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The Longest-Running Gay Rodeo In The World
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The Longest-Running Gay Rodeo In The World

Colorado is home to the longest-running gay rodeo in the world. The Colorado Gay Rodeo Association has held a gay rodeo every year since 1983, making it the longest-running event of its kind in history. Their flagship event, the Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo in Denver, is part of a circuit of rodeos that, at times, has stretched across the United States and into Canada. Despite the cultural pushback these rodeos have faced, the legacy of the Denver rodeo continues as it celebrates its 41st anniversary on July 12-13, 2024. We researched the origins of this rodeo for our book, “Slapping Leather: Queer Cowfolx at the Gay Rodeo,” which also explores how gay rodeoers were at the forefront of combating discrimination and the AIDS crisis. Roots in Reno Gay rodeo didn’t originate i...
A Final Goodbye To Willie Mays, The ‘Say Hey Kid’
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A Final Goodbye To Willie Mays, The ‘Say Hey Kid’

Saying a final goodbye to Willie Mays, baseball’s ‘Say hey kid’. In 1959, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev visited San Francisco and members of the International Longshoreman’s Union greeted him with cheers, newspaperman Frank Coniff quipped: “This is the damndest city. They cheer Khruschev and boo Willie Mays.” It was the height of the Cold War and, for Coniff and many of his readers, there was no better symbol of America than Mays. At that time, Mays was a 28-year-old centerfielder for the San Francisco Giants and the best ballplayer in the world, and he was occasionally booed by fans of his own team. A decade before that, Mays was playing for the Birmingham Black Barons, a Negro League team near his hometown of Westfield, Alabama, while still in high school. Mays, who died o...
The Fight To Make Prison Phone Calls Free
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The Fight To Make Prison Phone Calls Free

A mother’s calling: Inside the fight to make prison phone calls free. Connecticut families brought an end to expensive prison communication, providing a lifeline for the voices behind bars. But consistent contact still isn't guaranteed. This story was co-reported in partnership with Connecticut Public. Listen to the radio story using the audio player below. HARTFORD, CT — Everyone seems to know Diane Lewis on The Avenue — and those who don’t stare at her like they want to. She is something of a local activist for the residents of Hartford’s Upper Albany neighborhood, a majority-Black area peppered with more than a dozen churches and seven Caribbean restaurants across a one-mile section of Albany Avenue, better known as just “The Avenue.” The sight of Lewis walkin...
Workplace Violence Cost Too High To Ignore
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Workplace Violence Cost Too High To Ignore

The costs of workplace violence are too high to ignore. Violence and harassment on the job are all too common: More than 1 in 5 workers worldwide have experienced it, according to the International Labor Organization, with women slightly more likely to be affected than men. In the U.S., more than 2 million workers face violence on the job each year – and those are just the cases that get reported. The effects of workplace violence are profound, including physical and emotional suffering, destroyed careers and harm to companies and society. And it comes at a remarkable economic price. Although estimates differ, researchers have put the cost of workplace violence at as much as US$56 billion annually – and that’s likely an undercount. As a professor who researches tourism, a field in w...
The Coming Cicada Invasion
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The Coming Cicada Invasion

Billions of cicadas are about to emerge from underground in a rare double-brood convergence. In the wake of North America’s recent solar eclipse, another historic natural event is on the horizon. From late April through June 2024, the largest brood of 13-year cicadas, known as Brood XIX, will co-emerge with a midwestern brood of 17-year cicadas, Brood XIII. This event will affect 17 states, from Maryland west to Iowa and south into Arkansas, Alabama and northern Georgia, the Carolinas, Virginia and Maryland. A co-emergence like this of two specific broods with different life cycles happens only once every 221 years. The last time these two groups emerged together was in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson was president. For about four weeks, scattered wooded and suburban areas will ring wit...
Discovering The Wonders Of Astro-Tourism And Chasing Eclipses And Meteors
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Discovering The Wonders Of Astro-Tourism And Chasing Eclipses And Meteors

Astro-tourism − chasing eclipses, meteor showers and elusive dark skies from Earth. For years, small groups of astronomy enthusiasts have traveled the globe chasing the rare solar eclipse. They have embarked on cruises to the middle of the ocean, taken flights into the eclipse’s path and even traveled to Antarctica. In August 2017, millions across the U.S. witnessed a total solar eclipse visible from Oregon to South Carolina, with a partial eclipse visible to the rest of the continental U.S. On April 8, 2024, millions of Americans will once again be in the path of a total solar eclipse, this one’s path extending from Mexico to eastern Canada. The April 2024 eclipse’s path of totality will cross a number of U.S. cities, including Austin and Dallas in Texas, Indianapolis in Indiana, Clevel...
AI Promised Humanlike Machines – In 1958
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AI Promised Humanlike Machines – In 1958

We’ve been here before: AI promised humanlike machines – in 1958. A roomsize computer equipped with a new type of circuitry, the Perceptron, was introduced to the world in 1958 in a brief news story buried deep in The New York Times. The story cited the U.S. Navy as saying that the Perceptron would lead to machines that “will be able to walk, talk, see, write, reproduce itself and be conscious of its existence.” More than six decades later, similar claims are being made about current artificial intelligence. So, what’s changed in the intervening years? In some ways, not much. Frank Rosenblatt with the Mark I Perceptron, the first artificial neural network computer, unveiled in 1958. National Museum of the U.S. Navy/Flickr The field of artificial intelligence has been running through a boo...
Media And Information Experts Explain – What Is The Metaverse?
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Media And Information Experts Explain – What Is The Metaverse?

The metaverse is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations – or avatars – of themselves. Think of a combination of immersive virtual reality, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and the web. The metaverse is a concept from science fiction that many people in the technology industry envision as the successor to today’s internet. It’s only a vision at this point, but technology companies like Facebook are aiming to make it the setting for many online activities, including work, play, studying and shopping. Facebook is so sold on the concept that it is renaming itself Meta to highlight its push to dominate the metaverse. Metaverse is a portmanteau of meta, meaning ...
AI Voice Generated Robocalls Outlawed By FCC
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AI Voice Generated Robocalls Outlawed By FCC

FCC bans robocalls using deepfake voice clones − but AI-generated disinformation still looms over elections. The Federal Communications Commission on Feb. 8, 2024, outlawed robocalls that use voices generated by artificial intelligence. The 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act bans artificial voices in robocalls. The FCC’s Feb. 8 ruling declares that AI-generated voices, including clones of real people’s voices, are artificial and therefore banned by law. The move follows on the heels of a robocall on Jan. 21, 2024, from what sounded like President Joe Biden. The call had Biden’s voice urging voters inclined to support Biden and the Democratic Party not to participate in New Hampshire’s Jan. 23 GOP primary election. The call falsely implied that a registered Democrat could vote in the...
The Drone Cult
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The Drone Cult

Cult of the drone: At the two-year mark, UAVs have changed the face of war in Ukraine – but not outcomes. Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, have been central to the war in Ukraine. Some analysts claim that drones have reshaped war, yielding not just tactical-level effects, but shaping operational and strategic outcomes as well. It’s important to distinguish between these different levels of war. The tactical level of war refers to battlefield actions, such as patrols or raids. The operational level of war characterizes a military’s synchronization of tactical actions to achieve broader military objectives, such as destroying components of an adversary’s army. The strategic level of war relates to the way these military objectives combine to secure political aims, especially ending a w...