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  • Harpers Ferry, W. Va.

    Harpers Ferry, W. Va.
    Go here: This is where the Shenandoah meets the Potomac, where the Appalachian Trail joins the C&O Canal path, where past and present converge as well. A lot of things come together in the misty, mystic hamlet of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. - often, in its history, tragically so. Here, abolitionists led by John Brown clashed with backers of slavery in an ill-fated attempt to take over an arsenal and launch a slave revolt. It's been more than 150 years since John Brown led a group of men who seized the arsenal at Harper's Ferry in an attempt to incite a slave rebellion, but the town still looks much as it did then. Quaint shops and museums dot the narrow streets. Much of the town is owned by the National Park Service, whose rangers offer guided tours of the area.
  • Tales from the past: How Louisville lured Howard Schnellenberger

    I have been talking to a lot of people about Howard Schnellenberger and the stadium and a lot of stuff is not making it into stories, but is pretty interesting. I was intrigued by what I heard when I...

    Protest songs with Emily Lacy at Machine Project

    With local folk artist Emily Lacy and musician Daniel Brummel, Machine Project will be hosting an evening of protest songs from all eras, some of them rejiggered to fit the times, a flexibility embedded in the fabric of folk music.

    Ayers error? Did denial of emeritus status violate the First Amendment?

    The often provocative John K. Wilson writes: (University of Illinois board of trustees chairman Christopher) Kennedy is certainly correct to condemn (retired UIC professor Bill) Ayers for bizarrely including Sirhan Sirhan among a list of “political...

    Tonight's music pick: Faith no More at the Palladium

    These innovative San Francisco rockers, who rose to stardom after insane vocalist Mike Patton joined the group in 1988, continue their triumphant return from a decade long hiatus with the last U.S. appearance of their The Second Coming Tour. Mixing the...