Word of the Week: Ork

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Ork: Slang (via truncation) for “orchestra,” popularized by entertainment-industry publications in the 1930s. I discovered ork in The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, Ben Yagoda’s lively and informative new history...

Obama cites climate change as biggest threat facing U.S.

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Forget Islamist extremism, nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran, and U.S. challenges needing prompt attention such as swelling national debt, growing federal welfare programs, reversing scaled-down U.S. military forces along with efforts to boost the American economy and jobs…the biggest threat facing the U.S. is --- climate change, according to President Barack Obama.