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Years ago, a story circulated about a woman telling a colleague how she left her kids, ages 3 and 5, alone at home all day, fed them once a day and had no plans to send them to school. The conversation was overheard by another woman with a reputation for causing problems at work, starting rumors and lying about her co-workers. The next day, the first woman was surprised when the police and a ...

"Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019," edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain; One World (528 pages, $32) ——— As distinguished historian Ibram X. Kendi points out in his rousing introduction to "Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019," histories “of Black America have almost always been written by a single individual, ...

“The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship” by Deborah Willis; NYU Press (256 pages, $35) ——— It wasn’t just a war for freedom. It was a war for the future. Black soldiers during the Civil War weren’t just fighting for themselves. They were fighting for their children and all who came after. They were fighting for tomorrow. “The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual ...

ST. LOUIS — The back hardwood stairs of the historic Taille de Noyer, an antebellum home in Florissant, Missouri that started as a two-room log cabin for fur traders, tell many stories. The stairs are worn and dipped in the middle, points out the foreword of a new book about slavery in north St. Louis County. “Let us remember that some of the feet on those steps did not walk there by choice, ...

"Pickard County Atlas" by Chris Harding Thornton; MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux (288 pages, $26) ——— Violence can shape a family’s emotional and mental growth for decades, as Chris Harding Thornton explores in her stunning debut, “Pickard County Atlas,” set in 1978 Nebraska. A darkness blankets the Reddick family as well as Pickard County deputy sheriff Harley Jensen, tainting each ...

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The top professional prospect on the 2020 U.S. Olympic team decided to wait so he could fight for a medal in '21. The athletic, speedy lightweight from Virginia is hoping to follow the career path of friend Shakur Stevenson, who won a pro title just three years after earning a silver medal in the Rio Games.

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Virginia removed its statue of Robert E. Lee from the U.S. Capitol overnight, the latest move in the state's purge of Confederate iconography in a year of reckoning on racial injustice.

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TJ Kim doesn’t even have his driver’s license yet, but he’s already flying across Virginia delivering medical supplies to small, rural hospitals in need. The 16-year-old turned his weekly flight lessons into relief missions carrying precious pandemic cargo like gloves, masks, gowns and other equipment.

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