NATO has just asked the Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to attend the May 20-21 summit in Chicago. The AP says the overture signals that the rift between NATO and Islamabad may be coming to a resolution.
The Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy has protected 50,000 acres in North Carolina and Tennessee over the course of 38 years. Pam Bunch talks to Executive Director Carl Silverstein about the challenges of saving resources of Western North Carolina, working to conserve the Highlands of Roan, Mt. Mitchell and farmland as well. On Thursday, May 17, SAHC will celebrate this 50,000 milestone with a special event at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville.
Chinese buyers are driving up the prices of racing pigeons to astronomical levels. One buyer paid $328,000 for a single bird earlier this year. Belgium, however, remains the center of pigeon-breeding. Here, Yi Minna, the chief operating officer at the Pipa pigeon auction house, is shown in Knesselare, Belgium, last year.
These pigeons belong to Yang Shibo, who breeds them in an enclosed balcony on the 13th floor of a Beijing apartment building. His best bird cost him $1,000; its descendants have earned him $150,000 in prize money.
To the average observer, they look like ordinary pigeons, caged into a balcony in a high-rise Beijing apartment. But make no mistake. These cooing birds, according to breeder Yang Shibo, are like top-of-the-line sports cars.
"These are the Ferraris of the bird world," he says. "They're the most expensive, and the fastest."
The price of racing pigeons is soaring sky-high, pushed up by wealthy Chinese buyers.
Idaho native Justin Ringer fronts the 5-piece post-folk outfit Horse Feathers, based out of Portland, Oregon. Their 4th album "Cynic's New Year", on the Kill Rock Stars label, captures the murky, heavy, minor-key mood of many Pacific Northwest bands, but also draws heavily from Appalachian folk inspirations. They play Asheville Wednesday night.
Americans Elect, the nationwide effort to launch a credible third-party presidential campaign, has money, media attention and — most importantly — access to the ballot in dozens of states.
What it doesn't have is a candidate for president.
So if it follows its own rules, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization won't field a presidential candidate alongside President Obama and presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Nov. 6, it announced Tuesday.
But the group also left the door open to bending those rules.