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60 Years Ago, Racists in Congress Nearly Cost Hawaii Statehood

Racism in the U.S. Congress nearly derailed Hawaii becoming the 50th state, as Sarah Miller Davenport reports.     Sixty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation making Hawaii America’s 50th state. The Hawaii admission act followed a centuries-old tradition in which American territories –acquired through war, conquest and purchase – became fully integrated states of the union. But Hawaii was not an ordinary United States territory and would be unlike any other American state. For one, Hawaii was not actually in America, at least not physically. Its islands lay in the Pacific, some 2,000 miles from the U.S. west coast. And Hawaii would become the first state with a majority of people of Asian descent. Many had been ineligible for U.S. citizenship only a few years earlier, before the end of racial restrictions to naturalization. These two defining characteristics – of Hawaii’s geography […]

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The Fox lot is one asset Rupert Murdoch wouldn’t sell to Disney — with good reason

    In the end, the legendary Los Angeles birthplace of what became the vast Fox film empire was just too dear to part with.     The historic lot on Pico Boulevard in Century City was retained by the newly formed Fox Corp., even as Walt Disney Co. absorbed much of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in a $71.3-billion deal that put Captain America and Wolverine on the same team.     Fox has not spelled out its plans for the more-than 50-acre property where Shirley Temple once danced and sang, but there is certainly more than nostalgia for Hollywood history behind the decision.     Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will run the company controlled by the family as its chairman and chief executive. And it’s safe to predict that the old lot where generations of […]

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Britain's Portrait Gallery declines donation from Sackler opioid manufacturer family

Britain’s National Portrait Gallery says it won’t move ahead with a £1 million pound ($1.76 million Cdn) donation from the charitable arm of a family embroiled in the U.S. opioid crisis. The gallery and the Sackler Trust issued a joint statement saying the gift for the museum’s Inspiring People project won’t proceed. The trust is …

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