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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

    The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison. Almost never mentioned is John Jay. "Most people know something about him. ... But very few know the...

    Hartford Stage's Darko Tresnjak seals his passion for risk with 'Kiss Me, Kate'

    Hartford Stage's Darko Tresnjak seals his passion for risk with 'Kiss Me, Kate'
    Darko Tresnjak arrived in this country from the former Yugoslavia at age 10, during the many 1976 bicentennial celebrations. He and his mother, Maria, saw the festivities and fireworks first on the mall in Washington, D.C., and then pretty much every...

    Top US diplomat in Cuba on short list for new embassy

    From his office high above Havana, Jeffrey DeLaurentis has a sweeping view of the cerulean Florida Straits and the blood-red letters declaring Cuba's defiance of the United States. "Homeland or Death!" reads the sign erected in front of the U.S....

    State delegate never tires of reading from the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July

    Ah, the time-honored joys of the Fourth of July in North Baltimore — parades, pools, barbecues and state Del. Sandy Rosenberg standing on the steps of the Roland Park Library, reading aloud excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. It's...