6:01 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Book Review: Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer

It's never too late to try something new. Not, at least, for an octogenarian cartoonist/writer who has tried his sketcher's hand at a graphic novel. Book critic Joan Baum has this review of Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother.

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Union prez says Newtown schools reopened too fast
5:08 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Newtown teachers' union president says federal funding for schools was slow

Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, speaking to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday
Credit CT-N

The president of the local teachers union in Newtown, Connecticut says his town didn’t receive federal funding for new locks and other school safety improvements until this June – more than a year and a half after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He appeared Friday at the twenty-first meeting of the governor's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

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Salex Tax
10:57 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Back to school shoppers: Hunting for tax breaks and bargains

Retailers are optimistic about back to school sales because of a strengthening job market and falling gas prices.
Credit Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

For millions of Americans, August is a month for relaxing and basking in the summer sunlight.

Those are the people without children.

The households with students are likely to be scurrying around under the bright florescent lights of big-box stores, searching for back-to-school bargains on clothes, shoes, notebooks, backpacks, computers and dorm furniture.

And many shoppers are timing their purchases to take advantage of sales-tax holidays for school-related items, hoping to keep a bit more in their wallets.

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Why the "dropped stitch" reveals, intrigues
10:13 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Dani Shapiro on the "perils and pleasures" of creating

Novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro. She says what keeps us alive, and able to create, is what choreographer Martha Graham called "a queer divine dissatisfaction."
Credit Kate Uhry

All of us may love when a feeling of inspiration infuses our work. Best-selling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro looks back on 20 years of facing the blank page—and teaching others about her craft—and says she's learned that for us all it's really about showing up, and following a trail of "breadcrumbs through a forest," as it were.

WSHU's Mark Herz talks to Shapiro about her latest book, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life.

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Conn. 5th District & NY 1st District also picked
6:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

National GOP says Conn. 4th Congressional District race competitive

Jim Himes (left) and Dan Debicella debate during their 2012 race
Credit Craig LeMoult

Republican Dan Debicella, who is challenging Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes in the upcoming election, has reached the highest level of the national GOP’s so-called “Young Guns” program.

Debicella says his designation as a “young gun” means the national GOP decided his race against Himes was worth paying attention to.

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