December 19, 1985 |
--Shirley Eskola, who surrendered for adoption her baby girl born on Christmas Day 25 years ago, says this Christmas will be her happiest--because she and her daughter have just been reunited in Duluth, Minn. Eskola was 19, "unmarried, scared and alone" when she gave birth to her daughter that bleak Christmas of 1960. "I've thought about her every day since," she said. "Christmas Day has always been a sad day for me." But last week she got a phone call from Tammy Wright--her daughter.
September 12, 2010 |
Silvery Spanish moss embraces giant live oaks that line the road, touching overhead to create a cathedral ceiling. Their lacy patterns change constantly, on rare moments becoming thick enough to blot out the sun and surround the cars and passengers below in an inky netherworld. Then white light bursts through and reignites the beauty, leaving the road less scary but no less mysterious. I've driven this 17-mile stretch of narrow highway over decades — at the wheel, or in the back seat with my parents in front, or piled into a car with teenage friends — on the way to Edisto Island.
December 18, 1994 |
Among the Revolutionary War exhibits in this coastal city's history museum there stands a figure in 18th-Century dress, a figure much like the rest except for one major difference: It is black. The figure, part of displays depicting the 1779 Battle of Savannah, commemorates the "Chasseurs Volontaires"--infantry volunteers from Haiti who carried out what a placard calls "the most brilliant feat of the day, and one of the bravest ever performed by foreign troops in the American cause."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1993 |
After adding more California military installations to its review list, the federal base-closing commission will travel to San Diego early next month to hold a new round of regional hearings, according to a commission source. The one-day hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 5 and will focus on newly added bases in the Southwest, according to the staff member, who spoke on the condition that his name not be used. Other regional hearings will also be scheduled.
May 26, 1993 |
After adding more California military installations to its review list, the federal base-closing commission will travel to San Diego early next month to hold a new round of regional hearings, according to a commission source. The one-day hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 5 and will focus on newly added bases in the southwest part of the country, according to the staff member, who spoke on the condition that his name not be used. Other regional hearings will also be scheduled.
June 25, 1992 |
There certainly wasn't a shortage of photos coming out of Los Angeles during and after the riots. But it's safe to assume that those taken by Ventura College lecturer William Hendricks were like no others. Hendricks has built a reputation on photographing nude women, in various settings, as symbols of birth, rebirth and life. And when the rioting began, he saw the opportunity for more symbolism.
June 26, 1990 |
Bruce Springsteen has apparently given permission to the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew to use the melody from his hit song "Born in the U.S.A." for its new single "Banned in the U.S.A."--an action that was immediately attacked by Florida anti-obscenity crusader Jack Thompson. Alan Jacobi, 2 Live Crew's attorney, said Monday that Springsteen has reviewed the content of 2 Live Crew's recording and "enthusiastically" approved the use of his music.
April 26, 2004 |
Supporters and opponents of social promotion are fighting last century's war. Grouping students by age and advancing them in lock step is an artifact of the agrarian calendar and factory model of schooling that emerged in the late 19th century. That it is still with us is a commentary on just how conservative schooling is. If the school clock and calendar once made sense, they no longer do. It is time to rethink the organization we call school, and with it the very idea of social promotion.
June 5, 1985 |
Southern states baked in sweltering temperatures for a fourth consecutive day Tuesday in a heat wave that caused one death in Florida, record electricity consumption across four states and a strong sellers' market for fans. Temperatures near or above 100 degrees have been common since Saturday in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Mississippi. The Southern Co.
May 30, 1989 |
Americans on Monday remembered those who died for their country, from wars long past to last month's explosion aboard the battleship Iowa, while others celebrated Memorial Day as the traditional start of summer. The weather cooperated with outdoor festivities over much of the nation, but it was unseasonably cold in Montana, where Great Falls received 6 inches of snow, the National Weather Service said. In a brief ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, a 20-member military honor guard laid a wreath at the grave of John F. Kennedy to mark what would have been the former President's 72nd birthday.