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Trump Considering Full Pardon For Late Boxer Jack Johnson

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s considering “a Full Pardon!” for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of “immorality” for one of his relationships. Trump tweets that the actor Sylvester Stallone called him to share Johnson’s story. Trump says Johnson’s “trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial.” The president adds: “Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Johnson was convicted in 1913 for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes. The boxer died in 1946. His great-great niece has pressed Trump for a posthumous pardon.

New Website Tells Illinois’ Story From Long Before Statehood

Springfield, IL (AP)A new website created for Illinois’ bicentennial celebration tells the story of Illinois from well before it became a state 200 years ago.

The Illinois State Museum created the website , which features objects from its collection as well as from other museums. They include ancient fossils, a ceremonial war club used by the Potawatomi Indians and a miner’s hat likely used by workers in a Sangamon County coal mine.

Illinois Association of Museums President Karen Everingham says “each item has its own story to tell.”

Some items will be featured in an exhibition that opens June 30 at the museum in Springfield.

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Construction Launches for George Lucas’ L.A. Museum at Groundbreaking Ceremony

George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art is no longer just a concept in a galaxy far, far away. The groundbreaking ceremony for the non-profit museum took place on Wednesday at its future location in parking lot three of Los Angeles’ Exposition Park, launching a 36-month construction plan that will culminate in a five-story building. In […]

The 10th President’s Grandsons Are Still Alive, 174 Years Later

CBS Local — While some people can trace their family tree back to the founding of America, two men can say they’re the grandchildren of the nation’s 10th president, John Tyler. What makes their story even more remarkable is that President Tyler married their grandmother 174 years ago. In an interview with CBS News, 89-year-old Harrison Tyler and his son William explained how three generations of Tylers has managed to span nearly two centuries of American history. John Tyler was the first vice president to become president because of a death in the White House. President William Henry Harrison died after a month in office in 1841. Now the president, Tyler’s first wife Letitia Tyler died of a stroke while serving as first lady in 1842. Two years later, Tyler married Julia Gardiner who was 30 years younger than the current president. The couple had seven children, including Lyon Tyler, who was born when President Tyler was 63 years old. Lyon Tyler, like his famous father, also remarried after his first wife died and had a son when he was 75 years old. That son was Harrison Tyler, born in 1928.

Asked if people believe his father is the grandson of the 10th President, William Tyler joked, “I find it hard to believe.” Even though he only served one term from 1841 to 1845, President Tyler also became the first commander-in-chief to marry while in office and is remembered for the annexation of Texas. On his final day in office, Tyler signed the bill making Florida the country’s 27th state.