Virginia’s Free Schools taught us lessons that remain

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was lieutenant governor of Maryland from 1995 to 2003. Fifty-five years ago, in a small county southwest of Richmond, a law was broken. The administrators of the Prince Edward County schools stood their ground against Brown v. Board of Education — the...

USDA: US corn yields to offset lesser acreage

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A U.S. government report says the nation’s corn growers should have banner production this year despite lesser acreage devoted to the grain. But corn prices later in the year may suffer a bit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released Friday its...
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British, US experts join Nigeria search for girls

South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction three weeks ago of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march...
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AP PHOTOS: Victory Day from Red Square to Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Victory Day Parade, which commemorates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany, in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral in the background, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 9, 2014. Putin made no reference to the situation in Ukraine when he...

Wet Weather Delays Planting For Ohio Farmers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A cold, wet spring has delayed planting for Ohio farmers, but they’re not worried yet. The same thing happened last year, and it turned out to be a great season for crops. The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reports that through last Sunday only 8 percent of the...

Arena Football League

___ Arizona 70, Jacksonville 61 Pittsburgh 65, Philadelphia 57 Portland 61, Tampa Bay 42 Iowa 62, San Antonio 52 San Jose 70, Orlando 35 Spokane 70, Los Angeles 21 Pittsburgh at Spokane, 10 p.m. New Orleans at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at...

Congressman: No decision on DC pot law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman said Friday that he hadn’t decided whether Congress should try to overturn a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia, insisting that he’s only seeking to understand how...
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Baby names: Noah ends Jacob’s 14-year run at top

Chart lists top baby names in 2013 and their ranks the previous year; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; Chart lists top baby names in 2013 and their ranks the previous year; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; Buy AP Photo Reprints WASHINGTON (AP) — Noah sailed past Jacob to...
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Syrians return to damaged homes after rebels leave

Syrian civilians fill a city square as they return to Homs, Syria on Friday, May 9, 2014. Bulldozers cleared rubble Friday from the streets of battle-scarred districts in the central Syrian city after government troops entered the last rebel-held neighborhoods as part of an...
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Here’s Johnny! Manzelmania sweeps into Cleveland

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Bells are ringing in Cleveland. Johnny Manziel’s here. The Browns said they’ve already sold more than 1,000 season tickets since the team drafted Texas A&M’s electrifying quarterback in the first round of...