December 26, 1998 |
A century-old riddle in the ballad of John Henry, the legendary black railroad man who was so strong he could work faster than a machine, may have been solved by a College of William and Mary history professor who stumbled upon a clue on the Internet. A reference in the song to the "White House" had puzzled historians and folklorists for years because they thought it meant the presidential White House.
February 15, 1989
The Virginia Department of Corrections awarded Fluor Daniel Inc. a construction management contract worth $37 million. The subsidiary of Fluor Corp. will direct the erection of a 516-cell prison in Buchanan, Va. Construction began in December and is scheduled for completion early next year.
November 26, 1995 |
The most dangerous weapon they're packing these days at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville is a 35 mm. Camera, that is. Hallways once walked by the state's most hardened criminals are being reopened to tourists, and Moundsville city officials hope the short-timers will give a lift to an economy that was hurt when the prison's less-desirable visitors moved out. "We feel it's our future," said Phil Remke, chairman of the Moundsville Economic Development Council.
October 22, 1995 |
Giving a prison inmate a knife is usually not a good idea, but William E. (Dad) Smith does it all the time. He hands them eggbeaters, frying pans, measuring cups, eggs, butter and flour, too. Smith, the White House chef to former Presidents Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower, has transformed a cafeteria-style food preparation course at the District of Columbia's prison in suburban Virginia into a classroom for haute cuisine.
September 20, 1998
Kudos to The Times for its commitment to reading instruction and literacy ("A Long Road Back From Reading Crisis" and editorial, Sept. 13). It has been lonely teaching reading in high school these past 20 years. I missed your voice when I saw the elementary districts eliminate reading specialists to save money. And it was a rough battle when the state tried to make reading instruction literature-based. I am expected to teach twice as many students per hour as when I started. My first years, I had 15 students in a reading class and could tutor each one individually.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2007 |
Aiming to end a court-imposed moratorium on capital punishment in California, the Schwarzenegger administration Tuesday proposed new procedures to execute inmates by lethal injection, saying the changes "will result in the dignified end of life" for condemned inmates. The state, in papers submitted in response to a court challenge to lethal injection, said officials would stick to the three-drug protocol that has been blamed for excruciatingly painful deaths of inmates nationwide.