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Definition: (verb) Provoke or stir up.
Synonyms:incite
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Gioacchino Rossini

Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote more than 30 operas as well as sacred music and piano pieces. The son of musicians, he began composing at age 12 and entered Bologna's conservatory just two years later. Into the genteel atmosphere of lingering 18th-century operatic manners, Rossini brought genuine originality marked by rude wit and humor and a willingness to sacrifice all "rules" of musical and operatic decorum. For what two masterpiece operas is he best known? More... Discuss
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Amazon Deforestation Climbing Again

Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil seems to be on the rise again. Between July 2012 and July 2013, deforestation there was up 29 percent to nearly 2,315 square miles (6,000 sq km). This was the second straight year of increasing deforestation rates there, reversing several years of decline. Still, these numbers remain lower than 2004, the worst year on record for Brazilian Amazon destruction with almost 11,580 square miles (30,000 sq km) cleared. More... Discuss
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USA Today Founded (1982)

USA Today was founded as an alternative to the typical newspaper. Initially considered gimmicky, it gradually improved its reputation and increased its circulation and advertising revenues, a particularly impressive feat as few papers were experiencing growth at the time. The features that originally set it apart—colorful graphics, brief stories, and a focus on sports and celebrity—have been adopted by various other papers. With what newspaper does it vie for widest circulation in the US? More... Discuss
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James Fenimore Cooper (1789)

Raised in a prosperous family in his father's frontier settlement of Cooperstown, New York, Cooper was the first important American writer to create a vivid myth of frontier life by drawing on the subjects and landscape of his native land. His best-known novels, the Leatherstocking Tales books, feature the frontier adventures of Natty Bumppo and skillfully portray the clash between the frontier wilderness and the encroaching civilization. A bet with whom led Cooper to pen his first novel? More... Discuss
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Battle of Britain Day

In England, September 15, 1940, is remembered as the day of the biggest daylight bombing raid of Britain by the German Luftwaffe. The German air attacks had begun in June 1940, and beginning September 7, bombs rained on London for 57 consecutive nights. The Royal Air Force (RAF) had a secret advantage—radar—and the early warning gave RAF pilots a half-hour's notice of German planes taking off from France. The Luftwaffe was finally defeated in April 1941. Today, the RAF and civilian aviation organizations commemorate Battle of Britain Day with air displays of various kinds. More... Discuss
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