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Oops! Maya Angelou stamp includes quote from another author

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A new limited-edition stamp honoring the late Maya Angelou apparently attributes another author's quote to the poet and civil rights icon, The Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the "Forever" stamp – which includes the quote, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" – at a ceremony Tuesday in Washington.

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But that quote isn't Angelou's, children's book author Joan Walsh Anglund said in a Washington Post report. The line – with slightly different pronouns – appears in Anglund's 1967 book, "A Cup of Sun."

President Barack Obama also misattributed the quote to Angelou in a 2013 speech.

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"I think it easily happens sometimes that people hear something, and it's kind of going into your subconscious and you don’t realize it," Anglund said.

"It's an interesting connection, and interesting it would happen and already be printed and on her stamp. I love her and all she’s done, and I also love my own private thinking that also comes to the public because it comes from what I’ve been thinking and how I’ve been feeling."

The U.S. Postal service provided a lengthy explanation for why it used the misattributed quote:

"The Forever Stamp honoring Maya Angelou contains the sentence “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”  Maya Angelou cited this sentence frequently in media interviews and other forums and it provides a connection to her first memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

The sentence was chosen to accompany her image on the stamp to reflect her passion for the written and spoken word.  The sentence held great meaning for her and she is publicly identified with its popularity.

We were not aware of Joan Walsh Anglund’s book “A Cup of Sun,” written in 1967 until the reporter brought it to our attention.  It appears that Ms. Anglund’s poems and books have been cherished by many readers over the years.   

Dr. Angelou was a prolific writer and considered by many to be a wise person with a great deal of life experience.  Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of her many other works.

The Postal Service puts a great deal of time and energy into vetting the stamps it releases each year.  This stamp was similarly vetted.  We found that the phrase was widely attributed to Angelou in many media and by some dignitaries. "   

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Norman Bridwell, creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' books, dies at 86

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Norman Bridwell, best known as the creator of the children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died. He was 86.

According to his publisher, Scholastic, Bridwell died Friday at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The cause of death was not released.

Scholastic first published Bridwell's extensive "Clifford" series more than 50 years ago. Since then, it's reportedly sold more than 129 million copies in 13 different languages.

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Scholastic's CEO released a statement saying, "Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor."

Bridwell also was quite tenacious to get the book originally published. "Clifford" was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic finally gave it the green light.

The gigantic friendly canine even wound up in a PBS cartoon using the same name.

"Clifford" also made his debut on the big screen in 2004, and there's another movie in the works that's due out in 2016.

Bridwell completed two more "Clifford" books before he died: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah." Both are due out next year.

Norman Bridwell said, "I feel very fortunate in this part in teaching children to read. Something I didn't plan but it's worked out that way."

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'Game of Thrones' author killing off fans in series for $20K to charity

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Ever wanted this to happen to you? 

"The Lannisters send their regards." (Via HBO / "Game of Thrones")

​Well, now's your chance. A.V. Club reports the mind behind "Game of Thrones," author George R.R. Martin, is giving fans the opportunity to get killed off in the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire," which inspired the hit HBO show.

It's all for the low, low price of $20,000 — The Hollywood Reporter notes you can choose your character's station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, lady ... anything), and you're guaranteed a grisly death. 

So why is Martin doing this? It's part of a Prizeo campaign to raise money for Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary in New Mexico. It's like Kickstarter, but for a charity. The $20,000 so-called "martyr" donation level is the most expensive. 

For other prices, you can get a video message from Martin, a signed map of Westeros, a script of the first-ever "Game of Thrones" episode signed by the cast and crew, a pair of tickets to next season's red carpet premiere or even breakfast with the author.

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And everyone who donates — from the $10 thank-you up to that $20,000 death — will be entered into a raffle to win a trip to New Mexico to meet Martin.

"We'll visit the sanctuary, we'll see the wolves, and along the way we can talk about dragons, direwolves, 'Game of Thrones,' 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' 'Wild Card,' anything you want to talk about," Martin said. (Via YouTube / Prizeo)

Mashable notes the ​wolf sanctuary is close to the hearts of both Martin and his wife, Parris McBride. They've worked with it for years. 

"The sanctuary now houses more than 60 wolves and wolf-dogs, including a pack of nine named after the warring continent of Westeros featured in Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series," Mashable reported.

There are only two months to contribute to Martin's campaign, and only two fans — one man and one woman — will be able to pay ... to be killed. 

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You voted for the top 100 songs played on Y100 in 2013.  We played them back, 100 all the way to number 1.  If you missed it, here's the list!

 

  Title Artist 100 Farmer's Daughter Rodney Atkins 99 Drink On It Blake Shelton 98 Let It Rain David Nail 97 Just A Kiss Lady Antebellum 96 Drink A Beer Luke Bryan 95 Good Girl Carrie Underwood 94 Crazy Girl Eli Young Band 93 You Chris Young 92 You Don't Know Her Like I Do Brantley Gilbert 91 Even If It Breaks Your Heart Eli Young Band 90 Keep Me In Mind Zac Brown Band 89 Lover, Lover Jerrod Niemann 88 Alone With You Jake Owen 87 Here For A Good Time George Strait 86 Did It For The Girl Greg Bates 85 19-You and Me Dan & Shay 84 Something Bout A Truck Kip Moore 83 Drunk On You Luke Bryan 82 Helluva Life Frankie Ballard 81 Oh, Tonight Josh Abbott Band 80 Somewhere With You Kenny Chesney 79 Fly Over States Jason Aldean 78 Toes Zac Brown Band 77 Take A Back Road Rodney Atkins 76 When I See This Bar Kenny Chesney 75 I Don't Want This Night To End Luke Bryan 74 As She's Walking Away Zac Brown Band 73 Angel Eyes Love and Theft 72 (Kissed You) Good Night Gloriana 71 Honey Bee Blake Shelton 70 Drink To That All Night Jerrod Niemann 69 Wanted Hunter Hayes 68 When She Says Baby Jason Aldean 67 Better Dig Two The Band Perry 66 Barefoot Blue Jean Night Jake Owen 65 Take A Little Ride Jason Aldean 64 Whatever She's Got David Nail 63 The Only Way I Know Jason Aldean 62 That Girl Kevin Fowler 61 Springsteen Eric Church 60 Goodbye In Her Eyes Zac Brown Band 59 The One That Got Away Jake Owen 58 Friday Night Eric Paslay 57 Merry Go Round Kacey Musgraves 56 Compass Lady Antebellum 55 I Can Take It From There Chris Young 54 Sweet Annie Zac Brown Band 53 Hard To Love Lee Brice 52 Cruise Florida Georgia Line 51 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Luke Bryan 50 Sunny And 75 Joe Nichols 49 Blowin Smoke Kacey Musgraves 48 Could It Be Charlie Worsham 47 Carolina Parmalee 46 Til My Last Day Justin Moore 45 Beer Money Kip Moore 44 Wasting All These Tears Cassadee Pope 43 Crying On A Suitcase Casey James 42 How Country Feels Randy Houser 41 Don't Let Me Be Lonely The Band Perry 40 Southern Girl Tim McGraw 39 Two Black Cadillacs Carrie Underwood 38 One Of Those Nights Tim McGraw  37 Stay Florida Georgia Line 36 Like Jesus Does Eric Church 35 Red Taylor Swift 34 Aw Naw Chris Young 33 Chillin It Cole Swindell 32 Radio Darius Rucker 31 I Drive Your Truck Lee Brice 30 Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain Gary Allan 29 Point At You Justin Moore 28 Anywhere With You Jake Owen 27 Sure Be Cool If You Did Blake Shelton 26 Jump Right In Zac Brown Band 25 Redneck Crazy Tyler Farr 24 Mine Would Be You Blake Shelton 23 Runnin' Out Of Moonlight Randy Houser 22 Somebody's Heartbreak Hunter Hayes 21 Boys Round Here Blake Shelton 20 Don't Ya Brett Eldridge 19 Thats My Kind Of Night Luke Bryan 18 See You Again Carrie Underwood 17 I Want Crazy Hunter Hayes 16 A Little Bit Of Everything Keith Urban 15 More Than Miles Brantley Gilbert 14 If I Didn't Have You Thompson Square 13 Drunk Last Night Eli Young Band 12 Crash My Party Luke Bryan 11 Get Your Shine On Florida Georgia Line 10 All Over The Road Easton Corbin 9 Wagon Wheel Darius Rucker 8 Night Train Jason Aldean 7 Hey Girl Billy Currington 6 It Goes Like This Thomas Rhett 5 Highway Don't Care Tim McGraw 4 Hey Pretty Girl Kip Moore 3 Round Here Florida Georgia Line 2 Mama's Broken Heart Miranda Lambert 1 Give It All We Got Tonight George Strait

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