University of Virginia officials said that three incidents that initially appeared to have been racially motivated in the past month were not linked, and that only one of the three appeared to be racially motivated. The three events included a noose found wrapped around a statue on campus, a student vandalizing the African American Affairs office building and an "unusual" act of philanthropy left on the grass near the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. Jennifer "J.J." Wagner Davis, an executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Tim Longo, the associate vice president for safety and security, said in a university-wide email sent this week that "the nature and timing of these events have caused some to speculate they are linked or part of a larger pattern of racially motivated crimes." But the two wrote that there was "no current, visible trend of hate crimes or racially motivated acts." The first incident took place last month, when rocks were thrown through the … [Read more...] about U-Va. officials say 3 events are not a ‘trend of hate crimes’ on campus
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Sentiments among NFL team owners regarding Daniel Snyder's ownership of the Washington Commanders have shifted significantly, as they await the findings of both a congressional investigation and a league-commissioned probe into allegations of misconduct by him and his team. Multiple owners said in recent days they believe serious consideration may be given to attempting to oust Snyder from the league's ownership ranks, either by convincing him to sell his franchise or by voting to remove him. All spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, but their willingness to address it at all is notable because the league and owners have publicly said little to nothing substantive about the prospect of seeking to get Snyder out of the NFL. While no action is imminent, the comments reflect a growing level of frustration among the owners over the controversies that have engulfed Snyder and the Commanders and the team's financial performance under his ownership, … [Read more...] about NFL owners’ attitudes harden toward Commanders’ Daniel Snyder
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 The CIA Museum covers the intelligence agency's long history - from spying on the Soviets to the Argo mission in Iran - but the latest addition is practically ripped from the headlines: a model of Ayman al-Zawahiri's compound in Kabul used weeks earlier to plan the U.S. drone strike that killed the al-Qaeda leader. The model is part of the newly renovated exhibition hall located deep inside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. Like the NSA's Wall of Spies museum in Bethesda, Md., the CIA Museum isn't open to the public. But it's not exactly top secret either, welcoming CIA employees, official guests, foreign partners, potential recruits - and, early on a Saturday morning, a handful of carefully observed reporters with old-school notepads and pens (electronics are banned). There are plenty of fun gadgets to see, like a polygraph machine in a briefcase and a communication … [Read more...] about The CIA renovated its museum. The public still can’t go see it.
Marco Rubio hopes to sway voters interested in Chick-fil-A, Ram trucks, and Duck Dynasty. John Fetterman is searching for fans of microbreweries, Teslas and the Dave Matthews Band. And Michael Bennet wants to reach people who like Taylor Swift and Lizzo — while avoiding devoted listeners of Jason Aldean. Candidates in some of the highest-profile midterm races are using Facebook and Instagram ad targeting to aim messages at voters based on their music tastes, sports fandoms, shopping destinations and television habits, a CNN review of data from the social media platforms found. The data, which Facebook parent company Meta has started to make public in recent months, provides a snapshot into how political campaigns are slicing and dicing online groups of voters based on very specific interests. And it's a sign that as America grows more politically polarized, the candidates are using cultural icons as proxies for politics. "There are very few things in American culture, … [Read more...] about Political candidates are targeting you on social media based on these interests. Here’s how.
"MARILYN MONROE DIES; PILLS BLAMED" That was the front-page headline on an Aug. 6, 1962, Los Angeles Times story that began, "Marilyn Monroe, a troubled beauty who failed to find happiness as Hollywood's brightest star, was discovered dead in her Brentwood home of an apparent overdose of sleeping pills Sunday." More than 60 years after her death at age 36, the "blonde bombshell" is as much of a sensation as she ever was. The longevity is fueled in part by bizarre speculation that the actress was murdered, with suspects ranging from the Kennedys and the CIA to Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and the Mafia. But mainly Marilyn Monroe's sex appeal has lasting commercial appeal, as capsulized by a 1973 headline in the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal: "MM: Still Making Money." Just this year, Andy Warhol's silk-screen portrait "Shot Sage Blue Marilyn" sold for more than $195 million at Christie's, a record for a 20th-century artwork sold at auction. On Wednesday, Netflix will release a … [Read more...] about Marilyn Monroe: Larger than life, and even larger in death
KATY, Texas — By day, Glenn Ayala is a 50-something account manager who spends much of his time behind a desk. But at Rick Rice Park in the early morning darkness, doing pushups and jogging with a 20-pound rucksack on his back, he is known as K9, and he is with his people. One Friday in August, Ayala joined about 20 other men in what they called the pre-dawn “gloom” for the group’s regular workout. They grunted and hooted un-self-consciously, razzing one another and shouting encouragements, using nicknames generated by the group. (Ayala got his because he trains dogs in his spare time.) The members also often gather to pray together and talk, building friendships that have extended into their daily lives: When Ayala separated from his wife, members of the group helped him move. When his relationship with his adult son foundered, they texted him Garth Brooks songs to buoy him. This is F3 — that’s fitness, fellowship and faith — a fast-growing network of men’s workouts that … [Read more...] about For suburban Texas men, a workout craze with a side of faith