Every time we think Westminster, we think New York Dogs. And then we think about this awesome project from our friends in public radio.
WNYC’s Data News Team mined the city’s dog license database to map, list and make a game out of the Dogs of NYC.
Black performers who found a home on Saturday Night Live knew how to navigate white America long before they mailed in audition tapes. In the wake of SNL’s recent diversity controversy, and this month’s casting of actress Sasheer Zamata, Tanner Colby writes, “The current struggles with race in Studio 8H offer us a sadly useful illustration of what’s wrong with ‘diversity’ in this country generally.”
Read more about race on Saturday Night Live and how it compares to our national dialogue, and use our touch-point graphic to view all SNL cast members and their dates throughout the show’s 39-year history.
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At least two killed in pileup involving at least 12 tractor-trailers on I-94 in Indiana
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I was told I had one minute but I’m Puerto Rican, I can’t even say hello in one minute! —
Rita Moreno, backstage after receiving a Lifetime Achievement honor at tonight’s SAG Awards, talking about the tight time frame she was given to speak about the honor onstage. The show was crunched for time, and Moreno, who broke into song twice on stage, didn’t help, but she was still hugely entertaining at 82.
Read all of Deadline’s coverage beginning here: http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/sag-awards-2014-screen-actors-guild-award-show/(via deadlinecom) She’s so amazing and talented and just perfect. It breaks my heart that many Puerto Ricans aren’t aware of her existence. (via machucartier)
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Thein Htut Oo has the Burmese word for “mother” tattooed on his right bicep and “father” on his left. Like young men the world over, he got the tattoos while serving in the military, in this case Myanmar’s military.
Only at the time he was not a young man, but a 15-year-old boy who missed his parents.
On the backs of his hands are more tattoos: “zeal” on his right and “brave” on his left. They were also done while he was in the military, not by choice, but by force after he tried to run away. They serve as a reminder of what he endured in the three years he spent in the military, like the malaria from which he also still suffers.
No one is sure how many children serve in Myanmar’s armed forces, one of the largest standing armies in Southeast Asia. In recent years, about 500 have been released after they were punished for deserting or have left in other ways. But experts agree many more children remain serving in the nation’s military and in non-governmental armed groups.
In June 2012, after half a decade of negotiations, Myanmar signed a U.N. pact to end the use of child soldiers. Since then the government has held four official events releasing 176 children and young adults from the military. That they are returned to civilian life suffering from serious physical and mental trauma is a given. Whether they can ever recover is less clear.
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FAA selects six sites for drone research -
After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country.
In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography,…