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   QUOTES AND QUOTABLE

“I apologize for having to re-accommodate these customers.”

–  United C.E.O. Oscar Munoz, after a passenger was dragged off an overbooked United plane

   BIG CUP: THE WEEK’S TOP STORIES 

In the gaffe of this or any other year, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer grabbed the top news slot this week when he implied that, unlike Assad in Syria, Hitler had not used gas to kill “his own people.” Two words for Mr. Spicer: gas chambers.

In news that reverberated around the world, Crayola has retired its dandelion Crayon from the 24-pack, bringing grief to millions of adults mourning their lost childhood.

Melania Trump settled with Britain’s Daily Mail in a libel suit. No word yet if she’ll use the $3M settlement to reimburse Americans for her security so she and the kid can stay in New York.

   NEWS FOR Qs

Cambridge, MA, Commission Releases Report on Senior LGBT Housing
SpareChangeNews.net

Chechen Police Kidnap and Torture Gay Men
BBC

We Exist: Inside India’s Secretive Gay Nightlife Scene
Broadly

North Carolina Church Cuts Times with Boy Scouts Over Trans Acceptance
Pink News

   U.S. AND BEYOND 

Alabama Governor Resigns Over Affair
Washington Post

U.S. Judge Finds Texas Voter ID Law Designed to Discriminate
Reuters

Old Bailey’s First Non-White Judge Mistaken for Defendant
BBC

   HEALTH, FINANCES AND STUFF

Getting Workers to Save More for Retirement
New York Times

What Canada’s Doctors Are Concerned About Ahead of Marijuana Legalization
Globe and Mail

NYC’s Trans-Fat Ban Has Started Saving Lives
New York Post

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old
New York Times

   ISN’T THAT SOMETHING? 

Louis de Wohl: The Astrologer Who Helped Foil Hitler
The Daily Beast 

Is Sketching a Killer’s Face from DNA Science or a Scam?
The Daily Beat 

Learn a River’s Name Before It’s Gone
New York Times 

   VIDEO PICKS 



Sculpting America in Japan’s Sand
New York Times/YouTube

  

Turning Plastic Trash from Haiti Into Shoes and Fabric
Thread International

   THIS WEEK’S MUST-READS

“The shooting death of a teacher in San Bernardino, California, by her estranged husband was hardly an outlier – an estimated 50 women a month are shot to death in the US by former or current partners.”

Domestic Violence and Guns: The Hidden American Crisis Ending Women’s Lives
The Guardian

“Stop the Runaway,” Andrew Jackson urged in an ad placed in the Tennessee Gazette in October 1804. The future president gave a detailed description: A “Mulatto Man Slave, about thirty years old, six feet and an inch high, stout made and active, talks sensible, stoops in his walk, and has a remarkable large foot, broad across the root of the toes — will pass for a free man …”

Hunting Down Runaway Slaves: The Cruel Ads of Andrew Jackson and ‘the master class’
New York Times

“A new study finds political polarization is increasing most among those who use the internet least.”

Something is Breaking in American Politics, But It’s Not Social Media
Vox

   IN MEMORIAM

Comedian Charlie Murphy, Age 57
NME

Darlene Cates, Actress Who Played the Mother in ‘Gilbert Grape’, 69
TMZ

John Geils, Founder of the J. Geils Band, 71
Newsday

Don Rickles, 90
Variety

Gilbert Baker, Creator of the Rainbow Flag, 65
CNN

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