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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 1, 2022 

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As we have seen, Andrew and Abby Borden were hacked to death by a hatchet in their Fall River, Massachusetts, home on August 4, 1892. Abby was killed first. In the Borden home at the time of Abby Bord...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 24, 2022

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Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, on August 4, 1892. The crimes obviously shocked the residents of that municipality, which is located near the Rhode...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 17, 2022

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Like many folks, I was a small child when I first heard a playground rhyme about a woman named Lizzie Borden. According to the mantra: “Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother 40 whacks/And,...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 10, 2022

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In the 1850s a prominent official in the U.S. government had a brilliant idea. And, like many ideas dreamed up by governmental officials, this one did not work out as planned. Mississippi politician...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 3, 2022

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As we have seen, no pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball (MLB) has compiled a record of 20 wins and zero losses in a year. Such an accomplishment would certainly constitute a “perfect sea...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 27, 2022

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As we have seen recently, baseball enthusiasts cannot get enough of statistics – specially unusual ones. This is yet another story about that uniquely incurable disease. For pitchers in Major...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 20, 2022

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John Miller got his second chance to play in baseball’s major leagues in 1969 when he made the roster of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team used Miller sparingly that season as a utility infielder...

 

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As we saw last week, only 127 athletes have hit a home run in their first at-bat in a major league baseball game. A similar statistic notes that even fewer – 53 – hit home runs in their last...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 6, 2022

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Every baseball fan surely knows that no sport on Earth keeps more statistics and records than does Major League Baseball (MLB). No stat is too trivial for baseball’s insiders to keep and cherish....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 29, 2022

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Most of us, I believe, have some concept of what a desert looks like. Many of us have seen some of them – if not personally, at least in the movies. We have a few of them in the United States. The...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 22, 2022

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As we saw last week, Jimmie Davis was pursuing a musical career when he was first elected to political office in the late 1930s. By the time he became the governor of Louisiana in 1944 he had...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 15, 2022

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Jimmie Davis entered politics in Louisiana for the first time in the late 1930s. In 1938 he won election to a four-year term as a Shreveport city commissioner. In 1942, he was elected to the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 8, 2022

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As we have seen in some previous articles, numerous colorful people have become successful politicians in this country. We have also looked at some famous individuals who tried to parlay their...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 1, 2022

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Many school administrators in the United States, from elementary to college levels, seem to believe that the most important function of educational institutions in this country is to provide opportuni...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 25, 2022

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Two aspects of American sports culture are relevant to this story. It is a basketball tale, and we are in the midst of an annual round ball frenzy known as “March Madness” that culminates in the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 18, 2022

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The creation of national parks in the United States, beginning in 1872, signaled the emerging importance of tourism as an aspect of the American economy. Over the years, tourism in this country has...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 11, 2022

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As we saw last week, the United States created its first national park – Yellowstone – in 1872. In the 1890s the government established three more national parks to assist the country’s growing...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 4, 2022

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On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed into law a bill creating Yellowstone National Park. Obviously, therefore, Yellowstone is now 150 years old; no one knows how old the land is that...

 

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Now that we have concluded another football season, we can also wrap up this series of articles by looking at a member of the newly crowned National Football League (NFL) champions, the Los Angeles...

 

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In 2019, after a successful six-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Lirim Hajrullahu opted not to play another season of football in his adopted country. Rather, he headed south – hoping to...

 

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During any regular National Football League (NFL) season, almost 2,000 athletes will play one or more games. Each of the league’s 32 teams has a playing roster at any one time of 53 athletes plus...

 

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As we saw last week, Ed Barreto was 60 years old when he played briefly in a football game for Ashland University in 1997. At that time, he was the oldest person ever to play in such an athletic...

 

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Many of us, regardless of our age, like to think that we can still do the things we used to do when we were younger. That idea was certainly on the minds of three former football players who decided...

 

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As we wind down another football season, now is a good time to reflect upon and examine the careers of some of the past and present athletes who have not only excelled at the sport but made it more...

 

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As we noted last week, Daniel Nathan and Emanuel Lepofsky created the fictional character named Ellery Queen, an amateur detective and mystery writer, in 1929. In 1941, Nathan had the idea of...

 

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