ATLANTA -- It’s funny how our brains work. Have you ever known that something bad was about to happen — I mean you knew it for a fact — but when it actually happened, you still felt a sense of shock or disappointment? It’s a confusing mental space to be in. You’re sitting there wondering why you feel the way that you feel. This thing was not a surprise. It was expected. You called this. So what gives?
ATLANTA -- “It is not enough to simply avoid being found guilty of a crime. We are held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL, and is lawful. Players convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding (as defined in this Policy) are subject to discipline. But even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline. Prohibited conduct includes but is not limited to the following…assault and/or battery, including sexual assault or other sex offenses…and conduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel.”
ATLANTA -- If you know a teacher, you know that they wear many hats. Teacher. Parent. Counselor. Therapist. Referee. Comedian. Detective. Interior decorator. Event Planner. Nurse. Cheerleader. Coach. The inherent unfairness of their profession is that, despite us all knowing this fact, they get paid in money for only one of those hats. They only get paid in compliments for the other ones. But that’s another point for another week. This week, it suffices to say that teachers wear more hats than MLB teams.
ATLANTA -- At the end you always remember the beginning. When my daughter first started preschool, we wondered how she would do spending so much time with other kids. When I took her to school, she stood next to me hugging my leg while she stared at the other kids, who were running around and screaming like their hair was on fire. She clearly wondered what kind of hellscape we were leaving her in. Every time my leg moved, she moved with it. Twenty minutes and a lot of tears later, I was driving away.
Right place. Wrong time. Wrong color. Are ‘thoughts and prayers’ our only answer for ten shot dead in Buffalo because of their Black skin? Eric Foster
ATLANTA -- On Saturday, May 14, ten people were murdered at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Celestine Chaney, 65, who was at the market with her sister at the time of the shooting, had beaten breast cancer and survived three brain aneurysms. Roberta Drury, 32, a regular at Tops, moved to Buffalo to help run her oldest brother’s restaurant and care for his children after he received a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia. Andre Mackniel, 53, was at the market picking up a surprise birthday cake for his son, who had just turned 3. Katherine “Kat” Massey, 72, wrote a letter to the editor of her local paper, The Buffalo News, literally a year ago, urging federal action to address gun violence. Margus Morrison, 52, was at the market buying snacks for a weekly movie night with his wife and stepdaughter. Heyward Patterson, 67, a taxi driver, was shot outside the market while he was waiting for passengers. Aaron Salter, 55, a retired Buffalo police officer, attempted to stop the carnage by shooting the killer, but the killer wore a bulletproof vest. Geraldine Talley, 62, was shopping with her fiancé. Ruth Whitfield, 86, stopped by the market after her daily ritual of visiting her husband in a nursing home. Pearl Young, 77, was taken to Tops by her sister-in-law after a church prayer breakfast because it was the nearest supermarket. Young had never shopped at Tops before that day.
ATLANTA -- On April 25, 2022, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk agreed to buy Twitter for $44 billion, although he’s now trying to put the deal on hold to investigate some Twitter metrics. At a conference before the takeover announcement, Musk said, “I think it’s very important for there to be an inclusive arena for free speech.” The clear implication being that Twitter currently is not an inclusive arena for free speech.
ATLANTA -- Merrick Garland. Do you remember him? On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated him for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the seat that was created by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia’s death resulted in an eight-member court that was evenly split between liberal and conservative justices. Garland’s addition to the court — presuming he would be liberal since he earned President Obama’s support — would have tipped the court’s ideological scale.
Hollyoaks spoilers follow. Hollyoaks newcomer Eric Foster is taking centre stage in a sinister new storyline on the soap as Monday night's E4 first-look episode saw Eric take extreme action against love rival Joel Dexter. Tonight's (May 9) episode of the Channel 4 soap took a sinister turn for Joel...
Hollyoaks spoilers follow. Hollyoaks newcomer Eric Foster has been hiding something ever since his arrival in the village, with his siblings Tony and Verity suspicious but unsure on what's going on. Next week will see Eric's hopes for a romance with Cleo McQueen dashed when, on a wild night out,...
ATLANTA -- Welp. It finally happened. The nail is in the coffin. The fat lady is singing. In the words of the late Chick Hearn, “The game’s in the refrigerator, the door’s closed, the light’s out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the JELL-O’s jiggling.” In short, the game is over.
ATLANTA -- Last week, Major League Baseball celebrated “Jackie Robinson Day.” The day recognizes April 15, 1947, when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers and thereby integrated Major League Baseball, This year marked the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s historic start. Jackie Robinson’s start is...
Hollyoaks spoilers follow. Hollyoaks has revealed that newcomer Eric Foster is hiding something. Tony and Verity's brother recently arrived in the village, but hasn't been entirely comfortable leading up to his reunion with his sister and first-ever meeting with his brother. It was an awkward conversation in Thursday's (April 7)...
ATLANTA -- I’m sure that you all have seen it by now. Some of you may have watched it live, but I’m guessing that most of you saw the clip afterwards. That moment when Will Smith calmly walked onto the stage at the 2022 Oscars, slapped Chris Rock, and then calmly walked back to his seat.
If Republicans want to woo Black voters, they can start by confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson: Eric Foster
ATLANTA -- Around the beginning of this month, cleveland.com political reporter Seth A. Richardson wrote about the Republican National Committee focusing on Black voter outreach ahead of the 2022 and 2024 elections. The RNC hoped to attract Black votes who have overwhelmingly supported Democrats for decades through programming of various sorts and by opening community outreach centers across the country — including one in Cleveland.
ATLANTA -- Imagine there’s a freshman playing college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Let’s call him Edward. He’s widely expected to be a top 2 or 3 pick in this year’s NBA draft. At 6 feet,10 inches tall and 220 pounds, he averages 17 points per game and seven rebounds per game. What makes NBA scouts excited about him are the skills that he possesses. Unlike most men his size, he can shoot, dribble, and defend away from the basket. You can teach those skills, but you can’t teach height.