This profile of Rickey Henderson from a few years ago is delightful and poignant. The poignant part comes toward the end, so I’ll leave that for you to reach on your own. Here’s one of the delightful moments:
He placed a call on his cell phone, and began talking over the roar of the engine. The stewardess, who seemed unusually tense, asked him sharply to turn the phone off. He said that he would, but requested that she ask him nicely. Within moments, security officers had boarded the plane to remove him.
“What the hell’s going on?” he asked.
“Is that Rickey Henderson?” a passenger asked.
“Look how cut he is,” another said. “I hear he never lifts weights—he only does pushups and situps.”
“You’ll have to come with us,” an officer told Henderson.
I stood up to get off with Henderson, and the officer asked who I was.
“That’s my biographer and lawyer,” Henderson said.
The passengers began to shout, “You can’t take Rickey!” But the stewardess wouldn’t relent, although Henderson said that if he had done something to offend her he was happy to apologize. The plane took off without us.
“See, man?” Henderson said to me. “I cause controversy even when I don’t do nothin’. That’s the way it’s always been.”
The story, here.
This is cool and useful – maybe. Google News has a new feature, dubbed Spotlight, which harnesses one of the company’s algorithms not to collect the latest news, but the most lasting. The results is a news front page that includes The New Yorker’s profile of David Grann, Maria Bartiromo getting tossed on health care, and a Fox News op-ed on why the Obama Administration will implode…in the next few weeks.
It seems to have some kinks to work out, but the general idea – as explained by the Neiman Journalism Lab – is that the algorithm will point out oft-linked and oft-read articles, which are hopefully signals of quality and importance. Neiman also points me to Give Me Something To Read, a site which does just that by culling the hordes of those using a must-have application cited previously on Meanderings, Instapaper.
Let the curating of the Internet commence!
(Via Big Think)
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It would behoove you as an informed citizen to read David Grann’s profile of maybe/probably/almost definitely innocent man, Todd Willingham, who was executed for allegedly setting his house on fire and killing his three children:
Without having visited the fire scene, Hurst says, it was impossible to pinpoint the cause of the blaze. But, based on the evidence, he had little doubt that it was an accidental fire—one caused most likely by the space heater or faulty electrical wiring. It explained why there had never been a motive for the crime. Hurst concluded that there was no evidence of arson, and that a man who had already lost his three children and spent twelve years in jail was about to be executed based on “junk science.” Hurst wrote his report in such a rush that he didn’t pause to fix the typos.
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