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Ancient Assyrian palace found in Mosul ruins

History | Site lay hidden under a Sunni shrine built over a tomb many believe belonged to the prophet Jonah
by Julie Borg
Posted 3/09/17, 12:49 pm

In 2014, Islamic State militants captured the Iraqi city of Mosul and bombed an ancient shrine that many believe contained the burial place of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. The tomb was located within a Sunni mosque near the site of the ancient city of Nineveh.

After Iraqi troops liberated Mosul in January, archaeologists were dismayed to see the extent of tomb’s damage—but then they discovered a priceless treasure. Buried beneath the shrine they found the 2,600-year-old palace of King Sennacherib of Assyria.

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George Washington’s failed romances and long marriage

History | A Presidents Day look at the faithful father of our country
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 2/20/17, 10:34 am

Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are only eight days apart this year, but widely separated in how we perceive them: V-Day brings cards, chocolates, and roses, but P-Day brings to mind portraits of an old, unsmiling George Washington suitable for framing in schoolrooms and government buildings.

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Healing displays

Race Issues | The nation’s new African-American museum offers a heavy yet cleansing experience
by J.C. Derrick
Posted 1/30/17, 02:53 pm

VISITORS GO BACK IN TIME as a huge glass elevator takes them to the bottom floor of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The elevator descends 70 feet, but that doesn’t match the somber sinking feeling those who begin exploring the new building in the shadow of the Washington Monument will likely experience.

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