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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Today is Tuesday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2015 with 233 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1922, the magazine Radio Broadcast commented, The rate of increase in the number who spend at least part of an evening listening to radio is almost incomprehensible.

In 1937, George VI was crowned king of England, succeeding his brother Edward, who abdicated to marry U.S. divorcee Wallis Simpson.

In 1949, Soviet authorities announced...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

Today is Thursday, May 7, the 127th day of 2015 with 238 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1718, city of New Orleans was founded.

In 1789, the first U.S. presidential inaugural ball, celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, was conducted in New York City.

In 1824, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.

In 1915, a German U-boat sank the British liner Lusitania off the coast of Ireland,...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

Today is Wednesday, May 6, the 126th day of 2015 with 239 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1863, Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee routed Union troops under Gen. Joseph Hooker at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

In 1915, Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hit his first major league home run in a game against the New York Yankees.

In 1935, in the depths of the Depression, the Works Progress Administrat...

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Matthew Hedger
04/28/2015 3:36 PM

Today is Tuesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2015 with 247 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1788, Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the seventh state of the Union.

In 1789, the most famous of all naval mutinies took place aboard the HMS Bounty en route from Tahiti to Jamaica.

In 1930, the first night game in organized baseball history was played in Independence, Kan.

In 1945, fascist leader Benito...

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Matthew Hedger
04/27/2015 4:55 PM

Today is Monday, April 27, the 117th day of 2015 with 248 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives of the Philippine Islands during his attempt to be the first to circumnavigate the world. (His co-leader, Juan Sebastian de Elcano, completed the voyage in 1522.)

In 1749, George Frideric Handel's Fireworks Music was first performed.

In 1810, Ludwig van Beethoven...

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Matthew Hedger
04/26/2015 4:59 PM
On left, Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania. Photo Courtesy Amador Ledger Dispatch History Department

Today is Sunday, April 26, the 116th day of 2015 with 249 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1607, the first British colonists to establish a permanent settlement in America landed at Cape Henry, Va.

In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, German-made planes destroyed the Basque town of Guernica, Spain.

In 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged, forming the country of Tanzania.

In 1986, a fire and explosion at the Soviet...

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Matthew Hedger
04/22/2015 1:40 PM

Today is Wednesday, April 22, the 112th day of 2015 with 253 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1500, Brazil was discovered by Pedro Alvarez Cabral.

In 1889, about 20,000 homesteaders massed along the border of the Oklahoma Territory, awaiting the signal to start the Oklahoma land rush.

In 1914, Babe Ruth made his professional baseball debut as a pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1915, during World War I, German forces...

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Matthew Hedger
04/21/2015 8:22 AM
The Battle of San Jacinto

Today is Tuesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2015 with 254 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

In 1509, Henry VIII became king of England after his father, Henry VII, died.

In 1836, with the battle cry Remember the Alamo! Texas forces under Sam Houston defeated the army of Mexican Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna at San Jacinto, Texas, opening the path to Texas independence.

In 1918, Manfred von Richthofen, German World War I...

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Matthew Hedger
04/13/2015 1:38 PM
FDR dedicates the Jefferson Memorial

Today is Monday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2015 with 262 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Venus.

On this date in history: In 1742, George Frideric Handel's Messiah made its world premiere.

In 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.

In 1964, Sidney Poitier became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor, honored for his work in Lilies of the Field....

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Brent Parsons
04/09/2015 10:16 AM
Jim Guidi. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador is fortunate to have retained a representative in traditional media’s “big three:” newspaper, radio and television.

I’m not sure how many voices Amador has on the internet, certainly many more than those three which are online too. The Amador Ledger Dispatch has tried to embrace the internet which has led to a complicated relationship with an upstart competitor that is blamed for killing print worldwide. The Dispatch has navigated the perilous path with a goal of integration and mutual benefit. The paper removed the pay...

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Matthew Hedger
04/09/2015 9:10 AM

Today is Thursday, April 9, the 99th day of 2015 with 266 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus.

In 1413, Henry V was crowned king of England.

In 1816, the first all-black U.S. religious denomination, the AME church, was organized in Philadelphia.

In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, bringing the Civil War to a close.

In 1866, the U.S....

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Matthew Hedger
04/06/2015 3:09 PM

Today is Monday, April 6, the 96th day of 2015 with 269 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune Uranus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus.

In 1814, Napoleon was exiled to Elba.

In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was founded in a log cabin in Fayette, N.Y.

In 1851, Portland, Ore., was founded.

In 1868, Mormon Church leader Brigham Young married his 27th, and last, wife.

In 1896, the first modern Olympics formally opened at Athens, Greece. The Olympics...

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Matthew Hedger
04/01/2015 2:37 PM

Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015 with 274 to follow.

This is known as April Fools' Day.

(St. Stupid's Day)

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus.

In 1826, Samuel Morey was granted a patent on the internal combustion engine.

In 1918, toward the end of World War I, the British founded the Royal Air Force. (Two months later it began bombing industrial targets in Germany from bases in France.)

In 1924, Adolf Hitler was sent to...

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Via Press Release
03/26/2015 10:29 AM
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I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that’s what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and “booty.” Real women struggle to lose weight after childbirth. They have droopy bits and wrinkles, so I am told.

I am 42 years old. I am 5’10 and weigh 110 pounds. I do not have an eating disorder, I am just naturally tall and thin, I eat generally healthy foods, and I am a lifelong runner who paid for most of my college by competing in...

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John Tuttle
03/26/2015 10:27 AM

During a discussion at the 2015 Cal Tax Annual Members meeting, Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner called for a meaningful public discourse on tax reform ideas that makes life easier for taxpayers. Runner suggested replacing California’s income tax with a sales tax on services.

“If you want real tax reform, we ought to look at eliminating the state’s personal and corporate income tax,” said Runner. “One less tax agency would make California a far more attractive place for jobs, retirees and investment.”

Runner noted...

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Terry Sanders
03/26/2015 10:25 AM
Courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In order to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced this week that it will change the calculation used to determine the distance between a Veteran’s residence and the nearest VA medical facility from a straight line distance to driving distance. Eligibility criteria for the current 40-mile calculation would change to driving distance when approved. The policy change will be made through regulatory action in the coming weeks. The Veterans Choice Program was authorized by the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/26/2015 10:18 AM
The Mokelumne River. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I am writing in response to a recently published letter to the editor to set the record straight about some Mokelumne River issues, history and Foothill Conservancy.

The East Bay Municipal Utility District and Foothill Conservancy did agree that amendments were needed to Assemblyman Bigelow’s Wild and Scenic Study Bill, AB 142. The assemblyman apparently did, too, because he accepted extensive Assembly Natural Resources Committee amendments to his bill, including those that provide interim protection for the Mokelumne before...

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Matthew Hedger
03/28/2015 9:28 AM

Today is Saturday, March 28, the 87th day of 2015 with 278 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus.

In 1797, Nathaniel Briggs was awarded a patent for the washing machine.

In 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form The Greatest Show on Earth.

In 1939, Madrid surrendered to the nationalist forces of Generalissimo Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1968, the counterculture musical Hair opened on...

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Matthew Hedger
03/25/2015 2:46 PM

Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 84th day of 2015 with 281 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus.

In 1807, the English Parliament abolished the slave trade.

In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City killed 146 people, mostly female immigrant workers. (The tragedy led to the eventual enactment of many state and national workplace safety laws.)

In 1947, a mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., killed 111 men,...

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Matthew Hedger
03/23/2015 1:30 PM

Today is Monday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2015 with 283 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Neptune and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus and Venus.

In 1775, in a speech supporting the arming of the Virginia militia, Patrick Henry declared, Give me liberty or give me death.

In 1965, Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young were launched in Gemini 3, the first U.S. two-man crew in space.

In 1966, Pope Paul VI met Britain's archbishop of Canterbury at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican,...

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