Jazz has always drawn on the syncopated rhythms of Cuban music, and occasionally draws on other new world strains, like Brazilian bossa nova in the 1960s. But that interaction between North and South is ongoing.
Last month, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists who discovered that, since the Big Bang, the universe has been expanding at an accelerating rate. Before the discovery, scientists assumed that gravity slowed down the expansion of the universe. But the data collected by one team led by astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter and another team led by physicist Brian Schmidt indicated otherwise.
A Cincinnati Democrat who wants to remain in the Ohio House has moved out of her own house.
State Rep. Denise Driehaus moved from her home in the West Price Hill neighborhood to a place a couple miles away in the Clifton area. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that a redrawing of Ohio's legislative map put her into a heavily Republican district. Her new home district is heavily Democratic.
Longtime Toledo lawmaker Teresa Fedor also moved recently, in her case to avoid a Democratic primary faceoff.
Graduation rates are rising at Ohio State University amid efforts by the school to be pickier with admissions and attract better students.
As of last year, 58.5 percent of Ohio State students received their degrees within four years. The rate was up nearly 6 percentage points from a year earlier. The university's six-year graduation rate went up nearly 2 points, to 79.7 percent.
Ryan Adams announced a hiatus from music in 2009 after suffering from Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo and progressive hearing loss, but the North Carolina alt-country staple never really left. Through various monikers and channels, Adams released rations of black metal and hard rock, giving select performances throughout 2009 and 2010. He has now returned to form with Ashes & Fire, an album that'll feel familiar to fans of his work with his former band, The Cardinals.
Banks have started mailing out letters to upwards of 4 million homeowners. The regulators have ordered the banks to find people who have suffered financial harm due to the banks' mistakes, and to offer "remediation."
Gloria Cain, who has preferred to stay mostly out of spotlight so far during the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has now been heard from about the sexual harassment charges leveled at her husband, GOP contender Herman Cain.