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Mississippi Writers Trail unveils Richard Ford marker

Sep. 19, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Writers Trail has unveiled a marker for Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and short story writer Richard Ford. The marker for Ford, a Jackson native, was placed recently at the Clarksdale Carnegie Public Library. Ford won acclaim...

West Virginia Folklife Digital Archive honors state heritage

Sep. 19, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, has created a new digital archive of West Virginia heritage called The West Virginia Folklife Collection. The collection is hosted digitally by the West...

Illinois hopes 'better angels' prevail in Lincoln desk rehab

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The storage-room merchants' desk where President-elect Abraham Lincoln penned his first inaugural address, beseeching southern states to recall the “mystic chords of memory" and invoke “the better angels of our nature” to circumvent the Civil War, was unveiled...

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

UND med school exec named Roosevelt library foundation COO

Sep. 14, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota native and former executive at the University of North Dakota medical school was named Tuesday as chief operating officer of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation. Laura Block, a native of Grand Forks, recently served...

Psychiatric hospital patient steals truck, drives off campus

Sep. 13, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

STEILACOOM, Wash. (AP) — A Western State Hospital patient stole a delivery truck and drove off the grounds of the state’s largest psychiatric hospital Sunday, injuring a hospital staffer before being found at a school library, according to police and state officials. ...

Abraham Lincoln Museum digitizing thousands of rare images

Sep. 05, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is digitizing nearly 8,000 rare images, including a Lincoln family photo album and a poster that offered a reward for the capture of the 16th president's assassin. The “Picturing Lincoln”...

Santa Fe video rental store survives era of streaming movies

Sep. 04, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chatter from the checkout counter is muffled by a recently installed Plexiglas barrier, now standard in many retails stores. It’s hard to tell what Lisa Harris and her customer are saying. “What was the name of that actress that starred in...

Danbury officer suspended for remarks during library run-in

Aug. 28, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Danbury police officer has been suspended for eight days for making offensive remarks — caught on body camera — during a confrontation with a man filming at a public library. The News-Times reports an internal...

Boston Public Library hit with cyberattack

Aug. 27, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Public Library was hit with a cyberattack earlier this week that crippled its computer network, the library said in a statement Friday. There is no evidence that sensitive employee or patron data has been compromised, the library posted in a...