NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash on Monday led a throng of players and celebrities offering support for Jason Collins, after the veteran center made the landmark revelation that he is gay. Collins, who played for Boston and Washington this past season but who is now a free agent, has…
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As the SXWX Interactive tide starts to ebb, the Music festival is beginning. Internet geeks are departing by the throng, replaced by considerably more fashionable musicians. And on this day of interspecies mingling, Nick Cave came to town and talked about his life for an hour. Standing room only, obviously.His conversation turned out to have nothing remotely to with technology, except for one cathartic moment.As soon as Cave walked on to the stage, audience members began to raise their phones and tablets above their heads to take photographs. This being the last day of SXSW Interactive, well, let’s just say that there were a lot of devices.Continue Reading… … Read More
WASHINGTON — Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old Miami woman who waited for hours to vote in the last election, got a standing ovation from the nation’s top leaders during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Victor attended the State of the Union as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.
“When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours,” the president said. “And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read ‘I Voted.’”
Obama announced the formation of a presidential commission to examine Election Day problems during his speech on Tuesday. The Advancement Project, which said it brought Victor’s story to the attention of the White House, said her experience demonstrated why voting problems need to be addressed.
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MRAUK-U, Myanmar — It was dusk in a corner of Myanmar recently shaken by some of the bloodiest sectarian violence in a generation, and a dozen Canadian tourists climbed to the top of a grassy hill, cameras ready to capture the sweeping view.Moss-covered pagodas rose from foggy hilltops all along the horizon, their bell-shaped silhouettes dark against the blue sky. Birds flitted through lush treetops. A small throng of children played on a dirt road nearby.Read More…
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