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O'Malley Names New Maryland Poet Laureate

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Maryland has a new poet laureate. Governor Martin O'Malley has selected University of Maryland professor Stanley Plumly. Plumly founded the school's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing.

Plumly has written nine books of poetry including a finalist for a National Book Award in 2007. His work has been widely published in The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He has earned a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Plumly says he's flattered by the honor and looks forward to being part of the best of Maryland's culture.

Rebecca Blatt reports...

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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