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James B. Cobb, 74 - Black Hills Pioneer: Obituaries

bhpioneer.com — James B. Cobb, 74, of Belle Fourche, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016, at his home. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel of Spearfish.

Removing Ties to History of Slavery Is Harder Than You Think

time.com — Reflecting on recent calls for stripping the name of Robert E. Lee, a slave owner who went to war in slavery's defense, from Washington & Lee University, historian Emory Thomas has noted that the school's other namesake, George Washington, was also a slaveholder-and that this raises the awkward possibility that one of the country's most distinguished liberal arts institutions might be known one day simply as "&."

Hagerty Test Drive: 2016 Fiat 500X AWD - Traverse City Record-Eagle: Driver's Seat

record-eagle.com — It was the public relations coup of the year: A five-day East Coast tour, televised minute by minute to a vast global audience, in three identical black Fiat 500Ls flying the Vatican flag. If your product could use a blessing, who better to do it than a man who is supposedly infallible?

The Sad Demise of the Commitment to Free Speech at America’s Universities

historynewsnetwork.org — James C. Cobb is Spalding Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is currently writing a book on C. Vann Woodward.

The New Rules of Car Buying

roadandtrack.com — A​ccording to market-research firm J.D.Power, more than a quarter of the 16 million new-car purchases in the U.S. last year were made by that tech-savvy group known as millennials at honest-to-goodness dealerships. How could that be, in an age of painless online shopping, when you can buy everything from shoes to mortgages via keystrokes?

Hagerty Test Drive: A roaring return for an Italian passion play - Driver's Seat - Traverse City Record-Eagle

record-eagle.com — If you like letting your car do the driving, or if you enjoy being coddled and comfortable, the Alfa 4C Spider is not for you. High strung and demanding, it is the opposite of an autonomous car. Absent from the U.S.

How It Changed the World

time.com — It was only eight days after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6 of 1965 that federal voting examiners speedily dispatched to Selma, Ala., proceeded in a single day to register 381 new black voters, more than had managed to register in Dallas County over the last 65 years.

Why Nikki Haley Finally Called for It to Come Down

zocalopublicsquare.org — The most striking aspect of the Bamberg, South Carolina, grade school class photo (circa 1980) is not the nine black youngsters scattered among the 23 white pupils. Bamberg schools had been integrated under a court order roughly a decade earlier.

BEHIND THE WHEEL/2002 Cadillac Escalade; A Mammoth Appetite And Creature Comforts

nytimes.com — WHEN the six blind men of Indostan approached the elephant of the Hindu fable, their perceptions were colored by where they stood. Certainly, if you grasped the tail of the beast, you might think you held a rope; the ear could indeed be mistaken for a fan; and the trunk was very like a snake.

Mr. Mayor, Please Stop Calling San Antonio the 7th Largest City

therivardreport.com — I was born in San Antonio, I love this city and plan to spend the rest of my life here. I am also a huge fan of Mayor Julián Castro. His ambitions for San Antonio are large and he is making great progress. But his marketing of the city has one fatal flaw.
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Jul 26, 2016

RT @nytimes: In low-crime Japan, the rarity of mass killings only heightens the shock  http://nyti.ms/2aHlEUF  https://t.co/sQ0oo8UaJQ

Jul 26, 2016

RT @RadioFreeTom: I tweet Trump's own words about NATO, and here come the tiny-follower accounts to ask me why it's such a bad idea to destroy the West.

Jul 26, 2016

While you were watching #DNCinPHL tonight, Trump said he’d use NATO as a shakedown scheme against US allies.  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/things-are-getting-very-weird 

Jul 26, 2016

President Trump will spend first 6 hours of every day responding to vague criticism and perceived slights.  https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/757696233427312640 

Jul 25, 2016

Some of these Bernie acolytes on TV are breathtakingly ill-informed.

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