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A giant portrait of Chairman Mao is removed from the Museum of Chinese History on Tiananmen Square in 1981, signaling the end of the so-called cult of personality sustained by Mao's widow and the rest of the Gang of Four. (Photo from the book CHINA, edited by Liu Heung Shing)

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**FILE** Jack LaLanne celebrates his 70th birthday in 1984 by towing 70 boats and 70 persons while swimming 1.5 miles in California's Long Beach Harbor. (Associated Press)

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Seen here at a Senate hearing in December 1992 long before either ran for president, Sen. John Kerry (left) listens to Sen. John McCain. Mr. Kerry offered Mr. McCain the No. 2 spot on his ticket in 2004, but now says he is not fit for the White House.

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** FILE ** Fireworks explode over the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., Friday, July 4, 2008.

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** FILE ** Dolphins swim in the Navesink River, near the Shrewsbury, in Sea Bright, N.J., on June 24, 2008. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A tip is left by a customer at Linda's Place Restaurant in St. Clair Shores, Mich., on June 19, 2008. (Associated Press)

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Photographs by John Tully/ The Washington Times Mary Carter, center, walks with her children Heather, 14, and son Justin, 8, back to board the truck after a break before heading back on the road to Pennsylvania from New Hampshire. Carter and Russell will be traveling with Carter's children for a month this summer. "It's affecting money we could send home to help the kids. To put food in their stomachs and clothes on them. To give them a life," Russell said about the rising cost of diesel and having to juggle their daily expenses.

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Above: Mobs scale the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, Vietnam, in April 1975 to escape the imminent communist takeover. Left: In April 1956, black and white passengers sit segregated on a trolley in Atlanta, despite a Supreme Court decision. Both were pivot points in U.S. history.

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** FILE ** Sen. Jim Webb was the chief author of the 21st Century GI Bill of Rights. (The Washington Times)

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The Washington Dulles International Airport terminal, with its swooping roof and mobile lounges, is one of Mr. Saarinen's iconic architectural works.

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** FILE ** The Greystone Grill's 20-ounce rib-eye steak is cowboy-cut but well-served with broccoli. (Michael Connor/The Washington Times)

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Photographs by Michael Connor / The Washington Times The Greystone Grill's cowboy cut rib-eye steak is a full 20 ounces and is served with a side of broccoli. Below: A dish of roasted bacon-wrapped sea scallops on sauteed baby spinach is enhanced by a warm citrus beurre blanc.

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Signs from the late 1800s to the present can be seen at the American Sign Museum, and a Kentucky Fried Chicken sign from the 1950s is among them (above left). (Associated Press)

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Emily Boone (right), 15, consulted with her friend Becky Harmik at the Fair Oaks Mall, but so-called millennials also help their boomer parents shop. (Erin McCracken/The Washington Times) **FILE**

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** FILE ** In this 2008 photo, faux pirates cruised Tampa's waterfront for the city's Gasparilla festival, which drew about 300,000 people. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** This file photo from October 2008 shows a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont., the state's largest producer of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. (Associated Press)

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An antique handwritten Koran is displayed inside the museum in Harar, Ethiopia, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2006. ** FILE **

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The first light of dawn silhouettes the Katahdin Range east of Chesuncook Lake in Maine. (Associated Press)

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NOT THIS Nike sneakers are on display with a variety of quirky toys at Kickballers in Washington, DC on Saturday, August 11, 2007. (James R. Brantley/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Jesse James and others tried to rob a bank in Northfield, Minn., in 1876. Adelbert Ames was among the locals who assembled to drive off the robbers. (Historical Society of Missouri)