Female pulp fiction illustrator getting her due

Gloria Stoll Karn, cover illustration for ‘Rangeland Romances,’ June 1949. Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

BOSTON (AP) — Gloria Stoll Karn nearly trashed her high school artwork back in the 1940s, figuring her art career was over before it even started. But thanks to a janitor with an artistic eye, she ended up smashing gender barriers instead.

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For winter doldrums: small decor changes wield big impact

NEW YORK – Holiday decorating season is long over, yet spring is still far off. It’s cold in much of the country, and still getting dark early. A lot of us could use some kind of visual pick-me-up.

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Wienermobile to be turned into a museum piece

The 1952 Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

DEERFIELD, Wis. (AP) – The grain trucks, school buses, cranes, trailers and semi-tractors are the first priority at the Truckstar Collision Center near this village’s downtown. But between the repair of dents, dings and gashes on the commercial vehicles that are the wheelhouse of this 20-year-old business, the work is focused on one of the most recognizable vehicles to ever cruise the country’s highways, byways and Interstate system.

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Hairstylist’s basement salon a shrine to Elvis Presley

Movie poster for the 1963 film ‘Fun in Acapulco,’ in which Elvis plays a lifeguard and entertainer. Image courtesy LiveAuctionees and Clars Auction Gallery

KNOXVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Jackie Wagher has a man cave. Better yet, call it a fan cave.

The man’s name is Elvis. As in, Elvis Presley. And Wagher is one of the King’s biggest fans.

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General store owner hangs up his apron after 30 years

Teago General Store in South Pomfret, Vermont. Photo by Robert Sutherland. Used with permission from RobertSutherland.com

POMFRET, Vt. (AP) – A week after signing the store away, Chuck Gundersen sat in his blue apron at the butcher block near the dry goods shelves, describing how others viewed him during his 30-year tenure as proprietor of the Teago General Store.

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Iowa man collects America’s past through vintage advertising

Two rectangular signs and a cardboard bottle topper advertising Nichol Kola. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Dan Morphy Auctions

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – When he was a child growing near Ottumwa, Harold Canny began collecting baseball cards.

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Will the unique culture of Miami’s Coconut Grove survive?

A typical street view in Coconut Grove, showing heavy vegetation that is characteristic of the hammock. Photo by Marc Averette, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

MIAMI (AP) – With its artsy vibe, lush landscapes and free-roaming peacocks, Coconut Grove has long been known as a bohemian paradise.

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Painting the town: Barn quilts lead to Mississippi

R.A. Parselles Log Cabin wooden quilt, cut and colored slats of wood assemblage mimicking the look of a quilt, 48 x 48 in. Slotin Folk Art image

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – Drive down rural roads just over a year from now, and you may pass more than a hundred 4-by-4-foot wood pallets covered in hues of reds, blues, oranges, purples and greens mounted on churches, barns and fences across Lowndes County.

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St. Louis man amasses collection of old warplanes

A Republic F-105D of 36 Tactical Fighter Wing based at Bitburg, West Germany, in 1962. An F-105 Thunderchief like this was Bissell’s first major purchase. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Bissell Auto & Body truck repair shop has been a mystery for drivers through St. Louis for years. The phone rings in the nondescript garage business almost every day with someone looking for answers.

“They’re constantly calling about the planes,” owner Dan Bissell told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Behind the beige building, noses from a collection of 26 warplanes and helicopters from the U.S. and Russian military can be spotted from the busy road.

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What became of Billy Sims’ Heisman award?

The original plaster sculpture for the Heisman Trophy by Frank Eliscu, 1935. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Sotheby’s

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – So whatever happened to the real Billy Sims Heisman Trophy? Sure, the legendary Sooner running back sold the prestigious award – twice it turns out. But what happened then? That remains a mystery. Read more