Australia's 'father of archaeology' dies aged 90

The man described as the father of Australian archaeology, Emeritus Professor John Mulvaney, has died aged 90.

Professor Mulvaney was the first university-trained prehistorian to study Australia.

He worked at the Australian National University and pioneered the study of the pre-history of Indigenous people.

Professor Colin Groves, who worked with Professor Mulvaney, said one of his greatest legacies was the respect he gave to Indigenous people in Australia.

“He was of course a person who treated Indigenous people as people, not as just study subjects,” he said. Read more.

“As electricity must be directed through wires in order for its power to be utilized, so must our life energy be directed by consciousness before we can make use of it with any true sense of power.”

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Congressman Mick "There is No Default" Mulvaney experienced at not paying bills

Congressman John Michael (Mick) Mulvaney (R-SC) has been one of the members of Congress aguing that not raising the debt ceiling wouldn’t be that big of a deal. He has accused President Obama of lying about the serious consequences that would result if the US couldn’t pay all of its bills. Mulvaney may be speaking from experience: He doesn’t pay all of his bills, and it doesn’t seem to have bothered him at all.

The Congressman’s company, The Mulvaney Group Ltd, owes Mecklenburg County, NC at least $7,854.65 in back taxes. The oldest of the bills was due on September 1, 2008.

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 Runners toe the line at the start of the women’s 3200 meter race at the Tri-State Track & Field Invitational at Titan Stadium on the campus of West Mifflin High School on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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Joyce Carol Oates

Born on this date on June 16 in, 1938, Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed writer known for novels like A Garden of Earthly Delights, The Falls and them, which won the National Book Award.

Over the decades, Oates has established herself as a highly prolific scribe who has written dozens of books that include novels, shorts story collections, young adult fiction, plays, poetry and essays. Her first published book was the 1963 story collection By the North Gate, followed by her debut novel With Shuddering Fall in 1964.

Other notable works among many include National Book Award winner them (1969), a layered chronicling of urban life that was part of Oates’ Wonderland Quartet series, and her 26th novel We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), the story of an unraveling family which became an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. The novels The Falls (2004) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007) were both New York Times bestsellers, while 2012’s Patricide was published as an e-book novella. Oates has also written suspense novels under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.

Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1978, Oates has won scores of awards over the course of her career, including the Prix Femina Etranger and the Pushcart Prize.

In early 2013, she published the novels Daddy Love, which recounts the horrifying experience of a boy who’s kidnapped, and The Accursed, a Gothic, surreal tale that looks at Woodrow Wilson’s time as the president of Princeton and the violent prejudice faced by the African-American community.

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