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Egypt unveils canal extension with pomp-filled ceremony

...Patriotic songs, some written especially for the occasion, blared from TV and radio stations on Thursday, declared a national holiday by the government.Banks and most businesses were closed and authorities, in sharp contrast to the government's...
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Pope asks pardon for church's 'offenses' against indigenous

...discards anyone who is unproductive as he celebrated his first public Mass in Bolivia.The government declared a national holiday so workers and students could attend the Mass, which featured prayers in Guarani and Aimara, two of Bolivia's...
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Slack Tide: Mother's Day: It's more than Capri pants and guilt

...effort the other 364 days of the year. A secular national holiday, Mother's Day honors our own mothers as well as...Mother's Day in 1908 as part of a campaign for a national holiday. She did receive some some Congressional pushback...
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Jan. 19, 2015

Thumbs up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Today is a state and national holiday, and for good reason. The Fourth of July is an annual reminder of all the good things America has to offer. Memorial Day reminds...
Living and Growing: A season of giving thanks

...friends and food.In 1789, President George Washington issued the first proclamation declaring Thanksgiving as a national holiday.Thanksgiving is a rich tradition, but one with purpose to remind us of our gratitude to God for all His blessings...
MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

...opening. MLB also sponsors 35 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars.Jackson said Jackie Robinson Day had become "a national holiday for all practical purposes.""To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America," Jackson told Selig on...
Gimme a smile: Thankful for Thanksgiving

...sending. All I need is a turkey and I'm all set.Let's face it, Thanksgiving is all about food. It's our national holiday to stuff ourselves on food that we normally don't eat. It's also a time of remarkable culinary homogeneity...
World Affairs Council brings Mexico to the North

...wherein Mexico fought against the annexation of Texas, is a mere blip is U.S. history book, unworthy of a national holiday.For Mexico, though, the war lives on in the national psyche and symbolizes a traumatizing loss. One loss in particular...
In the Stacks: New Thanksgiving books

...Hale, felt strongly that the country needed more national holidays, and what better holiday than one that asked us...president every fall to ask him to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, but it wasn't until Abraham Lincoln was president...
The new Declaration of Independence

...Declaration of Independence would eliminate all gay men and women, or any minority for that matter, from the national holiday which celebrates our freedom and independence from tyrannical rulers, the Fourth of July. Because, after all...


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