| Sep 12, 2011
| 8:48 AM
Jane Parrish arrived in what was then one of Columbia's smaller villages, the Hickory Ridge of 1980, so early in its development that it didn't yet have its own community center. Its office was farther north on Cedar Lane in the village of Harper's...
| May 18, 2008
By age 6, Benjamin Todd Jealous had read through all of the books about African-Americans in his elementary school library and inquired why there weren't more.
At 7, he told his family that he wanted to become a civil rights lawyer. At 14, he organized...
| Dec 1, 2004
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the nation's oldest civil rights organization. In 1986, the NAACP moved its headquarters from New York City to Baltimore.
1909: Feb. 12, the National Association for...
| Feb 2, 2011
Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, has died. He was 94.
Babbitt died Saturday of natural causes at University Medical Center at...
| Sep 9, 2011
Donald L. Taffner
Distributor brought British TV shows to U.S.
Donald L. Taffner, 80, an independent television distributor and producer who adapted and delivered "The Benny Hill Show" and other British comedy programs for U.S. broadcasts, died...
| May 13, 2011
| 8:59 PM
Sometimes I'll tackle a white-hot topic in this space that inspires readers to become writers.
Amid the slings and arrows of rejoinder, some gracious letter-writer might offer an attaboy for my "courage."
And I smile. But not for the reason you...
| Apr 10, 2011
The remembrance of the 150th anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War at Ft. Sumter, S.C., underway until April 17 will give rise to a host of reenactments throughout the nation until 2015, although you're unlikely to see one on a National Park...
| Feb 27, 2011
States and many U.S. territories have tourism offices to help visitors. When requesting travel literature, be as specific as possible.
Alabama: Alabama Tourism Department, 401 Adams Ave., Suite 126, P.O. Box 4927, Montgomery, AL 36103; (800) 252-2262...
| May 1, 2011
"The past is never dead. It's not even past," William Faulkner wrote in 1951, two years after winning the Nobel Prize for literature. It's one of his best-known lines, but I don't think I ever truly understood it until I came to Oxford.
For more than...
| Apr 24, 2011
As the bus leaves Atlanta, Dennis Climpson is eager for conversation. He wants to talk about college football this Sunday morning, but I have a question for him. "Have you ever heard of the Freedom Rides?" I ask.
Fifty years ago next month, a group of 15...
| May 13, 2011
| 5:17 PM
Early on, there were signs that the Chicago Tribune Author Talks program with Kathryn Stockett, who crafted the best-selling novel "The Help," would be an event. A large literary happening, in fact.
An early indicator: Tickets sold out in a matter of...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 9:14 AM
Take a beloved book, turn it into a film – and take cover, because the millions who adore the book will come out swinging. Their affection makes them protective. Love makes them loyal – and ready to punch anyone who messes with the object of...