Scripps national spelling bee ends in 8-way tie

The eight co-champions of the 2019 National Spelling Bee celebrate after an unprecedented final in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The 20-round final lasted more than five hours when the official pronouncer for the Bee announced that they were out of words that would challenge the remaining spellers. (Pete Marovich/UPI photo) FORT WASHINGTON, Md. (UPI) — The…

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Robert Smith pledges $40 million to clear debt for Morehouse College graduates

ATLANTA (UPI) — Billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith announced Sunday his family was creating a grant to pay off the debt of Morehouse College’s entire graduating class. Speaking during the commencement ceremony for the private, all-male, historically black liberal arts college in Atlanta, Smith made the surprise announcement offering an estimated $40 million to…

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The incredible edibles of Belgium

When in Brussels, it’s time for mussels. (Gene Openshaw photo) Whenever I think of Belgium, I recall digging into a dish of mussels while seated on a sunny square in Brussels, in the shadow of a lacy medieval spire. My waiter bragged, “In Belgium, we eat as hearty as the Germans and as fine as…

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