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Butch and Sundance: The Real Story

Want to know the truth about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?  Two of the more famous outlaws of the old west?  This coming Monday in Nacogdoches, an amateur historian who knows a lot about those people and those times will share everything she knows in a presentation at the Nacogdoches Public Library.

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A&M Picks First Black Corps of Cadets Commander

Nearly half a century after African-Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University, a black student has finally reached the pinnacle of one of its signature organizations.

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Even Einstein Couldn’t Think of Peace Plan

For the first time, the late Albert Einstein's personal archives and letters have been opened to the public, and they reveal some surprising things about the man regarded as one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived.

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Getty Images - Booth Assassinates Lincoln
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Gettysburg Gift Shop Pulls Lincoln Assassin Bobbleheads

It's true.  You can no longer buy a John Wilkes Booth bobble-head doll at the Gettysburg National Military visitor center bookstore.  But that's not the real story here.

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Who Knew? Nixon Had a Sensitive Romantic Side

Richard Nixon's love letters to Patricia Ryan -- who he later married -- showed he was a hopelessly romantic young man. Written in 1938, the letters reveal Nixon -- a man known for hardball, down and dirty politics -- had an idealistic and even poetic side.

The letters show that long before Nixon became the most powerful man in the world -- only to be forced to resign in disgrace -- he was just another ordinary young guy head over heels in love.

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Happy Texas Independence Day – Ya’ll

Today, March 2nd, is Texas Independence Day. The 176th anniversary of the day in 1836, when a group of Anglo colonists gathered at a place they named Washington on the Brazos and agreed it was time for the area called "Tejas" to declare its independence from Mexico.

Today's Lufkin Daily News has an editorial that sums up the meaning and importance of this day as well any we've ever read.  We can't improve on it, so here it is in its entirety.

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The Myth of the 8 Hours of Sleep

Tell the truth now. Does anybody really get eight hours of sleep?  Eight full hours of deep uninterrupted sleep?  Truth be told, not many people have that luxury, and experts say it's largely a myth that we even need that much sleep.

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Celebrate President’s Day with a Look at Presidents Tossing Ceremonial First Pitches

Did you know that President Taft was the first president to toss the ceremonial first pitch before a Major League Baseball game? He did in in 1910 on Opening Day at Griffith Stadium before a Washington Senators game. Since Taft, every president has followed suit taking the mound at some point during his presidency.

Franklin Roosevelt holds the record for the most times a president got the honor, hurling nine different times (eight opening days and an All-Star Game). Here’s a look back at some of the more memorable performances of presidents over the past century:

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