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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft points to special teams captain Matthew Slater before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass.

1 On this day in history, in 1976, former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery in San Francisco carried out by the Symbionese Liberation Army. (Hearst was released after 22 months after receiving clemency from President Jimmy Carter.) A year ago, Florida prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor charge against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (pictured) after courts blocked their use of video that allegedly showed him paying for massage parlor sex. Famous birthdays: Political commentator Lou Dobbs is 76. Pro and College Football Hall of Famer Joe Greene is 75. Actor Kevin Sorbo is 63.

2 A community hub since Benny Goodman was blowing his clarinet, Hill’s Drug Store has provided medicine for both the body and the soul. Its blue marquee sign lit up the sunset nights as generations of families came in for milkshakes and grilled cheeses on Dover Street. It had an irrefutable Norman Rockwell vibe and was ahead of its time by being fully integrated in the early 1960s. Everyone was welcome to the drug store. The iconic blue and white neon sign in historic downtown Easton took its leave last month. It was carefully lowered from the spot that it had occupied since 1945. Today, the family owned drug store is thriving at its larger location on Idlewild Avenue. (Story on A16)

3 Troika Gallery owner and portrait artist Laura Era stopped by the Talbot County Free Library on Sept. 15 to unveil her new Anna Murray Douglass portrait that she donated to the Easton branch. Anna Murray Douglass was the first wife of Frederick Douglass, helped him escape slavery and supported his work as an abolitionist for over 44 years. Era also painted and donated a portrait of Frederick Douglass to the library as a part of last year’s Frederick Douglass Day. (Story on A10)

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