency spurs people to adopt older wild mustangs with a new incentive program

Source: CLTV, Sun April 26, 2009
A federal agency is hoping older wild mustangs rounded up from the range will find new homes with a program that will offer stipends to owners who adopt them.

AP Poll: Americans high on Obama, direction of US

Source: Bradenton Herald, Thu April 23, 2009
For the first time in years, more Americans than not say the country is headed in the right direction, a sign that Barack Obama has used the first 100 days of his presidency to lift the public's mood and inspire hopes for a brighter future.

Oldest Fossil Brain Found in Kansas and Imaged in France

Source: Terra Daily, Wed March 04, 2009
Paris, France - When Alan Pradel of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris CAT scanned a 300-million-year-old fossilized iniopterygian from Kansas, he and his colleagues saw a symmetrical blob nestled within the braincase.

Gates Foundation donates to health, connectivity

Source: CNET News, Fri December 26, 2008
Seattle, Washington, USA - Charitable causes are getting hit hard these days, but the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, formed by the eponymous Microsoft founder and his wife, announced Thursday the donation of nearly $14 million.

Secret Santas in 3 states spread cheer, $100 bills

Source: Associated Press, Sun December 07, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri, USA - At a suburban Goodwill store on Friday, Theresa Settles selected a large, black comforter to warm her family until she can raise the money to turn the gas heat back on.

Tornado-flattened Kansas town is coming back greener

Source: Kansas City Star, Sun May 04, 2008
Greensburg, Kansas, USA - A year after it was practically wiped off the map by a tornado, Greensburg is rising again -- and going green, too, with solar panels, wind turbines, tinted windows, water-saving toilets and other energy-efficient technology.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Photo in the News: “Nonexistent” Flying Fox Discovered

Source: National Geographic, Fri September 21, 2007
Mindoro, Philippines - This unusual species of flying fox was recently discovered in the Philippines not long after it was deemed not to exist. An unusual species of flying fox was recently discovered in the Philippines not long after it was deemed not to exist.

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