New Articles A Stradivarius violin at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris

The rare violin is known as the Lipinski and was on loan to the lead violinist Frank Almond

American Football: Packing a paunch: 'Freezer' hungry for Super Bowl joy

Green Bay's BJ Raji hopes to reprise his flesh-quivering touchdown celebration as he follows in the footsteps of 'The Fridge' in Sunday's showpiece

Civil War message found in a bottle

A glass vial stopped with a cork during the Civil War has been opened, revealing a coded message to the desperate Confederate commander in Vicksburg on the day the Mississippi city fell to Union forces 147 years ago.

Wisconsin Senate hopeful makes his money talk

Like Republicans across the country, Republican Ron Johnson has a commanding financial advantage. David Usborne reports from Oshkosh

It pays <u>not</u> to cultivate GM crops, survey finds

The first economic analysis of growing genetically modified crops on a wide scale has found that the biggest winners were the farmers who decided not to grow them.

The Big Six: Retro rooms

Sport on TV: Barrel-bellied man floats down in a stream of unconsciousness

When it comes to extreme feats of physical endurance, it's debatable whether they should be shown on TV.

Dan Rostenkowski: Influential politician who served in the US House of Representative for 36 years but whose career ended in scandal

If you like your politics Chicago-style, then Dan Rostenkowski was your man.

Album: Hayward Williams, Cotton Bell (Continental Song City)

Another day, a fresh sepia vision of the American heart.

Album: Kings Go Forth, The Outsiders Are Back (Luaka Bop)

Kings Go Forth are a Milwaukee retro-soul band with similarities to The Dap-Kings', but boasting a much more explosive, brash production style, with plenty of punchy Santana-like percussion, horn stabs and crisp drumming à la The Meters' Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste.

Ali Ollie Woodson: Singer and writer with the Temptations

One of Motown's premier acts, the Temptations are still going strong 50 years on from their inception, even if the background tenor Otis Williams has been the only constant member of the Detroit vocal group.

Meinhardt Raabe: One of the last of the surviving Munchkins from &lsquo;The Wizard of Oz&rsquo;

One of the last surviving Munchkins from the enduring fantasy film The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meinhardt Raabe has a place in film history as the flamboyant coroner who gives official notice that the Wicked Witch of the East is dead, killed by the farmhouse that landed on her in a tornado that has also brought young Dorothy from Kansas to Munchkinland.

A phone call from mother to daughter is just as comforting as a hug, scientists find

As the slogan goes, it's good to talk. Scientists have discovered that a conversation on the phone can be as good as a hug in terms of boosting the "love hormone" oxytocin – at least when it comes to mothers and daughters.

Nevin's Notes (07/05/10)

An alternative take on the election

Munchkinland's leading citizen dies at 94

Meinhardt Raabe made movie history playing the coroner in 'The Wizard of Oz' and declaring the wicked witch 'most sincerely dead'
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