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Presidential Proclamation–100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan.  Flames spread quickly through the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors — overcrowded, littered with cloth scraps, and containing few buckets of water to douse the flames — giving the factory workers there little time to escape.  Read more→

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Rennison Vern Castillo

The Los Angeles Times reports that Immigration and Customs Protection (ICE) will pay an Army veteran $400,000 for wrongfully detaining him. Rennison Vern Castillo, a naturalized U.S. citizen served years in the U.S, Army, was detained for months as a suspected illegal immigrant. ICE also issued an official apology.  Castillo, spent seven months in a  Read more→

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A Youth From Sicily Makes America’s Iconic Comedies and Patriotic Documentaries

Frank Capra (1897-1991) was born in Bisacquino, Sicily.  The son of farmers, his family immigrated to the United States, settling on a farm outside Los Angeles, when Capra was six years old.  According to Stephen G. Marshall (American National Biography), Capra was the only one of fourteen children to attend college; he attained a degree in chemical  Read more→

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