Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

1st Black Marines Honored in D.C

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

1st Black Marines Honored in D.C

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WASHINGTON -- When James Wilson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps 65 years ago, he didn't know he was making history by becoming one of the first African-Americans to join.

The Wilmington, N.C., native is one of the African-American Marines who trained at Montford Point, a segregated North Carolina boot camp for African-Americans only.

In a stirring ceremony Wednesday, leaders of Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal on about 400 of the nation's first African-American Marines. They were among the nearly 20,000 Marines who trained at Montford Point from 1942 to 1949, most of whom fought in World War II, others in Korea and Vietnam. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor.

Scientist's papers find a home

WASHINGTON -- The life of Carl Sagan now fills the tabletops of two vast rooms in the Library of Congress. The life arrived in recent weeks at the building's loading dock on 41 pallets containing 798 boxes.

The material documents Sagan's energetic career as an astronomer, author, unrivaled popularizer of science and TV star, and it ranges from childhood report cards to college term papers to eloquent letters written just before his untimely death in 1996 at age 62. Also in the mix are files labeled F/C, for "fissured ceramics," Sagan's code name for letters from crackpots.

Madoff kin to plead guilty

NEW YORK -- The brother of Ponzi scheme king Bernard Madoff will plead guilty on Friday to conspiracy and falsifying records, admitting his role in the multibillion-dollar fraud that destroyed the savings of thousands of investors, prosecutors told a judge on Wednesday.

Peter Madoff, the former chief compliance officer at the private investment arm of Bernard Madoff's business, has agreed to serve a decade in prison, they said.

Peter Madoff also agreed to the criminal forfeiture of $143 billion, including all of his real estate and personal property. The $143 billion, representing the amount of money believed to have flowed through the business accounts when he was part of the multi- decade Ponzi scheme, is included in a criminal forfeiture agreement, though authorities know that his assets would never approach that figure.

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