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Image of several hands being raised to buy a house.

The spring and summer months have always been the strongest periods for buyers and sellers in the American real estate market, but the 2017 season looks as though it will be especially good. Since the housing crash that brought home sales to a near screeching halt in 2008, the market has seen a series of ups and downs that, collectively, amounted to a slow and modest recovery.

Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

When Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in January of 2016, the nation suffered a loss. His discerning mind and forceful opinions had shaped the Court for over 30 years. 

His death left a vacancy on the bench, and filling that seat turned into a long, drawn-out conflict as politicians wrestled for control over who would appoint the next justice. 

Disco ball.

It’s been 40 years since John Travolta donned his white suit and boogied across that illuminated dance floor in Saturday Night Fever. Released in 1977, the film brought disco, a cultural phenomenon born in urban dance clubs known as discotheques, into the mainstream. By 1978, there were 10,000 discotheques in the U.S.

As a youngster, Fibonacci traveled with his father to African trading posts, where he met foreign merchants who introduced him to Hindu-Arabic numerals.

Today, few people know his name; however, his contribution to modern civilization is evident in virtually every aspect of daily life. Next to the wheel, it is quite possibly the most important instance of foresight and innovation in human history.

Kathrine Switzer poses with a replica of her first Boston Marathon bib, number 261.

The starting line of the seventy-first Boston Marathon was a sea of gray. The weather that day was brutally cold and snowy, so many competitors had decided to run the race in their warm-up gear. In 1967 “warm-up gear” meant baggy gray sweat suits. 

A platoon in Vietnam.

Consider the world’s earliest literature. Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. Virgil’s The Aeneid. Beowulf and the legend of King Arthur.

All of these tales, mainstays of the Western cannon, are also war stories. As a genre, the war novel is one of the most enduring literary forms. For every warrior, there is a war story. Here are some of the best. 

Fran DiBacco in his Vintage Magazine Shoppe.

 

Fran DiBacco remembers the moment as if it were yesterday. It was June 1942; he was four and a half years old, standing by his mother’s side when she read the telegram.

His older brother Vince was dead—killed during the Battle of Midway. “I can still see my mother grabbing her head with both hands and falling over like a tree,” he says.

(From left) Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in 2013.

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Artist's concept of what the surface of the planet called TRAPPIST-1f might look like.

It has been a while since NASA has put a human being into space, but the federal agency still has its eyes on the stars. Since the 2015 discovery of a faraway star system using the TRAPPIST (Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope) ground telescope in Chile, the term extraterrestrial life has come up quite a bit.