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South Dakota: Surprising Adventure Travel at Every Turn

Posted on October 5, 2015 by | Misc | No Comments

What’s in South Dakota? The Mount Rushmore State may be the fifth least-populous state but turns out it holds plenty of adventure travel. Cross over into the western part of the state, where prairie land gives way to mountainous, pine-filled ranges, and you’ll find lots of opportunity to mountain bike, rock climb, and – in the ultimate South Dakota experience – take a helicopter tour of the state’s most famous landmark: Mount Rushmore. Vying for a close second in “captivating experience” category is a walkabout through the very surreal Badlands National Park. Spanning more than 243,000 acres, this vast, seemingly…

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Hiroshima at 70: The 400-Year-Old Bonsai

Posted on August 5, 2015 by | Misc | No Comments

It’s been 70 years since one of the world’s worst anniversaries: On Aug. 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the United States dropped the first atomic bomb, on its first victim – the city of Hiroshima. In an instant, some 80,000 people died. Three days later, on Aug. 9, a second, bigger atomic bomb, dubbed “Fat Man,” was dropped on the port city of Nagasaki. There, too, the casualties were equally horrific, with 40,000 people killed instantly; a final death toll was ultimately calculated at 50,000. In all, over a span of 3 days, the world’s first use of a nuclear…

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Westminster dog show: The hotel where it all started — 135 years ago

Westminster Hotel, long gone, but its name lives on with Westminster dog show
Posted on February 14, 2011 by | Misc | No Comments

Westminster dog show and Madison Square Garden – it’s hard to think of one without the other. But back in the day, the dog show extravaganza actually got its start back at the Westminster Hotel, in New York City. In the late 1870s, a group of hunting sportsmen who routinely met there created a kennel club to showcase purebred dogs. The name of the hotel, and its association with the dog show competition, has stuck long after its demolition in 1909. During the hotel’s heyday, Charles Dickens stayed there, as well as the American singer Clara Louise Kellogg, American realist…

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Westminster Dog Show, at Madison Square Garden: Best in Show dogs of past 10 years

Meet Sadie, the eighth terrier to win best in show
Posted on February 13, 2011 by | Misc | 2 Comments

Sometimes it’s the people who make the place. And sometimes it’s the dogs. At least that’s the case every year at Madison Square Garden, where more than 2,5000 purebred dogs compete in the what is second only to the Kentucky Derby as the oldest continuously held sports event in the United States: the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. With less than a day to go to the most prestigious dog show nationwide, check out this look back at past champions: 2010 — Sadie OK, this win hardly came as a surprise, given the soft spot judges have held for terriers…

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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Martin Luther King, and a legacy that endures

Miriam Norris, tourism director, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
Posted on January 16, 2011 by | Misc | No Comments

Miriam Norris knows a good story when she sees it. Three years ago, on the heels of a 25-year career in radio and broadcast journalism, Norris became tourism director at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. With that role, she took on a story close to her heart: the moment a 24-year old minister named Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., took to the pulpit of his own church, for the first time. It would remain the only church where he would serve as senior pastor. Under King’s leadership, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church soon proved the staging ground for what would become a…

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