Former presidents, politicians, and the family of former first lady Betty Ford gathered today in Palm Springs, Calif., to celebrate her life. Mrs. Ford, who died Friday, is remembered for her honest demeanor and dedication to equal rights. Since her husband's presidency, Betty Ford has passed the mantle of first lady to six other women. Here are the contributions each made:
The Cooperative Children's Book Center of the University of Wisconsin – Madison found that of the new children's books they received at their center, less than 3 percent focused on black people and even fewer were by black authors (about 2 percent, according to the CCBC.)
Kate DiCamillo – best known for her movie-adapted “Because of Winn-Dixie,” and the Newbery Medal-winning “The Tale of Despereaux” – will serve as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2014 and 2015
Scientists have now identified 1,000 planets revolving around other suns, and 12 of those might actually be able to support life. Finding another Earth within the decade is not outside the realm of possibility.
He's a folk music detective, revealing the lost artists who helped create American folk music.
'Big Data' impacts how we work, elect our presidents, and play tennis. It also affects the way we're watched.
Don DeLillo, who has been called 'chief shaman of the paranoid school of American fiction,' is the author of works that include 'White Noise' and 'Underworld.'