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Miss Piggy, Bert And Ernie To Join Smithsonian Collection

Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.

Henson's daughter, Cheryl Henson, is donating more than 20 puppets and props Tuesday to the National Museum of American History, including Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef from ``The Muppet Show,'' Bert and Ernie from "Sesame Street'' and Boober Fraggle and Travelling Matt from "Fraggle Rock.''

Many of the puppets are the first constructions of the characters.

The museum currently holds Oscar the Grouch, Kermit and the cast of Henson's early TV show "Sam and Friends.'' The collection includes the original Kermit the Frog creation, as well as the more famous Kermit from "Sesame Street'' and "The Muppet Show.''

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Baltimore Artist Joyce J. Scott Pushes Local, Global Boundaries

The MacArthur Foundation named 67-year-old Baltimore artist Joyce J. Scott a 2016 Fellow -– an honor that comes with a $625,000 "genius grant" and international recognition.


A History Of Election Cake And Why Bakers Want To #MakeAmericaCakeAgain

Bakers Susannah Gebhart and Maia Surdam are reviving election cake: a boozy, dense fruitcake that was a way for women to participate in the democratic process before they had the right to vote.

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

If you've followed the 2016 presidential election, you've probably heard Donald Trump say it: "bigly." Or is that "big-league"? We asked linguists settle the score — and offer a little context, too.
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Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies And Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing The American Way Of War

After the 9/11 attacks, U.S. intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies were forced to work together in completely new ways. A veteran national security reporter on how America has tried to adapt to a new era of warfare.

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