Sunday, July 5, 2015
Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out.

Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create "human-quality" short stories, sonnets and dance music sets. The results will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections and will be rated by judges who won't know which is which. The goal is to determine whether people can distinguish between the two, and whether they might even prefer the computer-generated creativity.

UK's Princess Charlotte to be christened on queen's estate

Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, is to be christened Sunday at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate.

The queen, her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Kate's family were among a small group of guests attending the event at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, near England's eastern coast.

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Nai or oxi? Greeks vote on high-stakes bailout referendum; polls show evenly split nation

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in a referendum on their nation's financial future, with opinion polls showing that residents were evenly split on whether to accept creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans or defiantly reject the deal.

Sioux Falls man donates 'babies' to university library

Al and Brenda Lewis' home contains enough books to fill a library.

That's not an exaggeration. The average branch library in Sioux Falls displays 30,000 to 35,000 items on the shelves at any one time, said library director Mary Johns, and that's everything from children's picture books to dictionaries.

EXCHANGE: Bloomington store has 'scholarly and esoteric' mix

Rick Vokoun is not new to the book business, but he is new to the bookstore in downtown Bloomington business.

Vokoun has opened Rain Dog Fine Books & Prints at 320 N. Main St., in the former location of The Coffee Grindery and The Chess Cafe. The quaint shop, with its tile floor and tin ceilings, includes what he describes as a "scholarly and esoteric" mix of books, prints, lithographs, albums and more.

Exhibit celebrates jazz legend's German heritage

Kelly Lao said despite many books and articles written about Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, the famed Davenport jazz legend remains somewhat of a mystery to many.

But visitors can learn more about the man and his family this summer through exhibits at the German-American Heritage Center in Davenport. The building features a new 10-by-30-foot canvas portrait of Bix on the rear façade of the building. It was created by Quad-City artist Bruce Walters.

Preservation group: Miami's Little Havana endangered

Little Havana, perhaps Miami's most storied neighborhood, is under threat. So much so, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, that it's put Little Havana on its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The National Trust, the country's principal preservation organization, says the neighborhood's historic scale and character are imperiled by two main factors: a controversial upzoning of East Little Havana under consideration by the city of Miami, and a lack of legal protection for the broader area's extensive and architecturally diverse collection of early to mid-20th Century homes and apartment and commercial buildings.

Cosart struggles, Marlins lose 7-2 to Cubs

The Miami Marlins were rolling along right until Jarred Cosart stepped on the mound.

He didn't stay long.

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