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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

Sep 16, 2014
History books spark new Texas classroom battle

The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation's Founding Fathers...

The 21 California missions

Sep 16, 2014

San Diego de Alcala, San Diego

Long quest for Gettysburg hero’s Medal of Honor finally reached

Sep 16, 2014

Margaret Zerwekh can't remember when she started her crusade, but it was some time in the 1980s.

Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

Sep 15, 2014
Exhibition looks at genius of carousel inventor

Coney Island's historic B&B Carousell is among several vintage attractions still thrilling visitors at the famous amusement park today.


This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a wooden horse from an amusment park carousel built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations...

Area Baseball Beat: Author spent 50 years as “A Fly on the Wall”

Sep 15, 2014

Walt Brown (Lincoln) grew up a fan of the semi-pro Lincoln Potters, listened to Sacramento Solons play-by-play man Tony Koester and called Tony Freitas his favorite player. As a high school senior in 1953, his goal was to become the voice of the Solons.

Museum traces fragments of Star-Spangled Banner

Sep 12, 2014
Museum traces fragments of Star-Spangled Banner

If you happen to find some remnants of woven wool in your attic — in red, white or blue and marked Fort McHenry — the Smithsonian Institution would like to know.


This photo taken Sept. 5, 2014 shows Molly Horrocks, Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian, laying out fragments of the...

PBS’ ‘The Roosevelts’ portrays an epic threesome

Sep 10, 2014
PBS’ ‘The Roosevelts’ portrays an epic threesome

Behold this saga of bygone titans, a trio on an epic scale who share the same name.


In this June 12, 1919 photo provided by PBS, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt pose for a portrait with their children in Washington. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns', "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," premieres on...

‘The Half Has Never Been Told’ looks at the economics of slavery

Sep 10, 2014

"The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism" by Edward E. Baptist; Basic (528 pages, $35)

Ken Burns researches his distant relatives

Sep 9, 2014
Ken Burns researches his distant relatives

Ken Burns details the connections between two distantly related American presidents in his new documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," and in the process found his own personal ties.


FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns speaks during the “The Roosevelts: An Intimate...

For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

Sep 1, 2014
For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball's earliest greats. In this Aug. 25, 2014 photo, Troy Thibodeau, from Saco River Auction Co., examines a coll...

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