Washburn Professor: Langston Hughes Was Year Older

U.S. News

Hughes began school in 1908. One theory McHenry has is that Hughes' mother may have intentionally enrolled him a year later so that he was physically and developmentally ahead of his classmates at the white Topeka school he attended. The second theory is that Hughes reinvented himself as being a year younger when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in high school.

Davenport Appealing Reinstatement of Fired Fire Chief

U.S. News

Chief Lynn Washburn was let go July 27. City documents have said she's "unsuitable or unfit" for continued employment, but city officials have not provided more specifics. The city's Civil Service Commission granted Washburn's request Nov. 8 to be returned to a position in line with a district chief, the position she'd held at the Rockford (Illinois) department before Davenport hired her in 2011.

Gorgeous Maps Reveal the History of America's National Parks

National Geographic News

One map that grabbed my attention right away was this gorgeous map of the Grand Canyon by mountaineer and cartographer Bradford Washburn and his wife Barbara, published by National Geographic in 1978. The Washburns spent seven years working on the map, including 144 days in the field measuring and remeasuring hundreds of miles of trails with a wheel-mounted odometer, and 712 helicopter landings. They then worked with the Topographical Institute of Switzerland on drawing the cliffs and National Geographic's Tibor Toth to create the beautifully rendered shadow and relief.

Texas Police Charged in Double Homicide in Stricken NY Town

U.S. News

Joshua Niles, 28, and Amber Washburn, 24, were fatally shot outside their home Oct. 22 in Sodus, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Rochester. A neighbor said he saw someone shoot Niles in the couple's driveway after shooting Washburn, who was sitting in her car with the 4-year-old son she had with Niles. The child was not injured.

Banjo masters Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn on Trump's plans for the NEA

Los Angeles Times

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn spent Thursday afternoon at Disneyland with their son, Juno, whose 3-year-old charms were enough to convince Goofy to take the kid's hand for a stroll though the crowded theme park. But not even VIP treatment at the happiest place on Earth could keep these acclaimed banjo players from feeling "dismay," as Fleck put it, over news of President Trump's plans to tighten America's borders and eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. "It all just feels like an effort to make people fearful of the world," Washburn said after the Disney trip as she and her husband prepared for a concert at the Musco Center for the Arts in Orange. Added Fleck: "I'm trying hard to understand the point of view here, but it's hard. Culture brings people together -- it tears down walls like no political speech ever could."