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December 14, 1997
Kenneth Khachigian's Dec. 7 column, "School Choice Is Civil Rights Fight of Today," conveniently fails to mention that vouchers and so-called choice have racist roots as a strategy to get around the civil right of integrated schools. The call for vouchers first arose in 1954 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public schools must be desegregated. White flight to private schools resulted from the ruling, but whites soon returned to public schools. Many whites found they couldn't afford private schools.
November 24, 1996 | Bruce McCall, Bruce McCall is a regular contributor to the New Yorker
'Thanksgiving Day," billed as a "can't-miss combination of historical costume drama, screwball comedy, animal adventure, film noir and doomsday thriller," hits screens nationwide this holiday weekend. And all movieland is holding its collective breath. Will this colossally costly production--$259 million-- yet again up the industry ante for blockbuster hits, or will it founder on the hubris of makers who have too brazenly defied movie-making convention?
April 20, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Saturday praised the law enforcement officers who worked to search for suspects and secure the Boston area in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. In his weekly video and radio address, Obama praised officers who “worked together throughout the week, often at great risk to themselves, to keep our communities safe.” “As a country, we are eternally grateful for the profound sacrifices they make in the line of duty -- sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice to defend the people they've sworn to protect,” Obama said.
November 2, 2008 | Erika Schickel, Schickel is the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me: Adventures of a Modern Mom."
Sarah Vowell has a face like a clean plate: round and serviceable, perfect for dishing up history. On a weekday morning in Santa Monica, she is wearing a dark, square-necked blouse, hair in a slightly stylish version of a bowl cut; she wouldn't look entirely wrong in a starched collar. Vowell -- author, "This American Life" contributor, voice of Violet Parr in "The Incredibles" -- has come to town to give a pair of readings from her new book, "The Wordy Shipmates" (Riverhead: 272 pp., $25.95)
January 21, 1989 | CYNTHIA HARRISON, Cynthia Harrison is a historian in Washington and the author of "On Account of Sex: The Politics of Women's Issues, 1945-1968" (University of California Press, 1988)
History provides both inspiration and instruction. Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan frequently invoked historical refrains to illustrate his vision of the American experience. In his final televised address, he warned that we are not doing an adequate job of teaching America's children "what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. . . . that America is freedom--freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise."
November 13, 1987 | Associated Press
Two commuter trains crashed at an underground station during morning rush hour Thursday, injuring at least 110 people and forcing hundreds of others to grope through a dark, smoky tunnel to safety, authorities said. Officials of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which owns the Amtrak-operated commuter lines, said a seven-car train struck the rear of another seven-car train that was letting off passengers at a station in the Back Bay section shortly after 8 a.m.
December 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
An Amtrak train from Washington derailed and slammed into a packed commuter train in Boston's Back Bay station during this morning's rush hour, injuring 186 passengers, 10 of them critically, officials said. The impact "threw the trains in the air," and spilled 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that caught fire in the downtown underground station, said acting city Fire Commissioner John Harrison.
August 1, 1985 | From Associated Press
A powerful storm unleashed a deluge on parts of the Northeast today, flooding streets in parts of Massachusetts with up to six feet of water, while twisters downed trees and tore roofs off homes in Philadelphia and south-central Pennsylvania. At least two people were reported killed in weather-related traffic accidents. A dam in southwestern Pennsylvania that appeared to be moving threatened homes and forced 13 families to evacuate. They returned later in the morning.
May 8, 1986 | Associated Press
A train packed with commuters slammed into a freight train in the fog Wednesday morning, injuring 200 people as passengers were hurled through the cars seconds after the conductor yelled: "Brace yourselves." Although most suffered only cuts and bruises in the crash of the four-car commuter train from Framingham, about 50 people were taken away on stretchers and five were seriously hurt. "I was reading my paper and then--bang. There was no warning. People really went flying.
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