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    New York Times bosses have vowed to 'improve our workplace culture' after more than 150 staffers wrote a letter saying they were 'outraged' that prominent reporter Donald McNeil Jr. (above) who allegedly used the N-word has not been fired  New York Times bosses have vowed to 'improve our workplace culture' after more than 150 staffers wrote a letter saying they were 'outraged' that a prominent reporter who allegedly used the N-word has not been fired. Three top bosses - Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Publisher A.G. Sulzberger and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien - were on Wednesday forced to defend the paper's handling of complaints made against star COVID-19 journalist Donald McNeil Jr.  The execs assured rattled staff they 'largely agree' with their concerns and promised they will see 'results' over how the company handles issues.   This came after a group of employees signed a letter to the executive leadership Wednesday...
    Dear Moneyist, My parents died from the coronavirus within three weeks of each other. Their intent was to leave their house to me, and they shared this via emails and verbally to friends and family. They died without leaving a will. There are four daughters. I paid the house off for my parents seven years ago and have paid the taxes each year since then. Two of my sisters signed over their share without incident. One sister, however, is resistant to signing or responding. I’ve been told by an attorney she will be responsible for paying one-quarter share of the property taxes, homeowners insurance and any house-related repairs needing to be done; although not improvements. Given that I carry 75% of the ownership as of right now, what happens if she does not pay her share of taxes, insurance, debt for repairs? Do my parents’ emails in...
    'Where’s the positivity,’ moans Prince Harry,' why is everyone so miserable and angry?’ I regret to say I laughed out loud when I read that line from the new book “Finding Freedom” which claims to be the REAL story about why Harry and his wife Meghan quit the Royals and Britain. It’s hard to think of anyone in public life right now more relentlessly miserable, angry and negative than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Barely a week goes by without them whining about something or suing people. Scroll down for video  Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, after the announcement of their engagement They’ve become serial victims, intent on painting themselves as the most hard-done-by people on God’s earth. Yet the more they complain, as the rest of the world struggles...
    Taylor Swift has been dating Joe Alwyn for over three years. Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Splash News Fans are worried that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have split after listening to the singer's eighth studio album "Folklore," which she released on Friday. Tracks like "The 1" and "Exile" have led some of Swift's fans to wonder if the songs were written about a break-up with the English actor, who she's dated for over three years.  However, "Folklore" is a compilation of stories from various perspectives rather than just her own, Swift explained in a statement via Twitter.  The songstress also began working on "Folklore" in April before Alwyn confirmed that the couple was quarantined together, showing that they were still together after the album was underway. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Taylor Swift surprised fans by dropping her eighth studio album "Folklore" at midnight on Friday, and...
    Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Oklahoma Sooners star, wrote a letter to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt demanding death row inmate Julius Jones have his sentence commuted. Mayfield, along with NBA stars Russell Westbrook, Trae Young and Blake Griffin,  wrote in support of Jones, who he feels was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder in 2002. All aforementioned athletes were star athletes in the state. BRETT FAVRE DENIES TRYING TO COMPARE COLIN KAEPERNICK WITH PAT TILLMAN “Beyond the obvious shortcomings of the trial, another issue that continues to weigh on me is the obvious racial bias that permeated Julius’ arrest, prosecution and conviction,” the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback wrote in his letter. “Every American is supposed to be guaranteed a fair and impartial trial. But when your arresting officer calls you the 'N-word,' when a juror calls you the 'N-word' and when all of this unfolds in the context of decades of death penalty convictions...
    Two lawmakers from the city want to replace both of New York’s statues in the US Capitol saying they honor men with ties to slavery — even though one never actually owned any slaves. As potential replacements for the statues of former Gov. George Clinton and former Chancellor Robert Livingston, the officials are offering a list of women that includes the late daughter of Eric Garner, who’s father was killed during a 2014 arrest on Staten Island that led her to become a Black Lives Matter activist. Two Queens Democrats, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and state Sen. Leroy Comrie, said that Clinton — the state’s first governor and later vice president under Thomas Jefferson — “perpetuated the institution of slavery during his tenure.” They say he needs to be replaced even though he never had any active hand in slavery because he also never took an active role in abolishing...
    June 20 marks the date of the first three-peat by the Chicago Bulls. Despite finishing with 57 wins, the Bulls were only the second seed in the East. Averaging a league 32.6 points didn’t secure the MVP for Michael Jordan. He fell 3rd in the voting, behind winner Charles Barkley and runner up Hakeem Olajuwon. In the Conference Finals, they faced the #1 seed New York Knicks. They struggled initially, losing the first two games. But after that they went on a rampage, winning four straight games to advance to the Finals. They faced the MVP Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals. After going up 2-0, they only won one out of the three next games and found themselves 3-2 up and a chance to finish it at Phoenix. Chicago Bulls trying to emulate the Boston Celtics On the team plane, Jordan addressed the team...
    First, Gen Z went after the Baby Boomers, popularizing the dismissive phrase 'OK boomer' — and now, they're coming for millennials. This week, Chicago-based Twitter user @local__celeb shared several screengrabs from TikTok, where Gen Z-ers were making fun of the generation above them. The realization that Gen Z has so many unflattering things to say has inspired some mixed reactions from millennials, who have argued back, shrugged their shoulders, or — in many cases — warned Gen Z to just wait and see what happens to them once they're grown up and supporting themselves. Generational war: Gen Z-ers are roasting millennials in response to a critical TikTok video Captures: Chicago-based Twitter user @local__celeb shared several screengrabs from the comments section, which have gone viral Older gen: High school and college-aged commenters responded with insults  Nice: They made fun of millennials' love of Harry Potter, wine,...
    A North Carolina legislator used his personal Facebook page to call Black Lives Matter protesters 'ignorant thugs,' 'criminals,' 'domestic terrorists' and 'vermin.' Cabarrus County Republican Rep. Larry Pittman posted the comments online after becoming frustrated at several weeks of protests. 'This is war,' he wrote in a lengthy Facebook posting on Monday. 'Our people have a right to expect our leaders to be on our side, not surrender to the lawless, godless mob.'  North Carolina state lawmaker, Rep. Larry Pittman (R), has called Black Lives Matter protestors 'vermin' In a lengthy Facebook posting, Rep. Larry Pittman (R) suggested those who resisted arrest should be shot Pittman singled out the six-block area of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood that protesters have established as an 'autonomous zone' free of police 'These vermin don't care about George Floyd or any other individual, except maybe their financial sponsor, George Soros,' Pittman, who is a...
    Donald Trump Jr. had some fun at the expense of members of the media who had seemingly sounded the alarm over an upcoming Trump campaign interview with his father, President Trump. On Tuesday morning, The Hill political reporter Jonathan Easley said that Trump Jr. "will interview his father @realdonaldtrump on Team Trump's online show 'Triggered' this week, per a source familiar." Easley also noted that the Thursday night interview will mark "the first time the president will appear on any of the campaign's online shows." However, several journalists expressed concerns that the campaign interview won't be as "hard-hitting" as they hoped. REPORTERS SPECULATE ABOUT TRUMP'S HEALTH AFTER HIS SLOW WALK DOWN RAMP AT WEST POINT COMMENCEMENT "If you were uneasy about Chris Cuomo interviewing his brother..." New York Times media columnist Ben Smith wrote, alluding to the CNN anchor's widely-criticized interviews with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "The questions are certain to be hard-hitting and...
    In a column for the Daily Beast, longtime political observer Michael Tomasky wrote that Donald Trump and Republicans hoping to ride their coded language and veiled racist rhetoric to victory in November are starting to realize it is no longer working on voters and they are “terrified.” With the public in an uproar over the murder of George Floyd — among others Black Americans  — at the hands of police, the columnist suggested that we have possibly entered into a new era where one of the Republicans major talking points come election time are falling on deaf ears as voters increasingly reject racist appeals for their votes. Noting the Republicans and the president likely “hate” the change in attitude, Tomasky points out that their future as a governing party hangs in the balance if they don’t adapt to evolving attitudes in a country that is rapidly becoming more diverse. The columnists notes...
    (CNN)As the world races to produce an effective Covid-19 vaccine, some experts are turning their attention to a polio vaccine as a way to provide temporary protection against coronavirus. There is plenty of evidence that existing inoculations such as polio vaccines protect children against a wide range of infections and it's worth trying them out against the new coronavirus, a team of experts wrote in Science magazine Thursday.Heres where we stand on getting a coronavirus vaccineAn oral polio vaccine is safe, cheap, easy to give and widely available, with over 1 billion doses produced and used annually in more than 140 countries, according to the team, which includes a man who co-discovered HIV and a vaccine expert from the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine has nearly eradicated polio worldwide. The oral polio vaccine uses a weakened version of the polio virus. The live attenuated vaccines produce a strong and...
    A majority of City Council members wrote Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday, demanding a $500 million emergency relief program to help save small businesses from the coronavirus lockdown. “New York City’s small businesses are in desperate need for additional pandemic-related emergency grants and loans if they are to survive and remain open,” wrote Councilman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx), who was joined by 32 other local lawmakers in the letter. The body has 51 members. During the COVID-19 crisis, the mayor allocated just $49 million to help the city’s 200,000 mom-and-pop shops. Over 60 percent of those funds went to Manhattan businesses while The Bronx received just 1 percent of the aid, according to the council members. “A similar disparity existed for the remaining outer boroughs. By allocating an additional $500 million for relief, your administration has an opportunity to correct this imbalance,” Gjonaj wrote. “Small businesses simply do not have enough...
    (CNN)Lady Antebellum is making a big change. The group announced on Thursday that it will drop the word "Antebellum" from the name it has used since its formation in 2006 and go by Lady A, a nickname it says fans have long used. The change, the group said in a statement, comes after realizing the word's association to slavery. Dear fans... pic.twitter.com/7JlcH2NMl6— Lady A (@ladyantebellum) June 11, 2020 "When we set out together almost 14 years ago, we named our band after the southern 'antebellum' style home where we took our first photos. As musicians, it reminded us of all the music born in the south that influenced us...southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel and of course country," the band said. "But we are regretful and embarrassed to say that we did not take into account the associations that weigh down this word referring to the period of history before the...
    A fired up Charles Payne ripped big tech companies on "Bill Hemmer Reports" Wednesday, accusing them of not coming through for African-American workers while professing to support the Black Lives Matter movement. "There was a lot of a lot of talk ... similar talk back in 2014 and 2015, all of Silicon Valley pledged to do better," Payne began. "They said, 'We're going to do much better.' What do they do? They wrote a lot of checks, right? Apple wrote a check for $50 million. Google wrote a check for $150 million. Microsoft wrote a big check. They all wrote checks." "But from 2014 to 2019, the change in black employment at Facebook grew 0.8 percent. At Apple, only two percent. Microsoft, 1.1 percent. Twitter, 3.7 percent. Google, 2.8 percent ... Amazon had the largest growth, 26.5 percent ... of their workers are black workers. But here's the rub: only eight percent are in management. So they...
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