In Alabama, Hostility to Gambling Is Gently Fading
Even more than its Bible Belt neighbors, Alabama has steadfastly resisted legalizing gambling for generations. The clout of evangelical Christians helped make sure of it. But the resistance is now openly fraying. Hardly anyone believes that Alabama, which allows bingo, bets on horse and dog racing and a few tribal casinos with no table games, will quickly embrace other ways to wager. But the races this year for governor and for every seat in the Legislature are already accelerating debate about some of them, testing the political strength of the evangelical Christians who have blocked proposals in the past.
Honduran Man Kills Himself After Threat of Family Separation at U.S. Border, Reports Say
A Honduran man who was told he would be separated from his family after he had crossed the U.S. border into Texas with them last month strangled himself in his holding cell, according to Customs and Border Protection officials, public records and media reports. Marco Antonio Muñoz crossed the Rio Grande with his wife and 3-year-old son in mid-May near Granjeno, Texas, The Washington Post reported. In a statement, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Muñoz was apprehended by Border Patrol agents May 11 for “attempting illegal entry into the United States.”
Republican Overhaul of Federal Taxes May Be a Hot-Button Issue Gone Cold
In the months since the Republican overhaul of the federal tax code, New Yorkers have seen rhetoric from Democratic and Republican leaders who have vowed to use the plan as a rallying cry at the polls this fall. But the response from many New Yorkers appears to be something of a shrug. Democrats framed the state’s workarounds, passed in the state budget in March, as necessary schemes to save New Yorkers from an “economic missile.” But tax lawyers suggested the details of the workarounds were too convoluted for the average taxpayer to follow closely, or too untried to have impact.
Hurricane Maria Casts Shadow Over Puerto Rican Parade
There was also a different version of the Puerto Rican flag at this year's National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday in New York: black and white instead of red, white and blue, stripped of color to remind spectators of the parade’s backdrop: the destruction and continuing aftermath of Hurricane Maria. And there was another new symbol, emblazoned on banners and T-shirts: a number, 4,645, representing a recent estimate by public-health experts on the hurricane’s death toll on the island, far in excess of the official death toll. Maria Torres, 55, had a message: “Don’t forget about us.”
Danny Kirwan, Guitarist During Fleetwood Mac’s Early Years, Dies at 68
Danny Kirwan, a guitarist, singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac whose work fueled the band’s rise during its early years, died Friday in London. He was 68. Fleetwood Mac announced the death in a Facebook post Friday without specifying a cause. “Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years,” said a statement attributed to the band and co-founder Mick Fleetwood. His work was featured on five albums beginning with “Then Play On.”
Honors for Parkland Students and Teacher
Melody Herzfeld, a drama teacher who hunkered with her students in a classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February as a gunman massacred 17 people in its hallways, accepted the excellence in theater education prize at the Tony Awards on Sunday evening. She said that receiving the award, which is given annually to a K-12 theater teacher by the Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University, was one of her life’s most significant moments. During the awards telecast, students from the school performed “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”
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