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Enel SpA has started construction of 74 turbines at the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Kansas, the company's subsidiary, Enel Green Power SpA, said on Thursday. The Italian energy company said the expansion project will involve investment of over $281 million, and will increase capacity at the wind farm to 599 megawatts from 400 megawatts. The expansio...

Restauranteur and owner Frank Scibelli calls Little Mama’s a “prequel” to Mama Ricotta’s, a Charlotte staple since it opened in 1992. The new Italian-American restaurant is a representation of the restaurants Scibelli and partners Stephanie Kalish and Tom Dyrness remember dining at while growing up in the Northeast in the ’60s and ’70s. And you can...

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected in Tower Grove Park in 1886 was taken off its pedestal and removed Tuesday at the direction of the park’s Board of Commissioners, making St. Louis the latest of several U.S. cities to contend with controversial monuments this month amid national protests for racial justice. The statue on Main Drive...

A few months ago, just before the COVID-19 shutdown, an Italian-American couple opened Viona’s Italian Bistro in downtown Overland Park. The restaurant, which serves Italian dishes from old family recipes, replaces Ambrosia Cafe at 7933 Marty St. Ambrosia Cafe closed last fall. Since opening the restaurant in February, Benny and Kika Morina have ma...

Italian swimmer Ilaria Murzilli from Rome, Italy has verbally committed to Nebraska. She is expected to join the Cornhuskers in the fall of 2021. I am very happy to be able to announce my commitment to swimming and studying at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I chose this university because I am sure it can give me great opportunities for sports...

Wednesday night in the Minnesota capital of St. Paul, protestors demolished their city’s Christopher Columbus statue. In destroying the statue, which had nothing to do with the tragic death of George Floyd, rioters also destroyed immigrant art, Italian-American history, and a symbol of American unity. Protesters across the nation have been defacing...

There is a growing push across the country to take down controversial statues, including Christopher Columbus. In some states, statues of the European explorer have been torn down, beheaded, and dumped into the lake. Historical records reveal Columbus forced many natives to be slaves. According to History.com, Columbus treated them with 'extreme vi...

A group of protesters pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus Wednesday outside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. The statue came down just after 5 p.m. to cheers. The protesters say Columbus was responsible for Native American genocide, and it was time for the statue to go. John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of P...

The Italian Cultural Center joins the people of Minnesota and across the world grieving the unjust death of George Floyd. In line with our mission, our classes and events will continue to promote a culture of inclusiveness and understanding as a path to constructive and lasting change. "Non vi può essere vera libertà senza giustizia sociale, come n...

In 2021, when the pandemic will hopefully be behind us, one building on the two-block site that forms the Denver Art Museum turns 50. Its age is significant but its architect even more so: Gio Ponti. Furthermore, it’s the late Italian designer’s only completed building in North America, a commission he received in 1965 when he was 74. Breaking with...

Caroline Williard is a professional seamstress well known for her elegant dresses in fashion shows and pageants across the U.S. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating face masks probably wouldn't have crossed her mind and making Italian Tricolore face masks would have most likely been considered a joke. In fact, creative face masks were almost no...

K-State head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz added to the nation's No. 23 recruiting class with the signing of opposite/outside hitter Tessa Mati to a National Letter of Intent (NLI), the 20-year head coach announced Tuesday.Mati (pronounced "mah-tee") stands 6-foot-4 and hails from Grosseto, Italy, and played for the Italian club team Megabox Battist...