Jerry Falwell Jr. sorry for unzipped pants photo, says he's 'gonna try to be a good boy'
Do as I say, not as I do.Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of the evangelical Christian institution Liberty University, has apologized for an online photo he posted of himself in unzipped pants with his gut exposed and his arm wrapped around a provocatively dressed younger woman.The post, which was quickly removed, drew backlash from non-Christians who deemed Falwell a hypocrite.“Imagine the righteous outrage from people like Jerry Falwell if those kinds of pictures had been posted by (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez),” liberal Christian author John Pavlovitz wrote on Twitter. “The sermonizing we’d ha...
New York Daily News
How to explain this time of pandemic to future generations? Museums are figuring it out now, even as coronavirus spreads
PHILADELPHIA —A few hours after the twin towers fell, Jan Ramirez recalled, a colleague’s ash-covered husband walked into her workplace at the New York Historical Society, stripped off his dust mask, and set it on her desk.“Consider this your first artifact donation,” he said.It would not be the last. In the weeks and months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ramirez and other archivists and curators worked to locate and identify objects and documents — from bent steel beams to “missing” posters — that would help tell the story to future generations.“The first order was triage, get the material...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
What AIDS is teaching us about COVID-19
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Even as the deadly virus spread, the federal response stalled. Tests were short. So were treatments. A vaccine was imminent, experts promised. The hardest hit? The sick, the poor and people of color.That pathogen was HIV, not COVID-19. The year was 1990, not 2020. The event: The International AIDS Conference, held in San Francisco – which is again sponsoring the megaevent, virtually, this week.“These are the same challenges we’re facing now,” said Ernest Hopkins, senior strategist and adviser to The San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “The similarities are profound.”The twin pand...
The Mercury News
US House passes bill to establish Orlando's Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution Friday that would establish the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial site, four years after a mass shooting there killed 49 and wounded dozens more.“What Pulse is and what Pulse symbolizes is relevant to all Americans,” said co-sponsor of the bill, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando. “We honor not only the victims, but what they stood for, what they represent, and what our country could be and should be.”H.R. 3094 grants a federal designation honoring the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, as well as the survivors, first r...
Here are the top 25 Pride anthems of all time
SAN JOSE, Calif. — DJ Rotten Robbie is one of my go-to sources for all things music related. The guy just knows so much, whether we’re talking about a classic pop act from the ’80s or the latest buzz band from the U.K.Combining that factor with this Napa resident’s long-standing involvement with Pride events, DJ Rotten Robbie seemed like the ideal candidate to help us celebrate Pride 50 in a tuneful fashion.Thus, I asked him if he’d be willing to come up with a list of the top 25 Pride anthems of all time.And he enthusiastically agreed, delivering a great list (with comments).“As a DJ at many ...
The Mercury News
Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska and former Chicago Cubs co-owner, apologizes for 'you people' comment during a meeting with black community leaders
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a former co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, apologized for referring to black people as “you people” during a meeting with community leaders in Omaha.Ricketts’ comment was relayed in a video posted on Facebook by Pastor Jarrod Parker of St. Mark Baptist Church, who called Ricketts a “racist” and asked for the comment to go viral.Parker met Monday with Ricketts, the Omaha police chief and other black leaders in the community about the shooting of a 22-year-old black man by a white bar owner during protests of the George Floyd killing.“Pete Ricketts said, ‘The problem I h...