1. I'm not sure which I find more surprising - that the first female firefighter came to be just over the river in Virginia or that it was recent. (Hey, I call that recent!) They now have a firefighter girl's camp to encourage young women to consider this career path.
2. While I confess, I hardly use a landline these days, that doesn't mean I don't understand why people want the possibility. Post-hurricane Sandy, some residents have found the landlines are not being rebuilt, instead replaced with Voice link, which is a little box with an antenna, and yeah, is kind of like a cell phone.
3. Author Maggie Stiefvater has a post about how sometimes, yes, red curtains are in the book to make you think something.