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A Look At A Real Man Portrayed In ‘Monuments Men’

By Jamie Stengle DALLAS, Texas (AP) – As part of an Allied mission tasked with saving works of art during World War II, a homesick James Rorimer told his wife in a December 1944 letter from liberated Paris that he was working hard but worried about how much he was achieving. “But I’m here to [...]

Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

By Kevin Allen SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – When Data Realty executives announced in 2011 that they would build a new data center at Ignition Park, company President Rich Carlton decided to read up on Studebaker history. After all, the state-certified technology park is on the very ground that for decades was the smoking, clanging [...]

Scott Carpenter, 2nd US Astronaut In Orbit, Dies

By Seth Borenstein and Kristen Wyatt DENVER, Colo. (AP) – Scott Carpenter conquered the heights of space, the depths of the ocean, and the darkness of fear. And in doing so he became the second American to orbit the Earth, powered by not just a rocket but an insatiable curiosity. “Conquering of fear is one [...]

Clues At Detroit Bar Point Toward Purple Gang

By Neal Rubin DETROIT (AP) – For every old tavern in Detroit, there’s a story. Or two stories. And they tend to be the same ones. The joint was a speakeasy during Prohibition. That’s the first. No. 2, the Purple Gang drank there.

Ex-Welder Handcrafting Dulcimers

By Ronnie Thomas ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – About eight years ago, when he lived in Leggtown in north Limestone County, Grady Swanner became a logger of sorts. He went into the woods on neighbor David Hunt’s property and began cutting trees blown down by storms into lumber of varying thicknesses, lengths and widths.