The hip-hop mogul has gone silent as his retail fashion partner, Barneys New York, faces an escalating scandal: discrimination against its young, black customers. By Michael Daly.
No celebrities were ever classier than Jay Z and Beyoncé when they attended a July protest in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin.The crowd at the protest in downtown Manhattan erupted into giddy cheers on seeing the famous couple arrive, but neither the hip-hop king or his wife stepped up to the microphone. Instead, they stood in the back and bore silent witness, not even seeking shade from the broiling sun as Martin’s mother spoke.
Not everybody has been paying attention to America’s pastime. So, for those who haven’t, here’s a couple storylines to watch out for as the Red Sox battle the Cardinals.
Two of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, will face off tonight to begin the 2013 World Series. For those readers who haven’t been following these two teams, we present a primer for the big game.It’s a RematchFor those who did not care about nearly 100 years of suffering by Red Sox fans, the Red Sox and Cardinals faced off in the World Series in 2004. The Red Sox won, breaking “The Curse of the Bambino” and making it so Red Sox fans would never have to hear Yankees fans chanting “1918” (the last time the Red Sox won the World Series) ever again.
At 17, basketball player Zach Hodskins is a YouTube sensation and headed to the University of Florida’s Division I team. What makes him so special? He was born without the lower half of his left arm. By Lizzie Crocker.
Zach Hodskins glides down the basketball court, whips the ball behind his back, and leaps over helpless defenders to finish a layup. The play—part of a series of highlights from Hodskins’ career as a high school basketball star—has been viewed by nearly four million people on YouTube. (The video’s uploader deems Hodskins “the most amazing basketball player you'll ever see!”).At 17, Hodskins is a local celebrity in the small town of Alpharetta, Georgia.
A fight over a Las Vegas nightclub’s cover charge ended in gunfire early Monday morning. John L. Smith reports on the latest incident from Sin City.
The Las Vegas Strip’s lucrative nightclub scene returned to the headlines Monday, when reports of a deadly incident again interrupted the usual news flow of celebrity sightings and casino profits.What began as an argument over a $30 cover charge to Drai’s nightclub inside Bally’s hotel and casino ended with one patron shot to death and two unarmed security guards wounded. It was the second deadly incident linked to a Strip nightclub this year.
Over 600 Washington Post employees and alumni gathered to send off Donald Graham, the paper’s CEO for two and a half decades, as Amazon’s Jeff Bezos takes over.
“There’s nothing more intoxicating than nostalgia,” longtime Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser remarked.And so it was, Monday night, that 650-odd alumni and current employees of the fabled newspaper—a brand name that has insinuated itself into the popular culture, and in a Hollywood blockbuster or two, as a synonym for crusading and cutting-edge journalism—gathered to remember better days, reconnect with old friends, and pay tribute to Donald Graham, the scion of the family who for the past 80 years had nurtured an ink-stained, bankrupt local rag into a powerful national franchise.
It was the case that seemed to inflate every American’s sense of ambition. As a new Retro Report revisits the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit, James Poulos looks at the lesson we failed to learn.
Of all the public perceptions of the Tea Party, perhaps the most damaging is the feeling that its leaders are in on the joke. People suspicious of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sarah Palin often detect more than a hint of personal ambition—enough to eclipse the sense of proportion that’s necessary for “responsible” politics and the good stewardship of the rule of law.The fear of unbridled ambition is nothing new in American politics. Andrew Jackson’s foes raised the alarm that the White House had been taken over by a wannabe Napoleon Bonaparte.
Tiona Rodriguez stared straight ahead, expressionless, as she was charged with shoplifting—and with an eight-pound fetus in her bag. Michael Daly reports from the courtroom.
Tiona Rodriguez came blank-eyed into Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday morning, a 17-year-old who had been detained for suspected shoplifting in a Victoria’s Secret and found to have a nearly full-term dead baby in her bag.She and a 17-year-old friend who had been arrested with her arrived with their hands behind their backs, but when they sat in the front bench, it turned out that the kind-hearted officer escorting them had already removed handcuffs.
Joshua DuBois was President Obama’s director of faith-based initiative, and single. Learning that, the president went to work. By Joshua DuBois.
President Obama has taught me a lot over the years, and I share a few lessons in my new book, The President’s Devotional. But one of the most important lessons was about marriage—even when I didn’t want to hear it.It started on the campaign trail in 2008, when I was then-Senator Obama’s faith outreach director. We were in the back of a black SUV, heading to the Saddleback Candidate’s Forum in Orange County, California. After quizzing me on the Ten Commandments (and poking fun at my friend and his body man, Reggie Love, for not knowing all of God’s instructions to Moses by heart), Obama looked at me with a wry smile and said: “You know, you really should get married.
How cronyism, secrecy, and authoritarianism doomed Obamacare, and why it was all so unnecessary. By Gregory Ferenstein.
Editor’s Note: Another version of this article is published on Crunchgov, TechCrunch's Policy Channel. Disclosure: I really like the principles of universal coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and I hope it will succeed. But the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov represents everything that President Obama promised would be different about his administration—but isn’t. Obama promised open innovation and transparency. Yet startups and hackers are forced to take a backseat to state-run websites, a mediocre government contractor secured the lucrative deal to build the federal exchange, and both HealthCare.
Solomon Northup’s story is so extraordinary that it seems incredible. Meet the civil rights crusader who rescued him from obscurity and made the movie ‘12 Years a Slave’ possible.
Last month, I wrote an article for The Daily Mail about the true story of Solomon Northup, a slave whose harrowing experiences form the basis of the movie 12 Years A Slave. As anyone who has seen the film will testify, Northup endured no end of brutality at the hands of various plantation managers and overseers, all of which are graphically depicted in Steve McQueen’s new film. When I filed the piece, my editor called to express some reservations.
Who let the dogs out? That’s what they’re asking in the White House, after new puppy Sunny got a little too rowdy at a recent event and knocked over a little girl.
The Senate’s youngest member, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, held his fellow lawmakers’ feet to the fire on gun control. A year after Newtown, he says he’s not giving up the fight.