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Secrets revealed during restoration work at San Xavier

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — San Xavier Mission is one of southern Arizona’s top tourist destinations, but it also still functions as a church more than two centuries after it was first built.

That is thanks to constant restoration work on the building.

One of the men helping to restore San Xavier Mission has a personal connection to the project.

“Some of my ancestors might have been up there too. I’m just like wow,” said Jarvis Juan of Means Design & Building Corp. He grew up going to the San Xavier Mission School and attending mass at the Mission.

Now, he’s

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Congressman Asks Feds to Honor Three of Portland’s Black History Landmarks

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is asking federal officials to add three landmarks of Portland’s Black community to the National Registry of Historic Places.

“The Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Northeast Portland was the home of one of Oregon’s oldest Black congregations; Dean’s Beauty Salon and Barber Shop in Northeast Portland is the city’s oldest, continuously operating Black-owned business; and the Golden West Hotel in Northwest Portland was the first hotel in the city to accommodate Black patrons,” the congressman wrote in a Jan. 14 letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.

Blumenauer’s request comes on the eve of Martin

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A Bill Proposed a New Way to Teach History. It Got the History Wrong.

Amid a flurry of bills nationwide that seek to ban the teaching of critical race theory in schools, one such proposal in Virginia stood out.

Tucked inside a bill introduced by Wren Williams, a Republican delegate, was a glaring error: Among the concepts that school boards would be required to ensure students understood was “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”

But as scholars, Mr. Williams’s colleagues in the House of Delegates and others on social media noted, that debate was between not Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist, but Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, a Democratic senator from

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Wikitrivia is a web game that challenges your knowledge of historical dates

If you’re a history buff, or are looking for a new web game to play, Wikitrivia may be worth your time. The game’s creator, Tom Watson, describes it on his site as “Wikidata as a trivia card game,” and the tweet that brought it to our attention called it an “online clone of the card game Timeline.”

Playing it is simple: it gives you a card that represents something that has a date, which is pulled from Wikidata; some examples I saw asked me to pin down when the Bastille was built, when the Foo Fighters were formed,

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China’s Population Stalls With Births in 2021 the Lowest in Modern History

The number of newborns in China fell for a fifth straight year to the lowest in modern Chinese history, despite Beijing’s increasing emphasis on encouraging births.

Last year’s 10.62 million births, down from 12.02 million in 2020, barely outnumbered the 10.14 million deaths, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday, suggesting the day may be near when China’s population starts to shrink. Some analysts believe the population may have already peaked.

At the end of 2021, China’s population was 1.413 billion, up only 0.034% from the year-earlier 1.412 billion at end 2020. The birthrate—the number of births per thousand people—slipped

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The Washington PostAnalysis | The Trailer: 'Who writes the history?' How Jan. 6 shaped the Republicans' next campaignThe fight over what happened on Jan. 6, a nonpartisan redistricting commission gets accused of racism, and the first negative ads of the….6 hours ago

The Washington PostAnalysis | The Trailer: ‘Who writes the history?’ How Jan. 6 shaped the
Republicans’ next campaignThe fight over what happened on Jan. 6, a nonpartisan redistricting
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Norman Mailer is far from canceled. He’s history

Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Norman Mailer would not be pleased to be canceled in 2022. That’s purportedly what happened this week, sort of, and while the inciting event is murky at best, the questions and anxieties it raises about the legacy of Mailer, a Pulitzer Prize winner who died in 2007, have struck a chord.

To begin at the beginning, the upstart newsletter the Ankler published a story by Michael Wolff (yes, “Fire and Fury” Michael Wolff) alleging that a forthcoming collection of Mailer’s political writing had been “canceled” by his publisher

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The Curious History of the Potato Chip | Arts & Culture

The origins of the crunchy snack date back to at least the 1800s.
Lisa Shin

When Covid-19 forced people to stay home, many of us found solace in a snack: potato chips. The crispy treats enjoyed around a $350 million increase in sales from 2019 to 2020. When the chips are down, it seems, Americans gobble them up.

Any search for the origins of this signature finger food must lead to George Crum (born George Speck), a 19th-century chef of Native and African American descent who made his name at Moon’s Lake House in the resort town of Saratoga Springs,

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BBCColston statue verdict ‘landmark’ in Britain's slave historyThe acquittal of four people charged with criminal damage after tearing down a statue of Edward Colston is a "landmark" in Britain coming to….12 hours ago

BBCColston statue verdict ‘landmark’ in Britain’s slave historyThe acquittal of four people charged with criminal damage after tearing
down a statue of Edward Colston is a “landmark” in Britain coming to….12 hours ago… Read More

New NYPD leader makes history after a strong 1st impression

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s new mayor says he picked Keechant Sewell as the city’s first female police commissioner partly because of her poise in handling a mock crisis he threw at her in the interview process.

Within hours of her Jan. 1 swearing-in, Sewell was confronted with a real one: an officer shot outside a police station while sleeping in his car between shifts.

“It was a whirlwind weekend, quite busy,” Sewell, 49, told The Associated Press in one of her first interviews as the leader of the nation’s largest police force, a department grappling with a

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