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Fears of a 'long, hot summer' as Chicago racks up a deadly record

<b>Chicago (CNN) —</b> Eighty-year-old Betty Johnson has lived in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood since 1968. She raised two children and several grandchildren on the city's far south side, where she has lived her entire life.<p>After her granddaughter Sabrina was killed in a car accident in 2008, Johnson …

The history of the first and last man killed in every major US conflict

From Isaac Davis during the American Revolution to Martin J. Wyatt and Ramon S. Morris in Operation Enduring Freedom, 1.1 million U.S. soldiers have died in combat since 1775.<p>John Kerry famously asked in a 1971 congressional testimony on Vietnam, "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for …

World History

How 200 People Covered the Pearl Harbor Attacks for TIME

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Pearl Harbor

General Patton dies: archive, 22 December 1945

<b>22 December 1945:</b> It is as a swashbuckler that schoolboys will love Patton and as a soldier that history will judge him<p>A habit of wearing two revolvers helps to make a general “news,” but it does not necessarily make him a great commander. The American General George S. Patton was always “news.” …

The very first war photography was staged

The Crimean War<p>The first major conflict to ever be photographed<p>In the 1850s, the Crimean War emerged from a dispute over the rights of Christian …

World History

The Lorraine Motel and Martin Luther King

The Lorraine Motel, located at 450 Mulberry Street, in downtown Memphis, opened its doors in the mid-twenties. It had sixteen rooms and stood just east of the Mississippi River. It was first named the Windsor Hotel, and later the Marquette Hotel. Then, in 1945, Walter and Loree Bailey bought it and …

‘We’ve lost ’em, God bless ’em’: What it was like to witness the Challenger disaster

By Dan Zak<p>, reporter<p>The space shuttle Challenger exploded 30 years ago Thursday, killing its seven crew members, including high school teacher Christa McAuliffe, the woman touted as “the first private citizen” in space.<p>If things had gone differently, Kathy Sawyer might have become the …

Space Exploration

The Sad Story of Laika, the First Dog Launched Into Orbit

It was a Space Race victory that would have broken Sarah McLachlan’s heart. On this day, Nov. 3, in 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first-ever …

This Is What Happened When Muhammad Ali Met Malcolm X

When Cassius Clay answered the telephone one day in early June 1962, he had no idea that the call would change his life. It was Sam Saxon, calling to …

Hugo Chavez fails to overthrow Venezuela's government: archive, 5 February 1992

<b>5 February 1992:</b> Fourteen soldiers were reported killed on both sides and 300 rebels arrested<p>Rebel soldiers made a bloody bid for power in Venezuela yesterday but were driven back by loyal troops who twice saved the life of President Carlos Andres Pérez.<p>The defence minister, Fernando Ochoa Antich, …

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How Jesse Owens' Childhood Made Him the Champion Seen in Race

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Terror in the Sky -- Hezbollah Seizes TWA Flight 847

<i>Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. ADST conducts oral history interviews with retired U.S.</i> …

Donald Trump and the Long History of American Politics Turning Violent

Trump's rhetoric and the violent acts of some supporters have alarmed many, but America's past is full of political and electoral savagery.<p>One day not too long ago, more than 10,000 people packed themselves into a Detroit convention center to hear the most controversial politician in America speak. …

The My Lai Massacre

Kendrick Oliver revisits the scene of a crime that became a watershed in public perceptions of the Vietnam war.<p>To read this article in full you need …

The Elusive Byzantine Empire

Dionysios Stathakopoulos surveys the history of the Byzantine Empire from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453.<p>To read this article in full …

9 of the worst monarchs in history

Historian Sean Lang rounds up nine of the most disastrous monarchs in history…<p><i>Mary, Queen of Scots lacked political skill says Sean Lang. (The Print</i> …

Easter Rising: How the 1916 insurrection shaped modern Irish history

What was the Easter Rising?<p>On Easter Monday 1916, a group of Irish nationalists staged a rebellion against the occupying British government in Ireland, in an attempt to establish an Irish Republic.<p>The group of rebels hoped to spur the public into rebellion to overthrow the British, but didn’t …

Verdun Was WWI’s Slaughterhouse

Verdun had served the French well as a defensive outpost in the past, but in WWI it became synonymous with insensible tactics that claimed 250,000 …

The Strange Afterlife of Pontius Pilate

History Today<p><i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>Towards the end of the …

When Black Voters Exited Left

What African Americans lost by aligning with the Democratic Party<p>Days before the 1960 election, Coretta Scott King received a call from then-candidate John F. Kennedy while her husband was in a Georgia jail, charged with trespassing after leading a sit-in demonstration against segregation in …

Civil Rights

So THIS is why we get eye boogers

Story of all our lives: Alarm goes off, snooze, alarm, eventually leading to inspection of face and removal of the inevitable eye booger/boogers. You …

Is TV's Future A Mix Of "Saved By The Bell" Reruns And YouTube Stars?

A new online TV network, backed by AT&T and a former Rupert Murdoch lieutenant, has a lineup blending '90s nostalgia with social media celebrities.<p>Imagine if every trending topic about '90s nostalgia and current-day social media stars manifested itself as a TV channel — and not just a …

Zachary Taylor and the long history of presidential conspiracy theories

Zachary Taylor, our 12th president, was in fine health on July 4, 1850. He died five days later.<p>Poison! people -- okay, some conspiracy theorists -- shouted. But an exhumation of Taylor's body suggested that it was the terrible water system in the White House that likely did Taylor in. Still, …

14 million Americans live in extremely poor neighborhoods

Nearly 14 million Americans are living in extremely poor neighborhoods, more than twice as many as in 2000, a new report has found.<p>The economic downturn in the early 2000s, which was followed by slow job growth and then the Great Recession, sent the poverty rate soaring. The growing concentration …

Income Inequality

The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers | James Nevius

They went from common painkillers to blacklisted substances, and now they’re standard again. Along the way, efforts to criminalize haven’t stemmed usage<p>America’s burgeoning opiate problem is a tragedy, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise: it stretches back to the arrival of the Mayflower in …

As giant platforms rise, local news is getting crushed

The quest for scale, driven by the distribution power of a few enormous technology platforms, is killing the business case for local news. Will anything take its place?<p><b>Editor’s note</b>: The new issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports is out and ready for you to read. I write a column for the …

Mobile is still a missing piece for local indie online news publishers » Nieman Journalism Lab

<b>LINK</b>: www.lionpublishers.com ➚ | <b>Posted by</b>: Laura Hazard Owen | October 5, 2015<p>The LION Summit for local independent online news publishers took place in Chicago on Friday and Saturday. In two days of panels, there was plenty of focus on ad-selling strategies and other revenue-generating ideas, but …

Thinking outside the (newspaper) box: The Local News Lab seeks to revive community news

“For someone just starting out with a local news project, the most important takeaway from our report — and our work in general — is that we are stronger working together than we are working alone.”<p>Local news is the lifeblood of communities. But with traditional models of paying for local coverage …