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Bill Lucey
Former News Researcher
Interests: Reading, blogging, listening to history lectures (Great Courses) from the Teaching Co.
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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
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“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” ― J.M. Barrie It’s hard saying goodbye Especially when it’s your beloved Mother. A Mother who guided her five children (Ellyn, Patricia, Liz, Katie, and myself) through some tumultuous storms, heartbreaking setbacks, new challenges; a Mother who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Marguerite Higgins of the New York Herald Tribune was highly recognized for her front-line reports of the Korean War in the 1950s, which earned her a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Photo Credit: Life Magazine *** Whatever became of the once thriving newspaper market in New York City? Despite the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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How’s your summer reading going? With social media running amok, and cold, heartless, political divisiveness invading our television sets, the likes to which we’ve never seen before-there’s no better feeling than cracking open the covers of a new book and getting far away from the maddening crowd. In case you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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"Rule, Britannia!" Is the cross-pollination of Brazil and Serbian fans permitted? *** We are well into the 21st World Cup; and many, even as I write this, are reaching for the hand held mobile devices to see if Belgium held off England, as the two teams squared off in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Angelina Jolie, Jim Thorpe, Martin Sensmeier Photo Credits: Neil Mockford/FilmMagic; Photofest; Barry King/Getty Images "The danger in writing about Jim Thorpe is that the chronicler finds himself losing all restraint in an unavoidable tangle of superlatives. Yet there is almost no other way to describe the man and still do... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Sometimes, it’s impossible to burn bridges. With Sen. Edward Kennedy having passed away nearly 10 years ago, and the tragedy of Chappaquiddick nearly 50 years old, you’d think the scandal that erupted after that muggy July weekend in 1969 would be but a distant memory by now. But like a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Teachers and staff of Clifton Independent School District in Clifton, Texas take the Concealed Handgun Permit training from Big Iron. Big Iron is owned and operated by Johnny Price. February 7, 2013. Photo Credit : Lance Rosenfield/Prime *** Here’s a disturbing statistic. Since 2013, there have been more than 300... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Jack Hannahan, who is proud of his Irish heritage, played third base for the Cleveland Indians from 2011-2012. *** With St Patrick’s Day right around the corner; and the start of the Major League Baseball season only 21 days away , I thought this might be a good time to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Pete Hamill and Jack Newfield once wrote that the three most evil men of the 20th century were, “Hitler, Stalin, and Walter O’Malley.” O’Malley, of course, was the brute of an owner, who moved Brooklyn’s beloved Dodgers to L.A. after the 1957 season. Now, we may have to update the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Pulitzer Prize historian Gordon S. Wood, in “Friends Divided” does a superb job of pitting the ideas, principles, and different versions of their ideal governments against one another in order to explain to the reader, why Thomas Jefferson might be more remembered and affectionately thought of today than John Adams.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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President Kennedy and Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House, July 26, 1962. Source: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum *** Historian Richard Aldous presents a remarkably well-balanced and informative, biography of one of the preeminent historians of the modern age, Arthur Schlesinger Jr.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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“The Post,” Steven Spielberg’s political thriller of a film, centering on the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971, initially by the New York Times, then the Washington Post, appears to be a smash hit. Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the film generated $18.6 million from North... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at DailyNewsGems
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Tina Brown and Vanity Fair staffers review the latest layout of an upcoming editon. Photo Credit: Tina Brown What do you remember about the 1980s? The decade that ushered in Ronald Reagan and his vision of a shining “city on a hill”; the Cinderella story of an assistant nursery school... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at DailyNewsGems