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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Farewell Summer

Jun 4, 2007 — Summer is the season we can finally tackle the books that have been piling up on our desks and forming small mountains on the floor. Book critic Alan Cheuse offers a selection of some of the best books of late spring and early summer, and some classics that are always present in his literary landscape.
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Jun 4, 2007 — Ray Bradbury writes of summertime: "There are those days which seem a taking in of breath, which, held, suspends the whole earth in its waiting. Some summers refuse to end." Recommended by Alan Cheuse, Farewell Summer is the sequel to Bradbury's much-beloved Dandelion Wine.
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Nov 17, 2000 — Ray Bradbury has been awarded the 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. He is the author of over 23 books, including I Sing the Body Electric, The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, all classics of science fiction. Bradbury created the scenario for the U.S. Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and the concept for Spaceship Earth at EPCOT at Disney World. In the early '60s, he wrote screenplays for the television programs The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He lives in Los Angeles, Calif.
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