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Promises, pomp and protests as Donald Trump sworn in

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Pledging to empower America’s “forgotten men and women,” Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the White House for the first time in eight years. Looking out over the crowd sprawled across the National Mall, Trump painted a bleak picture of the nation he now leads, lamenting “American carnage,” shuttered factories and…

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Marshall football a program with long history

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Marshall University brings a sad, but proud history to Saturday’s matchup with Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Several NFL stars played for the Thundering Herd, but the school is also known for those who lost their lives in a horrific plane crash that wiped out the team more than a generation ago. Among those was Chad Pennington, who quarterbacked the Herd from 1995 to 1999. In his four years as a starter, Marshall won 47 games and lost only…

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Marshall, Connecticut accept bids to St. Petersburg Bowl

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The St. Petersburg Bowl has announced that the 2015 game will feature a matchup between the Connecticut Huskies and the Marshall Thundering Herd. The game features a Marshall program known for football success and tragedy, against a Connecticut program that has only played in Division 1-FBS since 2002. Marshall finished the season 9-3 in second place in the East Division of Conference USA. It won seven consecutive games during the middle part of the season before dropping two of its…

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‘True Detective’ returns, staying true to its powerful past

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“True Detective” could drive you to drink. Its second season (Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO) arrives under cover of such darkness and psychic pain it seems to beg its audience to keep a bottle close by in a display of unity with its hard-drinking protagonists. “You tying one on?” asks Frank Semyon (series star Vince Vaughn), an enterprising but beleaguered mobster, as he sits across from tormented Detective Ray Velcoro (co-star Colin Farrell) and watches him drain glass…

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