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From Civil War raids to 'All-Electric House,' new Johnson County Musuem tells history of community

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From Civil War raids to 'All-Electric House,' new Johnson County Musuem tells history of community

- On Saturday, Johnson County’s new Arts and Heritage Center will open to the public after more than a year of renovation work, and with it the new Johnson County Museum. With its new home inside the former King Louie bowling center at 8788 Metcalf, the museum has greatly expanded its exhibits, telling the history of Johnson County from its formative days as a series of sparsely populated agricultural communities to the present-day economic engine of Kansas

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University of Tennessee lecturer fired after student alleges racism, retaliation

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University of Tennessee lecturer fired after student alleges racism, retaliation

- A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media. Wochit. A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media

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Learn about wildfire history in Ketchum

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Learn about wildfire history in Ketchum

- KETCHUM — Wildfires have historically brought a cycle of destruction and rejuvenation to south-central Idaho, and a new exhibit at the Sun Valley Museum of History provides a historical overview of wildland firefighting in the West. Visitors can explore “Firelines: The Story of Wildland Fires in the American West” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the museum on First and Washington streets in Ketchum

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George Pyle: Civility has never been the easy way out

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George Pyle: Civility has never been the easy way out

- "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Only a few months after the goal of his life's work, the independence of India, had become a reality, Mohandas Gandhi was gunned down in his garden on his way to prayer. It was not the only act of violence to be part of that historic era. Independence from British rule, and the exceedingly clumsy partition of the Raj into Muslim-ruled Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India, was marked by widespread rioting and massacres of the adherents of one religion by followers of the other

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Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later

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Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later

- NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- In 2003, Kirk R. Jones became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without protection. Two weeks ago, Jones' body was found downriver from the falls after he apparently tried again, according to police. Jones, then 40, became the first person in recorded history on Oct. 20, 2003, to survive a plunge into the falls without being inside a barrel or other device

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What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?

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What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?

- June 15, 2017, 6:00 a.m. A new take on political science: Training researchers to run for office They have built careers isolating cells, designing integrated circuits and mastering computer languages. Now they are knocking on doors, being interviewed on TV and asking perfect strangers to give them money. Across the country, scientists — card-carrying members of an elite that prizes expertise — are exiting their ivory towers to enter the political fray

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Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout

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Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout

- Authorities have been searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a family burial site that sits in the middle of a West Des Moines roundabout. Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout Authorities have been searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a family burial site that sits in the middle of a West Des Moines roundabout

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Man who shot at GOP baseball practice had a history of domestic violence

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Man who shot at GOP baseball practice had a history of domestic violence

- James Hodgkinson, the left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter who shot at Congressional Republicans during their early-morning baseball practice on Wednesday, had a troubled history of domestic violence. that Hodgkinson in 2006 was arrested on a battery charge after police say he punched a woman in the face with a closed fist, while later threatening the woman’s boyfriend with a shotgun. Police said Hodgkinson had also been “observed throwing” his own daughter “around the bedroom” in his house

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‘It’s a disaster zone,’ says presidential historian

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‘It’s a disaster zone,’ says presidential historian

- WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton was engulfed by scandalous allegations during the second half of his second term, and he rode it out. Richard Nixon was starting his second term, coming off one of the largest landslides in American history, when Watergate consumed his administration and lead to his resignation. Donald Trump is only four months into his presidency. He’s politically wounded, isolated from his own party, lacking many serious accomplishments, and faces a minefield of Russia-related investigations ahead

Educational fun for all ages: Dinosaurs, ancient cultures and Southwest history

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Educational fun for all ages: Dinosaurs, ancient cultures and Southwest history

- Raise your hand if you remember everything you learned in your Arizona history classes. If you can’t, don’t worry, that’s what the Arizona Museum of Natural History is for. With its three levels, approximately 58,000 objects, rotating exhibitions and about a dozen permanent exhibitions, the museum provides a comprehensive look through the history of the state, Southwest cultures and much, much more

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Sadly, LeBron James is right: Being black in America is tough

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Sadly, LeBron James is right: Being black in America is tough

- But James wasn’t the only person decrying racism in America on last week. A noose was found in one of the galleries at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, that jewel on the Mall that takes the blinders off our national history and puts it into proper context. Echoing James, founding director Lonnie Bunch said in a statement, “Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face

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North Augusta man charged in death of infant has history of domestic violence

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North Augusta man charged in death of infant has history of domestic violence

- Thursday, June 1, 2017. NORTH AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A North Augusta man charged in the death of a 1-month-old has a history of domestic violence and other charges. Trevonta Langford, 26, was arrested at his home on Plank Road in North Augusta on Wednesday and transported to the Aiken County Detention Center. Investigators say a 1-month-old child in his care died from physical abuse

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Noose found in exhibit at African American history museum in Washington

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Noose found in exhibit at African American history museum in Washington

- A noose was found on Wednesday in an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., a spokeswoman for the Smithsonian Institution said.The spokeswoman said that the museum called U.S. Park police to remove the noose and investigate.A Park Police spokeswoman confirmed that the agency was investigating but declined to provide any further details

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Noose found at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Noose found at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

- WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A noose was found Wednesday afternoon at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. according to the Smithsonian. The noose was seen at an exhibition on segregation between 1786 and 1968 before being removed by Park Police. An investigation took place closing the exhibit for three hours. It is the second time this week that a noose was found in the area

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Noose left in exhibit at African American history museum

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Noose left in exhibit at African American history museum

- Tourists at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington were shocked Wednesday to find a noose in an exhibition on segregation — the second time in less than a week that a noose was left at one of the Smithsonian museums. The U.S. Park Police were called to the museum and the noose was removed, according to museum officials

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Noose found inside Smithsonian's African American museum in DC

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Noose found inside Smithsonian's African American museum in DC

- A noose was found in an exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Smithsonian officials said. A tourist found the noose inside the Era of Segregation 1786-1968 exhibit, a Smithsonian spokeswoman told BuzzFeed News. "The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans," Lonnie Bunch, the museum's director, said in a staff e-mail

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5 variations on ancient solar eclipse myths
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From Civil War raids to 'All-Electric House,' new Johnson County Musuem tells history of community
From Civil War raids to 'All-Electric House,' new Johnson County Musuem tells history of community On Saturday, Johnson County’s new Arts and Heritage Center will open to the public after more than a year of renovation work, and with it the new Johnson County Museum. With its new home inside the former King Louie bowling center at 8788 Metcalf, the museum has greatly expanded its exhibits, telling the history of Johnson County from its formative days as a series of sparsely populated agricultural communities to the present-day economic engine of Kansas   Read More ...
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Historic Grand Canyon cemetery closing to new burials
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Home of firebombed NAACP officer added to historic register
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I Can’t Return to Syria. But Canada Doesn’t Want Me.
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An identity crisis for American architecture?
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A visual history of Cleveland's drug stores (vintage photos)
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In Spokane, psychologists open a window on brutal CIA interrogations — including waterboarding
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Genealogy website Ancestry.com files for confidential IPO
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University of Tennessee lecturer fired after student alleges racism, retaliation
University of Tennessee lecturer fired after student alleges racism, retaliation A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media. Wochit. A University of Tennessee Knoxville lecturer has been fired after a student challenged her teachings on slave history then complained the debate led to retaliation and inappropriate conduct by the teacher on social media   Read More ...
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Explorers to search for prehistoric life under Great Lakes
Explorers to search for prehistoric life under Great Lakes TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to look for prehistoric civilization under Lake Huron. The decades-old yellow submersible, PC1201, will take explorers to the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, where researchers believe there is a 9,000-year-old caribou hunting structure, the Saginaw News reported. "The site and its associated artifacts provide unprecedented insight into the social and seasonal organization of prehistoric caribou hunting," a 2014 research report stated   Read More ...
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Midsommar Festival continues Saturday with car show, dance around maypole
Midsommar Festival continues Saturday with car show, dance around maypole Vikings to Volvos... to Abba... We're talking about everything Swedish this weekend in Rockford. It's the annual Midsommar Fest. It's to celebrate the longest day of summer. The Swedish American Historical Society puts it on near the Erlander Home Museum and Cultural Center in historic Haight Village. "Rockford has a big Swedish heritage here and we like to celebrate it especially at Midsommar this time of the year, one of the longest days of the year," said Ald   Read More ...
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Today in History
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Learn about wildfire history in Ketchum
Learn about wildfire history in Ketchum KETCHUM — Wildfires have historically brought a cycle of destruction and rejuvenation to south-central Idaho, and a new exhibit at the Sun Valley Museum of History provides a historical overview of wildland firefighting in the West. Visitors can explore “Firelines: The Story of Wildland Fires in the American West” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the museum on First and Washington streets in Ketchum   Read More ...
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Explorers to search for prehistoric life under Lake Huron
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Explorers to search for prehistoric life under Great Lakes
TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to look for prehistoric civilization under Lake Huron. The decades-old yellow submersible, PC1201, will take explorers to the Alpena-Amberley Ridge, where researchers believe there is a 9,000-year-old caribou hunting structure, the Saginaw News (http://bit.ly/2rTIjHv) reported. "The site and its associated artifacts provide unprecedented insight into the social and seasonal organization of prehistoric caribou hunting," a 2014 research report stated   Read More ...
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Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia
SYDNEY The University of Cambridge has refused a request by an Australian man to return important Aboriginal artifacts taken by British explorer Captain James Cook nearly 250 years ago. Rodney Kelly is seeking the return of four spears from the university’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on behalf of the Gweagal people, who traditionally inhabited southern parts of Sydney, Australia's largest city   Read More ...
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George Pyle: Civility has never been the easy way out
George Pyle: Civility has never been the easy way out "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." Only a few months after the goal of his life's work, the independence of India, had become a reality, Mohandas Gandhi was gunned down in his garden on his way to prayer. It was not the only act of violence to be part of that historic era. Independence from British rule, and the exceedingly clumsy partition of the Raj into Muslim-ruled Pakistan and predominantly Hindu India, was marked by widespread rioting and massacres of the adherents of one religion by followers of the other   Read More ...
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Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later
Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- In 2003, Kirk R. Jones became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without protection. Two weeks ago, Jones' body was found downriver from the falls after he apparently tried again, according to police. Jones, then 40, became the first person in recorded history on Oct. 20, 2003, to survive a plunge into the falls without being inside a barrel or other device   Read More ...
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Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later
Kirk Jones, who survived historic Niagara Falls plunge, dies in return 14 years later NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- In 2003, Kirk R. Jones became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without protection. Two weeks ago, Jones' body was found downriver from the falls after he apparently tried again, according to police. Jones, then 40, became the first person in recorded history on Oct. 20, 2003, to survive a plunge into the falls without being inside a barrel or other device   Read More ...
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What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics?
What happens when scientists leave their labs to experiment with politics? June 15, 2017, 6:00 a.m. A new take on political science: Training researchers to run for office They have built careers isolating cells, designing integrated circuits and mastering computer languages. Now they are knocking on doors, being interviewed on TV and asking perfect strangers to give them money. Across the country, scientists — card-carrying members of an elite that prizes expertise — are exiting their ivory towers to enter the political fray   Read More ...
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Deputy's husband accused of murder has criminal history, anger problems, court records show
Deputy's husband accused of murder has criminal history, anger problems, court records show Updated 7:20 pm, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 The husband of a deputy sheriff charged with murder in the choking death of a man at a Denny's restaurant had a history of anger management problems and a prior arrest for burglary, according to court records. Terry Thompson, 41 - who is charged along with his wife, Deputy Chauna Thompson, 45 - had "previously been under the care of a psychiatrist and demonstrated problems controlling his anger and temper," according to court papers filed in a contentious custody battle between the couple in 2000, before they were married   Read More ...
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Chomsky: Republicans ‘The Most Dangerous Organization In History,’ And ‘Racism’ Was Behind Trump Win
Chomsky: Republicans ‘The Most Dangerous Organization In History,’ And ‘Racism’ Was Behind Trump Win During a recent interview with the BBC, Noam Chomsky, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that the United States Republican Party is “the most dangerous organization in human history.” Once voted the world’s top intellectual in a worldwide poll, Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in history. While he is astutely aware of the scope of his claim, he asserts that in his view it is true   Read More ...
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Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout
Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout Authorities have been searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a family burial site that sits in the middle of a West Des Moines roundabout. Car crashes into historic cemetery that sits in city roundabout Authorities have been searching for the driver of a car that crashed into a family burial site that sits in the middle of a West Des Moines roundabout   Read More ...
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Robert S. Leiken, Political Scientist Who Defied Labels, Dies at 78
Robert S. Leiken, Political Scientist Who Defied Labels, Dies at 78 Photo Robert S. Leiken, a maverick political scientist who stunned fellow liberals in the 1980s when he denounced the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua, died on June 7 in Boston. He was 78. The cause was complications of neuro-Behcet’s disease, an inflammatory condition, his son Samuel said. The title of Mr. Leiken’s unfinished memoir reflected the frustration of his fickle ideological soul mates, first liberals and later conservatives, who had assumed that once he embraced their orthodoxy he would never challenge it   Read More ...
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