Daily Archive: June 23, 2013

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Sports

Gay wins 200 at nationals with season-leading time

Tyson Gay, center, leads Isiah Young, left, and Wallace Spearmon, right, during the senior men’s 200-meter dash finals at the U.S. Championships athletics meet on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. Gay won the race. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) by Pat Graham DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mentally, Tyson Gay is now in a good place. Physically, too. That’s the healing power of running fast at nationals. Once and for all, Gay put to rest any questions about his surgically repaired hip as he completed the 100-200 sprint double Sunday at U.S. track championships, winning the 200 meters in 19.74 seconds.

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Generation Y

From Egypt’s street, a new techno sound

In this Sunday, June 2, 2013 photo, An Egyptian man dances, as “Mahraganat”, Arabic for “festivals,” singers, Fifty and Sadat, not pictured, perform at a wedding in Madinet el-Salam on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty) by Nariman El-Mofty CAIRO (AP) — “We tell the stories of our people, words that come up from our alleys, listen to me to understand” — from the Mahraganat song, “El-Rab El-Masri” (Egyptian Rap) by Sadat, Fifty and Haha. A new musical sound emerged from the underground in Egypt since the country’s 2011 revolution, a rapid-fire electronic beat, mixed with hypnotic rhythms drawn from religious festivals and fired up with auto-tuned vocals. Besides getting club crowds dancing all night long, it has given a rebellious voice to long marginalized youth, telling stories of everyday life in beaten-down neighborhoods of Cairo.

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Lifestyle

Face it: Monogamy is unnatural

MEGHAN LASLOCKY (CNN Photo) by Meghan Laslocky (CNN) — Kristen Stewart, Ryan Phillippe, LeAnn Rimes, Jude Law, Mark Sanford and Bill Clinton. What do they have in common? Many are quick to label a person who strays from his or her marriage or relationship as a “cheater,” but it’s really not that simple. It’s time for our culture to wake up and smell the sex pheromones: monogamy is not natural for many, or probably even most, humans.

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National

Largest and brightest full moon of year

The super moon is seen in the night sky over Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the “Supermoon” happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) The Associated Press Stargazers are still abuzz over the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which graced the skies over the weekend.

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Entertainment

Monsters’ beats zombies, Superman at box office

“Monsters University” (AP Photo/Disney-Pixar) by Sandy Cohen LOS ANGELES (AP) — Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney’s “Monsters University” is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit “Monsters, Inc.,” debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in “World War Z” and Superman himself in “Man of Steel.” “The diversity of this weekend is part of what makes this business so great,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution. “It’s a really extraordinary weekend for the industry.”

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Opinion

Bill Maher defends Paula Deen and says she’s no worse than a rapper

BILL MAHER (AP Photo) by Dr. Boyce Watkins (YourBlackWorld.com)–Comedian Bill Maher is the liberal that people love and hate at the same time. He has an opinion on nearly everything and has enough money that he doesn’t have to care what you think. Recently, Maher spoke about the racial controversy involving cooking queen Paula Deen. Unless you’ve been on vacation to Mars, you probably heard that Deen lost her show on the Food Network after admitting to the use of racial slurs in the past. Deen is a White woman born in Georgia in the 1940s, so we have to admit that her admitting that she’s used the n-word falls under the “no duh” category. Nearly everyone in Georgia, at that time, referred to Black people as n*ggers, we just have to accept that. But Maher went a step further, not only stating that Deen should possibly be given a pass for being a woman from the south born before the civil rights movement, but even asked if rap records should be banned because hip-hop artists also use the n-word.

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Opinion

Soul-Patrol: Paula Deen, Culture Banditry, Sonny Corleone…A teachable moment?

BOB DAVIS No doubt you all have seen the furor that has erupted over Paula Deen and her recent testimony in a lawsuit that has been published all over the Internet? My initial reaction when hearing about is was something along the lines of; “Well, it doesn’t exactly surprise me, she’s no different than a whole lot of people in the United States…” Then I thought about the different ways that Lil Wayne and Emmett Till might react to Paula Deen and her commentary? Then I saw Black American CBS News commentator Nancy Giles on TV making the following statement: “…and on top of everything else she STOLE all of OUR recipes anyhow” That’s when the light bulb went off over my head.

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Business

Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

This undated image provided by Hostess Brands LLC shows a box of Twinkies. (AP Photo/Hostess Brands) by Candice Choi NEW YORK (AP) — Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.