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The designer Ralph Lauren received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal during a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington on Tuesday that was also attended by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mr. Lauren and his wife, Ricky, have a house in Montauk. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Fifteen candidates for citizenship took the Oath of Allegiance in a naturalization ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Tuesday.Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Hillary Clinton, Ralph Lauren, and Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian secretary, during Tuesday's ceremony in WashingtonSmithsonian National Museum of American History
The Star-Spangled Banner while undergoing restoration work to remove a soiled, century-old linen backingSmithsonian National Museum of American History
Spectators lined an upper gallery at the National Museum of American History to watch as 15 new citizens took the Oath of Allegiance.Cathryn Keller





Phil King

Happy birthday to you. The country music star Toby Keith -- or someone who looked and sang a hell of a lot like him -- dropped by a party in Amagansett on Sunday and performed a couple of songs for the surprised guests.

Dave Wakeling, at an Atlanta performance in 2012, will play at a Wounded Warrior benefit Saturday night in Amagansett. Timothy J. Carroll/flickr