A random act of kindness in a Minneapolis cemetery led to an awkward moment – and a lasting connection
Five or six years ago, Sally and Scott Taylor of Richfield decided to mark Memorial Day with a stroll through Minneapolis’ bucolic Lakewood Cemetery. Since neither had relatives buried in the area, Scott suggested they bring flowers to place on one of the graves, as a way of honoring the dead. So the Taylors wandered through the cemetery’s lush, 250-acre grounds, scanning dates on headstones: …
One of Britain’s top universities has apologised for the “harm” caused to staff after they complained about being sent a photograph of Prince Philip who had a “history of racist and sexist comments”. The photograph of the late Duke opening the university library was included in a recent email bulletin to staff at King’s College London. However, a King’s College London spokesman later said that bosses at the institution remained “very proud” of its long association with Prince Philip. Joleen Clarke, associate director at the King’s College libraries, sent the email apology to staff after some workers complained about being offended by a photograph of the Duke featuring in a staff bulletin previously sent via email. Members of the university’s Anti-Racism Community of Practice reportedly reacted angrily to the photo, which showed the Duke alongside the Queen opening a library at King’s College in 2002, due to his “history of racist and sexist comments”. Vanessa Farrier, the college’s head of partnership and liaison, was reportedly among the staff angered by the Duke featuring in the email. In June, she was asked to “decolonise” the King’s College library. The Duke was notorious for his controversial comments, most famously for referring to “slitty eyes” during a 1986 trip to China. Ms Clarke was subject to what a source said was “a kangaroo court” among King’s College workers, who judged the use of the photo to be offensive. The offending photograph in the staff bulletin, sent shortly after the Duke died on April 9, was accompanied by a caption reading: “As the nation marks the death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, we thought you might like to see this photo of the Duke at the official opening of the Maughan Library in 2002, which some colleagues will remember.” Ms Clarke has reportedly been active in King’s College’s anti-racism programme. In the subsequent apology email, sent in the week beginning May 10, she wrote: “The picture was included as a historical reference point following his [the Duke’s] death. The inclusion of the picture was not intended to commemorate him. “Through feedback and subsequent conversations, we have come to realise the harm that this caused members of our community, because of his history of racist and sexist comments. We are sorry to have caused this harm.” On Saturday a King’s College spokesman said: “As we previously highlighted in an official university tribute on April 9 2021, Prince Philip had a long association with King’s which continued right up until his retirement from public life. We valued immensely, and remain very proud, of his friendship and support for King’s.” The Duke’s association with the College began in 1955, when he became a Life Governor of the institution. He and the Queen visited King’s College many times, most recently in 2012, for the opening of its Somerset House East Wing (pictured below).
Joe Lara, the star of 1996’s “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures,” died Saturday when a small plane crashed into a Tennessee lake, according to local authorities and the Associated Press. He was 58. His wife, author and faith-based diet program founder Gwen Lara, was also involved in the crash, along with five others. The Associated Press […]
Scores of people in coastal Louisiana are still living in campers on dirt mounds or next to cement slabs where their houses once stood. “We’re scared to death for this next season,” said Clarence Dyson, who is staying with his wife and four kids in a 35-foot-long (11-meter-long) camper with bunk beds while the home they had been renting in Cameron Parish undergoes repairs after Hurricane Laura. The parish — a Louisiana designation similar to a county — is made up of small communities on the southwestern coast where residents have lived for generations, either working in the shrimp industry or more recently at one of the area’s liquefied natural gas plants.
A handful of Donald Trump campaign alumni have formed a new group to try to unseat the 10 Republican House members who crossed party lines to vote to impeach the former president earlier this year, Axios has learned.Why it matters: Trump’s faithful are starting to build the infrastructure to keep the GOP in thrall to the 45th president.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What’s new: America Strong PAC officially formed early this month. Jack Mantua, the Trump campaign coalitions director, is treasurer.The super PAC’s website pledges to “remove the ten pretenders,” and features a 30-second ad-style video going after Rep. Liz Cheney.A person familiar with the group’s plans said America Strong intends to buy digital and broadcast ads. The group also plans to build grassroots activism programs in at least some of the 10 target districts.What they’re saying: Bill White, an Atlanta businessman and high-dollar Trump fundraiser, has been helping to line up potential donors for the organization. White told Axios that America Strong is particularly focused on Cheney, who was recently removed from her House leadership post after criticizing Trump for fomenting the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.”I think running for office for her is going to be something this group is going to be tracking permanently,” White added. The House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are: Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, David Valadao of California, Fred Upton and Peter Meijer of Michigan, John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Tom Rice of South Carolina and Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.The other side: Allies of some of Trump’s top critics are building up their own political infrastructure.Operatives aligned with Kinzinger have kickstarted independent organizations to try to insulate Trump critics from party blowback.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free