Author Archives: Patricia Zapor

Anniversary marks Empire State Building plane crash

A New York Times newsletter July 28 called attention to the 70th anniversary of an event that rang faint bells — yes, on Sept. 11, 2001, there were references to another time an airplane had hit a New York highrise. … Continue reading

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To beard or not to beard: Faith’s call vs. prison authority

The Supreme Court Oct. 7 took up the case of an Arkansas prisoner who is seeking permission to grow a beard, in keeping with the instructions of his Muslim faith. The prisoner, Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik, is … Continue reading

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You say, ‘Potato,’ they say, ‘Not a white one’

At a time when much of the nation seems to be getting with the campaign for better nutrition, big potato growers are pushing Congress to ignore the USDA guidelines that keep white potatoes off the list of fresh vegetables eligible … Continue reading

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Ambassadorial introductions: formal and not so formal

Ken Hackett, the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, presented his credentials to Pope Francis Oct. 21. The formal ritual called for Hackett to dress in morning coat and white tie, and to physically hand over his paperwork to … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Francis, one or the other of them…

Big Jim Griffith, the Southwestern folklore expert who writes a blog for the Arizona Daily Star, has another piece about local observances of Catholic saints’ days. This one talks about traditions that meld appreciation for St. Francis of Assisi, the … Continue reading

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Patron saint of farmers celebrated with Sonoran tradition, stew

Jim Griffith, an expert on some of the most fascinating historical people and events in the Southwestern United States, has been on something of a Catholic kick in his regular columns in the Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson daily newspaper. … Continue reading

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Web tool lets users see if ancestors could immigrate to U.S. today

Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have long noted that immigrating to the United States today involves an entirely different legal system than that under which most people arrived here for nearly 200 years. Now, there’s an online tool to help … Continue reading

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The eyes (and ears, and beard) have it

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has the inside track to be elected pope, according to the preliminary analysis of how people reacted to the faces of likely candidates among the cardinals. Yep, their faces alone. A pair of psychology associate … Continue reading

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Tag, you’re it, the extreme way

The Wall Street Journal had a great story last week about an unconventional game of tag that a group of friends from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Wash., have been playing since they were in high school, and revived in … Continue reading

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Impending storm, early voting and feeling encouraged about our democratic process

Here in the region where it’s “All Politics” every year, it takes something enormous to knock the last days of the election campaign down the priority list. The forecast for days of widespread weather misery, thanks to Hurricane Sandy, therefore … Continue reading

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