Segregation in baseball was the norm until this relatively unknown player stepped up.

February 12, 2018

As the pioneer and historical face of desegregation in sports, Jackie Robinson experienced taunts and death threats at every point of his Major League career as the first black player admitted to the league. His bravery and persistence in the name of equal rights have been well-documented and honored not just in baseball history, but in the larger context of the struggle to end the disparate treatment of black citizens…

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The 2018 PEN Literary Awards finalists are 40 books you want on your to-be-read list

January 31, 2018

Make room on your to-be-read list. On Thursday, PEN America announced its lists of finalists for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards.  Each year, the PEN Literary Awards honors great new literature in fiction and a wide array of non-fiction, including sports writing, science writing, essays, and more. Past winners have included Matthew Desmond’s deep dive into eviction practices in the U.S. Evicted and Helen Oyeyemi’s fable-inspired short story collection What…

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Apple Is Leading a Revolution in Office Chairs

December 12, 2017

If you know one office chair by name, it’s probably Pacific, a task chair from Swiss furniture giant Vitra that hits the market this winter, illustrates how ideas about work have changed since then. For one, it shuns Aeron’s standardized look. Instead, you’re expected to customize the sleek, minimal Pacific before you place an order. It comes in three backrest heights and a plastic or aluminum finish; it can be…

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A man’s story about mental illness was cut from live TV because of the royal engagement and Brits are furious

December 1, 2017

When the news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had got engaged, the nation could scarcely contain its excitement. And, for much of the day, our television screens were plastered with shots and footage of the happy couple. But, for one man who travelled from Edinburgh, Scotland, to London to talk about his depression and suicide attempt on TV, the day did not turn out to be as joyous….

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Her students were always tired and unfocused. Then standing desks changed everything.

November 16, 2017

Fourth-grade teacher Amanda Grey used to have the hardest time getting her 27 students to focus in class. They’d slump down in their chairs, tilt backward, and get distracted by any number of things. While you might be thinking this sounds like your average fourth-grader, there was one common thread in their behavior that might’ve been the catalyst: sitting. Image from iStock. A student in the United States sits an…

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Making Chester Bennington proud: Linkin Park tribute concert showed the healing power of music

November 2, 2017

Musicians from Linkin Park; Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Brad Delsen, Rob Bourdon and Mike Shinoda perform during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California.Image: Getty Images “I don’t have the words and I don’t think any of us do,” Linkin Park’s pianist and vocalist Mike Shinoda told the sold out crowd at the…

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Move over pumpkin-flavored food, persimmons deserve your attention

October 19, 2017

Before the first official day of fall arrived, we were already bombarded with every pumpkin-flavored item in the market. Pumpkin is the favorite that all the other vegetables and fruits hate this time of year. What about the other fall produce trying to make their comeback after the summer’s heat?  They need some love too.  There’s always a few that try to weave their way into the pumpkin phenomenon (I…

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LMAO get a load of Tom Price criticizing government use of private planes

October 4, 2017

Gotcha!Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images As the taxpayer-footed price tag of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s private travel balloons to over $1 million, he’s probably wishing that he could take back some of his harsh statements about “reckless” government spending right about now. On Sept. 21, Politico reported that Price took private charter planes when inexpensive commercial options were available. These private flights reportedly ended up costing the public…

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Model shares photo of her cellulite on Instagram to encourage women to love their bodies

October 4, 2017

A body-postive model has posted an empowering photo of her cellulite on Instagram in an effort to encourage women to love their bodies.  SEE ALSO: Women destroy body-shamer’s tweet in most empowering way Model Sophie Turner posted an image of herself taken from a photo shoot, expressing how it made her feel “angry” to see her cellulite.  “It was on my mind but why should it? I am more than…

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis, calls for universal health care

October 2, 2017

Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the 2017 Emmy Awards earlier this month.Image: FilmMagic Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced Thursday that she has breast cancer, sharing a heartening post on Twitter that also calls for universal health care. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” her statement begins. “Today, I’m the one.”  Mama, find me. Let’s talk if you want — christina applegate (@1capplegate) September 28, 2017 Her Veep co-star Tony Hale also…

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‘I take it personally’: NFL star chokes up responding to Trump’s attacks.

October 2, 2017

President Donald Trump’s divisive comments on the NFL protests are making national headlines, but to Miami Dolphin Michael Thomas, the remarks hit close to home. Michael Thomas. Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sirius XM. Speaking to reporters from the locker room on Sunday, Thomas — who has knelt during the national anthem before games — responded to Trump’s claim that a “son of a bitch” like him should be…

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Joe Biden supports Julia Louis-Dreyfus after her breast cancer announcement like only a veep could

October 1, 2017

The "veeps" got this.Image: HBO/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock After Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer diagnosis announcement Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support to the acclaimed actress who has played a fictional vice president on HBO’s Veep. SEE ALSO: Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals breast cancer diagnosis, calls for universal health care Biden assured Louis-Dreyfus that he was there for her during her cancer fight. “We Veeps stick together,” he wrote. He included a…

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Jimmy Kimmel’s baby may save healthcare for 30 million people

Image: randy holmes/ABC via Getty Images Welcome to 2017, where the American government has ceded its already crumbling moral authority to the former host of The Man Show. Don’t you miss the 2016 election now? Still, the last few days have produced some of the best material late night television has ever had to offer, and all it’s because of former Man Show star, Win Ben Stein’s Money co-host, and…

September 27, 2017
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19 minimalist tattoos that aren’t just infinity signs

Minimalists tattoos have hit the mainstream. We’ve all seen the classic infinity signs or geometric shapes, but there’s so much more out there.  Here are 21 minimalist tattoos for some fresh and wonderfully delicate ink inspiration. 1. Potted cactus  A post shared by Curt Montgomery (@curtmontgomerytattoos) on Jul 13, 2017 at 4:55pm PDT 2. Outer space  A post shared by •Playground Tattoo• 플레이그라운드 타투 (@playground_tat2) on Jul 10, 2017 at…

September 6, 2017
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BB-8’s Evil Twin, at $150, Here to Help Disney Strike Back

Two years after a $150 rolling robot captured the hearts of “Stars Wars” devotees, drones from Propel; and a $100 programmable robot kit from manufacturer littleBits Electronics Inc. “These are all products at a higher price point that we believe are going to help us continue to expand our audience,” said Jimmy Pitaro, the chairman of Disney’s consumer products arm. Pitaro said his strategy is to offer merchandise for customers…

September 5, 2017
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Medical marijuana might stand a chance in the NFL

The NFL is looking into weed for pain management.Image: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images The NFL has been clear with its views on marijuana use within the professional football league: nope. Last year, a player was suspended for using weed to cope with Crohn’s disease all because marijuana falls under the league’s controlled substance policy, with no exceptions for medical use. But that could be changing soon. SEE ALSO: NFL players get…

August 2, 2017
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Chrissy Teigen shares a video about her ‘period skin’ proving she’s, well, human

Image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions Chrissy Teigen may have best selling book, great boobs, a family she loves, and might literally be eating pasta on a lake in Italybut that doesn’t mean she’s not human. In case you didn’t believe that the model is like the rest of us plebeians, on Monday night Teigen shared a very relatable video of how her skin decides to rebel against…

August 2, 2017
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Tomi Lahren is still on her parents’ healthcare thanks to Obamacare

Chelsea Handler and Tomi Lahren speak during an appearance at Politicon 2017.Image: Getty Images Though Tomi Lahren is vocal proponent for repealing Obamacare, don’t say it never provided anything for her. The conservative political commentator and former TV host for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze sat down with comedian Chelsea Handler at Politicon to discuss their differing political views this weekend. Naturally the conversation turned to health care, during which Lahren revealed…

August 1, 2017
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Cricketer breaks fan’s cell phone with an absolutely smashing hit

It can be so difficult to put your phone down especially at important events. But it’s worth trying to live in the moment and not through a lens, right? Well, if that doesn’t convince you, perhaps this cricket fan will. SEE ALSO: Cricketer’s unique celebration is a thing of bizarre beauty The unfortunate spectator was holding his cell phone at a game when Kumar Sangakkara hit a ball into the…

July 15, 2017
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