Black coaches are good enough to be coordinators in the NFL, but not head coaches. That’s the message the league has been sending, with hopes that it will change this year. There were eight openings soon after the regular season ended Jan. 9, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin as the only Black head coach among the league’s 32 teams. Since then, there has been speculation about who will get hired and who has been interviewed, but that’s business as usual this time of year. And then no Black coach gets hired. Almost as tiring is the repeated line about “why do teams have to hire Black coaches? Why don’t they just hire the best candidate for the job?” That sounds good in theory, but maybe that question should be asked to the owners. Did former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and current Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule have more professional experience than defensive coordinators Todd Bowles of Tampa Bay and Leslie Frazier of Buffalo? Really? The … [Read more...] about Mike Preston: With so many NFL openings, it’s past time for more Black coaches to be hired | COMMENTARY
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WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia. HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s closest confidants had few good answers. The political dangers were clear to everyone in the room: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius , the health secretary; Marilyn Tavenner, the Medicare chief; Denis McDonough, the chief of staff; Todd Park , the chief technology officer; and others. For 90 excruciating minutes, a furious and frustrated president … [Read more...] about Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama
Mette Harrison, a novelist who also works in the financial industry, was blindsided in 2020 when her husband of 30 years asked for a divorce. A mother of six, she estimated that she also lost half of her friends between those who ghosted her and others who expressed judgment about the breakup. According to a 2013 longitudinal study headed by Brown University scholar Rose McDermott , if people in your close social network divorce, the risk of your marriage ending greatly increases. This may partially explain why those in marriage meltdowns find themselves abandoned by their nearest and dearest. But loved ones disappearing may also be because they just don’t know how to help. On top of the loss of her marriage, losing friends was nearly too much, said Ms. Harrison, now 51. But when those who stuck by her offered help, she was also flummoxed. “I didn’t know what I needed even when people asked,” she said. One friend offered a bed until Ms. Harrison could find an apartment; another … [Read more...] about Divorce is Hard. Here’s How You Can Help Those Going Through One.
To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . A mink farm in northern Utah sat at the end of a narrow, rutted road lined by modest, densely packed ranch houses. The farm consisted of a grassy lot partly enclosed by stakes with wire wrapped haphazardly around them and a small, chain-link swing gate. Long, narrow mink sheds a few yards beyond the gate were so close to the road that I could see inside their dark interiors. The smell from the sheds was intense. Mink keep intruders away from their territories by emitting an odor from their anal scent glands that is widely considered to be more pungent than that of skunks. (A thoroughfare in a nearby city that is home to several mink farms is colloquially known as “Satan’s butthole.”) A neighbor, an adolescent girl with a mass of black curls, offered to help me find the farmer, and I waited as she unlatched the gate and marched into the mink sheds in her flip-flops. She … [Read more...] about Animals Infecting Humans Is Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back.
(MARE) – Serenity is a curious and friendly girl of Caucasian descent. Serenity can be shy upon first meeting her, but once you start talking to her about her interests, she becomes much more talkative. Some of Serenity’s favorite activities include being outside, at the beach, walking, going to the park, or staying inside and watching TV. She wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up because she loves working with animals. Serenity is legally free for adoption and would thrive in a home with a female caregiver and is ideally seeking a single female or two female household but is open to exploring a mother/father household. She should also be the only/or the youngest child in the home. Serenity has an Open Adoption Agreement with her birth mother consisting of two visits per year. Interested families should be open to maintaining these visits. For more information you can contact MARE: 617-964-MARE (6273) or visit www.mareinc.org . Since its inception in 1981, Wednesday’s … [Read more...] about Wednesday’s Child: 13-Year-Old Serenity
TEMECULA, Calif. — Legal sports betting in the United States accelerated in 2021 as a flurry of states either overcame legislative logjams, as Ohio did just before Christmas, or signed off on online wagering, as New York did just after Election Day. But those efforts are likely to pale in comparison to the all-out lobbying, campaigning and legal jousting in 2022 involving what a DraftKings executive recently called “one of the holy grails” in sports betting: California. By November, Californians may be asked to vote on as many as four sports betting initiatives. That’s why deep-pocketed interests, including national sports books and Native American casinos, have been gearing up to spend $200 million to persuade voters in California to support their particular proposal — or to reject the others. One measure that has already qualified for the state ballot, sponsored by powerful tribes in California, would add sports wagering, but only in person, at tribal casinos or horse racing … [Read more...] about Sports Betting’s Next Big Election Battles Are in California