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Senator Robert Byrd dead, 92

 

Washington, June 28, NPR - The passing of political giants always makes one reflect about their legacies, and there's lot to reflect about Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of Congress in history.

The West Virginia Democrat died early Monday morning at 92. He had been in the hospital for several days, but on Sunday his office released a statement saying he was "seriously ill."

Byrd was a character out of another era, a Constitution-observing, fiddler-playing, Thoreau-quoting student of the Senate. In his early life, he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan a decision he long regretted along with other stains on his record, such as this note he wrote in 1944, to racist Sen. Theodore Bilbo of Mississippi, about the move to integrate the armed services:

I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

Twelve years into his service in Congress he voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act, holding the Senate hostage in a long filibuster. It was a vote he later said he wishes he could have taken back.......
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Anomabo prepares to honor prominent citizens

Ghandot/GNA - The Chiefs and people of Anomabo, a historic town in the Central Region are feverishly preparing for a durbar to be held on Saturday, February 24 to honour some prominent citizens of the town.
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Senator Robert Byrd dead, 92

 

Washington, June 28, NPR - The passing of political giants always makes one reflect about their legacies, and there's lot to reflect about Sen. Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of Congress in history.......More

 
   

Accra to host International Finance and Banking Exhibition

Ghanadot/GNA – Accra will host West Africa’s first International Finance and Banking Exhibition at the Accra International Conference Centre from November 23-24, 2007.....More

 

Preserve historical sites – Obetsebi-Lamptey

Ghandot/GNA - Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Minister for Tourism and Diasporan Relations, on Friday expressed concern about the manner at which some of the country's historical sites were being destroyed..  ...
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