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MAY 04, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Oscar-winning writer of 'Dances With Wolves' novel dies

(AP) — Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died. Blake, who wrote several novels, is best known for "Dances With Wolves," which he wrote while broke at the urging of his longtime friend, the actor Kevin Costner. The novel was fairly unsuccessful, ...

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MAY 04, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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'Dances With Wolves' writer Michael Blake dies at 69

The novel was fairly unsuccessful but became a hit film after Costner asked Blake to adapt it into a movie. The Civil War epic about an Army lieutenant who befriends a Native American tribe won seven Academy Awards, including one for best adapted screenplay.

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APR 29, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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News of the day from across the nation, April 30

On Wednesday, his son, David, a billionaire philanthropist, said he is donating $5.37 million to refurbish the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington Va., the 100-ton bronze sculpture of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima during the war. 2 Silent film found: A long-lost silent film admired by historians as a rare visual account of American Indian customs is being ...

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APR 27, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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American Civil War commemorated way down south of Dixie

Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps. [...] Sunday's party marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War took place about 5,000 miles (8,000 kilometers) south of the South, in a rural Brazilian town ...

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APR 25, 2015 - San Francisco Chronicle

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New York marks 150th anniversary of Lincoln funeral train

The huge numbers of Americans who stood in line to see the casket and waited beside the railroad to glimpse the train reflected a nation still reeling from the collective trauma of Lincoln's death — and the recent conclusion of the Civil War, according to New York University history professor Martha Hodes, author of "Mourning Lincoln." In Albany, Civil War ...

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