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Reopening the West Memphis Three

West Memphis Three

by Dr. Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell The West Memphis Three In 1996, HBO aired a documentary called Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. It made a vivid case that the three oddball teenagers (The West Memphis

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Lorraine Hansberry and Chicago Segregation

Lorraine Hansberry

by Natalie Y. Moore Lorraine Hansberry v. Anna Lee The Hansberry saga is just one story in the fight against segregation in Chicago. Most people know that Lorraine Hansberry, author of the play “Raisin in the Sun” was from Chicago.

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When Reagan Met Pope John Paul II

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by Steve Berry On June 7, 1982, safe inside the Vatican behind closed doors, for the first time in history a pope and a president met alone. For 50 minutes Ronald Reagan and John Paul II spoke in private. To

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Ben Mankiewicz: “If Your Last Name Is Mankiewicz”

Frank and Ben Mankiewicz, father and son shortly before their TCM event in 2013.
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by Ben Mankiewicz Writing about my father should be easy. But it isn’t. Writing is supposed to be a breeze if your last name is Mankiewicz. We have a long history of being clever. My grandfather Herman Mankiewicz wrote Citizen

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Frank Mankiewicz: A Portrait

Frank Mankiewicz

by Frank Mankiewicz I don’t know when or by whom the portrait of my grandfather for whom I was named was created. Frank Mankiewicz was a good American and spoke good English, but his aspect—at least in the portrait— was

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