Belt it out! Willie Nelson earns fifth-degree martial-arts black belt

Im pretty healthy at 81, Nelson told the The Associated Press. I think a lot of it has to do with the exercise that you do. I think martial arts is one of the best exercises you can do. Mentally, spiritually, physically, everything. Im sure thats helped.Grand Master Sam Um has been teaching Nelson for 20 years, and said he was at first worried about whether the musicians heart could stand the strain of the workouts. Not any more. He has more stamina than I do, Um told the AP.And what now for Willie? Obviously, hell go On the Road Again.

This reality TV star and online education expert is moving her Mark Cuban ...

Kim Taylor is not your typical tech entrepreneur.
A former sports reporter and NBA dancer with the Milwaukee Bucks, Taylor grew up playing ice hockey in her native Wisconsin before moving to Silicon Valley to work in online advertising. Thats where the 32-year-old rose to fame as one of the stars of Randi Zuckerbergs Start-ups: Silicon Valley reality TV show -- an experience that Taylor says was a total disaster, but Id do it again.

Arts & Entertainment Briefs, May 1-7

Nancy Drew appealed to young readers in the 1930s and 1940s for her independence and freedom. Nancy lives with her father, the famous lawyer Carson Drew, in comfortable River Heights. She is financially secure, and does not have any obligations of school or work to tie her down. This, coupled with her blue roadster, made her very popular with envious young women. Nancy’s freedom allows her to travel to country, and in some books the globe, solving mysteries. She always succeeds, with the help of her two best friends George Fayne and Bess Marvin.

Street performers help Concord Spring Into Arts this Saturday

CONCORD, NC -- Saturday's Spring Into Arts Festival will be a bit different this year, with street performers roaming Union Street and belly dancers, a poet and an instrumentalist weaving through the crowd of more the more than 2,000 expected to attend.

The festival has always had a stage for performers and in the past had a second stage. But this year, officials are trading out the second stage for street performers, who will rotate through the festival, playing various spots.

Education leader Tom Kilian dies

The founder of Kilian Community College and long-time Sioux Falls education and community leader has died.Tom Kilian died Saturday at his Sioux Falls home. He was 90.A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 11 am Wednesday at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. Burial will be at West Nidaros Lutheran Church near Crooks.He was born on March 23, 1924, in Vilas, and was a graduate of Howard High School, Augustana College, Boston University for his masters degree and Michigan State University at Lansing for his PhD.

GOP should be resource for higher education reform

In one of the lower policy points during the 2012 Republican primary campaign, Rick Santorum told a tea party group, "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob."It was a complex electoral maneuver: Take a fragile middle-class expectation -- and a powerful immigrant and working-class hope -- and make it into an object of populist derision.

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