cerulean (suh roo'le uhn) adj. Sky-blue; azure.
The word derives from the Latin term meaning "heaven."
It's a gorgeous day here in the Ocean State, and the buzz in the air is that no one yet has any idea who will win this Republican primary. Senator Lincoln Chafee, the most liberal Republican in the Senate, is being challenged by Steve Laffey — a conservative. But get this: the White House, and the entire GOP party establishment, is supporting Chafee. Not because they really like his politics, but because they think he's the guy who can win in this largely Democratic state. In fact, if Chafee loses here today, the national Republicans say they'll throw in the towel, handing a seat that has been occupied by the GOP for the past 30 years to the Democrats.
But they're not giving up easily. At Chafee headquarters today, teams of door-knockers, drivers and assorted other Chafee supporters set out to do what the GOP does best — get out the vote. This primary will hinge on whom gets his voters to the polls because it's kind of quirky in Rhode Island: independents are allowed to vote in the GOP primary. And since Republican officials know that Chafee is waaaayyyy too liberal for most Republicans, they're working to get out the independents to vote for their man.
None of this sits well with the GOP challenger, Steve Laffey. In fact, when we caught up with him this morning as he had an iced-tea, his anger towards the Washington GOP establishment was not exactly hidden. He called the ads that Chafee and the GOP party are running against him "vicious, vicious," and then told the national GOP to "leave the state, go back to Washington, just stay there until November 7" if he wins.
Right now, what will happen is anyone's guess. We'll be following the story as it happens for CBS. This is a real cliffhanger and I'll be following it here in Rhode Island with my colleagues, producers Steve Chaggaris and Ward Sloane.
Couric's Notebook: The U.N.
And that's the subject of Katie's Notebook.
The gist: been there, done that, bought the hacksaw.
But this one really caught my eye.
Katie, The dogs in my neighborhood are very upset as their owners now wait until CBS News is over at 7:00 PM for their evening walk! Their eyes are turning yellow! Dogs (and owners) who used to do the evening "duty" an hour earlier, are now clogging these suburban streets...until after sign-off. It now takes an exra 20 minutes or so to meet, greet and sniff everyone ...It's all part of our effort to get a leg up on the competition.
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
threnody. (thren'uh dee) n. A song of lamentation; funeral song.You might also consider a threnody a kind of requiem.
It also serves as the title of one of Ralph Waldo Emerson'smost celebrated poems, about the tragic death of a child:
On that shaded day,
Dark with more clouds than tempests are,
When thou didst yield thy innocent breath
In birdlike heavings unto death,
Night came, and Nature had not thee;
I said, "We are mates in misery."
First Look: 9/11
Katie and Executive Producer Rome Hartman are at Ground Zero with a look ahead at tonight's CBS Evening News.
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