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Something to talk about: No Shoes, Please

First, there was the Nevada rancher, Cliven Bundy, who began with, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro …,” which then turned out to be the least offensive thing he went on to say about African-Americans. Next was L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who tolerates his mistress socializing with black people only if she isn’t photographed with them and doesn’t bring them to any basketball games. Finally, the incident when Montreal Canadiens player P.K. Subban scored the game-winning goal in a playoff match against the Boston Bruins prompted Bruins fans to explode on Twitter with comments like, “P.K. Subban is a n-----, everyone know that” and “That stupid n----- doesn’t belong in hockey.”

Bundy is 80 years old, therefore his views on “the Negro” will die with him relatively soon. Sterling will presumably lose ownership of his team, though no one believes that he will go down without a fight. However, he’s already made a contribution: His statements were so egregious that they got even Michael Jordan – famously closed-mouthed when it comes to issues surrounding race – to speak out publicly against him.

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SF Symphony league makes music accessible: Other Voices

Recent stories in the media have made the public aware of the value of music education for children, and about local volunteer organizations filling the gap at grade schools that no longer offer music classes.

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Don’t be a litterbug

Our city offers beautiful, well-maintained parks and recreational facilities.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all cleaned up after having a picnic, instead of leaving a mess like this? We took the above photo at McKenzie Park May 12 in the early morning.

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