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By ALLAN POWELL | July 9, 2010
In an essay about "Russians," the renowned physicist Freeman Dyson discloses some insights into Russia's participation in wars. In doing so, he takes note of Leo Tolstoy's monumental book, "War and Peace," and his account of Napoleon's decision to invade Russia in 1812. Perhaps this great writer has some wisdom that might be useful as we reflect on our own "wars of choice" and the consequences of such folly. Just before the Battle of Borodino, a Russian, Prince Andrei, is engaged in a conversation with a friend.
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By PAT SCHOOLEY / Special to The Herald-Mail | April 18, 2010
This is the 180th in a series of articles about the historical and architectural treasures of Washington County. In the 18th century, Keep Tryst Road was the main route connecting Harpers Ferry, W.Va., with Frederick, Md., a part of the longer road from Baltimore to Winchester, Va. It ran along the very southern edge of Washington County near the Potomac River. Enterprises sprang up along the road, taking advantage of the river. Settled just north of a river's bend with views of South Mountain to the east, the Blue Ridge to the south and Elk Ridge to the west, stands Keep Tryst.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 30, 2009
o Clues and answers from the 13th annual Herald-Mail Landmarks contest SHARPSBURG -- Nine-year-old Ben Mongan enjoyed looking for the clues at Antietam National Battlefield so much, he asked his mother Kristie Mongan to take him back. "We got the CD and did the driving tour again the next day," said his mother, Kristie. In our eyes, all 117 entrants were winners of this year's Landmarks contest, but that would cost the paper $35,100. So there can only be one. This year's winner is Sharpsburg resident Janet Williams, who won the first prize, $300.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | August 29, 2009
o Clues and answers from the 13th annual Herald-Mail Landmarks contest SHARPSBURG -- The "stinkin' hot" days Janet Williams and her son, Roger Williams, endured at Antietam National Battlefield paid off. Literally. As the first-prize winners of The Herald-Mail's 13th annual Landmarks Contest, Janet and Roger Williams will receive $300. "Our luck's usually not like that," said first-time entrant Janet Williams, 68, a retired nurse who lives in Sharpsburg.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | July 31, 2009
To watch a slideshow of the clues, click here! Here's a hint to this year's Landmarks Contest: knowing a bit of history pays. The Herald-Mail's 13th annual Landmarks Contest kicks off today. This time, the clues are at Antietam National Battlefield, near Sharpsburg. Antietam National Battlefield is the site of the Battle of Antietam, part of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 during the Civil War. Park officials say more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in the 12 hours of combat, earning it the lamentable distinction as the bloodiest, one-day battle in American history.
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By ERIN JULIUS | July 23, 2009
View the slideshow The pilot of a helicopter that crashed Thursday night on Interstate 70 on South Mountain, killing all four people aboard, waited two hours before taking off from Hagerstown Regional Airport due to weather conditions, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said Friday morning. It is not known if weather was a factor in the crash, which took place at about 10:30 p.m. near mile marker 37 of the interstate, NTSB board member Kitty Higgins said in a news conference.
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November 22, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Police Department is hoping to learn more about a Nov. 13 shooting and subsequent traffic accident on Jonathan Street through a series of pictures taken by surveillance cameras. On Nov. 13 at 8:21 p.m., officers from the police department responded to the area of Jonathan Street and Murph Avenue to find a red Jeep that had crashed into a light pole at the intersection, Sgt. Paul J. Kifer said. It then was learned that shots were fired to the rear of residences in the 300 block of North Jonathan Street near Blooms Avenue, Kifer said.
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September 10, 2008
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Police are calling "suspicious" the death of a woman whose decomposing body was found in her sport-utility vehicle on a Frederick street last week. Investigators found no car keys in the vehicle containing the partially concealed remains of 19-year-old Shneara Boone. And Boone's cousin Keona Moore says that when she last spoke with the younger woman by cell phone on Aug. 31, Boone told her she was leaving her job at a Baltimore McDonald's and would pick her up in 10 minutes.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | August 31, 2008
Our changes to The Herald-Mail's annual Landmarks contest this year didn't throw too many people for a loop. Out of 137 entries, 91 entries found all 13 landmark clues, which were letters this year, and unscrambled the letters correctly to spell Elizabethtown, the first tiebreaker. When Jonathan Hager founded Hagerstown in 1762, he named the town for his late wife, Elizabeth. Kristi Gee won $300 and bragging rights for winning The Herald-Mail's 12th annual Landmarks contest when her entry was randomly drawn from all the correct answers.
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By DON AINES | January 8, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police say they still have no clues to the whereabouts of a Hamilton Township man who disappeared last week on his way to work. "Unfortunately, there is no update," Trooper David Rush said Monday of the search for 33-year-old Steven Baird, who was last seen leaving for work at about 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2. Baird, the human resources director at Menno Haven, was driving a black 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Pennsylvania license plate FDY-1398.
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