Category: History

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Wednesday Writs for 1/30

The weekly roundup of law and legal related links from around the web. This week features birthright citizenship, dangerous scooters, the notorious NFC no-call and the many crimes of caped crusader.

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Challenger: Learning of Tragedy in Real Time

Days of remembrance, such as this anniversary of the Challenger disaster, remind us that along with the memories and thoughts of what we felt comes a responsibility to teach the past and the lessons from it. Not just for recording the events, but in explaining to those who didn’t live through them what it was like.

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Linky Friday: Pearl Harbor

Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you stories and links from across the web and around the world. This week, remembering Pearl Harbor, 77 years later.

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Observance: George HW Bush Lying in State

“Cross-section of America” is a phrase that gets overused. In the lines snaking their way through the Capitol and around a rotunda occupied by the 41st president lying in state, it was made manifest. A living, breathing example of E Pluribus Unum, queued up in neat rows waiting to pass by the honored George HW Bush.

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President George HW Bush Dead at 94

The 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died at 94. His biography, from shot down naval aviator in WW2, to election to the House, failed Senate candidate, UN ambassador, leading the CIA, and VP to President Reagan before his own rise to the White House, is astonishing.

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Linky Friday: A Bit of History

Linky Friday, Ordinary Times’ end-of-week tradition of bringing you links from across the web and around the world. This week, A Bit of History with stories, photos, videos, music, and more for you to read, share, and discuss.

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Despite Promises, Another Black Monday for the Mahoning Valley

41 years after Youngstown’s “Black Monday” meant 5,000 lost jobs immediately and tens of thousands more to follow, the Mahoning Valley endures another day of 4-digit job loss with closure of General Motor’s Lordstown complex.

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Ordinary World: Education

Your Ordinary World links for 29 Nov 2018 with Scott J Davies bringing us links about education to read, share, and discuss.

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Ordinary World for 1 Nov 2018

Your Ordinary World for Thursday, 1 Nov 2018, with a focus on history and featuring links to great writing, unique takes, and interesting POVs, plus Throwback Thursday from the Ordinary Times archive.

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Rename Columbus Day for All Explorers

To expand Columbus Day to encompass other adventurers of all American epochs would be most fitting, and allow today’s far more diverse American citizenry to embrace a common thread in our shared history. So why not rename it Explorers Day, simultaneously celebrating entrepreneurship and discovery, and encompassing all intrepid adventurers, of land, sea, air, and space.

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The Electrifying Aretha Franklin

I can’t say for certain when the first time I ever heard an Aretha Franklin album was. Her music was simply always there, in the the same way that Ella’s music was always there. I was weaned on her music, and to it.

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Jazz, the Devil, and the Axeman of New Orleans

A jazz loving serial killer walked the beautiful but vaguely ominous streets of 1918 New Orleans, chiseling his way into back doors of the homes of local merchants…