10 Astonishing Facts About the Black Men and Women Responsible for America’s Railroad Systems

All Southern Railroads Built in the 1800s Were Built by Enslaved Africans
The whole southern network of railroads built in the enslavement period in America was almost entirely constructed by enslaved Africans. Some railroads owned enslaved people while others rented them from their owners. They also hired free Blacks. All worked positions like brakemen and firemen, who either manually stopped trains 0r stocked fire for energy.

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Explosions at Istanbul Airport Leave 31 Dead, Multiple Wounded

Explosions were reported and gunfire heard at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reports. A Turkish official confirmed to AP that two explosions went off at the airport, and that 10 people were killed. At least 20 others have reportedly been injured, though the extent of their injuries is unknown.

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MACALLAN IS NOW SELLING A $35,000 SINGLE-MALT SCOTCH

Earlier this month, Macallan released one of the oldest bottles of single-malt whisky ever to leave its distillery, a crowning achievement 65 years in the making. At $35,000, it will also cost you a nice chunk of your retirement fund, assuming you can even get your hands on one.

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Eighteen Million Americans Are Drinking Water That Isn’t Properly Tested for Lead

About six months ago, just as Flint began to acknowledge its lead crisis, a water testing expert from an EPA task force predicted that “every major city east of the Mississippi” was underestimating lead levels in their water. A big report from the NRDC now confirms that about 18 million Americans are living with lead testing violations.

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