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A Black DeKalb neighborhood,
a ‘racist Exxon’ and a 66-day protest
Posted by snakeoil 3/6/2021 3:51:50 PM Post Reply
Rahim Sivji leaves the register, walks back to the stockroom and sits on a waist-high pillar of Sprite. He leans his elbow on a slightly taller stack of Coke and takes a deep breath. Sivji has owned this Exxon station at the corner of Flat Shoals and Gresham roads — southwestern DeKalb County, not far from East Atlanta proper — for more than two decades. He’s still there seven days a week, does a little bit of everything. He says he wants to die working. But on this warm day in late February, he says he’s under contract to sell the store.
Cops: Teens shot while breaking into
car outside SE Atlanta Waffle House
Posted by snakeoil 3/3/2021 11:01:35 AM Post Reply
Two teenage boys were shot Monday evening when a man spotted them trying to break into his car outside a southeast Atlanta Waffle House, authorities said. Officers were called to the intersection of Flat Shoals and Fayetteville roads about 10:30 p.m. to tend to the injured boys, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Steve Avery said. Each had a gunshot wound to the leg. According to investigators, the teens were trying to break into a car at the Waffle House on Memorial Drive when the vehicle’s owner, 32-year-old Bryant Mayner, noticed and came outside.
Oregon promotes teacher program
that seeks to undo 'racism in
Posted by snakeoil 2/12/2021 10:06:21 PM Post Reply
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently encouraged teachers to register for training that encourages "ethnomathematics" and argues, among other things, that White supremacy manifests itself in the focus on finding the right answer. An ODE newsletter sent last week advertises a Feb. 21 "Pathway to Math Equity Micro-Course," which is designed for middle school teachers to make use of a toolkit for "dismantling racism in mathematics." The event website identifies the event as a partnership between California's San Mateo County Office of Education, The Education Trust-West and others.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell unleashes Twitter tempest
over Shakespeare quote fail
Posted by snakeoil 2/11/2021 10:51:44 AM Post Reply
NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell flubbed an attempt to fact​-​check GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s reference to a quote by Shakespeare​, inviting some “double, double toil and trouble.”​ Cruz (R-Texas) was discussing the second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on Fox News Wednesday when he ​invoked a line from Shakespeare. “It’s reminiscent of Shakespeare [in] that it is full of sound and fury, and yet signifying nothing,”​ he said, ​reciting ​a soliloquy ​from “Macbeth.”
Dave Barry’s Year in Review: 2020
was a year of nonstop awfulness
Posted by snakeoil 12/24/2020 12:53:26 PM Post Reply
We’re trying to think of something nice to say about 2020. OK, here goes: Nobody got killed by the murder hornets. As far as we know. That’s pretty much it. In the past, writing these annual reviews, we have said harsh things about previous years. We owe those years an apology. Compared to 2020, all previous years, even the Disco Era, were the golden age of human existence. This was a year of nonstop awfulness, a year when we kept saying it couldn’t possibly get worse, and it always did.
Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller to suit up
vs. Missouri on Saturday, can make history
Posted by snakeoil 11/28/2020 9:12:09 AM Post Reply
Sarah Fuller is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 football game when Vanderbilt plays at Missouri in an SEC contest Saturday. A Vanderbilt official confirmed Fuller made the trip to Missouri and will be in uniform for the game. If she sees game action Saturday, Fuller will make Power 5 history. "Let's make history,'' Fuller, a senior, wrote Friday on Twitter.
Birthday Time: Biden Turns 78,
Will Be Oldest U.S. President
Posted by snakeoil 11/20/2020 2:05:45 AM Post Reply
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden turned 78 on Friday. In exactly two months, he'll take the reins of a politically fractured nation facing the worst public health crisis in a century, high unemployment and a reckoning on racial injustice. As he wrestles with those issues, Biden will be attempting to accomplish another feat: Demonstrate to Americans that age is but a number and he's up to the job. Biden will be sworn in as the oldest president in the nation’s history, displacing Ronald
Why Marjorie Taylor Greene’s
opponent quit the House race
Posted by snakeoil 9/12/2020 6:16:40 PM Post Reply
Kevin Van Ausdal’s uphill campaign for a U.S. House seat ended with a knock on his door late Wednesday while he was cooking dinner. It was a deputy sheriff, there to serve him divorce papers from his wife. As part of the proceedings, he would have to vacate the home they shared. After flirting with renting a nearby place, the Democrat decided to move in with family in Indiana – and abruptly abandon his congressional bid for an open seat against Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene. Van Ausdal didn’t initially want to share those details, which were provided with his approval Friday by his campaign aide, Michael McGraw.
Mayor apologizes for saying Biden
picked ‘Aunt Jemima’ as VP
Posted by snakeoil 8/14/2020 3:39:57 PM Post Reply
A Virginia mayor has apologized for saying Joe Biden “just announced Aunt Jemima” as his running mate, saying he now understands his words were hurtful and inappropriate. Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves, 77, said he was sorry at a town council meeting on Monday for the Aug. 2 Facebook post that was later removed — but not before a council member, town officials and residents in the community called for the three-term mayor to step down. “I understand what I posted on social media was wrong, offensive and unbecoming,” Presgraves said during the meeting, WTOP reports. “I also want to make a direct apology to all people of color and women.
First Georgia doctor
dies from COVID-19
Posted by snakeoil 8/14/2020 12:12:53 AM Post Reply
The cancer patient was old and frail, so after the examination, Dr. John D. Marshall Jr. helped the man to his car. This simple act of kindness may have cost Marshall his life. Marshall, 74, a family-practice doctor in Americus for more than three decades, contracted COVID-19 from his elderly patient, family members said. Marshall died Wednesday after spending 111 days on a ventilator, apparently the first practicing Georgia physician killed by the novel coronavirus. Marshall was an Air Force veteran, a one-time pharmaceutical salesman, a former president of an NAACP chapter and the publisher of a monthly newspaper, the Americus Sumter Observer, which covers the African-American
Robin Williams’ ‘rambling’ Joe
Biden bit resurfaces 11 years later
Posted by snakeoil 8/7/2020 11:07:01 PM Post Reply
Who needs comedy when you have politics? In the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, a 2009 HBO clip of late comedian and actor Robin Williams talking about then-Vice President Joe Biden has resurfaced online, quickly going viral on Twitter. In the 30-second video, Williams, who would have turned 69 last month, doesn’t mince words. “There’s always ramblin’ Joe Biden,” said Williams in a stand-up routine. “Joe says s - - t that even people with [Tourette syndrome] go, ‘No.’ ” The resurfaced bit began circulating this week, and it came just days before Biden — the presumptive Democratic nominee — gave a disastrous interview with black and Hispanic journalists.
Indicted Atlanta councilman
says he will not step down
Posted by snakeoil 7/30/2020 5:27:11 PM Post Reply
Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown, who was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on multiple counts of fraud, says he was not stepping down from his council seat. Brown, 35, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that he plans to fight the charges and has no intention of resigning. On Twitter Thursday, Brown said he is placing his trust in God. “The people that have walked alongside me know my heart, sense of integrity & relentless passion to fight for the least of these,” Brown wrote in the tweet. God has been preparing me for such a time as this, I’ve overcome greater,