Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 9:42 am
Babies are lovely but altogether helpless creatures.
Wouldn't it be better if tiny humans were born able to walk, like horses, or generally were readier for the rigors of the world, like, say, chimps?
Among primates, human have the least developed brains at birth, at least when compared to adult human brains. If humans were born as far along on cognitive and neurological scales as rough and ready chimps are, though, human pregnancy would have to last at least twice as long. Eighteen months in the womb, anyone?
Malcolm Browne was a first-rate reporter who spent decades at The New York Times, covered wars around the world and won the Pulitzer Prize for his writing about the early days of the Vietnam war.
And yet he will forever be remembered for one famous picture, the 1963 photo of a Buddhist monk who calmly set himself on fire on the streets of Saigon to protest against the South Vietnamese government, which was being supported by the U.S.
Tuesday morning, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum - who battled Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination and lost - talked to the Ohio delegation about some issues that they hadn't heard much about since they arrived in Tampa
Abortion. Same sex marriage. The government's role in promoting contraceptives.
"We're fracturing the family in this country,'' the conservative Catholic from Pennsylvania told the Ohioans at their daily delegation breakfast. "As much as we like to talk about the economy and jobs, we are fracturing the base of our society, the family."
The president of Colombia admitted today that his government and the country's biggest rebel group have engaged in "exploratory talks." The public admission could set the stage for peace talks to end one of the world's longest armed conflicts.
From Bogota, NPR's Juan Forero filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"President Juan Manuel Santos, in a brief televised address, said talks had taken place with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Artist Annie Ruth and CPS students unveiled the Global Canvas Quilt Tuesday afternoon at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The mural was created by more than 500 World Choir Games participants and spectators July 4-14 using mixed media to design colorful four-by-four-inch canvases.
It was a collaborative project involving the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Art Museum and Arts on the Corner, a program created by Ruth.
Ruth said she was inspired to launch the project so the community could embrace the Games through art.
In The Real Romney, Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman examine Mitt Romney's political rise since 1994, when he ran for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. They explain how Romney shifted from supporting abortion rights to heavily courting social conservatives in the 2008 Republican primary.
Tuesday afternoon, as the first session of the delayed Republican National Convention was unfolding on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, House Speaker John Boehner made a bold assertion to Ohio reporters.
"You've all heard people talking about elections in the past being the most important election in their lifetimes,'' Boehner said, with Sen. Rob Portman of Terrace Park sitting at his side.
"They're wrong,'' the speaker from West Chester said. "This is the most important election in our lifetimes."