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“Are you sure you don’t want some company?” Ellery perched anxiously on the armchair in his daughter’s room, watching her pull dresses from her wardrobe and toss them into a pile on the floor. “I could book another ticket; take a week or two off work.”

“I’m sure Papa; I’m twenty-one - I need to do this on my own. You don’t even like libraries very much; you’d find it awfully boring.”

He chuckled. “I suppose you’re right. I can’t quite think of anything more dull than spending my first overseas adventure staring at old books.”

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In 1997, Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian woman to travel in space. She acted as the mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator on flight STS-87 of the Space Shuttle Columbia, traveling over 6.5 million miles in 252 orbits of Earth and logging more than 372 hours in space.

Chawla was selected as a crew member for flight STS-107 three years later. After multiple delays due to scheduling conflicts and technical difficulties, she returned to space on January 16, 2003 to spend approximately sixteen days in orbit conducting a series of experiments on microgravity and other topics. 

Tragically, Space Shuttle Columbia encountered some difficulty reentering the Earth’s atmosphere, disintegrating over Texas and resulting in the death of Chawla and her six fellow crew members on flight STS-107. She has been memorialized through scholarship funds, college dormitories, hostels and more established in her name, including the Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College in her birthplace of Karnal Haryana, India.

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Derek Walcott’s work explored the beauty of his Caribbean homeland and its brutal colonial history. The prolific, Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright died Friday at his home in St. Lucia. He was 87.

Walcott wrote dozens of books of poetry and plays, among them his epic poem Omeros and his Obie-winning drama, Dream on Monkey Mountain.

Find our full remembrance here.

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NHL Draft First Round Picks 2016-

1st- Toronto Maple Leafs- Auston Matthews C

Trade: Chicago’s Andrew Shaw to Montreal for two 2nd round picks (39,45) 

Trade: Montreal’s Lars Eller to Washington for 2017 2nd round pick, 2018 2nd round pick

2nd- Winnipeg Jets- Patrick Laine RW

3rd- Columbus Blue Jackets- Pierre-Luc Dubois LW

4th- Edmonton Oilers- Jesse Puljujarvi RW

5th- Vancouver Canucks- Olli Juolevi D

6th- Calgary Flames- Matthew Tkachuk LW

7th- Arizona Coyotes- Clayton Keller C

8th- Buffalo Sabres- Alex Nylander F

9th- Montreal Canadiens- Mikhail Sergachev D

Trade: St Louis Brian Elliot to Calgary for 2016 second round pick (35), 2018 conditional pick

10th- Colorado Avalanche- Tyson Jost C

Trade: New Jersey trades 11th overall pick to Ottawa for 12th overall pick, third round pick (80)

11th- Ottawa Senators (from NJ)- Logan Brown C

12th- New Jersey Devils (from OTT)- Michael McLeod C

13th- Carolina Hurricanes- Jake Bean D

14th- Boston Bruins- Charlie McAvoy

15th- Minnesota Wild- Luke Kunin C

Trade: Detroit’s 16th overall pick, Pavel Datsyuk, to Arizona for 20th overall, 2nd round pick (53), Joe Vitale

16th- Arizona Coyotes (from Detroit)- Jakob Chychrun D

17th- Nashville Predators- Dante Fabbro D

Trade: Philidelphia’s 18th overall pick, second round pick (79) to Winnipeg for pick 22 and second round pick (36)

18th- Winnipeg Jets (from Philadelphia)- Logan Stanley D

19th- New York Islanders- Kieffer Bellows LW

20th- Detroit Red Wings (from Arizona via LA)- Dennis Cholowski D

21st- Carolina Hurricanes (from LA)- Julien Gauthier RW

22nd- Philadelphia Flyers (from Winnipeg via Chicago)- German Rubtsov C

23rd- Florida Panthers- Henrik Borgstrom C

24th- Anaheim Ducks- Max Jones LW

25th- Dallas Stars- Riley Tufte LW

Trade: Washington’s 26th overall pick for St Louis 28th overall, third round pick (87)

26th- St. Louis (from Washington)- Tage Thompson C

27th- Tampa Bay Lightning- Brett Howden C

28th- Washington Capitals (from St. Louis)- Lucas Johansen D

29th- Boston Bruins (from San Jose)- Trent Frederic C

30th- Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto via Pittsburgh)- Sam Steel C


Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902, Germany/United States)


Bierstadt was a German-born American painter best known for his dramatic landscapes of the American West. To paint the scenes, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

Born in Germany, Bierstadt was brought to the United States at the age of one by his parents. He later returned to study painting for several years in Düsseldorf. He became part of the Hudson River School in New York, an informal group of like-minded painters who started painting along this scenic river. Their style was based on carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism. An important interpreter of the western landscape, Bierstadt, along with Thomas Moran, is also grouped with the Rocky Mountain School.