‘By Invitation Only’ Reminds Us of the Importance of Family [REVIEW]

When boy proposes to girl in Dorothea Benton Frank’s brilliant new novel, BY INVITATION ONLY, sparks fly as families meet and cultures clash.

via ‘By Invitation Only’ Reminds Us of the Importance of Family [REVIEW] — Jathan & Heather

Becoming

NEW BOOK—This cover image released by Crown Publishing Group shows “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama, which comes out Nov. 13. (Crown Publishing Group via AP) NEW YORK (AP)—Michelle Obama has a picture to share. On Thursday, the former first lady unveiled the cover for her upcoming memoir, “Becoming.” She posted that image, a smiling close-up shot…

via Michelle Obama unveils cover for upcoming memoir — New Pittsburgh Courier

1943 West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette

Do NFL team owners (who act like they’re NFL “player” owners) have lawyers? If so, they should’ve been told about the 1943 West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette case wherein the Supreme Court declared that a government official (e.g., a fake president directly by issuing an executive order or indirectly by politically intimidating…

via Does NFL Mean “Negroes For Lease?” — New Pittsburgh Courier

First African American women to own a NASCAR Race Car Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – NASCAR may be predominantly white, predominantly male and most popular in southern states. But the sport is becoming more diverse, thanks to a woman from Staten Island and her two sons. They’re the focus of this week’s Snapshot New York with Steve Overmyer. Dover International Speedway in Delaware is known as…

via Staten Island Mother, Sons Breaking Barriers In NASCAR — CBS New York

100-Year-Old Couple Celebrates Anniversary: ‘I’ve Loved You for 80 Years, Honey’ — CBS New York

1010 WINS-“I’ve loved you for 80 years, honey. That’s a long time.” This New York couple is celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary. Arthur Jacobs is 105-years-old and Marcia, his wife, is 100-years-old. Despite being married for 80 years, it’s obvious how much the pair still love each other. (Provided photo: Gabe Jacobs) Their grandson Gabe…

via 100-Year-Old Couple Celebrates Anniversary: ‘I’ve Loved You for 80 Years, Honey’ — CBS New York

Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina — New Pittsburgh Courier

In this Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 file photo, residents listen to officials at a roadblock into their Canyon Gate neighborhood which was flooded when the Barker Reservoir reached capacity in the aftermath of Harvey in Katy, Texas. The charges of racism that swirled after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans 12 years ago have yet to…

via Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina — New Pittsburgh Courier

Long Island Man With Down Syndrome Launches His Own Charity To Help Others — CBS New York

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A Long Island man has made it his mission to improve lives, despite challenges in his own. As CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, to know Keith Caputo is to love him. “I feel happy, proud and excited,” he said. On Thursday, the 36-year-old Center Moriches man, born with Down syndrome, loaded up…

via Long Island Man With Down Syndrome Launches His Own Charity To Help Others — CBS New York

Why the Country Cannot be United

I am really tired of hearing politicians say we must “unite” the country. They claim to know how to bridge the divisions. No, they don’t and they can’t. When I see white men (and a few white women) marching with torches and chanting hateful slogans; when I see them threatening blacks and Jews and others […]

via Why the Country Cannot Be United — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Con Edison Crew at it again

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Westchester County woman was all smiles Monday evening after her wedding ring was recovered in a New York City sewer. CBS2’s Marc Liverman spoke exclusively to Sarah Sommer, and the Good Samaritans who helped her get her ring back. Every day in New York, millions of people walk over grates…

via Con Ed Crew Helps Woman Get Ring Back After It Falls Down Sidewalk Grate — CBS New York

This story reminds me of the time I dropped my keys on the train track!