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  • Patrick Henry's Virginia home broadens view of historical figure

    Patrick Henry's Virginia home broadens view of historical figure
    BROOKNEAL, Va. — Most Americans know Patrick Henry for one speech: "Give me liberty or give me death," delivered March 23, 1775, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., during the Second Virginia Convention.
  • Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'

    Celebrating the genius of 'Huckleberry Finn'
    Mark Twain was not quite 50 when he published "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in February 1885, and in so doing, changed American literature. Until then, many of our writers had flirted with vernacular expression, most notably Thomas Paine, whose...

    June 2011 Program Guide

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 PARANORMAL SKEPTICISM Was pulmonary illness to blame for the idea of vampires? Are people mistaken when they spot "man-beasts" in the wilderness? Can the same be said for highly-trianed pilots who cross flight paths with UFOs? Joe...

    Community Commentary: Pearl Harbor's lessons still apply today

    I was born two years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. My dad joined the Marines, and was in the war when I was born. My life has been, to some degree, defined by this horrible time of war. However, like tragedies in all parts of our lives, there...

    'Common Sense' fanned Revolution's flame

    'Common Sense' fanned Revolution's flame
    Every so often a book comes along that changes the world in some way. Maybe it heralds the start of a new social movement, or enlightens the world about events long hidden. Only in hindsight can we see what a difference such a book made. Here is one...