"Somehow, no matter how dirty, how cold, how hard -- dad made things work. And not just mechanical things. He was a blue collar guy who lived in the world of shvartze and queer jokes who turned his entire world view around to walk my gay brother down the aisle at his wedding. He was so strong." -- Steve Leder pays tribute to his father on Father's Day read more
BREVARD COUNTY, Fla (WFLA). A Florida man has been arrested and charged after the Palm Bay Police Department said he stole pool floats for sex "instead of raping woman." The Brevard Times reports Christopher Monnin,35, was stopped on Thursday around 1:30 a.m. by Palm Bay Police for acting suspiciously. Police say Monnin had with him a white garbage bag full of what he identified to police as deflated pool floats. According to the Brevard Times, Monnin admitted to police that he has burglarized several houses to steal pool floats and then led police to a vacant house where a had a stash of about 75 pool floats. Monnin told authorities that he "sexually gratifies himself" with the pool floats instead of raping women. He was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief, and petit theft. read more
More than a year after his release from prison, OJ Simpson launched a new Twitter account Friday night with a selfie video in which he says he's "got a little getting even to do." read more
When you're a white, blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman named LaKiesha, life can get complicated. Strangers burst out laughing when you tell them your name. Puzzled white people ask what your parents were thinking. Black people wonder if you're trying to play a bad joke. It can be exhausting constantly explaining yourself to white people, even though you're white. "At least one to three times a week, someone is saying something about my name," says LaKiesha Francis, a 28-year-old bartender who lives in a small town in western Ohio. "It kind of gets old." We hear a lot about what are known as "black-sounding" names these days. Comics make fun of names like "D'Brickashaw Ferguson" or "Tyrasciuses." Professors conduct studies on the success rate for job applicants with names like "Jamal." Online commentators warn black parents not to give their babies names like "Keisha," while others simply confess -- as one white man did -- "I truly don't get the black name thing."
Delta Air Lines will stay out of abortion politics, its CEO said recently as other companies announced plans to boycott Georgia over its new pro-life law. Georgia, where Delta is based, recently passed a law protecting unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat. The law prompted a massive outcry from Hollywood liberals and a number of companies, many of which have said they will boycott the state. NBC News reports Delta Air Lines will not be among them. "This is something that the courts need to settle and resolve, not corporate America. At least for us. I can't win," CEO Ed Bastian said Tuesday. "We carry 200 million people a year, we have 80,000 employees. We cannot as a company take one group and put it over another group when you've got such an emotional -- some would say almost religious -- view as to what the right answer is," he continued. Delta is one of the largest employers in Georgia, according to the report.