February 20, 2014 RSS feed / Living

Breaking the racial divide

Book recalls all-black Navy band

GREENVILLE, N.C. Being a hero is not always about staring down the barrel of a gun. A hero is someone who lives life with dignity and grace when circumstances encourage and expect anger and violence. More...

N.D. oil, freight trains cripple Amtrak service

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THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Maj. Gen. Sherman’s assault on Meridian, Miss.

This week 150 years ago in the Civil War, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and his forces were closing in on the vital rail nexus at Meridian, Miss.  More...

Court challenges could lead to changes at fish hatcheries

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Tours change American views of Cuba

HAVANA  W hen President Barack Obama reinstated “people-to-people” travel to Cuba in 2011, the idea was that visiting Americans would act as cultural ambassadors for a U.S. More...

Goldfield ... where junkers are planted in the desert

GOLDFIELD, Nev.   Some artists work with paint, others with clay. Chad Sorg’s challenge was to make art with cars, buses and trucks.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Skirmishes in Virginia

Union forces kept up harassing tactics against Confederate forces in Virginia this week 150 years ago in the Civil War.  More...

The battle to save his home

Cape Cod resident races against eroding bluff

EASTHAM, Mass.  N oel Beyle is a self-styled eccentric. Whether it’s busking his own slim books of musings on Cape life, or hustling vintage postcards at the flea market, Beyle has never lived a 9-to-5 life.  More...

Bag boy still going strong

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Mexico’s ‘water monster’ disappears?

MEXICO CITY   Mexico’s salamander-like axolotl may have disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City’s few remaining lakes.  It’s disturbing news for an admittedly ugly creature, which has a slimy tail, p More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

New Union campaign ramps up in Mississippi

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Earthquake woes

Israel seeks to save ancient sites

JERUSALEM  W ith Israel situated in one of the world’s earthquake prone areas, officials are taking action to protect the Holy Land’s most important ancient treasures so they don’t come tumbling down.  More...

Sochi’s Dark Side

A crumbling city hides behind Olympic facades

SOCHI, Russia   A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red “SOS!” banner on its roof.  More...

Nurse runs to save lives

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THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

More fighting in Tennessee

The Union forces pushed back from Dandridge, Tenn., were still in the area 150 years ago this week in the Civil War.  For the time being, they disrupted Confederate attempts to capture Union supply wagons and restock their troops in need of shoe More...

Tweetsandthreats

Gangs finding new home on the Net

CHICAGO  T he video is riddled with menace and swagger: Reputed gang members in Chicago point their guns directly at the camera. A barechested young man brandishes an assault weapon. More...

Japan ... nation of ancient spirits

TAKARAZUKA, Japan   More...

Gifts fit for a queen

LONDON   Crystal vases, brooches, books: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II received dozens of traditional gifts last year, but she also got some unusual items, from a chocolate Windsor Castle to some enameled beetles.  More...

THIS WEEK IN THE CIVIL WAR

Fighting in eastern Tennessee

Union forces intent on better securing eastern Tennessee for the federal government march in mid-January 1864 on Dandridge, Tenn., not far from a vital rail supply line linking eastern Tennessee and Virginia.  The Union advance forced Confederat More...

Danish cinnamon rolls too spicy!

COPENHAGEN, Denmark   Easy on the cinnamon! That advice from Denmark’s food authority has rankled pastry chefs whose cinnamon rolls were found to violate the European Union’s spice rules.  More...