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HISTORY CORNER: Clarence Darrow defends a schoolteacher in the historic Scopes ‘Monkey Trial’

September 23, 2018 at 5:00 am

Part II of the Clarence Darrow Story

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HISTORY CORNER: Legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow and 20th century’s most spectacular trials

September 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

In the early 20th century, if you were in deep trouble and needed the best defense attorney in America, Clarence Darrow was your man.He confessed to being an agnostic, soaked up Darwin, couldn’t accept the Bible — though he conceded that “I...

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HISTORY CORNER: John Jacob Astor’s failures and successes helped develop the American West

September 02, 2018 at 5:00 am

John Jacob Astor was man with a big dream of building a trading empire from the Atlantic to the Pacific Coast and China based on the fur trade. When that failed, he turned to Manhattan real estate and became America’s first millionaire and ...

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HISTORY CORNER: The Captain, his ships and the 1923 disaster on the California coast

August 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

Eight ships that were part of Edward Howe Watson’s U.S. Navy career ended up on the bottom of the sea, including seven destroyers off the coast of California and a battleship at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese sank the battleship, and he was cou...

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HISTORY CORNER: Where are all those giant Nephilim bones that were sent to the Smithsonian?

August 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

In 1924, the New York Times reported “A huge skeleton, believed to be that of a prehistoric human being has been discovered in Salmon River Country by two members of the State Highway Dept., who brought their find to the City.”The largely i...

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HISTORY CORNER: Guru Rajneesh brought cult to Oregon, poisoned locals, bought Rolls Royces and promoted free love

August 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

The guru from India preached a message that promoted capitalism, materialism. meditation and sex. In his short life, he hoped for peace, but instead lived in a cauldron of controversy that included dark times in Oregon, endless legal woes, ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Tragic end of a Whidbey Island settler and Puget Sound ferryboat

August 05, 2018 at 5:00 am

Thirty miles north of Seattle, bucolic Whidbey Island stands guard over the entrance to Puget Sound. Early mariners explored and mapped it. Indians lived peacefully off the island’s bountiful supply of berries, nuts, fruit and edible plants...

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HISTORY CORNER: Indians and the long and deadly history of Oregon wildfires

July 29, 2018 at 5:00 am

Professional golfer Tom Watson once said, “I’d rather fight 100 structure fires than a wildfire. With a structure fire you know where your flames are, but in the woods it can move anywhere; it can come right up behind you.”Forest fires have...

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HISTORY CORNER: The history, sights, sounds and serenity of Lake Pend Oreille, one of America’s most beautiful lakes

July 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Lake Pend Oreille is a gem of nature nestled between the mountains of North Idaho at the south end of the Purcell Trench, a trough carved by ancient glaciers moving south from Canada.About 16,000 years ago, an ice dam broke where today the ...

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HISTORY CORNER: Frontier battles between sheep and cattle men include Deep Creek Murders in 1890s southern Idaho

July 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

Sheepherder Bill Tolman was scared to death of the patrolling detectives hired by the cattlemen to keep the sheep out of what they considered their grazing grounds. He was especially afraid of Jackson Lee “Diamondfield Jack” Davis, hired by...

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