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Jurate Kazickas - 2012 Balzekas Museum Woman of the Year

The Balzekas Museum proudly announces that the 2012 Award of Excellence recipient is writer, refugee advocate and philanthropist Jurate Kazickas for her dedication to education and for giving voice to those displaced and affected by war.
 Journalist, writer and refugee advocate JuratÄ— Kazickas was born in Lithuania 1943 and emigrated to the United States in 1947 with her parents, displaced war refugees Juozas and Alexandra Kazickas. After graduating from Trinity College in Washington, D.C., Kazickas volunteered in Kenya as a teacher. She began her journalism career at Look magazine and went to Vietnam as a freelance photojournalist where she was wounded during the battle of Khe Sanh in 1968. She spent 10 years as a reporter for the Associated Press, covering the 1973 Middle East war and American events.
 She was a White House correspondent during the Carter administration and subsequently worked as a feature writer for The Washington Star. Kazickas is the co-author of several books on the history of American women, including: Susan B. Anthony Slept Here and War Torn: Stories of War from the Women Reporters Who Covered Vietnam. She edited Odyssey of Hope, her father’s memoir about the Kazickas family’s experiences fleeing from Lithuania in World War II, immigrating to America, and participating in the Lithuania’s political and economic reemergence after the country regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.

William M. Drozdiak - Middle East Reporter

LATEST: Inside the European Debt Crisis: Germany and the Political Issues at Hand William Drozdiak, President of the American Council on Germany (GNSEA) November 20, 2012, 12:00pm Summary: William Drozdiak, President of the American Council on Germany, is devoted to bringing cooperation and understanding between the United States and Europe. He has worked to broaden the organization’s activities to embrace the 27-nation European Union and to encourage greater transatlantic dialogue between business and government. Mr. Drozdiak will speak to Members of Gen Next in Seattle on the sensitive political issues surrounding the European Debt Crisis and the impact it could have on Germany. Detail: Program is open to Members and guests of Members only. One must RSVP to attend. Guest list will be enforced.

Carol Joynt Book Signing - Margaret Dunning, Marian Burros, Nancy Bubes

Marian Burros (born in Waterbury, Conn.) is a food columnist for The New York Times, a position she has held since 1983. Previously, Burros was The Washington Post's food editor and a consumer reporter for an NBC affiliate, a position for which she won an Emmy Award. Burros has also worked for NBC Radio Network News, United Features, The Washington Daily News and The Washington Star. She is the author of nine cookbooks. The newly released 20-Minute Menus (Simon & Schuster, 1989) is the basis for her syndicated column. She has also received a National Press Club citation (for food safety coverage), the American Association of University Women Mass Media Award and is a three time winner of the Vesta Award. Burros has won numerous awards, including an Emmy in 1973 for her consumer reporting on WRC-TV; the American Association of University Women Mass Media Award for consumer reporting and nutrition education; a 1988 citation from the National Press Club for her coverage of food safety issues in The Times; and a Penney-Missouri Award. She is also a three-time winner of the Vesta Award.

Personal life Burros was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. She graduated with a degree in English literature from Wellesley College. She has two children and lives in New York City and Bethesda, Maryland.


Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Star Building from air."

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Star Building from air." The Washington Star newspaper building at the center is at the intersection of 11th Street N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs diagonally across the photo. The big building with the tower us the Old Post Office. There's a lot to see here, including laundry hung out to dry. National Photo Company glass negative.

Washington Post's David S. Broder Discusses 'The Impossible Task of Governing'

November 12, 1993, Greencastle, Ind. - "This is, in the end, our government, and to a greater extent than many of us want to admit, it is a reflection of us," Washington Post political columnist David S. Broder told an audience at DePauw University this morning. "What it reflects, particularly at this time in our history, is our own ambivalence." In a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture, "The Impossible Task of Governing," Broder stated, "I genuinely believe after a lot of years of covering this -- politics and government -- that for all its shortcomings, for all the weaknesses in the institutions that I've tried to describe to you, the responsiveness of the American political and governmental system is still such that when we as voters, as citizens, send a clear and unmistakable message to Washington that this is what we want done, somehow, despite all of these infirmities, the systems does tend to respond and react to that kind of signal. But we're sending very ambivalent signals to Washington today." The address by Broder, 1973 Pulitzer Prize winner for political commentary, took placer at 11 a.m. in East College, Meharry Hall.

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Boston, Bowden Photos - Black Panther Party Revolutionary People’s Convention: November 1970

Elbert “Big Man” Howard and actor Ossie Davis at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, June 19, 1970 to announce the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention. Photo by Bernie Boston, courtesy of DC Public Library Washington Star Collection © Washington Post.

Black Panther Party leader Elton “Big Man” Howard speaks to the press in front of the Washington, DC Panther Community Center at 1732 17th Street NW on Nov. 27, 1970.
Photo by John Bowden, courtesy of DC Public Library, Star Collection, © Washington Post.

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Barbara Cochran comments on WVII on-air resignations

BANGOR, Maine — This week’s simultaneous resignations of two local news anchors on live TV may be a first, according to two longtime broadcast journalism experts, but reflect common tensions in news operations. “I wouldn’t be surprised if [the on-air resignations are a first],” said Barbara Cochran, former Radio Television Digital News Association president and current public affairs chairwoman of the Missouri School of Journalism. “It’s getting attention in the trade press already, and I think there is a good discussion to be had with students and professionals about what your options are and what is the best way to handle situations like this.” Citing frustration about upper-management practices that they said they both strongly disagreed with, news director Cindy Michaels and executive producer Tony Consiglio announced they were quitting their jobs at Bangor TV station WVII (Channel 7) at the end of their live 6 p.m. Tuesday newscast. “I’ve been in journalism for 40 years, and I’m not aware of any situation like that in my experience,” Cochran said Wednesday. She began her journalism career at the Washington Star newspaper before taking a broadcasting job with National Public Radio when the paper folded in 1979, moving to NBC for almost six years, and then to CBS for eight.

Review: Bruce Springsteen biography By Charlie McCollum

In the fall of 1975, not long after the release of "Born to Run," I got a call from a publicist at Columbia Records asking if I'd like to interview Bruce Springsteen. It seemed Springsteen had read my rave review of the album in the Washington Star, the paper I worked for at the time, and a couple of my reviews of his live shows. He had put me on the short-list of writers he'd like to talk to.
Of course, at the time, everyone wanted to talk to Springsteen. "Born to Run" had taken off like a rocket, and Springsteen had been on the covers of both Time and Newsweek -- in the same week. My editors told me to drop everything else and get to New York for the interview.
I met Springsteen, who had just turned 26 at the time, in an office in Manhattan. It was late on Friday, and the offices were emptying so that, not long into the interview, he and I were all but alone. It was supposed to last a half-hour or so, but instead went on for a couple of hours with the two of us talking about everything from the impact of those Time and Newsweek covers to the music of Roy Orbison and the guitar work of Duane Eddy.
I would interview Springsteen once more (briefly) and would run into him backstage at a couple of concerts. But within a few years, I switched from writing about music to the news and so simply became a fan of the Boss.

Veteran journalist speaks at Hood - Jack Germond discusses media and politics

Longtime journalist Jack Germond discusses the role of media during the 2012 presidential election Tuesday during a voter education event at Hood College. Had Hurricane Sandy not postponed his Oct. 30 speaking engagement at Hood College, longtime political journalist and media fixture Jack Germond might have told students and faculty the result of the presidential election a week before it happened. Germond spoke to communications and political science students and professors Tuesday as part of Vote 2012, a voter education series at the school. His outlook is that of a political expert who has written for Gannett newspapers, the Washington Star and The (Baltimore) Sun, as well as appearing on "Meet the Press," "The McLaughlin Group" and "Inside Washington" during his five-decade career. Most of his talk concerned the way presidential elections are covered by national media outlets.

Carl Bernstein, Nathan Englander and More Set for the Public's THOUGHT IS FREE: An Evening of Protest and Solidarity, 12/3

The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Patrick Willingham, Executive Director), in association with PEN American Center, will present a Public Forum program on Monday, December 3 on behalf of writers and artists who have been imprisoned speaking truth to power. THOUGHT IS FREE: An Evening of Protest and Solidarity will be hosted by Liev Schreiber and feature Carl Bernstein, Nathan Englander, Shirin Neshat, Lou Reed, and Salman Rushdie. Member tickets, priced at $15, and single tickets, priced at $20, are on sale now and can be purchased at (212) 967-7555,, or in person at The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street. In THOUGHT IS FREE, high-profile champions of free expression will read the work of imprisoned artists speaking truth to power. Legendary journalist Carl Bernstein will read a story by Eskinder Nega, the Ethiopian reporter whose arrest on anti-terrorism charges has been protested by PEN, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the U.S. State Department. The globally renowned Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat will read a statement by Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist who has been barred from leaving the country because of his criticism of the government. Ai Weiwei's involvement in the program has been facilitated by Larry Warsh, United Expression Media, and the Friends of Ai Weiwei. Lou Reed, rock icon and frontman of the Velvet Underground, will read a text from the Pussy Riot trial, which sent three members of the Russian punk band to prison. Two of them remain in jail.

Facebook Wall - Native Washingtonian Rachel Shuster

Native Washingtonian Rachel Shuster, a Yankees...
Phil Falcone5:39pm Nov 10
Native Washingtonian Rachel Shuster, a Yankees fan, began covering sports with the late lamented Washington Star. She was the first woman to write a national sports column and now edits sportswriters.
J.J. Barea, Donald Sloan first to receive flop warnings

The NBA on Monday released the first warnings issued under the unsportsmanlike 'flopping' rule being...
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Facebook Wall - Photo post by Jerry McCoy

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!"
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"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!"
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Facebook Wall - Photo post by Diana McLellan

They wore funny outfits, but they were pure...
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They wore funny outfits, but they were pure gold: Women in Government Service march for the Vote in 1913, in an area between the Capitol and the old Star Building. Ladies: Vote For Women! (This is from my first mother-in-law's photo album.)
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Facebook Wall - Evening Star, November 3, 1912

Evening Star, November 3, 1912.
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Evening Star, November 3, 1912.
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“Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom

quote: “Forrest Gump” author Winston Groom’s...
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quote: "Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom's life of writing has proven to be very much like a box of chocolates him, though he pointed out that phrase is actually only from the movie adaptation of the book.
"Forrest Gump" author Winston Groom's life of writing has proven to be very much like a box of choco...
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