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Bill Lucey
News Researcher; Writer.
Interests: Reading, blogging, listening to history lectures (Great Courses) from the Teaching Co.
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The American Shakespeare Center (ASC), a regional theatre company located in Staunton, Virginia maintains a popular podcast. *** There’s been some rarely mentioned downsides to the spread of the coronavirus and the subsequent quarantine, one of the most prominent (to many) has been the closing of many of the nation’s... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
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President Donald Trump lashes out at a reporter during one of his COVID-19 briefings. Photo Credit: Reporters Without Borders *** What makes a great leader? Especially in time of national crisis? I found myself asking myself that very question the other day when President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 briefing popped up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
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The Rolling Stones performing in 2019 Photo Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images *** “If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.” ― James A. Garfield, 20th U.S. President The Rolling Stones, the ageless English rock band, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: InterContinentalCleveland.com *** What is the most searched attraction about Cleveland? My curiosity got the better of me, so I reached out to the Press Office of Google; and to my surprise, they (Google Trends) worked their magic and ranked the top 10 attractions searched about Cleveland, Ohio on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch (right) during happier times. Photo Credit: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle *** The dust hasn’t settled yet over the sign-stealing scandal impacting Major League Baseball. More sign stealing machinations, this time by the Red Sox might be disclosed by MLB in the coming... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2020 at DailyNewsGems
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Bombs and bullets used to hold a great deal of sway in Northeast Ohio. Especially when you had ringleaders like John Scalish, James “Jack White” Licavoli, Angelo Lonardo, Carmine "The Bull" Agnello, and “Irish” Danny Greene. There was yet another: Alex Shondor Birns, a Jewish gangster in Cleveland who rose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi begins formal impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Photo Credit: Erin Schaff/The New York Times *** Another year has almost passed, and the earth, lo and behold, hasn’t crumbled under our feet. But the year didn’t pass before some pronounced rumblings, especially in Hong Kong, beginning in June,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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The Crawley English country estate in Yorkshire, England never looked so magnificently elegant. Downton addicts would expect nothing less. Adoring fans of PBS’s Masterpiece historical drama, after all, had to wait four long years for Downton Abbey, the motion picture, to hit the silver screen and get reacquainted with their... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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If you ever glance through the most influential history books of all time; you’re most likely to come across books like, Arthur Schlesinger Jr’s, “The Age of Jackson,” “The Guns of August” By Barbara W. Tuchman, and "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany,"... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Tom Kelley, President, Baseball Ireland *** The grass will be just a little greener at League Park in Cleveland on August 19. That’s when Tom Kelley, a St Ignatius alum, will appear at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park to discuss his efforts to promote baseball in Ireland. While... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Skyline of Downtown Cleveland. Photo Credit: Marriot.com *** We thought it would never return. But lo and behold, after 22 years long years, the MLB All-Star game has returned to Progressive Field in a city stripped of its Chief Wahoo logo, replaced by the more diplomatic Block C First pitch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Much like girl scout cookies, and the Salvation Army bell ringer at the holidays, it’s hard to say no to books. Especially at the annual Case Western Reserve Book Sale, sponsored by the Association for Continuing Education (ACE), at the Adelbert Gymnasium on the CWRU campus in Cleveland, Ohio. Saturday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Vice president George H.W. Bush is accompanied by Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller before baseball's 1981 All-Star Game Aug. 9, 1981, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) *** If IBM swept away competitors when it introduced its first personal computer, the 5150 for $1,565 (equivalent to $4,313 in 2018), a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo: Eric J. Shelton-Hattiesburg American *** “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images *** There's a storm brewing. And it appears to be radiating from the 116th Congress. Ever since Congress swung open its doors in January, the new legislative body has been active advancing a progressive agenda, including stricter background checks for gun owners, climate change ("Green... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Catholics receive ashes on Ash Wednesday at St. Patrick's Cathedral on February 10, 2016 in New York City. Photo Credit: WCPO.com *** It’s hard to believe, but the beginning of Lent is two days away. The origins of Lent—known as Tessarakosti in Greek and Quadragesima in Latin, for “the Forty,”... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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A photo on Ralph Northam's page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School's 1984 yearbook Source: Eastern Virginia Medical School This 1942 poster, titled "This is the Enemy," circulated in the United States following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. ** Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) must feel like he’s riding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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The 1963 All-Star game in Cleveland was noted for its unusually low attendance of 44, 160 with plenty of empty seats which this picture clearly shows. Photo Credit: Major League Baseball *** The experiment failed. No one was happier than a majority of fans (including scores of players) to see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2019 at DailyNewsGems
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) lunges forward for a first down at First Energy Stadium on Sunday in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Photo Credit: UPI *** Baker is indeed the man. No doubt about it. The Oklahoma quarterback and the Cleveland Browns no. 1 pick has propelled... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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A combative confrontation between President Trump, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer over exactly who is going to pay for the wall. *** Yes, it’s that time again. We are rapidly coming to the end of the year; a time to reflect on the highs and lows of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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If ever the Greater Cleveland area needed a break to take their mind off their troubles, July, 1954, couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. The 21st annual All-Star Game took place at Cleveland Municipal Stadium off the shore of Lake Erie on July, 13, 1954. The last time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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The year 1935 was known for a number of alarming events. Most prominent being Adolf Hitler announcing German re-armament in violation of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles; it was the year of the first modern “race riot,” which took place in Harlem, where three died, with hundreds more wounded. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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In 1856, Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner was severely beaten on the Senate floor by Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina. *** Is the United States headed for another Civil War? After reading Yale historian Joanne B. Freeman’s magnificent book, “Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt During the bruising U.S. 2016 presidential election, voters were constantly reminded Washington was elitist, broken and has failed the American people. David Goldfield, professor of history at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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While scanning my Twitter feed, a picture of Mount Rushmore, sculpture in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota popped up. Mount Rushmore, of course, features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at DailyNewsGems