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Today in history, Tuesday, Dec. 3

In 1818, Illinois was admitted as the 21st state.

In 1960, the Lerner and Loewe musical “Camelot,” starring Julie Andrews as Guenevere, Richard Burton as King Arthur and Robert Goulet as Lancelot, opened on Broadway.

In 1967, a surgical team in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on Louis Washkansky, who lived 18 days with the donor organ, which came from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old bank clerk who had died in a traffic accident.

In 1979, 11 people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing.

In 1980, Bernadine Dohrn, a former leader of the radical Weather Underground, surrendered to authorities after more than a decade as a fugitive.

In 1991, radicals in Lebanon released American hostage Alann Steen, who had been held captive nearly five years.

In 1999, Tori Murden of the United States became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone as she arrived at the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, 81 days after leaving the Canary Islands near the coast of Africa.

In 2001,Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge asked Americans to return to a high state of alert, citing threats of more terrorist attacks.

In 2009, President Barack Obama hosted a White House-sponsored jobs forum, where he said he heard many “exciting ideas” and proposals and expressed hope some could be put into action quickly.

In 2018, a casket containing the body of former President George H.W. Bush was flown from Texas to Washington to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

Go See Do: Tuesday, Dec. 3

Through the Years: Christmas at Reynolda: 2 p.m. today, Dec. 10, and 17 at Reynolda House, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. Admission is $25, $20 for members. Advance purchase is required. For more information or to buy tickets online, go to www.reynoldahouse.org/holidays.

Winston-Salem Writers Open Mic: sign-ups at 6:45 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m. today at the Coffee Park Arts Coffee Shop, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. Free. For more information, go to www.wswriters.org and click on Programs and Open Mic.

The Gypsy Soul: 7:30 p.m. today at Watson Hall, UNCSA, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Admission is $20, $15 for students. For more information, go to www.uncsa.edu/performances/venues/watson-hall.aspx

Swingle Bells: 7:30 p.m. today at Salem College, Elberson Fine Arts Center, Shirley Recital Hall, Winston-Salem. Admission is $25, $8 for students and children. For more information, go to www.musiccarolina.org.

Tanglewood Festival of Lights: 6-11 p.m. nightly through Jan. 1 at Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons. Family: cars, vans and trucks, $15; commercial: vans, limos and mini-buses, $35; motorcoaches and buses: $100. Family: cars, vans and trucks, $5; commercial: vans, limos and mini-buses, $15; motorcoaches and buses: $65. For more information, visit forsyth.cc/Parks/Tanglewood/fol.

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West Forsyth senior running back Zy Dillard runs the ball in the Titans’ NCHSAA 4AA playoff game against Charlotte Vance in Clemmons on Friday. Vance won 35-7. See more photos on Journalnow.com/gallery.

Ask SAM: Why doesn't library have Donald Trump Jr.'s book?

Q: Can you find out why the Forsyth County Public Library has no print copies of Donald Trump Jr.’s best-selling book “Triggered” (and only a single copy on CD), and yet had over a dozen copies of Hillary Clinton’s latest book?


Answer: The book should be on the shelf soon, library officials said.

“Because we have to purchase multiple copies, Forsyth County Public Library gets many of its best-sellers through a book-leasing company,” said Lara Luck, the collection development supervisor for the Forsyth County Public Library. “This company only offers titles for lease by well-established authors that they think will resell or still have demand in several years.”

Some books are not offered until after they have become best-sellers, and “Triggered” was one of those titles, Luck said. It was put on the company’s leased books list the week of Nov. 11, following its publication date of Nov. 5, and at least six copies have been ordered by the library.

The same thing happened with “The Book of Gutsy Women” by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, which was published on Oct. 1. The library ordered copies in early November, and the first copies of that title were not added to the system until Nov. 18, according to Luck. At last word, they had 10 regular print copies.

The audiobook of “Triggered” is already in the library system because it was purchased, not leased. The print version may be in sometime in the next week, Luck said, but an exact date is not yet certain.

Q: What has happened to the Division of Motor Vehicles office in Rural Hall? It was very convenient to me as I live only two miles from it. Could you find out if it will be reopened?


Answer: SAM has heard from several readers who are upset about the closure of that office.

“The License Plate Agency in Rural Hall will reopen at some point in 2020,” said John Brockwell, a DMV spokesman. He was not able to give a more definitive date, but said the DMV should know more in the coming weeks.

As the Journal reported back in August, the Rural Hall License Plate Agency was closed for “alleged contract violations and possible violations of state law.

“The agency, which is at 1014 Bethania-Rural Hall Road, was closed following an investigation by the DMV’s License and Theft Bureau, the DMV said. Investigators determined that the alleged activities warranted the office’s closing and the cancellation of its contract.”

Q: Does the Journal website have a place where a reader can suggest a story for coverage? If not, why not?


Answer: Questions and feedback can be sent to the Journal using the Contact Us form on Journalnow.com, under the main menu in the Customer Service section. You can find it directly at www.journalnow.com/site/forms/online_services/contact_us/

In print, it’s on A2 under “How to Contact Us,” with email addresses for local news, editorials, features, sports and more.

Christmas Restaurants

This Saturday, SAM is planning to run a list of restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day. Managers or owners can let us know that they will be open at asksam@wsjournal.com by Thursday to be included in the list. Include your address, hours, and if reservations are required.

Email: AskSAM@wsjournal.com

Russian scientists present ancient puppy found in permafrost

YAKUTSK, Russia Russian scientists on Monday showed off a prehistoric puppy, believed to be 18,000 years old, found in permafrost in the country’s Far East.

Discovered last year in a lump of frozen mud near the city of Yakutsk, the puppy is unusually well-preserved, with its hair, teeth, whiskers and eyelashes still intact.

“This puppy has all its limbs, pelage — fur, even whiskers. The nose is visible. There are teeth. We can determine due to some data that it is a male,” Nikolai Androsov, director of the Northern World private museum where the remains are stored, said at the presentation at the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum which specializes in ancient specimens.

In recent years, Russia’s Far East has provided many riches for scientists studying the remains of ancient animals. As the permafrost melts, affected by climate change, more and more parts of woolly mammoths, canines and other prehistoric animals are being discovered. Often it is mammoth tusk hunters who discover them.

“Why has Yakutia come through a real spate of such unique findings over the last decade? First, it’s global warming. It really exists, we feel it, and local people feel it strongly. Winter comes later, spring comes earlier,” Sergei Fyodorov, scientist with the North Eastern Federal University, told The Associated Press.

“And the second very serious, deep reason, of why there a lot of finds is the very high price of mammoth tusk in the Chinese market.”

When the puppy was discovered, scientists from the Stockholm-based Center for Palaeogenetics took a piece of bone to study its DNA.

“The first step was of course to send the sample to radio carbon dating to see how old it was and when we got the results back it turned out that it was roughly 18,000 years old,” Love Dalén, professor of evolutionary genetics at the center, said in an online interview.

Further tests, however, left the scientists with more questions than answers — they couldn’t definitively tell whether it was a dog or a wolf.

“We have now generated a nearly complete genome sequence from it and normally when you have a two-fold coverage genome, which is what we have, you should be able to relatively easily say whether it’s a dog or a wolf, but we still can’t say and that makes it even more interesting,” Dalén said.

He added that the scientists are about to do a third round of genome sequencing, which might solve the mystery.