Freddie Bowers and his dad, Larry, have sold fireworks in LaVergne, Tenn., for a lifetime. But, the sparklers are off limits this year since the region has had the hottest streak in recorded history and several small fires in the area have been blamed on fireworks.
For people in the fireworks business, Christmas usually comes in July. Only this year, three-quarters of the country are experiencing some level of drought and from the Mountain West to the Southeast, cities are temporarily banning fireworks.
The band that struck big with their '09 debut's instant hit "Home" is back with another collection of (potential) sing-alongs like "I Don't Wanna Pray" and "Man On Fire". Alex Ebert remains at the helm of this dozen-or-so psychedelic/folk-inspired collective, but take note of the increasing presence of fellow singer Jade Castrinos, especially on songs like "Fiya Wata".
The fallen leader of Barclays Bank got on the hot seat before members of the British Parliament on Wednesday. Robert Diamond, an American, resigned Tuesday as CEO of the bank — the latest executive to lose his job over an interest-rate manipulation scandal.
The scandal has not only consumed Barclays, it also threatens to engulf other international banks — and high-ranking government officials, too.
Diamond started his career at Barclays on Independence Day, exactly 16 years ago. On Wednesday in London, he set off some fireworks all his own.
This Saturday the 14th is the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, the most significant American folk musician of the 20th Century (with the possible exception of Bob Dylan, who was inspired immeasurably by him.) Originally released in 1962, this collection of '40's recordings includes Leadbelly, Cisco Houston, Sonny Terry, & Bess Hawes, and helped establish Woody as the Father of the Folk Revival.
Scientists have discovered a new subatomic particle with profound implications for understanding our universe. On Wednesday, they announced they've found a particle believed to be the long-awaited Higgs boson. Nicknamed the "God particle," it represents the final piece in a theory that explains the basic nature of our universe.
As we celebrate all things American on the Fourth of July, we often remember the great minds that have shaped our nation's history.
But this afternoon, as you're devising new techniques to get slow-moving ketchup from the bottle to your hot dog, you're also celebrating the birthday of another innovative American: Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg.