| Jan 22, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The first three Navy construction contracts won by Newport News Shipbuilding in late January 1894 marked not only a milestone moment for the barely 8-year-old yard but also the birth of three ships that became famous warriors.
Awarded on Jan. 22, 1894,...
| Jan 24, 2014
On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died in her cage at the Cincinnati Zoo. Her passing marked the end of a species that once was so ubiquitous that enormous flocks, one estimated at more than 3 billion birds, were said to have...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 4:53 PM
Teddy Roosevelt died in 1919. Doris Kearns Goodwin was not born until 1943, but to hear her tell it, she spent the better part of seven years living with the legendary U.S. president.
That's how visceral the experience was for Goodwin as she wrote her...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Every Friday in Ticket, the Daily Press offers suggestions on things to do over the weekend and upcoming events to plan for. There are often lots more that won't fit into the print sections. So look here for Ticket Extras! online each Friday. This is a...
| Apr 10, 2014
Julie A. Brady, a prominent figure in Illinois Republican politics, worked as a volunteer at the state level for several candidates and was an early supporter of the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain.
The wife of former Illinois...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:19 PM
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to scale back the president's authority to establish national monuments, seeking changes to a century-old law that critics say has put wide swaths of the West off-limits to activities such...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 10:16 AM
The Yale-Harvard Regatta is two years shy of its 150th anniversary and, as such, is the oldest collegiate sports event in the United States. Yale-Harvard football is old, too, but the regatta predates that by 23 years.
The first race came about...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 1:30 PM
As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Besides being our 26th president, he was an outdoorsman, an explorer, a historian and a war hero.
T.R.'s adventures on the campaign trail, the...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 3:12 PM
One of my favorite blooper items involved a Florida writer who won a Toastmasters competition in St. Augustine, Fla., with her speech about the wonders of the five presidential likenesses carved on Mount Rushmore.
"What talented sculptor produced...
| Mar 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Zac Efron has put his chic home in Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $2.849 million.
Originally designed for the Case Study Program by Rodney Walker, the home was eventually built in 1947 and has been updated with an industrial vibe.
| Mar 23, 2014
| 9:00 PM
When the crowds began pushing through the gates of Newport News Shipbuilding early on the morning on March 24, 1898, they had plenty of reason to feel proud and excited.
After a dozen years and tens of millions of dollars in investment, the fledgling...