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The Latest: Renovation of Lee's Gettysburg HQ is unveiled

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:26:59 UT

The Latest on a $6 million restoration of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg headquarters: 3:15 p.m. The head of a preservation group is lauding a $6 million project to restore the stone house and grounds that served as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The president of Civil War Trust said Friday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that "if Robert E. Lee rode up today on his horse, Traveler, he'd know where he was." The 4-acre property had been privately owned ever since the Civil War's bloodiest battle, sprouting a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and history buffs.

Robert E. Lee's Gettysburg headquarters gets $6M facelift

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:47:51 UT

Over the decades, the stone house and grounds that served as Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters at Gettysburg sprouted a motel, restaurant and other modern structures that dismayed preservationists and Civil War buffs keen on historic authenticity. Now, after a $6 million restoration that erased decades of development at the 4-acre site, the property looks much as it did in July 1863, when Lee suffered defeat in a bloody three-day battle that turned the tide of the war. "If Robert E. Lee would ride up tomorrow, he would recognize his headquarters.

Home design brand West Elm plans hotels in 5 cities

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:05:34 UT

This undated image provided by West Elm shows a model room for hotels that are expected to open under the West Elm brand. West Elm, a trendy home design retailer, is planning to get into the hospitality business by opening hotels in five cities over the next few years: Indianapolis, Detroit, Minneapolis, Savannah, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. (West Elm via AP)

Centuries-old gravestones found, returned to cemetery

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:00:53 UT

This undated photo provided by Stephanie Pallas shows the gravestone that was returned from Upper Darby, Penn., to a Colonial-era cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island. Pallas said she found the flat stone buried in her Pennsylvania yard recently while landscaping. The stone, and two others, were reset in the Common Burying Ground in Newport Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Stephanie Pallas photo via AP)

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois.

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:59:08 UT

October 24, 2016 The Quincy Herald-Whig For Cubs fans, 'next year' has finally arrived Chicago Cubs fans can party like it's 1945. The Cubs, long baseball's lovable losers, ended a 71-year run without appearing in the World Series Saturday night by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 to take the National League Championship Series, four games to two. With baseball's best record during the regular season, the Cubs appear poised to sweep aside the Curse of the Billy Goat, the specter of Steve Bartman deflecting a foul ball in 2003, and decades of disappointment and near-misses during the Hall of Fame careers of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ryne Sandberg. Finally, no more waiting until next year.

Road Scholar director found home in Alaska landscapes

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 10:15:42 UT

In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 photo, Kathleen Leitgeb, program director for the Fairbanks Denakkanaaga Road Scholar Program, stands in the Denakkanaaga Office at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. Leitgeb, the program director for the Fairbanks Denakkanaaga Road Scholar program, was born and raised in Chelsea, New York, and graduated from high school in the mid-60s with a less-than-stellar grade point average. (Erin Corneliussen /Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Ask a Designer: designing a functional yet stylish mudroom

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:46:46 UT

This undated photo provided by The Home Depot shows a cabinet serving as storage in the foyer of a home. One portion of an open foyer can function as a mudroom with help from a cabinet, like the one shown here, that combines closed storage, hanging space, shelving and seating. (The Home Depot/Home Decorators Collection via AP)

MoMA exhibit explores roots of modern interiors

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:57:45 UT

This undated photo provided by MoMA shows Lilly Reich's "View of the Velvet and Silk Café," 1927. The image is part of the exhibit at the museum titled "How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior." (MoMA via AP)

Ask a Designer: transitioning outdoor spaces for fall

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 08:51:44 UT

This undated photo provided by Kristina Crestin shows an outdoor space in Essex, Mass., designed by Crestin. One key to enjoying your outdoor living space in chilly fall weather: Sofas and chairs with deep, padded seats. In this backyard patio deep upholstered seating and thick pillows create a space where guests can nestle comfortably while enjoying a fall evening. (Kristina Crestin via AP)

Bar open since 1934 prepares to close

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 01:02:10 UT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Their story begins at the Wonder Bar. He wore Hai Karate aftershave. She was tall and skinny with long blond hair. It was the summer of 1972 on the second floor of Casper's watering hole — a rock and roll band, pitchers of light beer and a blind date for Pat and Vicki. They had seen each other once before. They had many mutual friends. She was 19, arriving first, easily bypassing the bouncer who knew she was underage. He was 24, coming from baseball practice, wearing a blue hat with white polka dots. She sat at their table of friends. He approached with a pick-up line. "Let's ditch these losers," he said, and nobody laughed. They danced and talked over loud music.

Man dies after falling into Wellesley pond

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 18:18:29 UT

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a man who fell out of a canoe on a Wellesley pond. Officials say the man, whose name has not been released, was a member of a landscaping crew doing work at a home on College Road and took a canoe out on Morses Pond during a break on Tuesday Police said the man was reported in the water at about 1 p.m. His body was recovered about three hours later some 40 to 50 feet from shore.

Heidelberg Project starts fundraising, plans transformation

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:26:22 UT

A Sept. 30, 2016 photo shows the exterior of the Number House at the Heidelberg Project, in Detroit. The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is launching a $100,000 capital campaign as its creator looks to remake and largely dismantle the outdoor art installation. (John T. Greilick/The Detroit News via AP)

$1 million State House dome renovation nears completion

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 11:21:06 UT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The golden dome atop the New Hampshire State House is glistening once again. Workers have begun to dismantle the scaffolding around the dome on the Civil War-era State House. The $1 million project started in March and is expected to be completed by Dec. 1. The work has involved meticulously laying five pounds of gold leaf in 4-inch squares on the dome and its golden eagle. The 500,000-pound, 90-foot tower of scaffolding has been reduced to 30 feet, leaving the fresh gilding visible. Workers are now replacing rotted wood and windows on the octagonal lantern that sits below.

Lawsuit seeks class-action status over 2014 sewer backups

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 16:35:29 UT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney has filed a lawsuit against the city over 2014 sewer backups that damaged hundreds of homes. The Lincoln Journal Star reports ( ) that attorney Vince Powers filed the lawsuit on behalf of his client, Susan Dermer. On Friday, Power amended the lawsuit seeking class-action status. The lawsuit says Dermer suffered more than $10,000 in damages for cleaning and restoration of her basement. The suit says the city failed to have a sewer system that would accommodate heavy rainfall, among other problems. The city says the storm was responsible for the backups, not city negligence. Even so, it set up a $1 million cleanup fund, limiting property owners to $5,000 per property.

Gallery owner with ALS works to cement arts legacy

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 11:11:46 UT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The crowd grew steadily for the recent opening of a new show by expressionist painter Mel McCuddin at The Art Spirit Gallery in downtown Coeur d'Alene. Gallery owner Steve Gibbs worked the room as he has for nearly 20 years, greeting friends and customers, catching up. He gripped a cane friends bought him at a garage sale, but even without that visual clue many of those gathered on this warm summer evening knew of his diagnosis. A fixture of the Lake City's arts scene, Gibbs has ALS - what Lou Gehrig had, what Steve Gleason has. He noticed muscle twitches in his arms three years ago. More clues of the neuromuscular disease appeared last fall.

Trinity Site ranch house faces restoration

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:53:26 UT

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — A ranch house where Los Alamos scientists assembled the world's first atomic bomb is being restored. The McDonald/Schmidt Ranch House at the Trinity Site is facing exterior renovations thanks to a cooperative agreement with White Sand Missile Range Cultural Resources Program. Improvements will focus on the exterior stucco, gutters and drainage and interior restoration. On July 16, 1945, scientists from the then-secret city of Los Alamos successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, near Tularosa. The ranch house was located two miles away from the explosion, and its windows were blown out. The house was no significantly damaged but over the years fell into disrepair.

Board again delays ruling on Kinnick Stadium-inspired house

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:28:03 UT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Board of Adjustment has again delayed a ruling on whether to let a couple build a 7,500-square-foot home designed to resemble Kinnick Stadium. An appeal of the city's building permit was scheduled for a vote Wednesday night after an earlier vote delay, but now the decision has been delayed until next Wednesday. A group called the Neighbors of Manville Heights Association and property owners in the area are appealing the city's June issuance of the permit to Reed and Sandy Carlson. The opponents have cited the home's size, the potential for big parties, as well as concerns about drainage, fire safety and erosion.