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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

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‘Legends of the Fall’ Author Jim Harrison Dead at 78

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.

IMAGE: Jim Harrison

The versatile and prolific author completed more than 30 books, most recently the novella collection “The Ancient Minstrel,” and was admired worldwide.

Sometimes likened to Ernest Hemingway for the range and kinds of his interests, he was a hunter and fisherman who savored his time in a cabin near his Michigan hometown, a drinker and Hollywood scriptwriter who was close friends with Jack Nicholson and came to know Sean Connery, Orson Welles and Warren Beatty among others.

Published in 1979, “Legends of the Fall” was a collection of three novellas that featured the title story about Montana rancher Col. William Ludlow and his three sons of sharply contrasting personalities and values, the narrative extending from before World War I to the mid-20th century, from San Francisco to Singapore.

The book was a best-seller, and Harrison worked on the script for an Oscar-nominated 1994 film of the same name starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn.

Harrison’s screenplay credits also included “Revenge,” starring Kevin Costner, and the Nicholson film “Wolf.” But he would liken the unpredictable and nerve wracking process to being trapped in a “shuddering elevator” and reminded himself of his marginal status by inscribing a putdown by a Hollywood executive, “You’re just a writer,” on a piece of paper and taping it above his desk.

Harrison had displayed numerous talents before the general public caught on to him. He was an accomplished poet and sports journalist and a fiction writer with a strong feel for open spaces and the pull and consequences of history. He set many works in the rural north of his native Michigan, including the detective novels “The Great Leader” and “The Big Seven,” and used Nebraska as the backdrop for one of his most acclaimed works, “Dalva”

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President Obama in Cuba, a history-making visit

Monday, March 21st, 2016

it is a history-making presidential visit and it is breaking decades of tense relations with communist Cuba.

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US presidential elections – 2016 resources

Monday, March 21st, 2016

on the excellent website LaCléDesLangues

les spots de campagne des candidats

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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The world was green for St Patrick’s Day !

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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Earth Hour 2016

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Major landmarks, businesses and households in cities around the world turned their lights off for one hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 19 March to raise awareness about climate change and show support for renewable energy

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Trump holds Arizona rally after protesters block road

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Many protesters carried signs saying “Stand against racism.” They also chanted “Get this clown out of our town.” The demonstrators dissipated before any arrests were made, said Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ann FitzGerald.

Thousands of miles away in New York City, hundreds of protesters gathered near Trump Tower in Columbus Circle on Saturday to march toward the Fifth Avenue skyscraper the billionaire businessman owns and lives in, local media reported. MSNBC reported three demonstrators were arrested as the crowd tried to push into the streets of the bustling city.

The public crescendo against Trump has been on the rise at recent events. On Friday night, demonstrators clashed with police and supporters outside a Trump rally in Salt Lake City. Last week, the Republican front-runner canceled a rally over security concerns after protesters and supporters clashed at the University of Illinois at Chicago ahead of the planned event.

Trump was at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix on Saturday morning to tape an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity of Tuesday’s presidential primary in the state. Trump’s planned travel route from Phoenix to Fountain Hills was not known, but law enforcement was still blocking Shea Boulevard even though the protesters had left.

Speaking to MSNBC by phone, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was with Trump in downtown Phoenix, said he anticipated no problems reaching the site of the rally.

Many of those waiting to hear Trump said his blunt, sometimes offensive, talk is a big part of his appeal.

“I like that he’s blunt, that there’s no political correctness with him, that he says what he means,” said Tracy Walter, 45, a receptionist from Fountain Hills. She said she likes Trump’s political-outsider status and she wanted to be a part of this “once-in-a-lifetime event.”

“If he hurts somebody’s feelings, well, you can’t be like that every day. And I like his views on immigration,” she said.

Trump has maintained a comfortable lead in the Arizona polls over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the second-running Republican in the race, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Robert Kaiser, 67, a snowbird who lives in Mesa when he’s not in North Dakota, was among those waiting to hear Trump on Saturday. He sported a “Donald Trump President 2016 shirt” that reads: “Fire the Idiots, Help the Vets.” A pin on his shirt read: “Bomb the hell out of ISIS.”

“I like his shoot-from-the-hip attitude and I think he’s going to be a lot stronger for our military,” Kaiser said. “He’s not going to be as easy on terrorists as our current administration. I just feel like at this point in time, we need somebody like him in the White House.”

Dede Nay, a retired teacher, traveled to Fountain Hills from Pinetop to hear Trump.

“There’s a lot of bad things that are going on in the government – corruption. And I pray he makes it to the end, but if he doesn’t I think the one good thing that he has done is expose the corruption that’s not only rampant in the Democratic Party, but it’s also in the Republican Party,” she said. “We keep electing … Republicans in, and nothing’s been done. They have betrayed us.”

Obama to get more active in 2016 campaign

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Look for President Obama to get more and more involved in the campaign to pick his successor.

While seeking to stay neutral in the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Obama has begun speaking out against Republican front-runner Donald Trump and will amplify his remarks in the weeks and months ahead, officials said.

“The President has been clear that as we get closer to the general election, it will become even more important that the American people understand what is at stake,” said White House spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman. “Do we continue to build on the policies that reward hard-working American families, advance our economic and national security, and address challenges for future generations, or do we stop in our tracks, reverse our progress and move in the wrong direction?”

She added: “This is a choice that the President does not take lightly, and is something he will lay out for the American people with increased frequency in the weeks and months ahead.”

At some point, that will include an Obama endorsement of the Democratic candidate, though aides said that’s not happening just yet.

Officials disputed reports that Obama all but endorsed Clinton during a recent fundraiser in Austin, Texas, noting that Sanders is still running.

Obama did cast a vote in this week’s Illinois primary, but aides would not say who he voted for.

“What the President has said, both publicly and privately, is that he will have an important responsibility in the summer and fall, once the nomination process has concluded, in bringing the party together,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

Reports The Washington Post:

“Obama and his top aides have been strategizing for weeks about how they can reprise his successful 2008 and 2012 approaches to help elect a Democrat to replace him. And out of concern that a Republican president in 2017 — either Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — would weaken or reverse some of his landmark policies, Obama and his surrogates have started making the case that it is essential for the GOP to be defeated in November.

“As a result, Obama is poised to be the most active sitting president on the campaign trail in decades.”

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Sunday, March 20th, 2016

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