For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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Facebook scores biggest sports livestream deal yet

June 28, 2017

Marcelo of Real Madrid under pressure from Andrea Barzagli of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Juventus and Real Madrid.Image: CameraSport via Getty Images Facebook’s live sports offer is taking a giant step-over. SEE ALSO: Facebook to stream MLB games, continues grabbing live sports rights Facebook will livestream more than a dozen matches from the Champions League, European soccer’s top tournament, as part of a new deal…

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Celebrate Pride by following these incredible queer artists on Instagram

June 26, 2017

It’s Pride Month, and millions are celebrating the LGBTQ community by participating in Pride Marches, donning the colors of the rainbow, or continuing to fight for rights through protests and different forms of resistance. Another way to showing some love during Pride is through art, and it only takes a second to lift up and double-tap queer artists this June and beyond. SEE ALSO: Laverne Cox boldly addresses the one…

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Xi Jinping to visit Hong Kong for 20th anniversary of handover

June 25, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to Chinese sovereignty, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. During his time in the city, Xi will inspect People’s Liberation Army troops at their garrison, visit a Chinese-Hong Kong construction project, and swear in Carrie Lam as the next Hong Kong Chief Executive. “The Chinese regime is trying to squeeze out…

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Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

At the center of the scandal are allegations that sheriffs deputies have for decades planted informants next to targeted inmates in the countys jails and have directed them to fish for incriminating evidence to help secure convictions. While its legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, in many Orange County trials, its alleged that the informants questioned inmates who were represented by lawyers, violating their…

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

Police secure a stadium entrance prior to the German DFB Cup final soccer match.Image: clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock German police searched the homes of three dozen people on Tuesday, all of whom are accused of writing hateful messages on social media. The raids illustrate significant differences between how Germany treats hate speech online when compared with the United States. SEE ALSO: German police will give you 25 if you give your face…

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Matador Fatally Gored After He Trips On Cape In French Bullring

June 19, 2017

The death of Basque matador Ivan Fandino, whose chest was pierced by a horn of a bull called Burp, was the second fatal goring of a Spanish matador in a year. Fandino, 36, died Saturday after the violent confrontation at the Aire-sur-lAdour bullfighting festival near Pau in southern France, the BBC reported. As the matador turned from the bull, his feet became entangled in his cape, which he dropped and…

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Independence Day Fast Facts

June 16, 2017

(CNN)Here’s a look at Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July. First two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:“When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a…

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government…

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Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

Comedian Kevin Bridges, singer Annie Lennox and Scottish band Texas will provide entertainment at the event and young people will also be involved. Thirteen-year-old Mila Stricevic, from Glasgow, will read a poem after winning a schools competition. Harry Potter prize And schools have been taking part in a competition to win a table for 10 at the event. Auction prizes include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film…

May 26, 2017
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Facebook’s still buying up sports rights now including baseball

Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Facebook has played it cool on live sports rights, but it’s quietly amassing a serious lineup. Facebook has struck a deal with Major League Baseball to stream 20 games live on the social network. They’ll be spaced out one game per week on Friday night, starting this week. That adds to a growing list of smaller niche sports that Facebook has deals to stream, including Mexican soccer, American…

May 19, 2017
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CrossFit brings its live competitions to Facebook

Watch other people get swole on Facebook.Image: crossfit Competitive CrossFit is coming to your Facebook. SEE ALSO: Facebook responds to brutal crime video: ‘We know we need to do better’ CrossFit and Facebook announced a new deal for the social network to stream live events from the fitness company. The new partnerships starts this Friday with the CrossFit Regionals and includes at least 40 live shows throughout the year, Sports…

May 18, 2017
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What It’s Like To Spend A Day In The Life Of The Women’s March Leaders

Paola Mendozas son did not want to put on his socks. He doesnt like to put on his socks, so every morning its like a 20-minute fight for his fucking socks, Mendoza said. The 4-year-old needed his socks for soccer camp, which was keeping him busy during spring break. Mendozas morning was already off to a rough start thesink got stopped up and a plumber couldnt come till the next…

May 15, 2017
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Our New American Gods: A Celebration of Immigrants in the Face of Trumpism

The ever-shifting face of America, a place shaped by faith, race, immigration, and oppression, gives lifeblood to American Gods, Starzs stunning new adaptation of Neil Gaimans bestselling fantasy novel. In this version of America, the gods of old-world mythology live among us, scraping by on what worship they can scrounge from a nation now infatuated with newer idols, particularly media and technology. These new gods seek to destroy the old…

May 15, 2017
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