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Friday, May 27, 2016

The Writer's Life 5/27 - Good News, Bad News

Baylor University has fired its head football coach, Art Briles, despite a fine record, 65-37 in eight seasons. The school's administration looked the other way as sexual assaults piled up. According to an article at Yahoo Sports, "...Coaches and staff had inappropriate involvement in disciplinary and criminal matters." I've mention the following several times -- the number of arrests of college football players is astonishing, alarming and deplorable. Baylor's president, Ken Starr, may also get the ax. As the man in charge during these crimes, he deserves it. His dismissal would make Clinton supporters very happy. Starr led the Whitewater investigations. According to Wiki, there were 15 convictions of participants, including the governor of Arkansas, Jim Guy Tucker. The Clintons, of course, escaped prosecution.

President Obama has signed a measure that bans the use of the term "Eskimo" in all federal communications. It will be replaced by "Alaska Native." I'd had no idea the former was a pejorative. It's origin and actual meaning are not clear. It may or may not have come from white settlers, so it must be banned.

I just read that my favorite new prime time network show, Limitless, has been cancelled. I wonder if its body count wasn't high enough to attract a larger audience. It delivered quirkiness and imagination. I hope the fact that it lasted only one season doesn't mean it won't make it to syndication.

How refreshing is this in modern pro sports, given how players change teams so frequently? Defenseman Chris Phillips is retiring after 17 seasons in the NHL -- all with the Ottawa Senators. Good luck, sir.

There is new hope on the addiction front. According to a blurb in today's NY Post, the FDA has approved an implant that may curb the urge to indulge. Developed by Titan Pharmaceuticals, it is the size of a matchstick. This is an encouraging development, but I'd be surprised if it didn't lead to lawsuits from those it affects, or allegedly affects, adversely, even if it's only a relative few.

According to an article at Yahoo News, Pennsylvania school officials are red-faced in light of a diabolical prank mostly likely perpetrated by a student or students. Three quotes from human monsters got past reviewers and into a high school yearbook: Hitler: "Words build bridges into unexplored regions." Stalin: "Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, so why would we let them have ideas?" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Be just: the unjust never prosper. Be valiant. Keep your word, even to your enemies." These kids today...

My thanks to Janet, who bought a book on cross-stitching, and to the sweet elderly woman who donated several books, included Thomas Harris' Red Dragon and Richard Wright's Native Son.
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