Parents of U.S. students often complain about things like too many standardized tests or unhealthful school lunches. Kenya wishes it had such problems.
Kenya dropped or greatly reduced fees at public schools nearly a decade ago in an effort to make education available to all children. On one level, it's been a success — school attendance has soared. Yet this has also exacerbated chronic problems that include shortages of qualified teachers, books, desks and just about every other basic need.
The two-week Thespians 'n Training camp begins today in Rusk, Texas, at the Cherokee Civic Theatre. The students, ranging in age from 6 to 17, all sign an agreement to be respectful of their peers so as to not inhibit the creative process. The camp's one-act plays will be presented on July 28.
The Food and Drug Administration has given the first OK for a drug to prevent HIV infection.
The daily pill Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences, combines two medicines that inhibit the reproduction of HIV. It's been a mainstay in the treatment of HIV/AIDS for years, and as of today is an approved option for reducing the risk of HIV infection for people at high risk.
The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said its Fifth Fleet based in Bahrain had opened fire on a speeding vessel off the coast of Dubai today.
In a press release, the Fifth Fleet said a small motor vessel disregarded warnings and approached the USNS Rappahannock. A security team about the Navy vessel "used a series of non-lethal, preplanned responses to warn the vessel before resorting to lethal force."
The team aboard the vessel fired using a .50-caliber machine gun.
Airs, Monday July 16 at 11:00 a.m. The city of Jackson Hole, Wyoming sits surrounded by the natural wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular snowcapped mountains, the Grand Tetons. The spirit of the American West is alive here, and the town serves as a gateway to two of the most beloved national parks – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty, it is no wonder that musicians have claimed this place as their own with the Grand Teton Music Festival. The festival celebrates its fiftieth year in 2011 with eight weeks of concerts.
Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama The Newsroom follows the inner workings of a fictional cable network trying to challenge America's hyperpartisan 24/7 news culture. It's a typical Sorkin drama, complete with fast-paced dialogue, witty scenes and a strong ensemble cast.
So why a newsroom?
"It suits my style," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "I like writing about heroes [who] don't wear capes or disguises. You feel like, 'Gee, this looks like the real world and feels like the real world — why can't that be the real world?' "