An "enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" known as Radiant Orchid is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014, unseating the more verdantly inclined Emerald that dominated the previous 12 months.
Pantone Color Institute, which describes itself as a global authority on color, describes its latest pick as "a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple" whose "rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women."
For interiors, Radiant Orchid, Pantone says, is "as adaptable as it is beautiful" and "complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows."
Sounds like it might go well with its predecessor, which was "a lively, radiant, lush green" that is "most often associated with precious gemstones."
The Bobs' members appear on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.V. Zany a cappella groups have become a bit of a thing in recent years, and these guys were doing it way back in the early '80s. The group formed on the West Coast when two of its founders lost their jobs at a telegram company. Before long, The Bobs became known for re-creating tunes like Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," using only voices to construct full-blown rock orchestrations.
The group's family tree has extended over the years, with a lineup that now includes founding members Matthew "Bob" Stull and Richard "Bob" Greene, along with Dan "Bob" Schumacher and Angie "Bob" Doctor. Their latest studio album, Biographies, collects songs about famous (and not-so-famous) historical figures, including Clarence Birdseye, Julia Child, Jackie Gleason and Fidel Castro.
- "Lorenzo Da Ponte"
- "The Honey Rumours"
- "Clarence Birdseye Flash Frozen Food"
- "Hedy Lamarr Spreads It Around"
- "White Room"
Get ready for a bruising GOP primary battle in Mississippi.
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said Friday he will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting the stage for a contentious contest that pits the Republican establishment against the Tea Party wing.
There had been speculation that Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday and had raised relatively little cash, would retire rather than run again for the seat he first won in 1978. In October, Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced he would seek the GOP nomination whether or not Cochran ran again, and he criticized the veteran incumbent's vote to end the federal government shutdown.
Soon after, McDaniel received the endorsements of three influential conservative outside groups: Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund and Madison Project. SCF's superPAC arm, Senate Conservatives Action, ran a statewide television ad in support of McDaniel last month.
Cochran, the second-most-senior Republican in the Senate and the top Republican on the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee. Before Congress banned earmarks, he was recognized for his ability to direct federal funds to his home state.
After raising $53,000 last quarter, Cochran had just over $800,000 in his campaign account at the end of September — a relatively low amount for a sitting senator. But he's expected to have the full backing of the GOP establishment during the campaign.
Cochran isn't the only veteran GOP senator with a primary opponent next year, but he may be one of the more vulnerable. A November survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Cochran with a 44 percent to 38 percent advantage over McDaniel. Fifty-five percent of the state's GOP voters said they would prefer a more conservative alternative to Cochran.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander are among the Republicans facing challenges from the right.
The winner of the June primary will be the overwhelming favorite in the general election, as Mississippi is one of the most reliably Republican states in the country.
An Egyptian cleric abducted in 2003 in Milan, Italy, under the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition was convicted of terrorism charges Friday in Italy and sentenced in absentia to six years in prison.
The cleric, Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, now lives in Egypt and is unlikely to return to Italy to serve the sentence.
Italy had been in the process of investigating Nasr, who they suspected of terrorism, when he was snatched and transferred to Egypt via Germany. Nasr said he was tortured in Egypt.
The Associated Press reports that Italian prosecutors "reactivated the dormant case against Nasr in May to complete the proceedings interrupted by the kidnapping, which sparked indignation among Italian investigators. " It adds:
"Nasr was found guilty of criminal association with the goal of terrorism and with aiding illegal emigration with the goal of terrorism, for allegedly helping organize false documents to help bring recruits to Islamic terror camps.
"Italian prosecutors said Egypt did not respond to requests to question him or bring him to Italy for trial."
Nasr's lawyer, Carmelo Scambia, denied that his client is associated with terrorism.
"It's a political trial, if you will, an ideological trial against someone who professes a political faith," Scambia said, according to the AP.
Nasr is no longer in jail and lives in Alexandria, Egypt, but his lawyers say he's unable to leave the country or travel.
The BBC reports:
"Abu Omar's rendition was only uncovered when Italian prosecutors investigating him intercepted a telephone call that he made from Egypt to his wife in Italy after 14 months in captivity. During their conversation, he recounted his abduction and mistreatment by Egyptian security services.
"He was subsequently rearrested in Egypt and held under an emergency detention law until 2007, when a court ordered his release."
Nasr's abduction in 2003 caused consternation across Italy. Twenty-six Americans, mostly CIA agents, were convicted in absentia of kidnapping. They were handed sentences ranging from five years to nine years. None served prison time.
In the latest smog-related health scare in China, officials in Shanghai on Friday ordered schoolchildren to stay indoors, halted all construction and even delayed flights in and out of the city, which has been enveloped in a thick blanket of haze, reducing visibility in places to less than 150 feet.
NPR's Frank Langfitt reports from Shanghai that the commercial capital's Air Quality Index soared above 500 for the first time ever, according to government sensors. He says officials described the readings as "beyond index" — in layman's terms, off-the-charts awful.
The government, Langfitt says, blamed the gray, soupy skies on the usual culprits: vehicle exhaust, coal burning power plants and a lack of wind.
"I feel like I'm living in clouds of smog," Zheng Qiaoyun, a local resident who kept her 6-month-old son at home, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying. "I have a headache, I'm coughing, and it's hard to breathe on my way to my office."
It's been a recurring consequence of China's rapid growth and almost nonexistent environmental regulations.
As we reported almost a year ago, Beijing had its own "airpocalypse" with off-the-charts pollution readings that were 25 times what would be considered safe in the U.S.
As NPR's Louisa Lim reported at the time:
"China is choking on its own breakneck development, with thousands of new cars taking to the road every day. This year, the pollution has been exacerbated by weather patterns, combined with an unusually cold spell."
The event prompted state-run China Daily to declare the country's major cities "barely suitable for living."
In August, we reported that the smog problem had gotten so bad that "to placate camera-clicking tourists unable to get those iconic shots of the skyscraper-studded waterfront, Hong Kong has set up a panoramic backdrop with clear, blue skies."