100 years after being excluded from the Minnesota State Capitol, women rebuilt it

When the Minnesota State Capitol opened to the public and legislators on Jan. 2, 1905, it was a modern wonder, with a dazzling white marble exterior and the latest technology: interior lamps that ran on electricity. But there was something notably missing from the project, and from the group of legislators and construction workers gathered in St. Paul to celebrate the occasion: women.  Women didn’t work on the construction crews that built the Capitol, and no women were part of architect Cass Gilbert’s original design team. And since there were also no women serving in the state Legislature, the original design of the Capitol didn’t even include women’s restrooms. Fast forward more than 100 years, as crews finish up work on a massive $310 million project to restore the Capitol for the next 100 years: restoring murals and plaster work in every corner of the building; installing and carving massive slabs of marble on the exterior; rewiring the building to make it a modern workspace. Everyone agrees: It wouldn't have happened without women. From the state senator who introduced the first bill to catalog the damage to the state Capitol to the electricians, painters, architects and construction workers, women played an integral part of the building’s restoration — at every level. This time around, when the Capitol celebrates its official reopening in August, there will be a lot more women at the party.  “Every meeting you go to, every time you turn around, it was mostly women at the table,” said Ginny Lackovic, an architect and historic preservationist who spent years working on the Capitol. “I’ve never had a project like that, with such a representation of women from every angle, at all levels.”  The legislator: ‘I couldn’t really get anybody to listen’ Ann Rest has spent plenty of time in the hallways and chambers of the Minnesota Capitol. First elected to a seat in the Continue Reading

Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton: ‘Meghan Markle’s made the Royal Family relevant for the next 100 years’

Even for a writer living just outside Hollywood, the latest plot twist in a real-life saga he has followed for more than three decades could not have been better imagined. Andrew Morton, the biographer whose 1992 book on Diana, Princess of Wales shook the Royal family to its foundations, was even more delighted than most when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement in November. “If you were sitting in a script office in Hollywood, and you said ‘give me a character that will make them [the Royal family] relevant for the next 100 years’, they [the ideas people] would have said: OK, she’s bi-racial, divorced and an actor.” Was he rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect?  “It certainly adds another chapter,” says the Yorkshireman, with a wry smile. Morton, 64, is at work on a book about Ms Markle, to be published in April. Announced in December, it’s a quick turnaround, but... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles  Subscriber-only events  Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free To continue reading this article log in to your Telegraph account. Or register now, it's free. Register Log in Registered customers can access one Premium article per week HALF-PRICE OFFER Unlimited access to exclusive stories. Half price for one year. Access all Premium articles Subscriber only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days, then just £1 per week Start free trial Enjoy a year of Amazon Prime, worth £79, with an annual subscription Continue Reading

‘We’ll be in the Middle East for the next 100 years,’ Boeing senior exec says

Boeing's international president has told CNBC that Saudi Arabia was a "very important market" for the company. Marc Allen said Sunday that the airline manufacturer would continue to operate in the region despite increasing political instability and concerns over a conflict between the Kingdom and arch-rival Iran. "Saudi Arabia is a very important market. We've been in Saudi Arabia for 70 years and we fully expect to be there for the next 100 years," Allen told CNBC. "So the way that we approach the market as we do in most places is around partnership and it's about creating a deeply interwoven fabric of our capabilities and the customers' needs and then helping the customer grow in their capability so we're growing together." He added: "So that's the model, that's what we've been doing and it's been working well. And we think it will be a very important part of the business going forward." Earlier this year, several defense and commercial deals were announced between Boeing and Saudi Arabia. These included agreements from Saudi Arabia to purchase Boeing Chinook helicopters, P-8 military aircraft and guided weapon systems as well as a joint venture with the Kingdom to provide services for a wide range of military platforms. However, there is growing regional instability, particularly between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, a developing political crisis in Lebanon and an economic blockade of Qatar. Allen said Boeing would persevere, however, despite the challenges posed by the region. "As I said, we've been in Continue Reading

Stephen Hawking: We have 100 years to colonize another planet

The clock is ticking. Mankind needs to colonize another planet in the next 100 years or face extinction, world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned. A new BBC documentary called “Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth” will show Hawking presenting “his predictions that the human race only has 100 years before we need to colonize another planet,” a news release said. The show is set to air later this year. Hawking, 75, attributes our planet’s imperilment to a variety of forces, including “climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth,” the release said, calling Earth an “increasingly precarious” place to live. Hawking previously estimated that humanity had around 1,000 years left before it would become extinct. “Although the chance of disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years,” Hawking said in a BBC interview. “By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” he said. “However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.” He said advances in science and technology will create “new ways things can go wrong.” In the documentary series Hawking enlists science and engineering experts, who travel the world to figure out if and how humans can move to other planets. “Science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought,” the release said. Continue Reading

Elon Musk foresees people living in glass domes on Mars in 40 to 100 years

Elon Musk expects 1 million people to inhabit Mars within the next 100 years — and he foresees settlers on the Red Planet living in glass domes, the SpaceX founder and CEO revealed. Musk discussed his colonization plans in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Sunday. "Initially, glass panes with carbon fiber frames to build geodesic domes on the surface, plus a lot of miner/tunneling droids," Musk wrote, explaining how humans will first survive on Mars. "With the latter, you can build out a huge amount of pressurised space for industrial operations and leave the glass domes for green living space." Musk said his company has ambitious plans to send 1 million people to inhabit Mars within the next 40 to 100 years. SpaceX's first mission, the unmanned "Red Dragon" spacecraft, is expected to travel to the planet in 2018, scouting Mars for the initial means to sustain human life, including water and fuel extractions, according to the Reddit interview. Subsequent spaceships will be powerful enough to fly between Mars and Earth outside of its 26-month orbital period in case of an emergency, Musk wrote. During the "AMA" session, Musk did not respond to any questions about SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which exploded during a test run in September. He said the latest version — Falcon 9 Block 5 — includes various improvements. Musk first unveiled his plans to develop a rocket-type capsule in September, one that would transport intelligent, human life to Mars in the span of 80 days. He cautioned that anyone who volunteers for the interplanetary project must be "prepared to die" on Mars. "It sounds virtually impossible — but I think there is a way to do it," Musk said in his IAC conference speech. The trip's cost per person is estimated at $10 billion, according to the speech. Continue Reading

Prince’s secret vault of unreleased music could produce albums for another 100 years

His purple reign over the music industry isn’t over yet. Prince leaves behind a cache of unreleased music so vast that his estate could put out a posthumous album every year for the next century. The storied vault featuring thousands of secret songs, albums and yes, even movies, has been the source of much speculation among the late artist’s purple people for decades. "I know there's a lot of material in the vault that never got released," Prince's longtime friend and sound engineer David Z (David Rivkin) told the Daily News. FULL TRANSCRIPT OF 911 CALL FROM PRINCE'S COMPOUND "We used to do two songs a day, and he just put them away," he said. "Maybe he instructed his lawyers to never release them. I hope that's not the case. I'd like to see some of them come out, a lot of them were pretty great." Investigative reporter and filmmaker Mobeen Azhar also confirmed that the treasure trove exists last year in his documentary, “Hunting for Prince’s Vault.” He hounded the lawyers, managers, engineers and musicians at the “Purple Rain” singer’s Paisley Park recording studio for details about the extensive back catalog. “There is enough unreleased studio material for him to put out an album a year for the next 100 years,” Azhar told the Daily News. Those include an album called “The Dream Factory” and a song called “The Divine” that Prince reportedly said had harmonies so intense that “people weren’t ready to hear this song yet,” Azhar said. “There’s a wealth of material in there,” he added. “He had entire promotional videos for songs that were never released, and also two feature length movies that are in the vault, as well.” Alan Leeds, Prince’s former tour manager and president of Paisley Park Records until 1992, told the writer that the artist Continue Reading

Volcanic eruption could leave Japan ‘extinct’ within next 100 years: scientists

Japan could be wiped off the map by a massive volcanic eruption in the next century, experts have claimed. Scientists at Kobe University say it is "not an overstatement" to predict a natural disaster could leave Japan "extinct," reports the New Zealand Herald. They made their grim warning after looking a massive volcanic crater on Kyushu Island, Japan's third largest island. This has erupted only seven times over the past 120,000 years, but predict another blast would bury 7 million people on Japan's southern island underneath lava flows. A toxic cloud would make the neighboring island "unlivable," the scientists claim. They reckon the risk of an eruption over the next 100 years is 1%. They claimed this figure should not be dismissed as it was the same percentage for the major earthquake which hit Kobe in 1995, leaving 6,400 people dead. A few weeks ago there was a minor eruption at Mount Ontake, central Japan, killing 51 people. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

100 years of tears in Cubland

LOS ANGELES - Maybe the billy goat, the black cat and Steve Bartman really are only bit players in the Cubs' championship drought. After all, we're talking about a team that lost the World Series to their crosstown rivals in 1906 despite winning 116 games during the season. In 1929, the Cubs were nine outs from evening up a World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics at two games apiece, holding an 8-0 lead in Game 4. But the A's scored 10 runs in the seventh inning, helped when Hack Wilson lost Mule Haas' ball in the sun and Haas scored. Later, Cub manager Joe McCarthy supposedly told a kid who asked for a souvenir baseball to come back the next day and stand behind Wilson, where there would be plenty. TORRE LEADS HIS NEW TEAM TO SWEEPThey are at 100 years of futility in Cubland, where 1908 was the last good year. They haven't been to the World Series since 1945 and there are seemingly as many anecdotes about Cub failure in October as there are frustrated Cub fans. Some of those fans believe the Cubs are cursed; others believe they just haven't been good enough all these years. "It's one of those things, an organization runs into bad luck for a long time," said pitcher Jason Marquis, whose team was swept out of the NL division series last night by the Dodgers. "There are 29 other teams wanting to win, too. Sometimes it just doesn't go your way and it's nothing more than that. The Red Sox can say Babe Ruth's ghost disappeared or whatever (after Boston won the 2004 World Series, their first in 86 years), but the fact is they had the best team and they played the best baseball that October." There's clearly a sense of "Not again!" among Cub fans, too. When the Cubs fell behind the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, the Cubbie faithful fell silent. "You could kind of feel the energy around Chicago come down a little bit," Cub pitcher Rich Harden said. There are some good postseason stories in Cub lore - think Tinker to Evers to Chance and other players long Continue Reading

NAACP commemorates centennial, sets goals for next 100 years

As the NAACP turns 100, local leaders are commemorating the milestone and defining goals for the next century.Improving education, creating jobs and fighting bias were among the priorities singled out by the leaders of the NAACP on the civil rights organization's centennial Thursday. "I feel proud to be part of a movement as it continues to fight for and protect people's rights," said Kenneth Cohen, president of the Northeast Queens branch. He and others said the 100th anniversary took on added significance because it followed the inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's first black President. Leaders cautioned that their work was far from finished. National President Benjamin Todd Jealous told The Associated Press that members aren't satisfied simply with having a black President. "What they want to know is: 'What problem in my life will he be solving?'" Jealous told The AP recently. Edward Williams, president of the Far Rockaway branch, said it was "fitting" the centennial fell this year, but "freedom fighters who've been in the struggle for years recognize there's a long way to go." Williams said his branch will focus on improving schools for children in their neighborhood and creating job opportunities, particularly for young black men. Housing, health and police relations will be among Cohen's priorities, in addition to helping out with problems in the Asian and Latino immigrant communities. "We're standing up with other groups whenever hate issues arise," he said. "That's why we can never stop doing what we do." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

100-year-old blackboards with lesson plans found behind Oklahoma high school wall

Perfectly preserved lesson plans scrawled on blackboards from nearly a century ago were found behind the walls of an Oklahoma high school. The chalkboards, believed to date to 1917, were discovered in three Emerson High School classrooms in Oklahoma City last week by contractors during school renovations, shocked educators said. "I got goosebumps, and then I got tears in my eyes, and then I sat in here and just stared because it's really like, it was like walking into a time capsule," Principal Sherry Kishore told WAFB 9 News. Colorful drawings and cursive writings show how lessons in math, music and the history behind Thanksgiving were taught about 100 years ago. "When you walk into these rooms, it's like they just left the lesson, and they're expecting to come back the next day and start again," Kishore said. "It was very emotional for me." School officials will decide how to further preserve the blackboards. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading