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Stephanie Owens looks over the garden with her son, Cole, as they tend to it at their home Wednesday March 25 , 2020, in Glen Allen, Va. Owens is a pharmacist who has had to continue to go to work, but has been able to spend more time with her kids because they are home from school . One of the activities that they have done is planting the garden. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A walk through town: Families, coronavirus and togetherness

Mar. 28, 2020 6:31 AM EDT

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) — In a quiet suburb just north of Richmond, Virginia, a mother and her three children spend a weekday afternoon planting a small garden of spinach, red cabbage and lettuce. Across town, a dad teaches his kids how to play volleyball on an empty court. In a sprawling park, a father shows...

FILE - This is a Nov. 10, 2010, file photo showing the interior of The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The museum filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday morning, March 2, 2020. The museum said it owed about $30 million to bondholders and about $500,000 to unsecured creditors, according to court documents. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

American Jewish history museum seeks bankruptcy protection

Mar. 2, 2020 11:51 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, seeking relief from debt brought by construction efforts. Phil Darivoff, chair of the museum’s board, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the museum has been carrying millions of...

The new director of Poland's landmark POLIN museum of Jewish history, Zygmunt Stepinski, is addressing reporters to vow the museum's independence and continuation of mission following a yearlong stalemate with the government, at the POLIN museum, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New director of Poland's Jewish museum vouches independence

Feb. 28, 2020 10:51 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The landmark Jewish museum in Poland's capital retained its independence and can carry on with its mission now that a new director is in place after a year-long stalemate with the government, museum managers said Friday. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews emerged from...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, photo, Black News Channel Chairman J.C. Watts discusses the launch of the nations only 24-hour news network during an interview in Tallahassee, Fla. The launch followed years of planning for former U.S. Rep. Watts, who likened it too giving birth to a child. It is also made possible by the backing of billionaire businessman and Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington)

National Black News Channel makes debut

Feb. 14, 2020 5:33 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts was beaming like a proud parent as he talked about the launch of Black News Channel — a project he's worked on for years to create what's now the nation's only 24-hour news network aimed at African Americans. He was sitting at the network's...

People visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. A long stalemate over the future independence of the landmark Jewish history museum is building toward a crucial turning point after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refuses to reinstate — offered to renounce the job(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish government ends standoff over Jewish museum chief

Feb. 14, 2020 2:47 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government on Friday accepted a compromise candidate as the new director of Warsaw's landmark Jewish museum, ending a long impasse that had raised concerns over the popular institution's future. The POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews has been without a permanent...

Dan David Prize announces 2020 laureates

Feb. 12, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, a professor of Jewish studies who played a leading role in the launch of a museum dedicated to the history of Poland's Jews, are among the recipients of the prestigious 2020 Dan David Prize. Bunch and...

People visit the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. A long stalemate over the future independence of the landmark Jewish history museum is building toward a crucial turning point after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refuses to reinstate — offered to renounce the job.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Impasse at Jewish museum in Warsaw approaches resolution

Feb. 12, 2020 12:17 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A stalemate over the future of Warsaw’s landmark Jewish history museum moved closer to a resolution on Wednesday after the former director — who won a competition for a second term but whom Poland's populist government refused to reinstate — offered to stand...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2019 file photo, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., is sworn-in during the opening session of the 116th Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history.  The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside the Smithsonian network and take steps toward funding and construction. The vote was 374-37.  “Seeing role models doing things we all aspire to can change the course of someone’s life,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., one of the bill's principal sponsors. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House approves plan to create US women's history museum

Feb. 11, 2020 5:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after the opening of the Smithsonian's landmark Museum of African American History and Culture, momentum is building toward the creation of a museum dedicated to American women's history. The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to establish the museum inside...

Kentucky history buff: From volunteer to executive director

Feb. 9, 2020 10:00 AM EST

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — History buff Sherry Wesley retired from her job as a social worker on a Friday in June 2006. The following Monday she walked through the doors of the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center at 200 W. Water St. in Glasgow to volunteer her time to help in any way she can. She had no prior...