Lois Batson

373 Flips | 30 Magazines | 176 Likes | 8 Following | 27 Followers | @loismbatson | A misplaced Texas girl who ended up in Chapel Hill, NC by way of Seattle. I love knitting, reading and my cats. I am an avid reader and news junkie.

Louisiana jazz great Pete Fountain dies at 86

<b>(CNN) —</b> Legendary Louisiana clarinetist Pete Fountain died Saturday morning in New Orleans, his son-in-law Benny Harrell said. He was 86.<p>"He was a beautiful man," Harrell told CNN.<p>The death of the jazz musician drew reaction from Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.<p>"Mr. Fountain and his clarinet filled …

New Lucille Ball statue replaces 'Scary Lucy'

<b>(CNN) —</b> "I Love Lucy" fans finally have a statue that can properly honor Lucille Ball.<p>A new statue of the late red-haired comedienne was unveiled Saturday in her hometown of Celoron, New York, replacing the one that many dubbed "Scary Lucy."<p>Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost and sculptor Carolyn …

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>The last anyone heard of Robert Kennicott was his cheerful hum as he strolled into the Alaskan wilderness early on the morning of May 13, 1866.<p>It was good to hear the scientist sing. It had been a long and punishing winter at Fort Nulato, where Kennicott's expedition to map …

Smithsonian

Apple makes slight progress on diversity while its rivals are making practically none

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>CUPERTINO, Calif. — Faculty and students from historically black colleges crowded onto Apple’s campus this week, part of an effort to improve the company’s diversity problem. It’s a problem the tech giant appears to making an ever-so-slight dent in, …

HBCUs

Science says couples are deluded about how likely they are to cheat on each other

When asked to rate themselves on attractiveness, intelligence, driving ability — you name it — they consistently say they're above average, which obviously isn't mathematically possible.<p>So it makes sense that people also believe their relationships are healthier than other folks'.<p>Specifically, …

Relationships

12 Travel Map Apps That Beat Google Maps Whether or Not You Have WiFi

Chunky GPS units are a thing of the past. These days, everyone is finding their way by using their smartphones. Although we’ll be the first to admit that we love the industry standard, Google Maps (especially with the new pit stop function), there are a few things that GM just can’t account for. …

Mass incarceration of drug users 'driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis' by turning prisons into incubators

Mass incarceration of drug users has driven up global epidemics of HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, a new study claims.<p>Up to 90 per cent of people …

Public Health

Insurance won't pay for women to have pleasurable sex

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michelle Weber says that when her boyfriend wanted to take Viagra, his insurance paid for it, no questions asked.<p>So when she wanted to take the new "female Viagra" for her sexual problems, she figured that would go smoothly, as well.<p>But it didn't.<p>Her insurance company refused to pay for the …

Infidelity: What If You Love Them Both?

If you've been having a long-term affair and your spouse just found out, you may be facing an angry ultimatum, probably something like, "It's me or him/her." If so, you're probably having one of four basic reactions:<p>You realize how much you love and value your spouse, and how much you want to heal …

Lin-Manuel Miranda On 16 Tony Nominations, the Real Hamiltons and “Antonio Burr”

The award-winning composer also discusses forthcoming productions of Hamilton.<p>“We had a little watching party this morning,” <i>Hamilton</i> creator and …

Everything Scientists Know About Male Multiple Orgasms (Yes, They’re Real!)

A new review reveals how common they are, why they occur, and how you can have them, too<p>Women don’t have a monopoly on multiple orgasms: Up to 10 percent of men have had them, too, according to a new Canadian review on the subject.<p>“Some men are multi-orgasmic from the first time they experience …

Why Do We Like BDSM?

<i>“The other day my girlfriend pushed me down and looked me in the eye. ‘I'm going to make you cry,’ she said. She began to hit me in earnest, and made</i> …

Theatre for Babies

Not long ago, a resident of the Financial District named Evan Miles settled in for a theatrical production on Forty-second Street. He was not an experienced playgoer—actually, this was his first time—and he watched the performance with blank-eyed fascination. When one of the performers came up and …

Parenting

Why Hamilton Matters

The story of Hamilton's journey from concept to cultural phenomenon, as told by someone who has been in all of the room(s) where it happened. Even in Obama's White House.<p><b>A young man</b> stands in the dark, waiting to take his shot. It is May 5, 2009, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is listening at the back of …

Simple Trick To Make Your Own Origami Bookmarks

Your cat has started to doubt your loyalty what with the number of dog-eared pages in all your books; you’re sick of converting page numbers such as …

How to have a successful open relationship - according to an expert

Monogomy has long been the most popular way to conduct a sexual relationship in our culture, yet some anthropologists think that polygamy has …

Apple has 1 billion active devices

Apple's device sales weren't stellar as 2015 wound to a close, but it did cross an important milestone: it now has 1 billion active devices. The figure includes all iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch units that have used Cupertino's services in the past 90 days. While that's not as huge a figure as …

12 Things Sarah Palin Just Said, In What We Can Only Assume Is Real Life

We keep pinching ourselves and it's not working.<p>Former Alaska governor and onetime GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared alongside Donald Trump on Tuesday at an Iowa campaign event, just hours after officially endorsing the billionaire real estate mogul for president. She had a lot …

Proud Episcopalians Defiant

UPDATE: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church has stated that they have no intention of reversing their decision to endorse same sex …

Episcopalian ‘Bishop’ Refuses to Recant ‘Gay Marriage’ Stance Despite Anglican Communion Sanctions

<b>WASHINGTON —</b> The presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopalian “Church” is refusing to recant the apostate denomination’s support for “gay marriage” …

Gunman citing Islamic State ambushes Philadelphia policeman

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A gunman claiming to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State militants shot and seriously wounded a Philadelphia police officer in an ambush on his patrol car, the city’s police commissioner said on Friday.<p>Edward Archer of Philadelphia approached Officer Jesse Hartnett, …

When Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong

People skills can be dangerous.<p>“People skills” are almost always assumed to be a good thing. Search employment ads and you will find them listed as a qualification for a startling array of jobs, including Applebee’s host, weight-loss specialist, CEO, shoe salesperson, and (no joke) animal-care …

Psychology

Deal of the Day: Flights and Five Days in London for Under $1,000

British Airways Vacations has rolled out a special deal to attract travelers to London this February, featuring flights and a five-night hotel stay.<p>Less than $1,000 for a deal for round-trip travel plus five hotel nights anywhere would be a deal just about anywhere. But when that deal is for a trip …

Airports Shutting Terminals at Night in Effort to Evict Homeless

Airports around the U.S. are taking aggressive steps to counter the perception that their public spaces are being used as de facto homeless shelters.<p>In recent weeks both Washington Reagan Airport and now, New York’s LaGuardia, have announced new rules that will close the lobbies and waiting areas …

Homelessness

In Seattle, a labyrinth of prayer for the end of the year

St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, has for 15 years celebrated New Year’s Eve by clearing its sanctuary, moving the pews, dimming …

The Distinct, Positive Impact of a Good Dad

How fathers contribute to their kids' lives<p>Are dads dispensable? A lot of scholars and writers weighing in on fatherhood these days have come to the conclusion that they are. As Jennifer Aniston, for example, once put the point in the high-profile context of a press conference: "Women are realizing …

Is Shrinking the Middle Class a Good Thing?

A recent report from Pew Research, “The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground,” isn’t exactly conducive to holiday cheer for most of us. Middle-income households, defined as those earning $42,000 to $126,000 a year, are capturing a smaller share of the American pie; the middle class, after …

Pope urges Return to Essential Values

Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas Thursday, urging those "intoxicated" by possessions and superficial appearances to return to the essential values of life.<p>Celebrating a Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Francis, whose nearly three-year-old papacy has …