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History Channel to remake 'Roots' miniseries

History Channel to remake 'Roots' miniseries

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- History Channel is planning to make an 8-hour miniseries based on Alex Haley's 1976 novel "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," EW.com reported Tuesday.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.
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Coast Guard helps disabled ship, barge

KODIAK, Alaska, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said its crews battled rough seas off Alaska Saturday to help a disabled vessel and the oil drilling barge it was towing.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.
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Freighter adrift in gale off Alaska

KODIAK, Alaska, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said it dispatched two of its cutters and a pair of helicopters to assist a disabled cargo ship in stormy waters off Alaska Friday.

Fire on Alaska fishing boat extinguished

JUNEAU, Alaska, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A fire aboard a commercial fishing boat off Alaska was extinguished early Wednesday after nearly 100 members of the crew were forced to abandon ship.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007.
By United Press International

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Today is Friday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2006 with 142 to follow.
By United Press International

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2005 with 142 to follow.
By United Press International

Six missing in Alaskan copter crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Six people were missing Thursday after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed while rescuing stranded Malaysian sailors off the Alaskan coast, CNN reported.

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This is Wednseday, Aug.11, the 224th day of 2004 with 142 to follow.
By United Press International

Watercooler Stories

Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel holiday of the year and the Department of Homeland Security has advice on how to get through airport security quickly.
ALEX CUKAN, United Press International

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Today is Monday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2003 with 142 to follow.
By United Press International

Book of the week: 'Growing up X'

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Ilyasah Shabazz has written an honest and compelling account of her childhood after the assassination of her father, the civil rights activist Malcolm X.
SHIRLEY SAAD

Of Human Interest: News lite

North Carolina has a shortage of pharmacists, especially in rural counties, say researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
ELLEN BECK, United Press International
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Alex Haley
Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer. He is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, and of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the latter of which he wrote in collaboration with Malcolm X. This photo dates from March 1, 1986. (UPI Photo/Files)
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Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an African-American writer. He is best known as the author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family and the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Haley was born in Ithaca, New York on August 11, 1921, and was the oldest of three brothers and a sister. Haley lived with his family in Henning, Tennessee before he returned to Ithaca with his family when he was five years old. Haley's father was a professor of agriculture at Cornell University, and a decorated World War I veteran. The younger Haley always spoke proudly of his father and the incredible obstacles of racism he had overcome. Alex Haley was enrolled at Alcorn State University at age 15. Two years later he returned to his parents to inform them of his withdrawal from college. Simon Haley felt that Alex needed discipline and growth and convinced his son to enlist in the military when he turned 18. On May 24, 1939, Alex Haley began his twenty-year enlistment with the Coast Guard.

He enlisted as a mess attendant and then became a Petty Officer Third Class in the rate of Steward, one of the few rates open to African Americans at that time. His Coast Guard service number was 212-548. It was during his service in the Pacific theater of operations that Haley taught himself the craft of writing stories. It is said that during his enlistment he was often paid by other sailors to write love letters to their girlfriends. He talked of how the greatest enemy he and his crew faced during their long sea voyages wasn't the Japanese but boredom.

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