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Swamp Gas: UFOs and the Ford Administration

Swamp Gas

by Larry Holcombe Swamp Gas Over a period of six days in March 1966, UFOs were seen by hundreds of people in southern Michigan and Ohio, in an area between and around Toledo and Detroit. Later classified as swamp gas,

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Elie Wiesel: Night

Elie Wiesel

Preface to Night by Elie Wiesel If in my lifetime I was to write only one book, this would be the one. Just as the past lingers in the present, all my writings after Night, including those that deal with

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Posted in Contemporary History

A History of Brushing our Teeth

Otzi; Teeth

by Greg Jenner Brushing our teeth at 11.45 p.m. Dragging our leaden feet up the staircase, we look longingly at our bedroom door. But, before we can clamber gratefully under the duvet, a nagging voice in the back of our

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

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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