Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver, whose work reflected reverence for nature and disdain for greed, died of lymphoma Thursday at her home in Florida, her literary executor, Bill Reichblum, said. She was 83. Oliver was prolific, and her lyrical descriptions of owls, bears, and other natural wonders earned her praise from critics and adoring readers alike. She made her literary debut in 1963, at age 28, and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her collection "American Primitive," then the 1992 National Book Award for poetry for "New and Selected Poems." Oliver escaped what she called a "dysfunctional" home in a Cleveland suburb by writing poems in the woods. She met her partner, the late photographer Molly Malone Cook, at the New York home of the late poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press
Texas police on Sunday arrested an armed man who said he was heading to a suburban San Antonio church to fulfill a "prophecy." The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Tony Albert, was wearing police tactical-style clothing, including a face shield, and carrying a loaded weapon with extra ammunition. Albert reportedly entered Las Mañanitas restaurant in Seguin, Texas, around 6:30 a.m., and asked a worker "where the nearest Baptist church is at." He left clutching a handgun, and restaurant workers locked the door and called police. An off-duty officer responded, and arrested Albert on charges of marijuana possession and weapon possession by a felon.
Source: The Associated Press, The New York Times
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