July 18, 2005
`Island' wins Delaware 'Cap Island Sand charged past Gunther and pacesetting Two Trail Sioux in mid-stretch to post a 3 3/4 -length victory in the $1 million, Grade II Delaware Handicap yesterday in Stanton, Del. With Jerry Bailey aboard, Island Sand was content to sit back through the first six furlongs. She then swung to the outside on the final furlong, where she went after the leader before drawing off late. Island Sand covered 1 1/4 miles over a fast track in 2 minutes, 2.89 seconds.
August 17, 2003
The last time I drove through the Black Hills, it was 1977 and Elvis had just died. I didn't appreciate the fuss at the time. Nor, as I drove cross-country with my then-boyfriend in a post-college stupor, did I stop to think about the Indian reservations we passed, much less the violence, broken promises and poverty that beset them. I certainly had no clue that the Pine Ridge Reservation, the site of so much recent turmoil, including a spate of murders and the occupation of Wounded Knee, shed many tears for Presley's passing.
December 16, 2002
Dee Brown, 94, whose Homeric vision of the American West, meticulous research and masterly storytelling produced the 1970 best-seller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, died Thursday at his home in Little Rock, Ark. Mr. Brown was a librarian who was writing books after his children had gone to bed when his best-seller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee was published. The book, which sold more than 5 million copies, told a grim, revisionist tale of the ruthless mistreatment and eventual displacement of the Indians by white conquerors from 1860 to 1890.
November 18, 2002
PINE RIDGE, S.D. - As a young man, Russell Means picked up the gun and became a militant symbol of the American Indian Movement, but today, at age 63, he preaches that the ballot is more powerful than the bullet. Nearly 30 years have passed since Means and 350 other heavily armed American Indians made a 71-day stand at Wounded Knee, occupying the site where as many as 300 Indian men, women and children were killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890. Gunbattles erupted during the takeover, staged to protest broken treaties and lost land.
June 25, 2002
I AM AT A LOSS. A close confidant has died. I relied on her counsel and advice for 46 years. She was a next-door neighbor, best friend and mother all rolled into one. She talked me through everything from a serious case of teen-age acne to my husband's affair with his secretary to the drug overdose of my son. She never hemmed and hawed and delivered her advice with candor, compassion and a comic's one-liner. "Kwitcherbellyachin'" was a favorite expression. And if she didn't always have the answer, she knew where you might find it. Like the time my cousin's dog got stuck in the toilet or a close friend tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS.
October 14, 2001
LEARNING TO READ is a rite of initiation to which schools pay more attention than any other accomplishment. "The child learning to read is admitted into the communal memory by way of books," wrote the reading historian Alberto Manguel, "and thereby becomes acquainted with a common past which he or she renews, to a greater or lesser degree, in every reading." This is why many people remember when and where they experienced the epiphany of reading. It's also why parents will move heaven and earth to help their children learn to read.