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NASA has released the first picture of Jupiter taken since the Juno spacecraft went into orbit around the planet on July 4.

The picture was taken on July 10. Juno was 2.7 million miles from Jupiter at the time. The color image shows some of the atmospheric features of the planet, including the giant red spot. You can also see three of Jupiter's moons in the picture: Io, Europa and Ganymede.

The Senate is set to approve a bill intended to change the way police and health care workers treat people struggling with opioid addictions.

My husband and I once took great pleasure in preparing meals from scratch. We made pizza dough and sauce. We baked bread. We churned ice cream.

Then we became parents.

Now there are some weeks when pre-chopped veggies and a rotisserie chicken are the only things between us and five nights of Chipotle.

Parents are busy. For some of us, figuring out how to get dinner on the table is a daily struggle. So I reached out to food experts, parents and nutritionists for help. Here is some of their (and my) best advice for making weeknight meals happen.

"O Canada," the national anthem of our neighbors up north, comes in two official versions — English and French. They share a melody, but differ in meaning.

Let the record show: neither version of those lyrics contains the phrase "all lives matter."

But at the 2016 All-Star Game, the song got an unexpected edit.

At Petco Park in San Diego, one member of the Canadian singing group The Tenors — by himself, according to the other members of the group — revised the anthem.

School's out, and a lot of parents are getting through the long summer days with extra helpings of digital devices.

How should we feel about that?

Police in Baton Rouge say they have arrested three people who stole guns with the goal of killing police officers. They are still looking for a fourth suspect in the alleged plot, NPR's Greg Allen reports.

"Police say the thefts were at a Baton Rouge pawn shop early Saturday morning," Greg says. "One person was arrested at the scene. Since then, two others have been arrested and six of the eight stolen handguns have been recovered. Police are still looking for one other man."

A 13-year-old boy is among those arrested, Greg says.

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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she disparaged him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb political statements" about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

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Around The Jazz Internet: Aug. 31, 2012

Aug 31, 2012

Next Wednesday: Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts Live at the Village Vanguard. But first, these news:

  • Larry Blumenfeld, a very good writer, has a new jazz blog up at the ARTINFO.com site.
  • Q&A with Jimmy Cobb, the great drummer. He is the last living person to play on Kind of Blue and talks about that period a little. Also, somebody make it happen between him and Buck Hill, please.
  • RIP Charles Flores. The bassist died last week but news just came out last weekend. He won a Grammy Award with Michel Camilo's trio, a group we recorded in 2009.
  • Roy Nathanson, Jazz Passengers saxophonist and poet, is the subject of an Independent Ear interview. Also, the female jazz writers series continues with Angelika Beener.
  • Josh Berman, Chicago cornetist, is profiled. Though known as a very modern musician, his new album draws on a lot of study of '20s and '30s recordings.
  • Saxophonist Rahsaan Barber is the subject of a story in a Nashville publication. Lots of Nashville links in this column lately.
  • Six easy ways for jazz musicians to expand their audience, from saxophonist Steve Lehman. I thought these were some astute observations about how to orient jazz music for the marketplace, with the subtext that not every jazz musician is interested in doing so.
  • A few links between jazz and electronic dance music, featuring Robert Glasper and DJ Quantic.
  • An interview with Yoshie Akiba, the woman behind the Bay Area Japanese restaurant(s) and jazz institution Yoshi's.
  • JazzWeek, the radio chart service, handed out a number of awards recently. The big one went to WGBH's Eric Jackson.
  • The Detroit Jazz Festival's great benefactor ($15 million and counting), the heiress and businesswoman Gretchen Valade, is interviewed. Here's an older article on her too. You may also know that she started Mack Avenue Records, the label which has signed Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez, Gary Burton, etc. Also, this will happen in Detroit.
  • "Coltrane Rules, Critics Drool." Funny headline, but it's actually about an interesting museum exhibit about how John Coltrane was portrayed by the press in the mercurial 1961-1966 period.
  • Check out this neighborhood in Amsterdam, featuring streets named after Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday and more.
  • AllAboutJazz features pianist Mike LeDonne and guitarist Miles Okazaki this week.
  • The Jazz Session spoke with saxophonist Evan Cobb and pianist Donald Brown, both of Tennessee.

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