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Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In 'Otello'

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera is poised to make a big change.

When the fall production of Verdi's Otello opens next month, its lead character will not be wearing the traditional blackface-style makeup.

The Met tells NPR by email that its upcoming production of Otello will be the first without dark makeup ...


Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The relatives of 16 victims of the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., reached a proposed $1.5 million settlement Monday against the estate of the shooter's mother.

According to the Hartford Courant, each family will receive $93,750 apiece from a homeowners insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on ...


Ultimate Frisbee Recognized By Olympic Committee

Monday, August 03, 2015

The official recognition by the International Olympic Committee means that disc sports are now eligible for future Olympic Games.


Second American Accused In Illegal Killing Of Lion In Zimbabwe

Monday, August 03, 2015

Zimbabwean wildlife officials have accused a second American of killing a lion during an illegal hunt, this one in April. It comes a week after the international furor set off by the killing of Africa's iconic lion Cecil by a Minnesota dentist in early July.

Jan Casimir Seski, a ...


How Democratic-Leaning Detroit Helped Shape Ben Carson's Conservative Views

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Long before Benjamin Carson was a Republican presidential candidate, he was a hero and a role model.

For a generation of black parents, the retired neurosurgeon's life's story was used to inspire their children. He grew up poor in Detroit. His mother had a third-grade education and could not ...


Ben Carson, A Man Made In Detroit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Republican presidential candidate and former neurosurgeon, Carson was born and raised amid the tumult of Detroit in the 1960s. Even as a young man, Carson sought a different path from his peers.


Paul Just The Latest Candidate To Assault Paper

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In a campaign looking for a jumpstart, Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul released a video Tuesday that attempted to grab some of the spotlight away from Donald Trump.

In the slickly produced video, Paul, a Kentucky senator, sporting a black T-shirt with the words "Detroit Republican" in white letters, destroys ...


Webb Seeks To Clarify Defense Of Confederate Battle Flag

Thursday, July 09, 2015

On the day when Nikki Haley, South Carolina's governor, proclaimed it "a new day in South Carolina" and signed into law the removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds, one Democratic presidential candidate sought to clarify his stance on the flag's place in American history.

Jim Webb, the ...


Experiencing The 'Realities Of Being A Police Officer'

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A group that raises money for police officers subjected to investigation or lawsuits is using a simulator program to help outsiders understand the challenges of the job.


Iowa Group Divorces Itself From Controversial Marriage Pledge

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Four years ago, pledges were en vogue in the early going of the Republican presidential primary. But a prominent one, that landed some of the candidates in hot water, is being nixed this time around.

The pledge by the Family Leader, a Christian conservative group in Iowa, asked 2012 GOP ...


Now, Ben Carson Leads In A Republican Poll

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Following a trio of Republican campaign announcements last week, Ben Carson leaps to the top spot of GOP presidential candidates in the latest Fox News poll tied with presumed GOP front-runner Jeb Bush.

Carson, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee all entered the race ...


Carson Touts Candor As A Plus For His GOP Presidential Bid

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Neurosurgeon Ben Carson is a darling of conservatives. It started when he criticized President Obama's health care law and other policies at a Prayer Breakfast with the president just a few feet away.


5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

Sunday, May 03, 2015

This post was updated at 8:20 p.m. E.T.

The field of major Republican presidential candidates is growing larger. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina are expected to jump into the race this week.

Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, got into ...


On Links As In Life, D.C. Bipartisan Relations Are Deep In The Rough

Friday, April 17, 2015

Golf is a sport that's been enjoyed by both Democrats and Republicans through the decades, but bipartisan golf outings may be disappearing like a shanked tee shot into a water hazard.


How Candidates Announce Can Say A Lot About Their Campaigns

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Now that Democrat Hillary Clinton has officially launched her presidential campaign, the 2016 race for the White House is underway.

The GOP got its third entrant in what is shaping up to be a crowded field when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced his bid Monday.

How and where a candidate ...


GOP 'Trailblazers' Gala Honors Largest Class Of Black Lawmakers

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Republican National Convention hosted its "Trailblazers" gala where it honored its largest class of Black Republicans since Reconstruction.


Justice Department Numbers Paint Different Picture Of Sexual Assault

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Department of Justice has released new numbers on the rates of sexual assault for college-age women.


Black Congressional Staffers Stage Walk Out Over Grand Jury Decisions

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A group of black Congressional staffers staged a protest and walked out of the Capitol on Thursday. They were protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men.


Sleeper Maryland Race Could Be Tuesday's Biggest Upset

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Don't look now, but Democrats may be on the verge of losing more than just the Senate after Tuesday's election. The governor's race in Maryland, one of the bluest states in the nation, has gotten uncomfortably tight.

How nervous are they? Maryland Democrats have brought in the big guns to ...


Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy, R-S.C., became head of a special Benghazi committee.