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    Rodney and Janet Weaver of Benton, Ill., visit Natural Bridge, Va., while traveling on their honeymoon. Natural Bridge, a 215-foot-high stone bridge once owned by Thomas Jefferson and a centuries-old tourist attraction, has been sold by its private owner at a fraction of its value to a conservation group and is destined to become part of Virginia’s park system.
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Emancipation edict on display for 3 days

WASHINGTON » The National Archives is placing the original Emancipation Proclamation on display in Washington to mark Black History Month.

The special display will run from Saturday to Feb. 17. The document will be shown in the archives’ new "Records of Rights" permanent exhibit about the evolution of rights and freedoms from the nation’s founding.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War in 1863 to proclaim the freedom of all slaves held in the South. The proclamation also was an invitation for black men to join the Union Army and Navy, and it made slavery a top wartime issue. The original document is displayed for only a limited time each year because of its fragile condition.

‘Matilda’ will mount a U.S. tour in 2015

NEW YORK » Those naughty kids from "Matilda the Musical" are hitting the road.

A national tour will begin in May 2015 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles before stops at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre and Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center. The full schedule will be announced later.

The Broadway musical based on the Roald Dahl book centers on the precocious Matilda Wormwood, an English girl who loves to read despite the disdain of her sleazy parents. She is befriended by a kindly teacher but opposed by her fearsome school headmistress.

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