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November 16, 2017

FBI Joins With Local MD Police To Help Prostitutes Break Free


By Jeremy Arias

The Frederick News-Post

Frederick, MD (AP) - It was about 4:30 p.m. Friday when FBI Special Agent Matt Vilcek made his first call of the night to a prostitute he’d identified earlier as a potential target.

``She’s probably not going to pick up, but .’’ Vilcek said as the dialtone was almost immediately replaced by a nondescript prompt to leave a message.

``Hey baby,’’ Vilcek said as the beep sounded. ``This is Vinny, hit me back.’’

Across the table in the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center’s briefing room, Dave Fitz, a public affairs specialist with the FBI’s field office in Baltimore, smiled and shook his head as Vilcek hung up.

``So you’re Vinny again tonight?’’ Fitz asked.

As a member of a Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, Vilcek often finds himself working undercover with local police partners to set up stings across the Baltimore field office’s expansive coverage area.

While Vilcek was embedded with a team of FBI task force-trained detectives from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and the Frederick Police Department on Friday night, he also works regularly with Hagerstown police officers to the west, and the task force is looking to expand even farther.

``We can offer training, we can offer resources that the FBI has and also get their assistance from the state and local level on these types of cases where we could really use the help,’’ Vilcek said. ``. So we have resources, we have personnel, and Frederick County and the city has street-level intelligence and operational experience. The blend of our agencies creates a very nice partnership.’’

Just as the special agent finished that thought, a sharp tone from his phone snapped him back to the task at hand: ``Vinny’’ had just gotten a reply.

``Oh, hello . I’m going to step outside for a minute,’’ Vilcek said, standing up and headed for the exit in search of a stronger cellphone signal. ``I don’t want to lose this one.’’

Scared straight

Several hours later, ``Jess,’’ the first date of the night, stood outside the Independent Hose Company on Baughman’s Lane, where the task force was holding its debrief.

Trembling, tears streamed down her face as the 23-year-old recounted her night.

``I guess ... I got caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing trying to get some fast cash, and it didn’t really work out,’’ Jess said, dabbing at her eyes. ``So this is kind of a scared-straight situation for me.’’

Jess, who spoke with a reporter after agreeing her real name would not be used, said she began selling her body for sex when she was 17 years old after meeting an older girl who introduced her to prostitution as a good way to get cash quickly.

Having just moved to Maryland, Jess said she looked up to the other woman as an older sister and trusted her advice completely. The reality she found upon diving deeper into what she described as the ``lifestyle’’ was far darker, and much more dangerous.

``I’ve been robbed, I’ve been raped before, I’ve been beaten before and I’ve been around really nasty people,’’ Jess said. ``Like I said, this girl who introduced me to this lifestyle, I thought she was my friend, but look at where I’m at right now. That’s not something that your friends should introduce you to.’’

In a quick search of Jess’ room at the house where she arranged to meet Vilcek in Taskers Chance, the undercover officers found a handgun within the young woman’s reach, but quickly learned that the weapon was unloaded, Vilcek said.

Jess later admitted she kept the weapon around for protection.

Having been arrested once before by undercover officers in another county in Maryland, Jess said she was surprised to learn she would not be charged for her run-in with the law Friday night. On the contrary, after identifying her and taking her picture for their records, Vilcek and the officers quickly arranged for Jess to sit down with Maggie Henderson, the sheriff’s office’s victim/witness coordinator.

``My role is to say, `OK, how can I help you?’ And give them some information along with my information as well, and offer them advice on things they could use to get out of it,’’ Henderson said after a long talk with Jess. ``The next step is really on them ... it’s empowerment for them to step up on their own, but I’m here to provide whatever support they might need to make that happen.’’

On Thursday, when Vilcek was embedded with his partners in Hagerstown, he was in contact with 10 or 12 women he found by scouring personal ads on various internet sites. By the end of that night, despite setting up ``dates’’ with three of those women, the task force didn’t make a single arrest.

``Our goal is not to arrest these individuals, who are oftentimes victims of abuse and sex trafficking, either at the present time or prior,’’ Vilcek said. ``(Our goal is) to sit with them and get an understanding of what is going on in their lives that is forcing them into this activity, then offer them services.’’

The task force’s emphasis on treating the prostitutes they find as victims rather than criminals is part of the overall philosophy the FBI follows to help curb the prevalence of human trafficking, Vilcek said.

The root of the problem

By 10 p.m., the task force had netted a second woman who Vilcek had arranged to meet in a hotel room off Buckeystown Pike.

FBI Special Agent Matt Vilcek

As Vilcek and Henderson sat down with the girl inside to talk, the rest of the officers took to their radios to corner the man who had driven the girl to the hotel and was presumably working as her pimp.

``He’s over by the front, he’s wearing a hoodie, and he had a cellphone in his hand, you see him?’’ An officer asks over the team’s radio channel, pinpointing the man as he stood next to his car.

Seconds later, the task force made its move, confronting the man and detaining him before he was able to enter the vehicle and flee.

During a single week in October, the FBI and more than 500 local police agencies recovered 84 sexually exploited juveniles and arrested 120 traffickers nationwide during the agency’s 11th annual Operation: Cross Country exercise.

And while none of the women Vilcek and his team encountered Friday night were juveniles, the team was still excited by the possibility to nab a pimp.

``We will target the traffickers. If we encounter the traffickers, we’re going to do what we can to go after them and stop this problem,’’ Vilcek said.

Unfortunately, not all prostitutes are as willing as Jess to cooperate. Many, like the second woman caught in the hotel, are deeply embedded in the lifestyle and often find themselves unable to break the emotional bonds they have developed with their traffickers.

By 10:30 p.m., the presumed pimp was walking briskly away from the hotel, shouting insults and parrying words with the officers huddled around Vilcek’s unmarked car behind him. Uncharged, he was free to go.

``She identified him as her boyfriend. She thinks that this guy loves her and that they have a relationship, when, in reality, she filled his car up with gas, gave him $25 to drive her up here and essentially what he’s doing is he’s pimping her,’’ Vilcek said, shaking his head.

The woman the officers encountered in the hotel was also in quite different circumstances from Jess, having more than one previous prostitution arrest on her record, the woman was also on methadone while trying to recover from a longstanding heroin addiction.

Alienated from her family and out of resources, it will be a much harder road to recovery for ``Phoenix,’’ as the second woman identified herself, but she also avoided charges Friday night, Vilcek said.

``Unfortunately, with the situation being what it is, without her saying, you know, `He’s my pimp,’ there’s not a whole lot that we can do other than discourage the activity and try to get her help,’’ Vilcek said. ``She sat down with Maggie, and we kind of had a breakthrough moment, but time will tell with her.’’

The man declined to speak with a reporter when asked for comment.

``I ain’t involved in none of this,’’ the man shouted, waving a hand dismissively as he made his way toward a nearby gas station. ``You ain’t gettin’ no interview.’’

Worth the hardship

In spite of the difficulties in breaking through to some of the people she works with, Henderson said she was dedicated to continuing her work with the victims she comes into contact with through her work with Vilcek, the sheriff’s office and elsewhere.

Henderson remembered one particularly moving experience involving a woman who, struggling with heroin addiction, was picked up in a prostitution sting during another of the FBI’s joint exercises in Frederick County a few weeks ago.

``We got her in for treatment, and she’s now 18 days clean and she’s seeing a therapist and a counselor that we recommended, and she loves him and she intends to go back,’’ Henderson said. ``So what we did for her was just kind of line her up for the people who we thought would be best for her and it worked.’’

Among the most pressing and important of the resources Henderson has to offer victims is shelter: a safe place to stay if they suddenly find themselves on their own. Next, Henderson works on other priorities, such as drug and mental health counseling or career advice.

Bit by bit, given enough time, Henderson and others in her role can sometimes break through even the most jaded victims.

``Just seeing their reactions when you’re able to give them the information that they really wanted or needed for a very long time but didn’t know it was there, when they get it, you see this little glimmer of, `Oh my god, I can do this ...’’’ Henderson said, her eyes lighting up.

Back at the Independent Hose Company, a little of that optimism seemed to have transferred to Jess, who burst into tears as she turned to hug Henderson for not the first time that eventful night.

When she’d had a chance to collect herself once more, Jess said she was resolved to make sure this was the last run-in she ever has with police - for prostitution or any other crime. Having relied on Henderson to weather the emotional cloudburst following the sting, Jess said she was ready to expand her support network to improve her chances.

``I’m probably going to cry a lot,’’ Jess said, laughing as she again wiped the tears from her eyes. ``I’m going to cry a lot, and then I’m going to call my mom and tell her what happened. And I’m going to be honest this time.’’

97 Year Old WW II Reporter Feels She Was Lucky & Blessed

By Matt Dutton

The Quincy Herald-Whig

Quincy, IL (AP) - Margaret ``Margie’’ McClain has lived at least nine lives.

The 97-year-old has been an advertising representative, a journalist during World War II, a college student, a mother and a painter, to name a few. Oil paintings of landscapes line the walls of her home - a hobby she has only recently picked up. She moves a little slower today than she used to, and she’s a little more apt to cry while telling a painful war-time story, but her reflections on her near-century of life are overwhelmingly positive.

``I’ve been blessed, fortunate, lucky,’’ she said.

McClain was drawn to journalism at an early age. She once interviewed Amelia Earhart eight months before the famous pilot vanished. After a brief conversation with Earhart following an assembly at Quincy High School, McClain walked away only to realize she had been so taken by the woman that she had forgotten to write any notes. On another occasion, popular violinist Dave Rubinoff offered to let her play his famed $100,000 Stradivarius violin during an after-assembly interview. She couldn’t dare.

``We got some interesting speakers for those assemblies,’’ she said.

A love for advertising found her working as first a copy writer and then advertising manager - she still takes pride in reaching management by 21 - after high school at Halbach Schroeder. When a Marine Corps recruiter came in to run some ads to encourage women to join the branch - the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve was created in 1943 - the ad she wrote was so good that she sold herself on it. Shortly after, she found herself on a bus to Chicago to take the train with many other women to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina for boot camp. She was 23.

``The war had started, and everybody wanted to do something to help,’’ she said. ``It was a different war.’’

Stationed in Quantico, Va., she became a combat correspondent, interviewing dignitaries and reporting the stories of Marines returning home from battle. Many of her stories, especially those that garnered national attention, were picked up by the Associated Press, United Press and the Washington Post. She remembers interviewing the secretary of the interior and Winston Churchill’s nephew, who was in town for a polo match.

Margie McClain with an old photo of herself

A year later, she was sent to Parris Island, S.C. One story in particular has stuck with her over the years, and it’s still hard to talk about.

Tasked with reporting on a soldier who had saved 10 men and had his ear shot off in the process, and who didn’t want to share the story, McClain searched for common ground, and she found it in chess. She found a rapport with the man, and coaxed a little personal information from him. All he wanted was to go back to war, but with his injury, he could not. He is memorable for McClain because his anger and misery were so apparent.

``It’s hard for me to talk about, even now,’’ she said. ``I know how he felt, I think. When you get older, you realize the emotions of other people.’’

After serving two years, from October 1943 to October 1945, she took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at Quincy College, with dreams of becoming an advertising representative on Fifth Avenue in New York City. In college, she met the man who would become her husband, Elmo McClain. He was one of her best friends’ brothers. They had always been friends, but somewhere along the way, the friendship turned into love.

``That destroyed my New York plans,’’ she said. ``I no longer wanted to be in advertising on Madison Avenue. This took priority.’’

She had never really considered marriage or having a family until she met Elmo. They married on Dec. 26, 1946 and had eight children.

She was a stay-at-home mom. Elmo was a coach and would later go on to become a state representative. Elmo served four terms and was often away for extended periods when the legislature was in session.

``Being a coach’s wife, there’s a lot of nights when he had late practices, and you learn to adjust your family and your life,’’ she said. ``You get used to your husband being gone.

``But he called home at least two times every day, and usually three times.’’

Elmo died in 1972 at 54, after 25 years of marriage. McClain has been without her husband for 45 years. She has 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

``It blew my mind when I turned 90,’’ she said. ``How could anyone live 90 years?’’

She concedes, with a bit of frustration, that in the last two years, her body has begun to ``feel its age,’’ but mentally, she is still young. Seven years ago, she took up oil painting and transformed the back room of her home into a studio. Lining the walls of her home are dozens of images of waterfalls and mountains all signed ``Mcmc.’’ Her most prized work is a highly-detailed portrait of her mother hanging in her living room.

Sitting on an end table near the portrait is a framed photograph of McClain and her oldest son, Mike, in Washington D.C., taken when they participated in the Honor Flight together. McClain has been named marshal of this year’s Veterans Parade, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 12th and Maine to 5th and Maine.

``I love this country very much,’’ she said. ``I don’t know if you can be humbled and proud at the same time, but I’m very humbled and proud.’’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Study Shows Genetic Testing To Be Far From Infallible, Pro Thieves’ Advice To Police Is Common Sense Stuff

Nun Who Kissed Elvis Finds Notoriety Is Convent’s Savior

Fifty Years On, The Origin Story Of The Stones’ Satisfaction Differs

Madeline Kahn Bio Reveals A Reserved And Brilliant Actress, Wreck Hunters & State Wrangle Over Blackbeard’s Treasure

In 1865, The Sultana Became The Worst US Maritime Disaster, School’s 50-Year Old Agave Plant Is About To Bloom & Die

Family Receives Rare Double Eagle Gold Coins Worth $80M, Playwright Tom Stoppard Calls It ‘A Scary Time’ For Free Speech

For Many, President Lincoln Is An Example, A Soulmate

Young Girls’ Cure For Hiccups Is Now On the Market, Arkansas Bigfoot Conference Is April 24 & 25 - You’re Welcome!

Inspired By Grandpa, Man Treads The Trace Of Daniel Boone, This Week In The Civil War: March 29 & April 5

Teamwork Allows Elderly Pair To Remain At Home, Together, This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln Visits Grant In Virginia

Documentary Going Clear Seeks To Support The Abused, This Week In The Civil War: March 1 Through March 15

Florida’s Mysterious Women May Have Originated In Java, Project Healing Waters Helps Veterans Through Fly Fishing

Parents Feel Marijuana Oil Will Aid Child - But Can’t Buy It, No One Can Help This Feeling, Mr. Spock— You Inspired Us

Everything Old Is New Again: Government Panel OK’s Eggs, Coffee And Even Some Salt

91 Year Old WW II Veteran Tells Of Freeing American POWs, This Week In The Civil War: February 15 & 22

Live, From New York! A Three Hour SNL Special, Sun., Feb. 15, Pit Bulls Can Prove Themselves Valuable, Non-Violent Helpers, Dead Hostage Mueller’s Family Releases Letter From Woman, Scientists Report It’s Time To Cool Earth With Artificial Clouds

Professor’s Crowdfunding To Research Age Reversal Of Pets, Major Stores Asked To Stop Sales Of ‘Fake’ Supplements, This Week In The Civil War: January 25th & February 1st

Search For Less Invasive Brain Surgery Leads To The Eye, Experts Believe The Grave Of Cervantes Has Been Found, Three Billion Mile Journey: NASA Craft Is Approaching Pluto

Nine Bad Habits To Avoid In Your 2015 Work Life, Will Clue Found At The British Museum Lead To Lost Colony?, X-ray Used To Decipher Scrolls Found At Herculaneum

The Imitation Game: How Alan Turing (who?) Won WW II, Healing Center Utilizes Native Practices To Positive Effect, Policeman Reunites With Baby He Rescued In 1963

This Week In The Civil War: Confederacy Suffers In Winter, Ten Best Movies Of 2014

Cat Sold In Bed Is Home Again, Safe, This Week In The Civil War, Weirdness Everywhere — Thank Goodness — In 2014, Old-School Booksellers Find A Niche In The Digital Age, Christmas Tree Science: How To Limit Needles Dropping

Town’s Charlie Brown Christmas Tree ‘Has Its Own Voice Now’, Letters To Santa Claus Are A Top Priority For His Elves, The Film Behind The Sony Hack: The Interview Should Be Seen, This Week In The Civil War: Savannah & Fort Fisher, NC

How Old Do You Feel? The Answer May Predict Lifespan, Research Reveals Tensions At Gone With The Wind Première

A Reading Brain Uses Same Area As If the Action Is Reality, Legendary Or Obscure, ‘Doctor Film’ Wants To Save Them All

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Nashville, Tennessee, Many Families Researching Their Ancestors Find Big Surprises

Former Convict Returns To Art And Finds A New Life, SC Engineer Bitten By A Rare Bug: Making Legal Moonshine

NC TV & Film Exhibit Features Industry That May Be Dead, This Week In The Civil War: November 23 & 30

Former WASP Ignored Insults & Served As Pilot In World War II, This Week In The Civil War: November 2, 9 & 16, 1864

Doggy Cooking Network Gives Owners Safe Choices For Pets, UN Climate Report: Change Is Here, Humans Caused It

At Age 14, Helen The Blind Bison Has Lots Of Fans & Gifts, 3-D Images Of Civil War Scenes Offer Tourists Rare, Fresh View

Smithsonian’s Fossil Hall Taken Down For Full Restoration, This Week In The Civil War

Man Dreams Of Year-Round Tourism For Hatteras Village, Gossip-Loving Confederate Wrote His Diary In Code

This Week In The Civil War: Judge For Dred Scott Dies, Historic Register Adds 1950’s Savannah Enclave To Its List

This Week In The Civil War, Texas Scientists Commit To Saving Obscure Salamander

This Week In The Civil War For Weeks Of September 21 & 28, Sticking Pork Up A Kid’s Nose Stops Bleeding: Ig Noble Awards

Museum Marks 100-Year Loss Of Passenger Pigeon - Why?

This Week In The Civil War: August 31 Through September 14, Canada Locates One Of Two Lost Explorer Ships From 1840s

Woman Seeks To Honor The Dead At Lost Native Graveyard

Eternal Butterfly Program Takes Shame & Stress Out Of Death, Formerly Homeless, NC Woman Lives To Help Others, UN Panel Finds Global Warming Likely Irreversible

How Do Kids Learn Math?  The Answer Is So Simple..., Kai The Shelter Dog Is Now Top Dog At SA Fire Department, This Week In The Civil War: Ft. Sumter Reduced To Rubble

Do Dogs Feel Jealousy Or Shame? Read & Decide, This Week In The Civil War: The Hunley & Fort Sumter

This Week In The Civil War: Sherman Advances, West Virginia Native Answers “What Is It To Be Appalachian?”, Artist Who Created Ghostbusters Logo Assigns ‘The Bird’, Man With ‘Disabilities’ Founds Comfortable With Myself To Encourage Everyone

Small Is Sometimes Better In The Vegetable World, Last Of Crew That Dropped The First Atomic Bomb Dies In GA

Coke® Is Restoring Ad Murals All Across Appalachia, This Week In The Civil War: July 20 & July 27, Author Of Forrest Gump Reflects On Its Influence & Appeal

Scientists Use CSI-Type Tools To Track Alaska’s Wolves, Casual Childhood Sale Of Star Wars Stuff Leads To Big Business

This Week In The Civil War: Life & Death In Petersburg, VA, MIT Developing ‘Finger Reader’ To Help Visually Impaired, 20 Million Year Old Fossils Revealed At Dam Site

This Week In The Civil War: The Battle For Washington, DC,PBS To Air Dick Cavett Special On Watergate August 8, 9 PM, Seniors (or almost anyone) Can Increase Strength With Parkour, NC’s NAACP Seeks To Extend Extend Eugenic’s Deadline

This Week In The Civil War For June 22 And June 29, Monday, June 30, Is Deadline For NC Eugenics Victims To File, Great White Shark Population Is Surging Along East Coast, Shipwreck Hunter ‘99.9% Sure’ 17th Century Ship Found

Fulfilling Will’s Stipulations Is Bugging The Smithsonian, In The Rat Race In NYC, The Rats Appear To Be Winning, Toad Detour In Philly Helps Thousands Of Toadlets Live, Chubby Checker Asks For Hall Of Fame Induction ASAP!

Tests Confirm Donated Art Is Rembrandt Self-Portrait, Healthy Seniors In Study Seeking A Way To Block Alzheimer’s, NC’s 13th Amendment On Tour To Celebrate Juneteenth

Scientists Say Creating Embryo From Three People May Be OK, This Week In The Civil War, Staging Of The Wizard Of Oz Gives Inmates Hope & Purpose, Backyard Chickens: A Green Investment In Sourcing Food

This Week In The Civil War: Weeks of May 25 & June 1, Options For Honoring Beloved Pets When They Cross Over, Surprising DNA Test Links Kiwi To Giant Bird, 1000 Years Gone, Music Therapy Opens Windows Of Communication For Many, Woman Prowls Graveyards In Search Of Mysteries & Fun

Chicks With Picks: Climbers Find Power & Peace On The Ice, Robert E. Lee’s Former Land Is Now Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Man Gently Works To Reverse Die-Off Of Honey Bees, Mad Men Style Drinking Cars Closing Down On Metro North, Oregon’s Gray Wolf, OR-7, May Have Found A Sweetie

Two Weeks In The Civil War: Overland Campaign & Sherman, Archaeologist Claims He’s Found King David’s Citadel, Blood Of Young Mice Helped Older Mice - Are We Next?!

Bees Are Disappearing, But Gardeners Can Help, Freed After 24 Years In Prison, Man Knows ‘God Has A Plan’, Yeah, It’s True. The Dude Has Had His Own Festival For Years

This Week In The Civil War: Fighting in Arkansas, Most Americans Still Question The Big Bang Theory, ‘What Would Abbie Think?’ Radical’s Presence Felt Today

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates Take Plymouth, Study Reveals Snacks May Help Avoid Marital Arguments, It’s Probably Just A Matter Of Time: 3D-Printed Heart

Descendants Of Civil War Battle Of New Market Sought By VMI, This Week In The Civil War: Raid On Fort Pillow, TN, 1964 World’s Fair Site Will Cost Millions To Restore

This Week In The Civil War: The Red River Campaign, 11 Ancient Burial Boxes Seized From Thieves, Music Program Puts Alzheimer’s Patients Back In Tune For A Bit

Noah, Opening Friday, Swirls Into A Strong Faith Market, Spring Time Is Puppy Time! How To Puppy-ize Your Life, This Week In The Civil War, Historically Vital Photos Of SC Slave Descendants New Home

Ethyl The Grizzly Loves Travel And Apple Orchards

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson’s Latest Is A Hit, This Week In The Civil War: Slaves Freed In Louisiana, Peerless Card Shark & Magician Richard Turner Is Totally Blind, The Debate Continues On Safety & Impact, But Vaping Is Gaining Acceptance & Growing

This Week In The Civil War: U.S. Grant Takes Charge, The Hard Part Is Digging The Hole: Backyard Pond Tips

Researchers Find Mexico’s Endangered ‘Water Monster’, This Week In The Civil War: Confederate Submarine, Bumblebees Are Getting Stung By Honeybee Sickness, New Exhibit Features Telegram From Elvis To His Parents

Hasty Dig At Camp Asylum, SC: The Developer’s Coming!, Backyard Bird Counters Reveal Snowy Owl Migration, Surgeon Who Invented Heimlich Maneuver: Remember It!

Saving The World’s Great Art: The Real Monuments Men, This Week In The Civil War: Sherman In Mississippi, Folkies Recall Opening For The Beatles At Carnegie Hall In ‘64

Hoffman’s Relapse & Death Is A Tragic, Common Outcome, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting At Morton’s Ford, VA, ‘Jar Nut’s’ Collection Of Bottles Is On Display In Spencer, NC

Monuments Men: 1,000 Years Of Culture Saved From Nazis, This Week In The Civil War: The Union Campaign, Film & Museum Reveal More Realistic View Of Bonnie & Clyde, IRS Is Working To Save Tax Payers Money Through EITC

2013 Was 4th Hottest Year On Record, Says NOAA, This Week in The Civil War, for week of Sunday, Jan. 26, Germans’ Longing For American West Births Documentary Play, What Do Fish Poo, Fresh Berries & School Kids Have In Common?

Making Of Lone Survivor Challenging & Controversial, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, Archaeologist Seeks WWII DNA From Pacific Graveyards, Handyman Program’s ‘Angels’ Help Keep Seniors At Home

This Week In The Civil War, Originals Of The Star-Spangled Banner & Flag To Be Displayed, Our Universe At Its Infancy: Images From Hubble Telescope, 100 Years Later, The British Still Debate WWI’s Legacy

Music Therapy Organization Helps Vets Cope With PTSD, This Week In The Civil War: Winter Furloughs, Rare 1886 Michigan Lighthouse For Sale, Concern For Elves Prompts Iceland To Halt Roadway

This Week In The Civil War, New Survey Reveals US Dads Very Involved In Child Rearing, Dolphin Center Offers Course In Marine Mammal Care

Papers Stolen During Civil War Going Home To Virginia, New Vero Beach Dig: Ice Age Humans In North American?

This Week In The Civil War: Lincoln’s Restoration Plan, Oldest DNA By 100,000 Years Throws Science Into A New Era, Bird Lovers Seek Respect For Sweet Birds: Iowa Blue Chickens

Police Still Seeking Clues To TV Star’s 1957 Murder, Scrawny Stray Cat Becomes Media Star: Pete The Cat

Researchers Seek To Teach Computer Common Sense, This Week In The Civil War: Fighting In Tennessee, New Trend For Vets Helps Pets & Owners: Euthanasia At Home, Florida Archaeologists Carefully Ponder & Paw Mystery Site

President Kennedy Is Best Remembered In His Own Words, This Week In The Civil War: The Battle Above The Clouds, German Who Held Nazi-Era Art Trove Wants Collection Back, Fifty Years Ago, A Young Boy Sought To Comfort JFK’s Bugler

This Week In The Civil War: The Gettysburg Address, NC Student, A ‘Modern Hippie,’ Treasures His 1977 VW Bus, 1869 Account Of Yellowstone Was Disbelieved, Nearly Lost, Amazing Story Of 17th Century Gem & Its Princess Savior, BBB: Tips For Donating To Typhoon Haiyan Relief

2013 Meteor Crash In Russia Is More Likely Than Realized, This Week In The Civil War

This Week In The Civil War: Confederates’ Knoxville Move, Was The Exorcist A True Story? The Answer Remains Elusive, OK, Weather Nerds! Here’re Some Weird Sandy Facts, LA’s La Brea Tar Pits Mark 100 Years Of Excavations

Inspired By Hugo’s Wrath, SC Building Arts College Thrives, This Week In The Civil War, Evidence Found Of Yeti: Oxford’s DNA Analysis Irrefutable

Remembering The Civil War, Graves Spanning Decades Of Tragedy Featured On Hike, NC Twins Meet Biological Mother On Their 20th Birthday

In Debate Over Redskins’ Name Whose Opinion Matters Most?, ‘Appearance Isn’t Everything’ & Model Finds Attention ‘Creepy’

Texas Historical Commission Look For Old Socorro Mission, At 86, Man Continues Career As Mason: ‘I love to do it’

Burger King Seeks To Make Fries Less ‘Painful’, Pirate Ship Which Sank In 1717 Yields Valuable, Rare Booty, Miss Piggy Sets Up House With Kermit & Fozzie At Smithsonian

Beep Baseball Helps Blind Players Gain Confidence

Woman Loses 160 lb. In Two Years, Without Suffering, US Wind Farms Responsible For Dozens Of Raptor Deaths

Detroit Asserts Driverless Cars Are Only Eight Years Away, Beloved Irish Poet’s Final Words: “Don’t Be Afraid.”

Report Highlights Importance Of Increasing Fruit And Vegetable Access In North Carolina, Area Of Brain Where ‘Normal’ Memory Loss Occurs Is Found

Life After TV’s Smash Still Busy For Its Songwriters, Free Dogwood Trees For Joining Arbor Day Foundation, August, Back To School Sleep Habits: Tips For Getting Kids In Gear!

NOAA Features Live Ocean‘TV’ Through August 16, Amazing Mayan Frieze Is Found In Guatemala, New Film The Butler Bridges Decades Of Struggle For Blacks

Elvis Week Honored With Release Of Elvis At Stax, Agencies Now Track The Biggest Fish: Whale Sharks, Suburb Seeks To Reduce Deer Population With Birth Control

Tick-Killing Robot May Change The World - And Your Backyard, Research On Monogamy In Animals Yields Varied Results, Back To School Overview Of Cool Stuff For Kids!

Retired Professor Sweeps Village Streets For The Good Of All, Particle Bs Sighting Confirms Clue To Universe’s Origin, Native Artist Seeks To Redefine What It Is To Be An Indian

Chance Meeting At Auschwitz Leads To Understanding, High Point Man Recalls Days On Lone Ranger Radio Show, Monks’ Sand Mandala Tour Spreads Cultural Tolerance

Solar Powered Plane Finishes Historical Journey In NYC, Raising Butterflies Is Spiritual Medicine For SC Man, More People Are Donating Bodies To Science

Teaching Each Other How To Live, Inmates & Dogs Reform, Easy July 4th Dessert! Raspberry Coconut Pie, Freshly Made Lemonade With Fresh Berry Ice Cubes, Utah Man Submits Bigfoot Skull Fossil To Science For Exam

NC WW II Veteran’s Family Receives His Bible, Missing Nearly 70 Years In Europe, Greensboro Science Center Works 24/7 To Save Little Duke

Formerly Obese Man Will Cycle To The South Pole, Site Of Native American Chiefs In Virginia Is Now Protected, Infant Left In Phone Booth Grows Up & Seeks Birth Family, Yummy Hobby! Mushrooms In A Grow-Your-Own Kit

Search For First Web Page Leads To North Carolina, Myspace Is Reinvented (by Justin Timberlake) As A Home For Musicians, Artists & Writers, Keep It Down! New Products Help Soften Noise Sensitivity

Staying At Historic Inns Requires Some Homework - Do It!, Retired From ‘Real Jobs,’ People Embrace New Lives As Artists

Modern Home Classics: Noguchi’s Light Sculptures, Facial Recognition Technology To Stop Crime...Invade Privacy?

At 100, ACS Has Made Huge Strides In Reducing Cancer, Authors Seek To Align Horses With Owners’ Personalities, Honeybees Trained In Croatia To Find Land Mines

Dan Brown’s Very Latest, Inferno, Is An Engrossing Read, Man Hits The Road On Harley To Collect WWII Vets’ Stories, Fitzgerald’s Obscure Grave Garnering More Visitors Now

Sundance Takes A Look At Animal Moms On Mother’s Day, It’s All The Rage: Moms & Dads Taking ‘Stroller Hikes’

Britain’s Pinewood Studios Opens Its Branch In Atlanta, Fido Swallowed A Sock? That’ll Be Expensive And Maybe Fatal, Replica Of 8th Century Buddhist Caves Now On Exhibit

Planets With Life, “Goldilocks Planets,” Are Everywhere

A Place For Artists & Poets, Marked By A Big, Big Head, Woman Gets Book & Movie Deal After Self-Publishing On Amazon

Are You A Lilly Girl? It’s Hard To Resist The Sunny Lilly Lifestyle, NYC Pay Phone Project Features Neighborhoods’ Past

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens, History Buffs Gather To Mark 80th Anniversary Of Air Disaster, Hurricane Uncovers Sadness Of Unclaimed Patients’ Remains

Love Hummingbirds? Tips For Attracting These Tiny Miracles, Haiti Paints A Slum And Honors Artist Prefete Duffaut

PA Exhibit Features Local Reading Railroad Artifacts, Rite Of Spring Gives Right Of Way To Jersey Salamanders, Restoration Of Last Wooden Whaler Nears Completion

Stonehenge A emetery?, What’s A Rogue Taxidermist?“Cat” Grey Is, For Example

Community Helps Excavate Oldest Street In The US, For Fun & As Collectibles, Retro-Style Toys Remain Popular

Email, Text, Instant Message: Does Lack Of Response Bug You?

Re-enactors Skill At Acting Out History Has Dual Purpose, Team Retraces Shackleton’s Amazing 1916 Rescue, Virginia Volunteers Offer Chocolate & Hugs

Helping Kids & Adults Heal From Trauma: There’s No Clear Path, Cat Stars Of The Internet: How Did This Happen?

Shoah Foundation Produces Holograms Of Nazi Survivors, Museum Mounts Exhibit Of Ice Age Masterpieces, Family Restores Rare Airplane After ‘Coyote Chase’ Crash


 

 

 

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