Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died this week at 89, had been the only remaining World War II veteran in the Senate. Just two are left in the House. Today, fewer than 1 in 5 members of Congress have military service on their resume.
A successful Broadway set builder took his theater skills back to New England. At the tiny Addison Repertory Theater, a part of the Hannaford Career Center, he teaches all aspects of professional theater to students — some of whom go on to successful careers in Hollywood and New York.
In terms of Puerto Rican Day parades, New York City's event still takes the cake with its millions of parade watchers. Despite a steady population drop, the city is still home to the largest Puerto Rican community in the United States — and you'll find it by the flags.
The news that the National Security Agency has been collecting reams of telephone data and internet surfing both at home and abroad has rattled civil liberties groups. Amid the concerns about privacy and possible abuse, the revelations are an indication of something important: the intelligence community's move into the new frontier of Big Data.