Moreland, Pomeranz lead Red Sox past Indians

CLEVELAND — Mitch Moreland hit a fifth-inning home run, Drew Pomeranz and three relievers bested Corey Kluber, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-1 on Wednesday night. Moreland homered to right on a 1-0 pitch from Kluber (12-4), who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings. Mookie Betts’ RBI single with two outs in the eighth ended the night for Cleveland’s ace, who allowed four hits and struck out 12 — the 13th time this season he’s reached double figures in strikeouts. Four pitchers held Cleveland’s injury-depleted lineup to three hits, a night after Doug Fister pitched a one-hitter. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out homer in the… Read More

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Book Review: A great Russian satirist sheds light on Trump’s fondness for Confederate statues  

Overlook“Monumental Propaganda” President Trump’s spotty but fierce reverence for history was on full display when he complained about “the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments.” The fact that we’re still arguing about whether we should honor traitors more than 150 years after the Civil War is a testament to the tenacity of racism. In certain dank corners of the American imagination, a state-sanctioned system of kidnapping, rape, pedophilia, torture and murder has been transformed into an era worthy of celebration and respect. Hearing Trump mourn the destruction of Confederate statues reminded me of a strange Russian connection. Yes, another one. Back in 2000, the former Soviet dissident Vladimir Voinovich… Read More

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Blue Jays hit six home runs in win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kevin Pillar hit Toronto’s sixth home run of the game in the eighth inning, lifting the Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on Wednesday night. Pillar snapped a 6-6 tie with a homer off Tommy Hunter (2-5) to help the Blue Jays end a four-game losing streak. It was Pillar’s 13th homer of the season. Kevin Keirmaier hit two home runs and scored three times for the Rays, who came back from 5-0 down to the tie it before losing for the ninth time in 12 games. Ryan Tepera (7-1) got the win and Roberto Osuna got the final four outs for his 33rd… Read More

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This Teacher Said Her Student Wasn't “Ready” For UCLA & She Was Totally Proven Wrong

Desiree Martinez graduated from UCLA several months ago and she knows exactly what she wants to do with her degree: Advocate for education reform so students of color and low-income students are afforded the same opportunities as their peers. But if Martinez had listened to her high school teacher, she wouldn’t be where she is today. In an open letter titled “Dear High School Teacher Who Tried to Discourage Me from Applying to UCLA, I’m a BRUIN Now!” the new grad recalls approaching a high school teacher to ask for help with college applications. Martinez was nervous because she was applying to top-tier institutions and, although she didn’t feel confident… Read More

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Hollywood fails latest test of diversity with fall TV lineup

By Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg For all Hollywood’s talk about diversity, the major broadcast networks have made little progress this year in hiring more women and minorities, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and confirmed by the companies. About 89 percent of executive producers of new series airing this season on the four U.S. broadcast networks are white, and 79 percent are male. Minorities have advanced by less than two percentage points since the 2016-2017 TV season, and women of color claimed fewer executive producer spots than they did a year ago at the two networks that provided data. Television industry executives have pledged to do a better job of hiring… Read More

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