| Oct 10, 2010
Penguin Press: 906 pp., $40
On Dec. 14, 1799, an ominous, fog-like gloom hung over Mount Vernon. Sixty-seven-year-old George Washington was dying. The ex-president, his doctors believed, was suffering from "quinsy" (a...
| Apr 17, 2010
| 4:23 PM
New York City's oldest library produced a document that shows a former president has racked up 200 years worth of late fees on two books he borrowed, but never returned.
Presumably, George Washington checked out the "Law of Nations," which deals with...
| Oct 22, 2010
| 6:48 PM
Snug Harbor-a national, historic landmark on Staten Island, where sailors who fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars retired, is getting ready for some paranormal adventures this weekend. The cultural center is joining forces with SCARED, a group of...
| Nov 4, 2010
| 2:22 PM
A fatal accident prompted massive delays on the Cross Bronx Expressway Thursday afternoon.
According to police, the driver of a tractor trailer broke down in the eastbound lanes of the Cross Bronx near Amsterdam Ave, a short distance from the Alexander...
| Apr 27, 2011
| 1:30 AM
State Sen. Jim Hundstad, D-Bath, has signed what's called a friend-of-the-court brief defending the constitutionality of the federal health care bill.
Friend-of-the-court briefs are often filed by people with strong interest in a topic who are not...
| Aug 10, 2010
| 8:38 PM
Visit Colonial Williamsburg and ask Thomas Jefferson what he thinks about the Troubled Asset Relief Program and he'll likely ask you to explain what on earth you're talking about.
But ask if he believes it is the duty of government to bail out banks with...
| Jan 4, 2011
"Here's a little story that must be told," Dan Charnas writes by way of an ironic introduction to his brick-sized epic, quoting a classic rap lyric. "The Big Payback" is ostensibly the history of the business of hip-hop, but in its ambitious scope (it...
| Jan 10, 2011
The Rev. Paul Egertson, who was asked to resign as a Lutheran bishop in 2001 after violating church policy by participating in the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian minister, has died. He was 75.
Egertson, a senior lecturer at California Lutheran...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 4:30 PM
In the end, Glenn Beck's last hour on Fox News Thursday after 2 and 1/2 years of considerable controversy, was relatively quiet, banal and kind of pathetic.
Beck told viewers several times how "amazing" the last 2 and 1/2 years have been. It was an...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 7:01 AM
Whether you're driving out of state or just taking a trip to the mall this holiday weekend, the gas you put in your car will cost you less than it did days and weeks ago. Still, that's not getting more people on the road this holiday weekend.
| Jul 3, 2011
The people who founded this nation aren't moldy mannequins in history's closet — they're inspirational figures for modern America as we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich recently said he had a "man crush" on Alexander...