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Issue: "2013 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 14, 2013

Rethinking Lincoln

It took 150 years, but finally one Pennsylvania newspaper has warmed to President Abraham Lincoln’s remarks at Gettysburg. A Nov. 14 editorial in The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., officially retracted the paper’s review of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in time for the 150th anniversary of the speech. In the 1863 review of Lincoln’s famous speech, writers at The Patriot-News derided the president’s “silly remarks” and argued that they should “be no more repeated or thought of.” A century and a half later, the paper’s editors issued a mea culpa, calling the paper’s review “a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.”

Pastry penalty

Police in Spain’s Catalonia region cracked down on one bicyclist in November when they cited him for reckless driving. What did Ivan Gonzalez do wrong? Police say he was eating a pastry while pedaling through the town of Sabadell. Gonzalez says he plans to appeal the charge, which carries a hefty penalty.

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