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I want to follow up on my recent column about World War II casualty Kenneth Knoll's family and their visit to his grave in Manila. He was from Allentown. His daughter, Sally Getchell, was only 21/2 when 1st Lt. Knoll died on March 24, 1945, from...
Already open in New York and Los Angeles and going into general release Friday, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's strange, audacious drama "The Master" evokes a feverish state of mind more than a conventional movie, though its story can be...
"I don't need a history lesson, Your Excellency," the true-blue American general tells Emperor Hirohito's ex-prime minister when he lectures his inquisitor about the bloody imperialist actions of Great Britain and America, along with Japan, in the new...
There was nothing tangible that made what Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation" great. It was just an unidentifiable spirit. I may be wrong, but I think I see signs of that spirit coming back. The St. Luke's Half Marathon, with a 13.1-mile...
You've heard the old joke about the stockbroker showing a friend all the luxuries he's bought with the commissions paid by his customers — big house, big car, big yacht. And the friend asks, "But where are the customers' yachts?" The joke needs...
WASHINGTON -- There is something about Amtrak -- perhaps the romance of railroads or the promise of relieving traffic congestion and economizing on oil and greenhouse gas emissions -- that causes otherwise sensible people to lose contact with reality. The...
WASHINGTON -- Blame it on JFK. Fifty years ago, President Kennedy made a decision that, with hindsight, ranks as the biggest mistake of domestic policy since World War II. In many ways, it led directly to today's "sequester" debacle. What Kennedy...
50 years ago Ski teams make history Petoskey High School ski teams turned in one of their best records in history this season with the girls winning five firsts and one second in six meets while the boys finished 4-2. Members of the team include Rosemary...
The media cover Ray Lewis' faith and his role as spiritual leader of the Ravens frequently. Ray Lewis makes it so. Anyone who has seen him once knows that he understands how to use pageantry to reveal deeper meaning. From taking off his jersey following...
How glad I am that I'm too old to be starting a family. Today's young couples are facing impossible financial expectations and demands. I was reminded of that when a friend told me that her son's college education was costing $54,000 — a year....
WASHINGTON -- How big is the national debt? You'd think this would be an easy question. Surely we know how much the government owes. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The true national debt could be triple the conventional estimate, anywhere from $11...
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