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  • 10 perfect books for Valentine's Day gifts

    10 perfect books for Valentine's Day gifts

    Chocolates disappear, flowers fade, and jewelry goes out of style. But books remain forever. If you're looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, one of the following titles is sure to suit.

  • Opinion Conservative argument is no match for liberal art

    Conservatives may be resurgent in Washington, but they have abandoned the arts. Liberal dominance of culture is undermining America's foundational values. When’s the last time Hollywood made a movie that portrayed a corporation in positive terms?

  • 8 questions for Greg Lawrence, author of "Jackie as Editor"

    8 questions for Greg Lawrence, author of "Jackie as Editor"

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent longer working as an editor than she did married to either President Kennedy or millionaire Aristotle Onassis.

  • Stan McChrystal recounts US roadblocks to Taliban manhunt

    Stan McChrystal recounts US roadblocks to Taliban manhunt

    Retired Gen. Stan McChrystal relayed story of how US special forces in Afghanistan finally got their man, despite an intelligence blackout from D.C. Now a Yale professor, he spoke this week about that Taliban episode, WikiLeaks, and information-sharing with the public.

  • Murder of gay activist David Kato sends chill in Uganda

    Murder of gay activist David Kato sends chill in Uganda

    An unknown assailant killed outspoken gay activist David Kato Thursday. Last month, he successfully sued the Uganda tabloid Rolling Stone for revealing identities of alleged homosexuals.

  • Uganda aims to temper the rise of its 'gutter press'

    Uganda aims to temper the rise of its 'gutter press'

    In order to temper the media sensationalism and obscenity it says has run rampant, Uganda's Ethics Ministry has introduced a bill that would broaden the definition of pornography.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The top 5 biggest omissions

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The top 5 biggest omissions

    The announcement Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011 will fill some important gaps in its roster, most notably heavy metal pioneer Alice Cooper, R&B singer Darlene Love, and all-around swell guy Neil Diamond. But there are still some notable gaps in the Hall of Fame's alumni. Here are the top five biggest omissions by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

  • John Lennon: Top 6 most influential songs

    John Lennon: Top 6 most influential songs

    The 30 years that have passed since John Lennon's death have done little to diminish him as one of the most respected musicians of the 20th century. As a member of one of the most successful and influential songwriting teams of all time, he changed the face of popular music. Lennon was a mad experimenter, a avant-garde visionary who not only responded to the tenor of his day, but set it. He was also a master of wide appeal, able to temper his unorthodox impulses with approachability. Many of his innovations are now essential components of pop music. Here are six of his most influential songs:

  • John Lennon fans remember former Beatle in New York

    John Lennon fans remember former Beatle in New York

    John Lennon fans celebrated his life Wednesday by visiting Strawberry Fields, the Central Park garden dedicated in his memory. Wednesday marks the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death.

  • Holiday gift guide 2010: Top 5 music picks

    Holiday gift guide 2010: Top 5 music picks

    Music is appreciated throughout the year and makes a great holiday gift for family and friends. Here are some suggestions – ranging from Ken Burns' 'Baseball' soundtrack to Dave Brubeck – recommended by the Monitor staff. Click on the link at the end of each item to purchase on amazon.com, and a small percentage will go to support the Monitor.