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Tribune reporterWASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk reversed course Tuesday and announced his support for gay marriage, entering a contentious national debate and providing potential political cover for Illinois House GOP members who may soon vote on the...
In Robert Heinlein's classic novella, "The Man Who Sold the Moon," an entrepreneur raises money for a lunar expedition by warning a soft-drink company that, without its support, he might have to turn to a competitor that will pay him to display its logo...
When Union Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Butler decided to give three runaway slaves refuge at Fort Monroe as "contraband" of war in May 1861, he barely described the incident in his daybook. But by 1863, the epic consequences of his landmark order could be...
Few of the thousands of fugitive slaves who lived in Hampton’s vast Civil War refugee camps were taken by surprise when — on Jan. 1, 1863 — they received word that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. A hundred...
“Interesting story about the city and the utilities, the water and sewer. I cannot believe they let 402 people go without paying and then finally they levied down on them, and 218 paid up. That is irresponsible for anybody that can’t pay a...
Clare Boothe Luce liked to say that "a great man is one sentence." Presidents, in particular. The most common "one sentence" for George W. Bush (whose legacy is being reassessed as his presidential library opens) is: "He kept us safe." Not quite right....
Naval Petty Officer Alonzo M. Gladden Jr. had been back home for only four hours last October when an unknown person opened fire on him — killing him shortly after he dropped off his grandmother in South Baltimore. Months later, his killing...
Tragedy seemed to stalk Mary Todd Lincoln as surely as it did her husband. Long before that Good Friday in 1865 when the Lincolns decided to attend Ford’s Theatre, it was clear that the mental health of the president’s wife had begun to...
Tags: Human Interest, Slavery
Since I’ve been writing this column — more than two years now — I’ve wanted to write about West Virginia. You see, as much as I love Maryland and the Hagerstown/Washington County area, I’m still a West Virginian at heart. I...
Tags: Marshall University, U.S. Congress
The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. — Louis D. Brandeis Just a few words and little thought separate yet another stronghold of the American economy from ruin....
During Caroline Kennedy's childhood, poetry was a family affair. Her father, President John F. Kennedy, had admired Robert Frost enough to give him a prominent place at his inauguration, and her mother, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, had loved poetry since...
"Rediscover America 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, United States of America-Washington County, Maryland, 1776-1976" was the full name of an event that would involve most of the members of the Washington County Historical Society and the community, as a...
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