Your morning roundup for Feb. 9. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): Toronto at Philadelphia (NHL Network) in NHL hockey at 7. Wisconsin at Minnesota (ESPN), Mississippi at Mississippi State (ESPN2), and N.C. State at Georgia Tech (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 7. Los Angeles Lakers at Boston (TNT) in NBA basketball at 8. Colorado at Arizona (ESPN), Virginia Tech at Miami (Fla.) (ESPN2), and Iowa at Northwestern (ESPNU) in men's college basketball at 9. USC at Stanford (Fox Sports Net) in women's college basketball at 9. Oklahoma City at Sacramento (TNT) in NBA basketball at 10. Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (ESPN2), Santa Clara at San Francisco (ESPNU), and Washington at Oregon (Fox Sports Net) in men's college basketball at 11.
The prose style of the Gettysburg Address: "A similar linking process is performed, almost subliminally, by the repeated pinning of statements to this field, these dead, who died here, for that kind of nation. The reverential touching, over and over, of the charged moment and place leads Lincoln to use 'here' eight times in the short text, the adjectival 'that' five times, and 'this' four times. The spare vocabulary is not impoverishing, because of the subtly interfused constructions, in which the classicist Charles Smiley identified 'two antitheses, five cases of anaphora, eight instances of balanced phrases and clauses, thirteen alliterations.' 'Plain speech' was never less artless. Lincoln forged a new lean language to humanize and redeem the first modern war." [The Atlantic]