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When Oakland Was a 'Chocolate City': A Brief History of Festival at the Lake

ake Merritt, the man-made lake at the center of Oakland, has been called the city’s beating heart. It is more than a body of water — it is where people gather to celebrate and protest, to party and to ... read more

Sept. 11 memorials, WWI history and more in Madison County

15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Madison County Historical Society will host the 23rd annual Hops Festival ... Company will host the annual “Great Chocolate Train Wreck Celebration.” Come and learn t... read more

'A big log in the road': Famed Ojibwe chief leaves checkered legacy 150 years after assassination

There wasn't a city of Brainerd yet to call it the Brainerd lakes area in the first place. Now, a century and a half later, a "big log on the road" may remain an apt description for the man—because, w... read more

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Prog Spring

Here is a list of the musicians, artists, and other figures mentioned in this series, along with brief bios. Listen along to this series ... at the Organ Center in the southern England city of Portsmo... read more


A roundup of gas prices, weather and warnings for Labor Day weekend

However, Dave Kook with the National Weather Service in White Lake, said there is a storm front hovering over the west side of the state that will threaten the fun all weekend. For Detroiters and reve... read more

Looking Back at Oakland's Festival at the Lake

1. When Oakland Was a 'Chocolate City': A Brief History of Festival at the Lake '#Oakland’s finest at Festival at the Lake 1994,' writes @noblesaa in an Instagram post about the Festival at the Lake. ... read more

Curious Twins give 'bullpenning' a whirl in their minor league system

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Twins have begun experimenting with "bullpenning" in their minor league system. After journeyman lefty Paco Rodriguez made a pair of brief starts in recent ... D.J. Dozier (1992 ... read more

The Smells of Space: Burned Steak, Gunpowder, Raspberries

You’ll never get to take a deep breath and smell the roses in Earth’s orbit. The distinct lack of air there means you’d die a gruesome death sans space helmet, probably without smelling a thing. Each ... read more

Mauer's slam leads Twins past Yankees 10-5

That was the only bright spot for the Yankees, who dropped nine games behind Boston in the AL East race and had their lead over Oakland for the first wild ... tying Tony Oliva for fourth place in Twin... read more

Event’s top 100 books to read this summer

This very brief history of time – the ‘greatest remaining mystery ... tries to keep the peace on the mean streets of Oakland, California. 97. ‘Sticks And Stones’ by Jo Jakeman (Harvill Secker, £12.99) ... read more

Joseph Jackson, pop-music patriarch who guided his children to stardom, dies at 89

to Oakland, California. After completing high school, he moved to East Chicago, Indiana, where his mother had settled. He was an amateur boxer for a short time and had a brief teenage marriage that wa... read more

Your Brain on Politics: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Liberals and Conservatives

That’s like saying there’s a “rollercoaster affinity gene” or a “Mint-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Gene” (ßif ... on the personality of the dominant leaders at that point in history, and attract people wh... read more



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