| Jun 25, 2013
| 10:20 AM
As Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia marched north through the Shenandoah Valley toward Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, news of a different, distant campaign reached the Lehigh Valley in the summer of 1863.
The Allentown Democrat of June 10, 1863...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:30 PM
Tom Purdy did not anticipate a long career in education when he agreed to an interview for a Thurston Middle School teaching position while waiting to play volleyball on Main Beach 41 years ago.
Purdy, who was 22 at the time, had just finished college....
| May 31, 2013
| 7:36 AM
What's the fair going rate to pay someone who has been elected to public office?
It's an open question, and one that needs to be asked often and, once settled for one generation, asked anew again for the next generation. These days it's being asked in...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:38 PM
When it comes to American history, the Civil War remains a topic that's charged with emotion.
So it's disappointing that there's not more passion at the heart of "Ses•qui•cen•ten•ni•al – The Civil War Remembered," a one-...
| Apr 14, 2013
No one remembers how high Lt. Amos Thayer had to climb on April 11, 1863, as he scrambled up to a tree-top observation post overlooking the western approaches to Suffolk.
But despite his lofty vantage point — and a panoramic prospect that Union...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 10:36 AM
Warren Harding died here" doesn't quite have the tourist draw of "Washington slept here," but for the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, the distinction of being the only hotel where a president of the United States drew his last breath is enough to put it...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 12:21 AM
5:30 - 9 a.m. Jonathon Brandmeier9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mike McConnell
10:35 a.m. He’s on almost every single ballot…but not allowed to participate in the debates. Mike McConnell talks to the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
12 - 3 p.m. ...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:57 PM
I was led quite by accident last week to peruse a pair of highly absorbing memoirs.
That's the nice thing about being retired. You have time to indulge your reading passions, from selections on the latest bestseller lists to enduring works you've long...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Singling out a Karen Russell story for being strange is a bit like acknowledging a raindrop for being wet. Beginning with her debut 2006 collection, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” Russell has presented an expanding...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 3:33 PM
The argument over the performance of the Union commander on the nation's bloodiest day is far from settled.
Major Gen. George B. McClellan was sacked by President Abraham Lincoln less than two months after the Battle of Antietam. For more than a...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 10:47 AM
Well before Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and brought localized heavy flooding, the weather story of the summer was not about an abundance of water -- it was the lack thereof.
And it still is.
Farmers and residents in 40 states know this all too well,...