A monument in Seaside, Ore., stands in remembrance of three unknown sailors who washed up on shore on Apr. 25, 1865.
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Glory Linkey, an amateur historian, stands in front of the monument. She tracked down the story behind the memorial in a local history book.
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Linkey says the three sailors came ashore for fresh water and then headed back to their ship during a storm. The next day the bodies washed up. A man named Mr. Hobson buried the three in this spot.
This story is part of an ongoing series called Honey, Stop The Car: Monuments That Move You, which checks out memorials across the country that inspire drivers to pull over.
I close my eyes, and I can see the stone monument I'd passed countless times on my short walk to the ocean. How could I not? The monument is across the road from the house my parents owned in Seaside, Ore., for 25 years.
A woman at the protest holds a photograph of missing male relatives.
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Umm Haidar holds a photograph of her missing son, Haidar.
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Women hold photographs and signs of their missing male relatives during a weekly protest in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.
Nearly every Friday, there's a small Arab uprising in Baghdad. The location is Tahrir Square, a plaza marked by a renowned modernist sculpture that depicts Iraqis in a lifelong struggle for freedom. Alongside young protesters calling for an end to corruption and better services is a distinctive and resolute group: women in black robes holding photographs of their male relatives — the mothers, wives and sisters of the missing.
There has been a lot for supporters of gay marriage to celebrate this year, including a new law that permits same-sex nuptials in New York.
Back in February, the Justice Department said it would no longer defend the federal law that restricts marriage to heterosexual couples, citing doubts about its constitutionality. This week, the White House said President Obama wants to overturn the law. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that would do that and — for the first time — give federal benefits to same-sex couples who marry.
Since gay marriages aren't recognized by the federal government, gay divorce can be a legal mess.
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Lisa Lunt at her wedding reception shortly after she got married in Massachusetts in 2008. She and her wife have since split up, but are unable to divorce as their home state of Rhode Island doesn't recognize their marriage.
As thousands of gay and lesbian couples are planning weddings in New York — and celebrating their hard-fought right to marry — others around the nation are fighting for the right to divorce.
Since most states, and the federal government, don't recognize gay marriages, many same-sex couples are left with no way to officially split.
Atlantis lifts off from Kennedy Space Center on its final flight on July 8. There are plans for a next-generation space vehicle, but some space experts aren't sure if the vehicle will ever be completed.
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Cranes deconstruct a large section of the structure used to launch the space shuttles at launch pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center on April 6.
The final space shuttle mission means that the 30-year-old shuttle program is about to enter the history books alongside the famous Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.
And as the end of the shuttle era looms, NASA leaders say they're about to build a new vehicle, one that will let astronauts go exploring deep into space. But some experts doubt that plan will ever get off the ground.
To understand the big question mark hanging over NASA's future, it helps to first turn the clock back to 2004 — the year after the space shuttle Columbia disaster.