| 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...
| 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-...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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 30, 2013
VICKSBURG, Miss. — The Siege of Vicksburg was all about the Mississippi River. Whoever controlled Vicksburg controlled the river, and whoever controlled the river was going to win the Civil War.
"Vicksburg is the key," said President Lincoln....
| 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...
| Nov 1, 2011
Ronald Reagan: A nine-foot statue of former President Reagan was unveiled at Washington airport....
| Dec 28, 2011
Meryl Streep's efforts to get a National Women's History Museum built in Washington, D.C....
| Feb 22, 2012
President Obama sang the blues on Tuesday with B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy for a White House blues concert. The President is one of many chief executives who have shown their musical talents in office....
| Mar 6, 2012
So we hear that those were tears of joy from Vladimir Putin as he claimed victory in Russia's presidential election. They couldn't have been tears of surprise. The results had supposedly been in the bag for weeks, and a third......