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Westbury pupils make, deliver cookies to police

Westbury Christian first-graders recently thanked officers at the Houston Police Department's South Gessner Division for their service to the community by hand-delivering cookies the students baked and decorated themselves in one of the school's kitchens. In addition to the first-grade project, WCS fourth-graders wrote encouraging notes for cancer patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center in October, third-graders will host a food drive for the Houston Food Bank in December, and second-graders…

from Acadymix

Mandela: A Biography

Nelson Mandela stands out as one of the most admired political figures of the twentieth century. It was his leadership and moral courage above all that helped to deliver a peaceful end to apartheid in South Africa after years of racial division and violence and to establish a fledgling democracy there. Martin Merediths vivid portrayal of this towering leader was originally acclaimed by the Sunday Times as a fitting epitaph to an extraordinary career and by the Daily Telegraph as a compelling…

South Africa ANC soul-searches after vote haemorrhage The ruling African National Congress' historic losses in South Africa's local elections have called into question the leadership of President Jacob Zuma as head of the continent's most industrialised nation. The ANC last week suffered what analysts called a "savage indictment" garnering less than 54 percent of ballots cast -- an eight-point drop from the last local poll in 2011 and its worst showing since the fall of white-minority…

Ex-Gov. Ibori in Trouble as ICPC Revisits Case Fresh troubles may be ahead of some former governors as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Abukakar Malami is set to reopen corruption cases for which they were earlier investigated by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission. Sources in the ICPC confirmed to The PUNCH on Monday that the commission had last week received a letter from the office of the AGF giving the anti-graft…

Operation Totalize. the strength of the German position duringOperation Totalize has generally been under-appreciated by historians, since the traditional view that the Canadians, “despite overwhelming air and artillery superiority, five divisions and two armoured brigades comprising upwards of 600 tanks could not handle two depleted German divisions,” is not entirely accurate.29 In fact, during the period of 7-10 August, the II Canadian Corps encountered all or part of five divisions…

Boko Haram launches fresh attack on Borno village Suspected members of dreaded Boko Haram terrorists invaded Kwashebe village in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State where they shot and killed about five residents sources have said. Among those dead is a middle-aged person (name withheld) who died at the Jere Divisional Police Headquarters after being evacuated with other four persons who sustained gunshot wounds in their heads the source said. Kwashebe community is in the South East…

Americans belonging to the 89th Division of the IV Corps, who attacked the salient from the south, are seen here rolling barbed wire entanglements.

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New 5x7 Photo: President-Elect Abraham Lincoln in 1860

The election of 1860 was one of the key reasons for the division of the country during the Civil War. This eventually split the Democratic party (South) and the Republican party (North). Lincoln's election caused the secession because he was a Republican and most Republicans wanted to stop the expansion of slavery in the U.S.

Book cover. The Bloody Shirt: Terror After the Civil War by Stephen Budiansky A gripping look at terrorist violence during the Reconstruction era Between 1867, when the defeated South was forced to establish new state governments that fully represented both black and white citizens, and 1877, when the last of these governments was overthrown, more than three thousand African Americans and their white allies were killed by terrorist violence. Drawing on original letters and diaries as well as…