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Today in History

Today is Monday, August 31, the 243rd day of 2015. There are 122 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 31, 1965, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to establish the U.S. Department of Housing

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Public Affairs Calendar

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Veteran finds joy in substitute teaching

Sarah Morris | The Sun
Westside junior Matthew Fort (right) talks Thursday with his substitute teacher Robert Puckett during science class. Puckett, a veteran of World War II, Vietnam and Korea, has served as a substitute teacher for the past 11 years.

By Sarah Morris, Sun Staff Writer, smorris@jonesborosun.com
JONESBORO — Students calmly worked Thursday at their desks as Robert Puckett stood behind the teacher's desk, monitoring their progress in a Westside High School science classroom.
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Late goal lifts Racers over ASU

Suzhannah Dolle | Special to The Sun
Arkansas State goalkeeper Kelsey Ponder (23) snatches the ball out of the air over Murray State’s Destiny White (4) during the Red Wolves’ match with the Racers on Sunday. White later scored a goal in the contest and Murray State handed ASU a 3-2 defeat.

JONESBORO — Jacqueline Greer and Ava Abner each recorded their first goals of the season, but Arkansas State still fell to Murray State 3-2 Sunday afternoon in women's soccer. The Red Wolves (1-3) fell behind midway through the second half, but. . . more »

Mount McKinley renamed in honor of Alaska Natives — A2
Police hunt motive in ambush — A3
Man awaits sentence for airport suicide bomb plot — A3
Farmstead joins historic sites list — A5
Groups preserve old graveyards — A5
State warned over Planned Parenthood — A5
Man accused in pregnant girlfriend’s assault — A6
Injured Westside worker dies — A7
Merkley raises nuke vote tally to 31 in Senate — A8
University of Texas removes Davis statue — A8
General Mills joins climate change fight — A8
Horror master Craven dies — A8
Swift action sought on migrants — A10
Egyptians critical of Casson remarks — A10
Yemen factions brace for key battle — A10

Read about all these and more in today's print edition or online e-Edition.

'Awakenings' author, neurologist Oliver Sacks dies at 82

NEW YORK (AP) — There was the blind man who had the disastrous experience of regaining his sight. The surgeon who developed a sudden passion for music after being struck by lightning. And most famously, the man who mistook his wife for a hat. Those . . .

Shanks, painter of presidents and royalty, dies at 77

ANDALUSIA, Pa. (AP) — Nelson Shanks, renowned for his portraits of prominent figures ranging from presidents to royalty, has died. He was 77. Shanks died Friday at his home in Bucks County, Pa., according to Bill Wedo, spokesman for the Studio . . .

August 2015