Reggie White (1961) Affectionately nicknamed the "Minister of Defense," a reference to his two very different careers, White was an ordained Baptist minister and a professional football player. The defensive lineman played in the National Football League for 15 seasons between 1985 and 2000, in that time leading the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls, including one victory, and claiming the league record for sacks. How was White affected by a rash of church arsons in the mid-90s? Discuss
Steven Spielberg (1946) Spielberg is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and one of the most commercially successful filmmakers in the history of US cinema. He began his career directing for television, but his major success came when he began directing movies. His 1975 film, Jaws, became one of the highest-grossing movies ever and made him a household name. Spielberg later surpassed this record with the films E.T. and Jurassic Park. What 1993 movie earned him his first Academy Award?
John Kennedy Toole (1937) Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, best known for his novel A Confederacy of Dunces. His mental health began to deteriorate after his manuscript, into which he had poured so much of himself, was rejected by a publisher, and he committed suicide in 1969. Years after his death, Toole's mother brought the manuscript to novelist Walker Percy, who ushered the book into print. In 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize. What is Toole's only other novel?
Rare Rhino on Brink of Extinction A northern white rhino died at the San Diego Zoo this week, leaving only five in the world. Only one male remains, and is considered unable to reproduce naturally due to old age. An international team of experts is now considering ways to save the species, including the possibility of in vitro fertilization. Hopes for natural breeding were dashed earlier this year when a younger male died in October. Northern white rhinos have been hunted to near extinction for their horns. Discuss
Navajos Win Bidding War to Buy Back Sacred Artifacts After failing to stop an auction of artifacts held sacred by their tribe and others, members of the Navajo Nation outbid art collectors to win the objects in Paris this week. The auction was conducted despite efforts by the tribes and US government officials, who requested that the sale be postponed until the items' provenance was determined. The artifacts include several Navajo ceremonial masks dating to the 19th and early 20th century, as well as dolls used in rituals of the Hopi tribe. Hopi representatives considered the sale of the items sacrilegious and refused to take part in the auction.
Massacre at Pakistan School Pakistani Taliban terrorists brutally attacked a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar yesterday, killing at least 132 children, 10 staff members, and three soldiers, and injuring more than 100. Pakistani officials said all nine attackers were killed after an eight-hour battle with security forces at the school, which is run by the military. The Pakistani Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for the Pakistani military's recent operations against militants in the region. The attackers entered the school disguised as paramilitary soldiers.