Share The Astros seem to be in the forefront of many people’s mind in Houston. Kyle O’Leary says that’s good for the city. “Even if Harvey hadn’t hit it’s good for the city. I think it makes everybody feel better about Houston.” And from a baseball strategy perspective, O’Leary is confident that Game Six, despite the loss, sets up the Astros for victory tonight. “[The Dodgers] Threw a bunch of pitchers last night, and every time their bullpen has been shelled, it’s been after a back-to-back game.” O’Leary is right. In the three World Series games that followed a previous game without a day off for the players, the Astros have scored 14 runs in 15.1 innings against the vaunted LA bullpen.And while the Astro players say they’ll give it everything they’ve got tonight, there are still those fans that feel they have more to do with the outcome than the guys in uniform.Doug Brown says after watching last night’s loss, he won’t dare watch tonight. “If I watch it again, they’ll probably lose.”Dodger Stadium, the third oldest ballpark in Major League baseball, opened in 1962. Tonight will be the first time it has hosted a World Series Game Seven. First pitch is 7:20 PM. The Los Angeles Dodgers forced a Game Seven with a 3-1 victory over the Astros Tuesday night. So, one of the more exciting World Series in history will require seven games to crown a champion.“Seems like it was kinda destined to go seven anyway you know? Crazy as it’s been,” says Blake Benton, who watched Game Six and says he’ll be thinking about Game Seven all day. “It’s gonna be hard to concentrate, it was hard to concentrate yesterday.”Justin Verlander suffered the loss, his first as an Astro.Facing a seventh and final game, the Astros, like most fans are ready for a win tonight.
firstname.lastname@example.org Baltimore area leaders are moving to address Maryland’s use and endorsement of Confederate symbols in the aftermath of the racially motivated shooting that left nine dead at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the oldest Black AME church in the south.On Monday (June 22), Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called on the state of Maryland to stop issuing specialty license plates with the flag, a still potent symbol of slavery and White supremacy, while Baltimore County executive Kevin Kamenetz has asked Baltimore City for permission to rename Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park (the park is owned by the city but has been operated and funded by the county since 2009).“The mayor finds the Confederate flag to be divisive and offensive. She believes that it should not be allowed as a symbol on Maryland license plates and should be recalled,” said Howard Libit, director of strategic planning and policy for the mayor’s office, in an email to the AFRO.In Annapolis, the mayor’s call is already generating activity among Democratic party leaders in the General Assembly. Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery County) is in the process of drafting a letter – to be signed by himself, senate majority leader Sen. Catherine Pugh (D-Baltimore City), chair of the Legislative Black Caucus Del. Barbara Robinson (D-Baltimore City), and Del. David Moon (D-Montgomery County) – to the Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn on the issue.The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a decision (Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc.) which held, in part, that license plates constitute government, not private speech. In light of this, Raskin says, the continued appearance of the Confederate symbol on Maryland license plates constitutes the endorsement of that symbol by the state itself.“The Confederate flag is the preeminent symbol of slavery, secession, armed rebellion against the government, White supremacy, and racial violence. It was the flag that waved during the Civil War for those forces that were attacking Union troops, and then even in the 20th century, after Brown v. Board was handed down, the Confederate battle flag was resurrected as the symbol of racism, Jim Crow, apartheid, and racial violence throughout the country. So hey, if [license plates] are government speech, we should dissociate ourselves from it as quickly as possible,” said Raskin.The name of Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County has been an issue for county staff going more or less back to the time the county took over operation of the park in 2009, according to County Executive Kamenetz.The decision had been made to request the name change three months ago (the city alone has the authority to change the name under the current agreement with the county), but the formal request was not made until the events in South Carolina moved the name change up the priority list.“Lake Roland [Park] would better describe the central amenity in the park and also be a more inclusive term that we want to represent in our increasingly diverse county,” said Kamenetz.Kamenetz’s request to the city comes on the heels of a number of racial controversies that have occurred in Baltimore County. Back in March, a number of residents from the county’s Bowleys Quarters area posted comments to Facebook indicating that the best way to deal with unknown Blacks in the neighborhood was to shoot them. In January, Kelli Murray, a Baltimore County emergency dispatcher, left her job after comments she made on Facebook criticizing police brutality against Black men drew the ire of the local police union and others, who saw Murray’s comments as a critique of police in general and called for her removal (Murray was not removed by the county, but chose to resign when she felt the county was doing little to investigate harassment she had received after her post began to draw attention).Kamenetz insists, however, that those incidents had no bearing on the request for the name change. “I think that the county has a good record in recent years for promoting diversity and inclusion. That being said, because we are such a large county (830,000 residents), there’s still some knuckleheads out there who choose to voice their opinion whether reasoned or not. But in terms of county leadership, our goal is to promote diversity and inclusion, and having this name change symbolically furthers that goal,” said Kamenetz.Baltimore City councilman Brandon Scott, anticipates that the city will move to approve Kamenetz’s request. “I don’t think we’ll fight that at all,” said Scott, adding, “It’s extremely important that we change the name of the park.”“We know what General Lee stands for, we know what that name stands for and what it means to so many people across this country. Not just those of African-American descent like myself, but other folks who understand that our country has a history that is not always a great history, and we have to try to remove that stuff from public [places] whenever we can. We wouldn’t have a park in our city named after Hitler, so we shouldn’t have one named after Mr. Lee as well,” said Scott.Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes also said that he does not anticipate a fight over renaming the park, though there may be some discussion about whether ‘Lake Roland Park’ will win out as the alternative.“I think it’s a great idea to rename the park,” said Stokes. “I’ve been thinking about it 40 years, why it’s named for Robert Lee and why we have the monuments to Robert Lee and other Confederate quote-unquote heroes. . . . I don’t see any opposition, I support it, [and] I think almost everyone in city leadership and government will support it also.”
Other festivities onboard Queen Elizabeth during her time in Alaska will include:Live bridge commentary to narrate scenic cruising areasDedicated Alaska in-room entertainment, including Emmy Award-winning documentary series The Ketchikan StoryComplimentary blankets and hot cocoa on deck for taking in the beauty of the Alaska coastlineCunard will also offer Rocky Mountaineer rail tours pre- and post- voyage in Alaska, which include either three or five nights’ accommodation and two full days aboard the train. The expedition travels through a spectacular array of scenery including the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, winding river canyons, mountain passes and remarkable tunnels.Visit www.cunard.com.Go back to the enewsletter LaDonna Rose GundersenLaDonna Rose Gundersen, commercial fisherwoman and cookbook author, will be sharing her experiences and expertise with guests onboard the May 20 2019 Alaska voyage (Q915B). A fisherwoman in Alaska for more than two decades, Gundersen has made a career out of catching and cooking delicious salmon and other fish using simple ingredients while at sea. She will be joined by her husband Ole Gundersen, a fellow fisherman and accomplished photographer known for his images inspired by life in Alaska. Go back to the enewsletterCunard is set to offer a culturally rich onboard program for 2019 voyages as the luxury cruise line returns to Alaska to offer its iconic experience in ‘The Last Frontier’. Queen Elizabeth will sail four 10-night roundtrip Alaska voyages out of Vancouver departing 21 and 31 May, 10 and 20 June 2019, with port calls in Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Icy Strait Point and Victoria. Highlights include scenic cruising through the famous Inside Passage, Tracy Arm Fjord, and Hubbard Glacier.“For our return to Alaska, Queen Elizabeth will bring Cunard’s iconic luxury experience to one of the most magnificent places in the world,” said Josh Leibowitz, SVP Cunard North America.“More than our signature Gala evenings and award-winning White Star Service, our team has curated some of the most interesting and engaging speakers to join our Insights program in Alaska. Our guests will have the opportunity to gain a deep understanding about Alaska and its breathtaking landscape, rich cultural heritage and local cuisine.”Cunard’s new Alaska Insights programming will include:Dr. Rachel CartwrightDr. Rachel Cartwright, an award-winning naturalist with 20 years’ experience in Alaska. Author of Alaska Cruise Companion: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Inside Passage and renowned expert on the behaviours of humpback whale mothers and their calves, Dr. Cartwright will offer presentations on the Alaskan ecosystem including whales, marine life and glaciers. Dr. Cartwright will also offer expert commentary live from the bridge during scenic cruising throughout the Inside Passage on all 2019 Alaska itineraries. Alaska Native Voices along with members of the Huna Tinglet tribe, a group native to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, will offer lectures and workshops about their history, culture, and storytelling while cruising the Alaskan coastline. On all 2019 Alaska voyages, guests will have more opportunity to learn about Alaska’s indigenous people at an information centre hosted by cultural heritage guides onboard Queen Elizabeth.