It wasn't all bad
When contractor Paul Barnett began tearing down the 11-story Woodward Building in Washington, D.C., he found a battered suitcase. Inside, was a trove of personal items, including family photos, a 1924 high school yearbook, and a handwritten paper titled “The Causes of the World War.” There was only one clue to link the belongings to a potential owner: the name “Shaughnessy” cropped up several times, including a Brian Shaughnessy, who was listed in a 1952 elementary school graduation program. Barnett tracked him down, and Shaughnessy, a 68-year-old local lawyer, established that the suitcase belonged to his family. “I’m so glad to get it,” he said. The items “don’t mean anything to anybody else, but they mean a lot to me.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest
- Fall film guide: All the movies you should see in October
- Watch out, China — America is working on dogfighting drones
- Bill O'Reilly and Stephen Colbert are accidentally having a serious debate on ISIS
- How the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover revealed the worst of both shows
- The dumb war in Syria will haunt Democrats' 2014 prospects
- Why you probably don't have Ebola — even if you shook hands with America's 'patient zero'
Subscribe to the Week