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Burning the White House

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FJM-HV-Hawaii2014It was an act that seemed unthinkable.  Another nation’s army marched into the United States capital and burned its most important government buildings to the ground, with the president and other government officials fleeing the advancing troops.   It all happened 200 years ago this week…

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The Fertile Farmland of Palmer, Alaska

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