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Va. history learning center to be named for couple

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Historical Society is naming its new Learning Center in honor of a Richmond couple. The Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center will complement the society’s permanent and temporary exhibitions. The society says the Weinsteins have played leading roles in developing its educational programs. The new center is part [...]

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Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll

  WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year’s Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th [...]

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America’s charm and maddening [...]

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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. Publisher Simon & Schuster said Friday the new book, to be [...]

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Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer for ‘Goldfinch’

  NEW YORK (AP) — Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch,” already among the most popular and celebrated novels of the past year, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. One of the country’s top colonial historians, Alan Taylor, has won his second Pulitzer, for “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War In Virginia.” Annie Baker’s “The Flick” [...]

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Alicia Silverstone out with book ‘Kind Mama’

  NEW YORK (AP) — She’s famous as an actress for “Clueless.” But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale). Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful [...]

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William Carroll Writers Festival brings new light to a chosen few

  An editorial by Antonio Garland The purpose of the second annual William Carroll Writers Festival was to bring in writers to the Norfolk State University campus so they could be inspired and for students to be educated. When it was first announced, several students said it sounded like an interesting event to go to [...]

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