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  • Harper Lee sues agent. Who owns 'To Kill a Mockingbird' copyright? (+video)

    Harper Lee sues: Calling Atticus Finch! Author Harper Lee is suing her agent over the copyright to her classic novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' She alleges she was tricked into signing away rights to the book, first published in 1960.

  • Amid Trayvon Martin case, Obama hosts screening of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    On Thursday night, President Obama introduces a screening of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' released 50 years ago. With emotions high over the Trayvon Martin killing, is this a teachable moment on race?

  • 3 noteworthy new young adult books

    In these new young adult books, three plucky female protagonists face considerable odds.

  • The 50 best movies of all time

    From film critics Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza's new book 'The Greatest Movies Ever,' their picks for the 50 greatest films

  • Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & 'To Kill a Mockingbird': movie review

    ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ author Harper Lee remains elusive in this new documentary that delves into her silence.
    05/20/2011 05:00 pm

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.
    12/26/2010 12:56 pm

  • Opinion Bye, Tony Soprano. Welcome back, Atticus Finch.

    04/10/2009 01:00 am

  • Underneath the pierced eyebrows and tattoos

    My 'scary looking' students jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand.
    12/24/2008 12:00 am

  • Opinion Don't just read for fun

    We've taught kids to think reading is entertainment. But it's also a source of renewal.
    01/11/2008 12:00 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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