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  • Obama's arts budget plan goes beyond restoring 'sequester' cuts

    Obama's arts budget plan goes beyond restoring 'sequester' cuts
    President Obama’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year would boost federal arts spending 10%  above where it stands at the moment, lifting it to $1.58 billion for the 2013-14 budget year that begins Oct. 1 and more than compensating for cuts...
  • Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit

     Early Southern painting explored in landmark Colonial Williamsburg exhibit
    For as long as art historians have been writing about painting in the early South, it's been common to think of the region's artists as relatively independent and even isolated figures. Many show up in the records as episodic visitors from Europe or...
  • Shuttle's end

    Shuttle's end
    April 26 Countless Americans watched the transport of Discovery, the space shuttle, to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It was often described as a bittersweet event. As I watched, I could imagine a sad face on the base...
  • Was the First Airplane Actually Invented in Connecticut?

    Was the First Airplane Actually Invented in Connecticut?
    There are probably people at the Smithsonian Institution who wish they hadn't bothered to hire John Brown to help them research a television documentary. Brown is a U.S.-educated Australian living in Germany, a project manager for an aircraft...
  • How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital

    How to make the most of a trip to the nation's capital
    A spring break in the nation's capital is a rite of passage for some families, but if the airfare from the West Coast to the East has stretched your vacation budget, take heart. Many places are free, thanks to government funding (although the sequester...
  • Mission: Museums

    Mission: Museums
    It started as a fleeting thought brought on by cooler temperatures and sunny skies. "It's interesting how all these museums are so close together," I muse aloud, flipping through a Calendar section. My editor's head swivels toward me. Her eyes light...
  • Endeavour Exhibit Opens at California Science Center

    Endeavour Exhibit Opens at California Science Center
    LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- If you missed the shuttle Endeavour's trip through the streets of Los Angeles, you can see it in person starting on Tuesday. That's when the California Science Center will open the doors to the display pavilion housing the retired...
  • Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA

    Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA
    Russell Shank, the chief librarian at UCLA from 1977 to 1989 who was known as a staunch supporter of 1st Amendment rights in all libraries and an early proponent of technology as a way to enhance library services, has died. He was 86. Shank, a...
  • Meteorites Hit Wethersfield Twice

    Meteorites Hit Wethersfield Twice
    After the meteorite strke in Russia Friday we are republishing this April 2012 article about  two meteorite strikes in Wethersfield. Fewer residents these days remember when space invaders landed in Wethersfield. The celestial visitors were...
  • James Whitmore dies at 87; veteran award-winning actor brought American icons to life

    James Whitmore dies at 87; veteran award-winning actor brought American icons to life
    James Whitmore, the veteran Tony- and Emmy-winning actor who brought American icons Will Rogers, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt to life in one-man shows, died Friday. He was 87. Whitmore died of lung cancer at his home in Malibu, said his son,...
  • Decrypting old bones at St. Luke's Church

    Decrypting old bones at St. Luke's Church
    A Smithsonian Institution scientist shrugged off claustrophobic working conditions Monday to recover the remains of a late-1600s skeleton buried under the floor of America's oldest standing English church.     Scuttling into a shallow cavity under an...