Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," died Thursday night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Ms. Anderson was also a horse breeder and an award-winning, lifelong equestrian who became involved in therapeutic horse riding programs for disabled and troubled children. read more
On Friday, the IOC decides whether China or Kazakhstan will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. Either country is precisely the type of human rights violator the newly amended Olympic Charter was changed to prohibit. read more
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called for the execution of the American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in a statement Tuesday condemning the shooting. Walter James Palmer, a U.S. citizen from Minnesota, allegedly paid $50,000 to kill Cecil, a 13-year-old male lion, on a game-hunting trip to Zimbabwe. "Hunting is a coward's pastime," said PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. "If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged." read more
The U.S. Parole Commission has ruled that Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, will be released from prison on Nov. 21, his attorneys said on Tuesday. Pollard, who will complete a 30-year sentence despite efforts by successive Israeli governments to secure his earlier release, will be required to remain in the United States for five years under the terms of his parole, his attorney said in a statement.
Jim Tankersley, Washington Post: On the campaign trail, Jeb Bush has repeatedly emphasized his record overseeing Florida's boom economy as the state's governor. He says it's an example of an economy that created a huge number of jobs and benefited the middle class -- an example of what he could do as president. "I know how to do this," he said in Maitland, Fla., on Monday. But according to interviews with economists and a review of data, Florida owed a substantial portion of its growth under Bush not to any state policies but to a massive and unsustainable housing bubble -- one that ultimately benefited rich investors at the expense of middle-class families. The bubble, one of the biggest in the nation, drove up home prices and had many short-term benefits for the state, spurring construction, spending and jobs. But the collapse of the housing bubble as Bush left office in 2007, after eight years of service, sent Florida into a recession deeper than that in the rest of the country, and hundreds of thousands lost their homes.