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Annie Baker: "Frances Ha: The Green Girl" (Criterion)
Frances Ha is a romance. You could even call it a romantic comedy. It's not a boy-girl romance or a girl-girl romance but a romance between the title character and her capital-S Self: at the end of the film, after a series of obstacles, Frances finally gets to know, and fall in love with, Frances.

Mark Morford: Seven truly awful things about the current Republican leadership (SF Gate)
It's not just that they shoved the Keystone XL bill through as fast as possible. It's not that they voted, once again, to strip millions of Americans of their health care, knowing it wouldn't pass Obama's veto but wanting to send a "message" that, well, that they don't give a damn about you or your kids, and don't care who knows it.

Mark Morford: The best Internet trick you're not using (SF Gate)
Revelation. Eureka. I've got it. A certified day-brightener, mood elevator, online environment enhancer.

Sophie Heawood: meet Generation Kidulthood (Guardian)
Growing up: isn't that something dullards did in the olden days?

David Barnett: "Baddies in books: Mr Dark, Ray Bradbury's diabolic ringmaster" (Guardian)
Half Dracula, half ringmaster, Mr Dark is a villain of our own making, as the greedy sign away their souls to fuel his furnace in Something Wicked This Way Comes.

WB Gooderham: "Baddies in books: Alex from A Clockwork Orange" (Guardian)
From Charles Dickens to Stephen King, fiction offers plenty of troubled children - but Anthony Burgess's teenage narrator is in a league of his own.

Imogen Russell Williams: "Baddies in books: Mrs Coulter, the mother of all evil" (Guardian)
On the surface she's all glamour and respectability - but the villain from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials is malice in a furlined hood.

Michele Hanson: Women will be flocking to see Fifty Shades - but I'd rather polish the silver (Guardian)
It is marvellous that women can watch porn if they wish, but the last thing I want to gaze at is other people's genitalia.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What presidential administration, in an effort to cut school lunch budgets, proposed allowing ketchup and other condiments to count as vegetables?

      reagan                                                      Source

The ketchup is a vegetable controversy refers to proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) regulations, early in the presidency of Ronald Reagan, that intended to provide more flexibility in meal planning to local school lunch administrators coping with National School Lunch Plan subsidy cuts enacted by the Omnibus Regulation Acts of 1980 and 1981. The regulations allowed administrators the opportunity to credit items not explicitly listed that met nutritional requirements. While ketchup was not mentioned in the original regulations, pickle relish was used as an example of an item that could count as a vegetable. A similar controversy arose in 2011 when Congress passed a bill prohibiting the USDA from increasing the amount of tomato paste required to constitute a vegetable; the bill allowed pizza with two tablespoons of tomato paste to qualify as a vegetable.        Source

Charlie was first, and correct, with:

   The Reagan Administration

Maurice wrote:

mj responded:
   It was morning in America
  So it was only proper that the condiment that people used to slather
  their scrambled eggs would count as a vegetable. Thank you Saint Ronnie (Reagan).

Adam answered:
   Ronald Reagan, ugh.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Ronald (Raygun) Reagan

Deborah wrote:
   This is easy, because I was a mother of a small child and recognized the absurdity of the Reagan Administration's proposal that ketchup be considered a vegetable. In fact, we made a joke of it for a few years. In reality it wasn't funny, just a reflection of how out of touch RR was with the people.
  Re: Tuesday's Trivia Question: I think I learned something new. Again. Thanks for that, Marrty!

Harry said:
   Asshole Reagan

Marian replied:
   Ronald Reagan. They also proposed that pizza would cover all food groups for kids.

Dale of Diamond Springylike, Norcali responded:
   Sir Ronnie Reaguns, a racist, scum sucking dilatant to the coporatocracy! Ann the Man, and Sarah Blowme! Lest I have any kind words for he….fuck him forever!

Lavoris Of Oregon answered:
   Oh, the Holy Reagan, who drop kicked the people right in the
  balls and was made a saint for it. Remember when we were
  kids and schools had actual cafeterias where real cooks made
  real hot fresh meals out of real food? Republicans had to
  put a stop to that nonsense, and Ronnie squeezed hard to
  trickle down shiny quarters on us for to save up and buy a
  corn dog with, so's to eat our ketchup veggie easier (good
  on cats, too!). Good nutrition is the key, kids! These peope
  had such great parenting skills! Yeah, it kind of explains the
  current crop of Republican mutants.
  The turd blossom don't fall far from the sphincter.

DJ Useo said:
   China! Lol. No, wait, that was the answer I got wrong yesterday! Akk!
  Seriously, who could forget that particular bit of idiocy on the Reagan administration's part.
  The current administration is up to the same stupidity with two spoonfuls of tomato paste qualifying as a vegetable.
  It's true! Obama is no better a president than Reagan, & Reagan was terrible!

MAM   wrote:
   Presidency of Ronald Reagan

Alan J responded:

Joe S (who has some Portuguese blood coursing through his veins)     replied:
   I remember well, it was Ronnie Raygun who said, "Ooh, poor baby. You're hungry and want a string bean? Tough shit, have some ketchup."

Randall is temporarily enjoying a warmer climate.

Sally is retired, but paying attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Last Night

Sunny and way too warm.

Sure a lot of high flight air traffic.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Mom', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', then FRESH 'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Tom Hanks and Sturgill Simpson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Late, Late Show, with this week's middle-aged guy guest host, Wayne Brady, is Ryan Xie.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Slap', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist', then a FRESH 'Allegiance'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Colin Firth, Jack McBrayer, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and the Weeknd.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers Seth Meyers: are Kevin Costner, Portia de Rossi, and David Frei with Westminster Dogs.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly Carson Daly: are Spike Lee, Gap Dream, and Tomm Moore.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Keira Knightley, Tony Goldwyn, and Incubus.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH 'Reign'.

Faux has a FRESH 'American Idol', followed by a FRESH 'Backstrom'.

MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Nightwatch'.

AMC offers the movie 'First Blood', followed by the movie 'Rambo: First Blood Part II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 17 - Sins of the Father
 [9:00AM]    Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 18 - Allegiance
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 10 - Vincent and The Doctor
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 5 - Ep 11 - The Lodger
 [12:00PM]    Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 4
 [1:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Down City, Classic American, Davide
 [2:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Cafe Tavolini
 [3:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Trobiano's
 [4:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
 [5:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Dillon's
 [6:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
 [7:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 10 - Zeke's
 [8:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
 [9:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Quelcuttis NEW
 [10:00PM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 4 - St. John's Newfoundland NEW
 [11:00PM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 3 - La Granada Divino
 [12:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Quelcuttis
 [1:00AM]    Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 4 - St. John's Newfoundland
 [2:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 13 - Cafe Hon
 [3:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 9 - Fiesta Sunrise
 [4:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 10 - Dillon's
 [5:00AM]    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH 'Inside The Actors Studio' (Neil Patrick Harris), 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Millionaire Matchmaker'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Broad City', 'Workaholics', another 'Workaholics', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', and still another 'Tosh.0'.
On a RERUN Jon Stewart (from 1/28/15) is Oscar Isaac.
@Midnight is TBA.

FX has the movie 'The Watch', followed by the movie 'The Dictator', then a FRESH 'Archer', and another 'Archer'.

History has all old 'Pawn Stars' all night.

IFC  -   
 [7:45AM]    KILLSHOT
 [9:45AM]    THE BANK JOB
 [12:15PM]    JOY RIDE
 [2:15PM]    JAWS

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Street Eats
 [6:15AM]    The Thin Red Line
 [9:45AM]    Cool Hand Luke
 [12:45PM]    Everything Must Go
 [2:30PM]    To Rome With Love
 [5:00PM]    The Terminator
 [7:15PM]    The Fugitive
 [10:00PM]    Babylon-Episode 6
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Panic
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Entitled
 [1:00AM]    Babylon-Episode 6
 [2:00AM]    The Fugitive
 [4:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & the Bikini
 [5:00AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Lingerie    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Stake Land', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH 'Wizard Wars'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 11/6/14) are Daniel Radcliffe, Andrea Martin, and the Flaming Lips with Miley Cyrus.

 [6:00 AM]      Edison, The Man (1940)
 [8:00 AM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [10:15 AM]      Sergeant York (1941)
 [12:45 PM]      The Miracle Worker (1962)
 [2:45 PM]      The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
 [5:15 PM]      Funny Girl (1968)
 [8:00 PM]      The Gunfighter (1950)
 [9:30 PM]      The Third Man (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      An American in Paris (1951)
 [1:30 AM]      Born Yesterday (1950)
 [3:30 AM]      Father Of The Bride (1950)
 [5:30 AM]      The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  02/13/15

 [7:00 AM]      The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
 [9:00 AM]      The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
 [11:00 AM]      The Bad Seed (1956)
 [1:15 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [3:45 PM]      The Birds (1963)
 [6:00 PM]      Poltergeist (1982)
 [8:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [9:45 PM]      Roman Holiday (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      From Here To Eternity (1953)
 [2:15 AM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [4:30 AM]      Ivanhoe (1952)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Recording artist Stevie Wonder performs a medley, accompanied by performers India.Arie, Aisha Morris, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, Andrea Bocelli, Pharrell Williams and Jamie Foxx (L-R), during the taping of the "Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life - An All-Star GRAMMY Salute" concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2015.
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Roger Waters, Alan Parsons Spar Over Concerts


Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters has engaged in a war of words with Dark Side of the Moon engineer Alan Parsons, who leads the Alan Parsons Project, over the latter's decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.

On Saturday, Waters, Floyd's "pimply bass player," by his own estimation, published two letters he had written "the tall engineer" to his Facebook page, explaining that the first was his plea to Parsons to cancel the show while the second was his reply to a private letter Parsons had written him. Angered that Waters refused to comply with his request to keep the matter altogether private, Parsons published his reply to his own Facebook page.

In Waters' original note, he asked Parsons to reconsider the February 10th show. "I know you to be a talented and thoughtful man, so I assume you know of the plight of the Palestinians," he wrote. After explaining a nonviolent Palestinian movement, he attempted to appeal to Parsons' artistic sensibilities. "While I know you don't want to disappoint your fans by canceling this gig, you would be sending a powerful message to them and the world by doing so," he wrote. "As with [the 1985 boycott of shows at the South African resort] Sun City, more and more artists are standing up to say they will not perform in Israel until such time as their occupation ends and equal rights are extended to Palestinians."

Parsons, who identified himself as Waters' colleague, politely declined the Wall singer's request. "I appreciate your note and your passion," he wrote. "However, this is a political matter and I am simply an artist. I create music; that is my raison d'être. Everyone - no matter where they reside, what religion they follow or what ideology they aspire to - deserves to hear it if they so choose. Music knows no borders, and neither do I."



Actor Bill Murray adjusts his hat during the Celebrity Challenge charity event at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California, February 11, 2015.
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If Every Glacier Melted

World's Cities

The earth's surface is only 30 percent land; 70 percent is ocean.

Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle urban planner, is using digital cartography to imagine worlds that are even more watery.

You don't need a starship to visit them, although a time machine would be useful. That's because Linn's maps depict what some cities would like if sea levels went up by 80 meters, or 264 feet.

For sea levels to rise this much, all the major ice caps and sheets would need to melt, which would send the water they store on land flowing into the world's ocean.

Linn pulled the number from a study made by the United States Geological Survey.

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'Zombie Cat' Hit With Custody Motion

Bart The Cat

The Florida cat that crawled out of its grave after a traffic accident is now ensnared in a legal dispute over custody involving its owner and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Bart the cat, nicknamed "zombie cat" on social media, made international headlines last month when he surfaced five days after he was hit by a car and buried for dead.

He was initially expected to return home after surgery at the Humane Society's veterinary clinic, where Bart was treated for a broken jaw and facial injuries. One of his eyes had to be removed.

But the agency, which is chronicling Bart's recovery online in a blog, decided not to return the cat to its owner after learning more about "circumstances leading up to his burial," the agency said.

Bart's owner, Ellis Hutson of Tampa, filed a court motion earlier this week to demand the return of the black and white pet. Hutson claimed the society's leadership sought to use Bart for fundraising, according to court filings provided to Reuters by the Humane Society.

Bart The Cat


Paula Elliott, from left, Chris Elliott and Abby Elliott attend a screening of "The Rewrite" at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York.
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Investing In California Solar Farm


Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook said on Tuesday the technology company is investing $850 million to build a solar farm in California with solar panel maker First Solar.

The project in Monterey County, California will provide enough energy for 60,000 homes as well as Apple's head office in nearby Cupertino, Cook said at a Goldman Sachs technology conference in San Francisco.

"We know in Apple that climate change is real. The time for talk is passed," he said. "The time for action is now."

First Solar, based in Tempe, Arizona, manufactures solar panels and also builds solar power plants, many of which it sells to power producers.



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The Mob And The Strad


In a case that reads like a movie script, a Catholic priest on Wednesday pleaded guilty to trying to help a convicted mob hitman recover a purported Stradivarius violin hidden in the wall of a house.

Eugene Klein, who had been a federal prison chaplain, admitted to conspiring in 2011 to defraud the United States by passing messages from mobster Frank Calabrese to an unnamed associate on how to get the violin out of Calabrese's Wisconsin home.

If found and authenticated as made by 18th-century instrument maker Antonio Stradivari, such a violin would have been worth millions of dollars. Calabrese had also claimed the violin had once been owned by pianist Liberace, according to local media accounts.

Calabrese, also known as "Frankie Breeze," was serving a life sentence at the federal prison in Springfield, Missouri, in connection with more than a dozen gangland slayings.

Klein, 66, had been permitted to meet with Calabrese regularly to provide religious ministries, like giving communion. He knew that he was not supposed to pass messages to and from Calabrese, prosecutors said.



REM singer Michael Stipe, right, poses for a photograph as she arrives on the red carpet for the world premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015.
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Gay Conversion Therapy Is A Fraud

New Jersey

A judge in New Jersey has ruled that claims of gay conversion therapy that describe homosexuality as a curable mental disorder are fraud.

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Peter Bariso Jr. ruled Tuesday in the case involving the Jersey City-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing and said that those claims are illegal based on the state's Consumer Fraud Act. Bariso also said it's fraudulent to offer "success statistics" because "there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics."

"This is the principal lie the conversion therapy industry uses throughout the country to peddle its quackery to vulnerable clients," David Dinielli, deputy legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said of homosexuality being described as a mental disorder. "Gay people don't need to be cured, and we are thrilled that the court has recognized this."

The law center sued JONAH on behalf of four men and two of their mothers, who alleged their methods don't work. The four men said they went through the therapy and were forced to do activities including being made to strip naked while standing in a circle with other boys, and be naked with their fathers at bathhouses. LiMandri said that the men didn't complete the program.

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A worker reviews a carnival float at the Grande Rio samba school, in preparation for the annual carnival parade, in Rio de Janeiro February 10, 2015. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival will be held from February 13 to February 17.
Photo by Pilar Olivares


Was From Rare Arizona Sighting

Gray Wolf

A gray wolf that was shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one spotted in the Grand Canyon area last year, federal wildlife officials said Wednesday.

The 3-year-old female wolf - named "Echo" in a nationwide student contest - captured the attention of wildlife advocates across the county because it was the first wolf seen near the Grand Canyon in 70 years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did DNA tests to confirm the wolf killed in late December by a Utah hunter who said he thought he was shooting a coyote was the same one that was seen roaming near the Grand Canyon's North Rim and nearby forest in October and November, said agency spokesman Steve Segin.

The hunter who killed the wolf called Utah state officials in December and said he mistook the wolf for a coyote, said Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Mark Hadley. The man, whose name was not released, said he didn't realize his mistake until he came up on the dead animal. In Utah, anybody can hunt coyotes.

Gray Wolf


Papier mache figures for carnival floats depicting U.S. President Barack Obama chased by the Republicans are seen in preparations for the upcoming Rose Monday carnival parade in Mainz, February 10, 2015.
Photo by Ralph Orlowski


Pacific Northwest

'Milky Rain'

Scientists from two U.S. Pacific Northwest laboratories plan to conduct tests of unusual precipitation that fell across the region over the weekend in hopes of pinpointing the origins of so-called "milky rain" that has mystified residents, officials said on Wednesday.

Officials at both the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Benton Clean Air Agency, both in Washington state, said they had collected samples of the rain, which left a powdery residue on cars across a wide swath of the two states.

Scientists at the Richland lab said they believe the rain may have carried volcanic ash from an erupting volcano in Japan, while the clean air agency said its staffers believe dust from central Oregon was the culprit.

The National Weather Service has said it believes the powdery rain was most likely a byproduct of dust storms hundreds of miles away in Nevada, although it could not rule out volcanic ash from Japan as a possible culprit.

'Milky Rain'


Pakistani female police commandos attend a training session in Nowshera, near Peshawar Pakistan, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Authorities formed a Special Combat Unit after Taliban militants stormed a Peshawar school on Dec. 16, 2014 and massacred 150 children and teachers.
Photo by Mohammad Sajjad


Hoarding Water


Brazilians are hoarding water in their apartments, drilling homemade wells and taking other emergency measures to prepare for forced rationing that appears likely and could leave taps dry for up to five days a week because of a drought.

In São Paulo, the country's largest city with a metropolitan area of 20 million people, the main reservoir is at just 6 percent of capacity with the peak of the rainy season now past.

Uncertainty over the drought and its consequences on jobs, public health and overall quality of life have further darkened Brazilians' mood at a time when the economy is struggling and President Dilma Rousseff's popularity is at an all-time low.

After January rains disappointed, and incentives to cut consumption fell short, São Paulo officials warned their next step could be to shut off customers' water supply for as many as five days a week - a measure that would likely last until the next rainy season starts in October, if not longer.

Large hospitals in São Paulo are installing in-house water treatment and recycling centers, among other measures, to make sure they can still carry out surgeries and other essential tasks if regular supply stops.




In Memory

Bob Simon

A longtime member of the network's "60 Minutes" on-air team, Simon was killed when the 2010 Lincoln Town car in which he was a passenger slammed into a Mercedez Benz and then hit metal lane barriers on Manhattan's West Side around 6:45 p.m. ET, New York City police said.

Simon suffered injuries to his head and torso and was pronounced dead on arrival at Saint Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, police said.

The 44-year-old driver of the hired car was in stable condition at Bellevue Hospital with injuries to his arms and legs. The driver of the Mercedes was not injured.

The award-winning newsman's career spanned five decades, from covering the Vietnam War to a piece on "60 Minutes" last weekend about the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama "Selma."

Tall, lanky and possessed of an erudite demeanor on camera, Simon covered most major overseas conflicts from the 1960s to the present and has been a regular contributor to the weekly "60 Minutes" news magazine on CBS since 1996.

The 2014-15 season was his 19th on the weekly Sunday night broadcast. He also was a correspondent on all seven seasons of "60 Minutes II" until that show ended in 2005.

He earned 27 Emmy awards for reporting during his career, and won electronic journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, for the piece "Shame of Srebrencia," a "60 Minutes II" report on genocide during the Bosnian War.

At the start of the Gulf War in January 1991, Simon was part of a CBS News team who spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons after being captured by Iraqi forces near the Saudi-Kuwaiti border.

Two years later, after writing about his experience in his book, "Forty Days," he returned to Baghdad to cover the U.S. bombing of Iraq.

Bob Simon



Translucent common or moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita), pictured in close up at the zoo in Basel, Switzerland, Feb. 11, 2015. The species, usually about 25-30cm in diameter is found along the eastern Atlantic cost of Northern Europe and the western Atlantic coast of North America.
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