Half the truth: verifying quotes

A very nice research job by Politifact’s Steve Contorno and the APS’s Roy Goodman, detailed in this Politifact article: congratulations to all. Some Non-Bogus Quotes An Ounce of Prevention is worth a Pound of Cure: both this 1735 article and a 1750 letter. See Also Familiar (Mis)Quotations by a kindred soul at Johns Hopkins.

A Dog Named Ben

Secretary of State John Kerry will be picking up a yellow Labrador retriever puppy to be named Ben in honor of Ben Franklin, who’s known as the “Father of the American Foreign Service” and for whom the State Department’s diplomatic state dining room is named. – See more at boston.com.