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Willa Cather

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Indictments Made in Iran-Contra Affair

In 1985, members of the US National Security Council (NSC) secretly authorized weapons sales to Iran in an attempt to secure the release of US hostages held in Lebanon by pro-Iranian militias. Part of the $48 million profit was then diverted to Nicaraguan Contra rebels, in violation of a 1984 law banning such assistance. After a Senate investigation, NSC members Oliver North and John M. Poindexter were indicted and convicted of various offenses. Why were their convictions later overturned?



Zebroids: Zonies and Zeedonks to Name a Few

Bred since the 19th century, zebroids are zebra hybrids—crosses between zebras and any other equid, or horse-like animal. Zebroids physically resemble their non-zebra parent but are striped like a zebra, though typically only on a portion of their body. Hybrids are generally named using a combination of the parent animals' names. Thus, a zebra hybrid may be known as a zorse, zebrule, zony, zetland, zebrass, zeedonk, zonkey, zebronkey, zebadonk, zebret, or zebrinny, among others. What is a hebra?

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Jerry Lewis

Lewis, an entertainer known for his slapstick comedy, became popular in the 1940s, through his partnership with Dean Martin. They performed together in nightclubs as well as 16 films before parting ways in 1956. Lewis then went on to direct, produce, and star in The Nutty Professor and many other movies. He left filmmaking in the 1970s in order to focus on supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Who was responsible for reuniting Martin and Lewis during a 1976 MDA telethon?

Last updated on Tuesday, 16th March 2010

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