Daily Archive: June 2, 2013



National spelling bee contest isn’t bee-all and end-all

New York eighth-grader wins national spelling bee–Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, correctly spelling the word “knaidel.” “It means that I am retiring on a good note,” said Mahankali, who attends Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 and was in his last year of eligibility. “I shall spend the summer, maybe the entire day, studying physics.” (CNN Photo) by Jon Pennington (CNN) — I’ve always lived in a world of letters and alphabets. One of my earliest recollections is memorizing every line and curve of the ABC’s on a baby blanket my grandparents gave me. I learned to read at an early age, but my favorite books were dictionaries. I wanted no plot, no narrative, just the onrush of one word after another.



TV host’s Black war posters focus of Pa. exhibit

In this Thursday, May 30, 2013 photo, University of Pennsylvania professor and PBS History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi speaks about an Italian 1942 broadside matted on canvas by Gino Boccasile during an interview with The Associated Press at the Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster exhibit at the Penn Museum, in Philadelphia. The new museum exhibition presents 33 posters owned by Zuberi that were designed to mobilize Africans and African-Americans in war efforts, even as they faced oppression and injustice in their homelands. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Joann Loviglio PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new exhibit created by a University of Pennsylvania professor and host of a popular public television show examines how wartime propaganda has been used to motivate oppressed populations to risk their lives for homelands that considered them second-class citizens.



Why bias puts young gays’ health at risk

UCLA Physician Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA notes that gay youth are three times more likely to partake in substance abuse, and that adolescents who said they felt stigmatized — for example, in the form of family rejection — are five times more likely to experience depression. by Rob Stephenson (CNN) — When I was 8, I joined the Boy Scouts. I lasted three weeks–couldn’t get the hang of all that knot tying, and no one was interested in singing show tunes around the campfire.



Cheerios ad with multiracial family prompts racist outcry

(CNN) — The leader of the free world is the child of one Black parent and one White parent. The number of Americans who identify as “mixed race” is on the rise. And this year marks the 46th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court decision, which made interracial marriage legal in the United States. So why is a Cheerios ad featuring a multiracial family causing a stir?



Study on female breadwinners ignites verbal brawl

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly poses at the anchor desk at the Fox studios in New York. Kelly says she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t do as well as families with stay-at-home moms. (AP Photo/Fox News, Alex Kroke) by David Bauder AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly said Friday that she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t fare as well as children with stay-at-home moms.



‘Mookie’ Blaylock’s condition improves after crash, off life support

In this May 8, 1997, photo, Atlanta Hawks’ Mookie Blaylock (10) drives against the Chicago Bulls’ Ron Harper during an NBA basketball playoff game in Chicago. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)ATLANTA (AP) — Former NBA All-Star guard Daron “Mookie” Blaylock was upgraded to serious condition at an Atlanta hospital Saturday, a day after his SUV crashed head-on into a van and killed a woman.