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Congressional Gold Medal Honorees

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  • How integration came to the armed forces

    On the night of July 17, 1944, an explosion with nearly the force of an atomic bomb ripped through the Port Chicago Naval Magazine north of San Francisco, killing 320 people. Most of them were African-American sailors loading weapons on ships. Though the...
  • Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights

    Elie Wiesel a beacon for human rights
    For more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world, writing and advocating on human rights issues in the wake of his tragic experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust. His book "Night," recalling the terrors of the Auschwitz...
  • World War II commando from Emmaus recalls combat

    World War II commando from Emmaus recalls combat
    Bert Winzer, the son of florists, graduated from Emmaus High School in 1940 and made twine at an Allentown jute mill until the Army drafted him during World War II. He volunteered for an elite commando unit of Americans and Canadians called the 1st...
  • 'We did our part'

    'We did our part'
    Masao Masuda keeps a notebook in his dining room drawer containing a photo of the last time he saw his brother Kazuo. The picture, which Masao took in 1941, shows Kazuo and their brother Takashi, along with several sisters and a niece, at the Santa Fe...
  • Seventy years later, pioneering black Marines honored

    Seventy years later, pioneering black Marines honored
    When the train full of Marine recruits from Baltimore reached Washington, the blacks were made to move to the back. At boot camp in North Carolina, they were forbidden to step onto Camp Lejeune without a white escort. But the worst of it, Howard...
  • Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday

    Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Monday
    WEATHER Today's forecast calls for increasing clouds and a high temperature near 90 degrees. Tonight is expected to be cloudy, with a 60 percent chance of rain and a low temperature around 73 degrees. TRAFFIC Check our traffic updates for this morning'...
  • First African-American Marines honored

    First African-American Marines honored
    The first African-American Marines received some long-overdue recognition on Capitol Hill.  They were called the Montford Point Marines. 19,000 black recruits in the 1940's had to train at a segregated post; and they were denied combat duty in World War...
  • U.S. Mint in Philadelphia gets serious about welcoming visitors

    U.S. Mint in Philadelphia gets serious about welcoming visitors
    PHILADELPHIA - When Tom Jurkowsky joined the U.S. Mint at Philadelphia three years ago, he took the public tour, the same one launched in 1969 when the Mint opened at its current location. Jurkowsky, director of public affairs for the Mint, was...
  • Norman Borlaug dies at 95; revolutionized grain agriculture and won Nobel Peace Prize

    Norman Borlaug dies at 95;  revolutionized grain agriculture and won Nobel Peace Prize
    Norman Borlaug, the father of the "Green Revolution" who is widely credited with saving millions of lives by breeding wheat, rice and other crops that brought agricultural self-sufficiency to developing countries around the world, died Saturday in Texas....
  • Dorothy Height dies at 98; civil rights leader fought for women's, children's issues

    Dorothy Height dies at 98; civil rights leader fought for women's, children's issues
    Dorothy Height, who was called the queen mother of the civil rights movement through seven decades of advocacy for racial equality — including 41 years as president of the National Council of Negro Women — has died. She was 98. Height, who...
  • Roger 'Bill' Terry dies at 87; member of WWII Tuskegee Airmen

    Roger 'Bill' Terry dies at 87; member of WWII Tuskegee Airmen
    Roger "Bill" Terry, the only member of the all-black group of World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen convicted in what became known as the Freeman Field Mutiny, died of heart failure Thursday at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center....