Category: International Written by CNN
by Nadia Bilchik
(CNN) -- I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison.
Mine was a relatively idyllic childhood in the affluent and segregated northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Like many White South Africans, I lived in an ignorant cocoon of privilege, with no idea that having two live-in maids, a full-time gardener and a driver was unusual. It was perfectly normal for my African nannies, Rosina and Phina, to live with us rather than with their own children, and there was no need to learn their language or even their last names.
It was only as a teenager that I began to realize something was horribly wrong. Phina and I were walking along the road of our pristine "Whites only" neighborhood when we saw a police van stop. Two armed White police officers got out and began interrogating the Black passers by. They roughly shoved several of them into their van, screaming obscenities all the time.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 01:00
Category: Lifestyle Written by CNN
The St. John cocktail from Osteria 177 in Annapolis, Maryland, mixes Louis XIII cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvee du Centenaire, Meyer lemon juice, syrup made from Meyer lemon and Grade 1 saffron. Don't forge the garnish -- 23k edible gold flakes. (Photo Credit: Osteria 177)
by Kristin Hunt
(CNN) -- Think the $18 martini you ordered at the hotel bar was steep?
That was peanuts.
As in, the little dish of complimentary germ-infested peanuts on the bar.
From California to New York and everywhere in between, ritzy bars are playing a crazy game of "Who Can Make the Costliest Cocktail?" -- and the competition is as stiff as the product.
We scoured the country for examples of the most over-the-top pours we could find, excluding those accompanied by crown jewels or crystal goblets.
Even still, you may need to skip a mortgage payment or two to enjoy a night of these extravagant cocktails.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 01:44
Category: National Written by Jesse Washington - AP National Writer
In this Sept. 20, 1955 file photo, jurors sit in a courtroom in Summer, Miss. for the trial of Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam who are charged with the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Louis Till. Acquitted by the all-White jury, the two confessed to the killing of the Black teenager in a 1956 Look magazine article. From left in the front row are Gus Ramsey, James Toole, E.L. Price, J.A. Shaw Jr., Ray Tribble and Ed Devaney. In the second row are Travis Thomas, George Holland, Jim Pennington, Davis Newton, Howard Armstrong and Bishop Matthews. (AP Photo/File)
(AP) —Focus on the details, and the cases seem very different. One was killed by virulent White racists, the other by a part- Hispanic neighborhood watchman who insists he faced a vicious attack. One was weighted down and dumped in a river; in the other case, police were called by the shooter himself.
Six decades and myriad details separate the deaths of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, two Black teenagers felled by violence. Yet in the way America reacted to Martin's death - and the issues that echoed afterward - his case has created a national racial conversation in the much same manner as the saga of Till, infamously murdered in 1955 for flirting with a White woman.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 08:47
Category: Sports Written by Associated Press
Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones (3) celebrates his goal with teammate Nicolas Petan (19) during the second period of Memorial Cup final hockey game against the Halifax Mooseheads in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Jones, the son of former NBA basketball player Ronald "Popeye" Jones, is likely to be No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, which will be held in Newark, N.J., on June 30. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Derek Mortensen, File)
by Dan Gelston
AP Sports Writer
By chance, Ronald "Popeye" Jones bumped into Joe Sakic in the weight room of the arena in Denver way back when.
It shouldn't have been a big deal. After all, Jones' Denver Nuggets and Sakic's Colorado Avalanche shared the Pepsi Center.
Jones, a 6-foot-8 power forward, had more than casual conversation in mind for their first meeting almost 13 years ago, though. He told Sakic, a two-time Stanley Cup winner, that he had two young boys who wanted to play hockey and no clue how to help them.
"He looked at me all the way up and into my eyes," Jones said. "He saw how big I was. He said, 'He's going to be huge. Make sure he knows how to skate.'"
So Jones signed up his boys, including youngest, Seth, for skating lessons. Sakic's small piece of advice turned around one boy's direction.
Now, it's Seth's turn to return the favor for an organization.
The 18-year-old Jones has grown into one of the top prospects in hockey and is the consensus No. 1 pick in the NHL draft later this month.
That pick belongs to the Avalanche — now led by Sakic, the team's former captain who was recently promoted to executive vice president of hockey operations.
"All the goals he's set as a hockey player," Popeye said, "he's been able to accomplish."
How's that for a proud pop?
Popeye, Seth's mother and other friends and relatives will attend the June 30 draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Popeye worked last season as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets and lives about 20 minutes from the draft site.
Dad was a second-round pick, 41st overall. Seth could be the first Black player ever taken No. 1 in the NHL draft.
"I'm trying to embrace it," Seth said. "It's going to be fun in New Jersey, for sure. I can't wait to share those experiences with my family."
It may be a pretty big family reunion in Denver. Jones' older brother, Justin, also played hockey and they all got along with Patrick Roy's family as they grew up. The Roys and Joneses were close and spent time at each other's houses, in fact. And it just so happens that Roy — a former goaltender who also won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche — was just hired to coach Colorado after the rebuilding franchise missed the playoffs.
"Jones is a heck of a player," Roy said. "No matter what the decision for our organization — are we going to keep first overall, are we going to move first overall, whatever we're going to do, we know that the team that picks first, second or third are going to get three outstanding players."
Jones, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are expected to go 1-2-3 in the draft. The Florida Panthers hold the second draft pick and the Tampa Bay Lightning are No. 3.
Based on talent and need, Jones shouldn't drop past the Avalanche. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound defenseman met with members of the Avalanche scouting team last month before moving on to the NHL draft combine in Toronto.
He would become the first American picked No. 1 since Chicago's Patrick Kane in 2007 and seventh overall. In a sport where the majority percentage of players are White, it's that slice of history he would make as the first Black selected No. 1 — topping Evander Kane, picked fourth 2009 — that means so much to both of them.
"I don't think about it too much," Seth said. "Hopefully, I can encourage young African-Americans to play hockey and try it when they're at a young age. It's definitely a White-dominated sport. But there are a lot more that are starting to play."
Kane, Pittsburgh's Jarome Iginla, Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds and Washington's Joel Ward are among the more prominent Black players in the NHL. Ward was the victim of a series of racist tweets during last year's playoffs after scoring the winning goal in Game 7 against Boston. During a preseason game last year, a fan threw a banana on the ice at Simmonds. Those are gloomy signs that, unlike the other big three sports, tolerance is a still a problem.
"There's never been one racial thing that happened to him," Popeye said. "I think his teammates always accepted him for Seth Jones the hockey player, the great teammate, the great team player. He never put himself above anybody. They've always accepted him for who he was and never looked at race."
They've been awed looking at his career arc, though.
He blossomed when he was still in elementary school and played in Pee Wee tournaments in Quebec City at 10 years old. The tournaments, however, were meant for kids 11 and 12. And he has won three gold medals in international play, including this year at the World Junior Ice Hockey championship. So, he's already seasoned, globally, as a competitor.
Jones played two seasons in Toronto and was stopped in arenas each time he watched Seth play.
"They'd say, 'What are you doing in the hockey rink? What's your kid doing out here playing hockey,'" Popeye said. "'Why aren't you at the gym playing basketball?'"
Jones, who averaged a modest 7.0 points over an 11-year career, realized early on that getting Seth to follow in his sneakers was a lost cause. Sure, little Seth tagged along with dad to the gym and they'd bond watching the NBA finals together. But those 1-on-1 father-son games in the driveway never caught steam and Seth did not play organized basketball growing up. He simply had no desire, because hockey was his passion.
"That was all the motivation that I had," Seth said.
With Popeye on the road, Seth's mother, Amy, steered her son down the right path from home.
"Mom taught me everything from how to be a young man, to a handshake, eye contact, all sorts of things," Seth said. "She just wanted me to be respectful."
Seth spent more time with his dad when the latter was an assistant coach for a few seasons in Dallas. Seth broadened his worth ethic by watching how tirelessly players like Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry prepared for every practice and game all season.
"You can tell anyone how to be a pro," Popeye said. "But until they see it with their own eyes, it's put a whole new light about what it really takes."
Lesson learned. Now it's Seth's turn to take all he's learned and show a team like Colorado he's ready to make an impact next season.
"It's a special category to be put in. Colorado would be special," Seth said, "but at the end of the day, my goal is play in the NHL."
That goal is about to be met.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 01:00
Category: People Written by Associated Press
Fifth runner-up Miss South Carolina Megan Pickney walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, June 16, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)
by Hannah Dreier
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 09:30
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