Historic USS Constitution, ‘Old Ironsides,’ Returns to Boston Waters After Two-Year Restoration – NBC News

The wooden ship was first launched in 1797 and earned its famous nickname while notching victories in the War of 1812.

The ship enters dry dock about every 20 years for below-the-waterline repairs. The most recent work included replacing 100 hull planks and installing 2,200 new copper sheets, 500 of which were signed by nearly 100,000 museum visitors, according to USS Constitution Museum President Anne Grimes Rand, who called the ship “a wonderful symbol for our democracy.”

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The Latest: Descendants remember victims of witch trials

Five women who were hanged as witches 325 years ago at Proctor’s Ledge during the Salem witch trials are being remembered in a noon ceremony at the site of their death, pictured here, Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in Salem, Mass. Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Wildes were hanged as witches on July 19, 1692. It was the first of three mass executions at the site on Proctor’s Ledge. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press)

The semi-circular stone wall memorial is inscribed with the names of the people hanged at the site.

Mayor Kim Driscoll says the shadows from the tragic episode in U.S. history “extend across our city in ways we cannot see with our eyes.”

Source: The Latest: Descendants remember victims of witch trials

No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

Poor documentation is a major issue for a group of creditors trying to go after borrowers in default.

Creditors taking borrowers to court over loans in default are instead seeing the debt wiped out because of incomplete ownership records and other documentation, The New York Times reports.

Some of the problems playing out now in the $108 billion private student loan market are reminiscent of those that arose from the subprime mortgage crisis a decade ago, when billions of dollars in subprime mortgage loans were ruled uncollectible by courts because of missing or fake documentation. And like those troubled mortgages, private student loans — which come with higher interest rates and fewer consumer protections than federal loans — are often targeted at the most vulnerable borrowers, like those attending for-profit schools.

Source: No papers, no debt: Billions in student loans may be wiped out

The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial | History | Smithsonian

Location of the memorial, pre-constructionIn a town that has long profited from witchcraft-seekers and Halloween revelers alike, a new memorial strikes a different tonefor much of history, the site sat quietly obscured by woods and buildings. A leather tannery and railroad operated nearby, and in recent years, houses surrounded it. And for O’Connor, Benedict and much of Salem, that history has faded despite the town’s outsized reputation.

Now, it will finally be commemorated when Salem mayor Kimberley Driscoll dedicates a memorial below Proctor’s Ledge on July 19. The date coincides with the first of three mass executions there. On the same day in 1692, five women—Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wildes—were hanged from a tree on the ledge, and their bodies fell into a “crevice,” where the memorial now marks their names.

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A newly unearthed photo shows Amelia Earhart survived her final flight, investigators say

Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 has captivated the public for decades.

The photograph was rediscovered a few years ago in a mislabeled file at the National Archives by a former U.S. Treasury agent named Les Kinney, who began looking into Earhart’s disappearance after he retired, according to previews for a new History channel documentary, “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” that airs July 9.

Source: A newly unearthed photo shows Amelia Earhart survived her final flight, investigators say