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When Multiculturalism Was Young…

by Jeff Chang In the 1980s, multiculturalism seemed a danger to the nation. Books filled the shelves warning that its rise on university campuses signaled no less than the closing of the American mind. Two decades later, it was fodder

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The Afghanistan War’s “Heart of Darkness”

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by T. Jefferson Parker October 7, 2014 marks the 13th “anniversary” of the war in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). It was on this date in 2001 that the United States and United Kingdom began a bombing campaign against al-Qaeda and

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My Time On the Set With Marlene Dietrich

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by Rory MacLean Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect

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1969: My Summer and the Most Controversial Ryder Cup Ever Played

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by Neil Sagebiel 1969 was a big year in my life and the life of my family. Natives of Indiana, we moved from the Hoosier state to “The Golden State.” California, here we come!

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The Final Outcome: Braddock Tigers Football and the Strike of 1959

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by Greg Nichols For reasons that had nothing to do with Eisenhower, Taft-Hartley, or the Supreme Court, the air above Braddock was electric on November 6, 1959. It was game day, and the Tigers were playing their biggest rivals, neighboring

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