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August 23, 2019

The Celtics will most likely be worse this yr. Here’s why I’m OK with that.

COMMENTARYI am a certifiable Green Teamer.I live, eat, and breathe Boston Celtics basketball.Unbeknownst to him, Brad Stevens is my spiritual svenjolly: a wise and rational guru who has led me down a righteous path of personal growth, continuous improvement, and striving to always impact winning. Some might say my commitment to the team is “obsessive” or “unhealthy” or “potentially dangerous,” but those same people don’t have a camera roll full of memes depicting Marcus Smart in 19th century paintings, so can you really trust their opinions?
August 23, 2019

Teal Piper Hopes to Keep Her Father’s Legacy Alive with Women of Wrestling, AEW’s All Out

When Jake "The Snake" Roberts began handing out cards for All Elite Wrestling's Women's Casino Battle Royal, the wrestling community was surprised to see Teal Piper participating in the match.
August 23, 2019

US Army Commander Suspended After Notorious Auschwitz Death Camp Motto Used To Encourage Recruitment

A United States Army commander has been suspended pending an investigation into a memo sent out to Army recruiters that used the infamous Nazi slogan in official correspondence.
August 22, 2019

Boston coaches on what makes Belichick, Patriots profitable: ‘They are on one web page’

Brad Stevens, Alex Cora, and Bruce Cassidy have all courted Bill Belichick in some form or fashion over the years, leaning on the six-time Super Bowl winner for advice when it comes to game preparation, managing the locker room, or simply trying to craft a championship roster.
August 22, 2019

Long, Pointy Skulls of Starved Teenage Boys From Distant Lands Discovered in 1,500-year-old Burial Pit

The ancient remains of two teenage boys whose skulls were artificially deformed have been discovered in a Croatian burial pit. One of the boys was found to have had his skull lengthened using hard and rigid tools, while the other's skull had been compressed and heightened, likely with the use of bandages and tape.
August 22, 2019

An MCU breakup may very well be a terrific step ahead for Spider-Man

Warning: This essay contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.Interviews with the filmmakers behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe almost always get around to what seems to be the studio’s core creative ethos: paint yourself into a corner, then find a creative way to get out of it. That mission statement inspired the snap in Avengers: Infinity War and the big secret-identity reveal that ends Spider-Man: Far From Home. And while creative inspiration probably wasn’t at the top of anyone’s mind during the business impasse that reportedly dissolved the partnership between Sony (which owns the current film rights to Spider-Man and his rogues’ gallery) and the Disney-owned Marvel Studios, that unexpected split could inadvertently inspire Sony to adopt exactly the sort of creative problem-solving that has fueled some of the MCU’s greatest moments.
August 22, 2019

The struggle towards poisonous gamer tradition has moved to the classroom

It was the phones that tipped off Bo Ruberg.Ruberg, a UC Irvine assistant professor in the department of informatics, was teaching “Games & Society.” It was November 2017, and the course was a required class taught to 260 students, the majority of which are typically male freshmen. Ruberg kept a strict no-screens policy in their classes — an easy enough ask to keep students from texting or scrolling through Instagram when they should be paying attention. But this was different: a dozen or so people holding up their phones, recording their lecture on gender without even the effort of hiding it. The class felt strangely fuller. Ruberg paused, reminded students of the policy, and assumed they would put them away. They kept their cameras trained on Ruberg.
August 21, 2019

To Help African American Men Graduate, the University of Memphis Is Reaching Out to Middle School Kids

By providing middle school students with resources and mentors, the University of Memphis hopes to increase college graduation rates for African American men.
August 21, 2019

Cannibalism Is Found Throughout the Animal Kingdom—So Why Is It the Ultimate Taboo for Humans? | Opinion

Vulnerable spadefoot tadpoles eat their smaller competitors to speed towards toadhood as quickly as possible. Gulls and pelicans are among bird species that eat hatchlings for food or to prevent the spread of disease. In insect species such as the praying mantis or the Australian redback spider, males offer their bodies as a final gift to females after mating.
August 20, 2019

The misguided assaults on ‘This Land Is Your Land’

In recent years, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has become a rallying cry for immigrants. And in July, after President Donald Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen of color needed to “go back where they came from,” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the four targeted, responded with a tweet quoting Guthrie’s lyrics.