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The Rev. Arnold Godfrey Taylor August 24, 1925~March 20, 2019

Arnold Taylor, 93, an Episcopal priest who served as rector of Christ Church, Durham Parish, in Nanjemoy, MD, from 1971 to 1993, died March 20, 2019 in Washington, DC.

Mr. Taylor was born in Providence, R.I., and grew up both in the city and on a farm. He served in WWII as a military policeman with the 99th Infantry Division in Germany.

After earning a degree in journalism at Pacific University in Oregon, Mr. Taylor settled in 1952 in Washington, DC, where he worked at the Evening Star, advancing from copy boy to photographer to assistant picture editor.

He married Lilian Bedinger on July 3, 1954, and they had three children.

In 1965, Taylor left the newspaper business to attend Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1969.

He served first as assistant rector at Christ Church in Clinton, MD. In 1971, he was called as rector of Christ Church, Durham Parish, where he served for 22 years. He was a gifted pastor, always ready to meet people where they were. In the larger community, his contributions included organizing a Boy Scout troop and helping to establish Hospice of Charles County.

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‘You turn us on and we’re there’: Looking back at 50 years of news on WTOP

2019 audiences have a seemingly insatiable appetite for news on the radio (and on TV and online), but the listeners of 1969 weren’t buying all-news radio early on.

“Most of my mail reflects dissatisfaction with WTOP’s all-news and information format,” wrote Bernie Harrison, TV critic for the Washington Star, days after the switch.

Yet there was promise. About a week later, Harrison saw a “revolutionary” quality to it all: “After 12 staggered hours of listening to WTOP’s new 24-hour nonstop news operation, however, I’m impressed but not precisely bewitched by the phlegmatic performance,” he wrote.

Uh … thanks?

While the station has focused its programming on news for 50 years, it’s only fair to point out there have been diversions. There was a time when WTOP carried the great Larry King’s overnight talk show, and there was some weekend and sports programming.

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Faye Haskins New Book - The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper

The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper is the story of the 129-year history of one of the preeminent newspapers in journalism history when city newspapers across the country were at the height of their power and influence. The Star was the most financially successful newspaper in the Capital and among the top ten in the country until its decline in the 1970s. The paper began in 1852 when the capital city was a backwater southern town. The Star’s success over the next century was due to its singular devotion to local news, its many respected journalists, and the historic times in which it was published. The book provides a unique perspective on more than a century of local, national and international history.

The book also exposes the complex reasons for the Star’s rise and fall from dominance in Washington’s newspaper market. The Noyes and Kauffmann families who owned and operated the Star for a century play an important role in that story. Patriarch Crosby Noyes’ life and legacy is the most fascinating –a classic Horatio Alger story of the illegitimate son of a Maine farmer who by the time of his death was a respected newspaper publisher and member of Washington’s influential elite. In 1974 his descendants sold the once-great newspaper Noyes built to Joseph Allbritton. Allbritton and then Time, Inc. tried to save the Star but failed.

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Caboose Added To Sheen Museum In El Paso

The museum contains several of the hundreds of books and articles Sheen authored. There also are copies of magazines which featured articles about him throughout his lifetime, and audio and video tapes of his talks are available for listening and viewing.
Copies of handwritten and typed manuscripts from the Sheen Archives in New York also are at featured along with copies of radio talks from the "Catholic Hour" and newspaper articles from the Washington Star syndicated column "Bishop Sheen Writes."
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Press Release: Washington Examiner hires Fred Barnes as Senior Columnist

The Washington Examiner is delighted to welcome Fred Barnes as a Senior Columnist.

Barnes, who will start work on March 18, was executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he co-founded in 1995.

Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon says, “It’s of course great news that Fred will be joining the Washington Examiner. He is a superb journalist with boundless energy and a great instinct for news and politics. I could not be more pleased that he is coming on board as Senior Columnist.

From 1985 to 1995, Barnes was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, and Face the Nation.

Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

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What's Next For New Yorker Reporter Jane Mayer?

In 1977, Mayer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, where she was a campus stringer and intern for Time; she’d gravitated toward journalism because it sounded fun. She followed a boyfriend to Vermont, where she got a job at the daily newspaper the Rutland Herald. Later, she studied briefly at Oxford, then moved to DC to work as a city reporter at the Washington Star, a scrappy underdog competitor to the Washington Post. It was only then that she began to take her career seriously. (A few years earlier, in what she terms “the least sexually liberated moment of my life,” she’d picked up an application for the Rhodes Scholarship program, only to pass it off to her boyfriend, who was accepted.) When the Star was shuttered in 1981, Mayer landed at the Wall Street Journal.

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