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This Week in Boomer History: Jackson State … ‘Seinfeld’ Finale … Wallace Shot

Posted on 05/11/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience President Richard Nixon nominates Anna Mae Hays (left) and Elizabeth P. Hoisington (right, with Mamie Eisenhower) the first female U.S. Army generals on May 15, 1970. On May 17, 2004, the first legal same-sex marriage in the United States takes place when Tanya McCloskey, 52, and Marcia Kadish, 56, say “I do” at City Hall in Cambridge, Mass. By day’s end, scores of other same-sex couples tie the knot. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure …

Sterling? To Boomers, Athletes’ Protests Are Nothing New

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayYounger sports fans may have been shocked to see players from the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat wearing their warmup jerseys inside-out in silent protest against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, after a recording surfaced of a telephone call in which Sterling allegedly told his then-girlfriend not to bring African-American guests to the team’s games. Sterling subsequently was banned for life by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. To boomers, though, the demonstrations may have seemed tepid compared with the defiant …

Franklin McCain: He Integrated Woolworth’s Lunch Counter

Posted on 01/13/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyOn the afternoon of Feb. 1, 1960, 19-year-old Franklin McCain — accompanied by David Richmond, Joseph McNeil, and Ezell Blair Jr., three of his North Carolina A&T classmates — walked into an F.W. Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C. After buying a few small items, he and the others sat down at the lunch counter. When they tried to order coffee, the white waitress refused them. “We don’t serve colored here,” she explained, according to a contemporary New York Times account. “I …

Backlash to Rolling Stone Tsarnaev Cover: Picturing a Villain

Posted on 07/18/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentHe’s young, curly haired, sort of beautiful. You think of Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan in their prime. But the face is that of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine. And that outrages many people: The Twitter hashtag #BoycottRollingStone is trending. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says the cover “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.” Local and national chains that sell magazines, from Tedeschi Food Shops in New England to CVS …