American Indian traditions come to classical music Classical music and the music of American Indians would seem to have little in common. But Chickasaw composer Jerod Tate is among a handful of Indian composers using classical music to express his culture and history.6:14 p.m.
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Minnesota Plan Gives Scholarships for Child Care
A new initiative in St. Paul, Minn., aims to make high-quality early childhood education more accessible to low-income residents by providing scholarships. The program is the brainchild of an economist who says it will save the state money.
Qualcomm Stadium's Stint as Fire Shelter Ends
At the peak of San Diego's wildfires, Qualcomm Stadium served as a shelter for up to 10,000 evacuees. Now, the shelter is about to close, as people return to their homes — or what's left of them.
In 'Quarantine,' a Great Story Mercilessly Retold
Bret Anthony Johnston says that although he's not particularly religious, Jim Crace's version of the Christ-in-the-desert tale "always leaves me in a state of rapture, as if I'd received a revelation of my own."
FEMA Apologizes for Phony Fire Briefing
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is apologizing for holding a phony news conference on the California wildfires earlier this week in Washington, D.C. FEMA Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson took questions from what seemed to be reporters, but it turns out they were FEMA staffers. Johnson now says FEMA made an "error in judgment."
Traits of Fenway, Coors Factor In to Fall Classic
During this World Series, baseball games are being played in two very different stadiums. Fenway Park in Boston is nearly a century old, while Coors Field in Denver opened in 1995. How might those differences and others affect the series?
Argentina's Next Leader Faces Inflation Quandary
Argentines go to the polls this weekend to elect their next president. First lady Christina Fernandez de Kirchner's candidacy has been boosted by the success of her husband, President Nestor Kirchner, in reviving Argentina's economy. But inflation has become the latest national preoccupation.
Oscar May Come Calling to Lumet's Stellar 'Devil'
In five decades of filmmaking, director Sidney Lumet has shepherded some of Hollywood's biggest stars to Oscar nominations. His latest film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, also has a pretty stellar cast, and Oscar may just come calling again.
On the Internet, Is Everyone an Expert?
With major Web sites such as Wikipedia being driven by user-generated content, some technology experts say the days of the professional journalist, critic, writer, movie maker and musician may be numbered.
Chicago's Video Surveillance Gets Smarter
Chicago is teaming with IBM to launch what is being billed as the most advanced video security network in the U.S. — a system that could be programmed to recognize suspicious behavior or detect vehicles wanted by authorities.
Houston Marathon Threatens Ban to Deter Scalpers
The Houston Marathon in January is already filled up with runners. But scalpers are now offering their slots online for big money. Marathon organizers have threatened to ban anyone caught price-gouging from participating in next year's race.