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Twins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing his racist remarks in 1978 and saying the team could no longer “remain silent.”

Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened the ballpark in 2010. Its removal came on Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration of emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and on the same day as a statue of a former Washington Redskins owner was removed from outside the team’s old RFK Stadium.

“While we acknowledge the prominent role Calvin Griffith played in our history, we cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca in 1978,” the Twins said in a statement Friday. “His disparaging words displayed a blatant intolerance and disregard for the black community that are the antithesis of what the Minnesota Twins stand for and value.”

Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the franchise was renamed the Twins.

During a speech in Minnesota to a Waseca Lions club in 1978, he said he decided to make the move “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here,”


“Our decision to memorialize Calvin Griffith with a statue reflects an ignorance on our part of systemic racism present in 1978, 2010 and today,” the Twins said. “We apologize for our failure to adequately recognize how the statue was viewed and the pain it caused for many people – both inside the Twins organization and across

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On Father’s Day, let’s celebrate what’s normal (not special) about dads caring for kids

For the past five years, up until the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve traveled the country talking about modern fatherhood. As a modern dad myself, I limit my travel to five days a month and work from home the rest of the time. So I’m the one generally home with the kids when they get home from school.

Often, when I speak to businesses and organizations, women tell me that they’re “lucky” because their husbands are so hands-on with the kids, equally committed to family life. I always respond the same way: “That’s terrific, but you’re not lucky. You’re normal.”

This is the secret, unknown reality of the modern dad, a fact buried beneath TV stereotypes of bumbling, lazy or incompetent fathers, as well as misleading data. In reality, time use surveys show that while mothers and fathers divide their time differently, both are working hard on behalf of their families through a combination of paid work, unpaid work and childcare.

‘Mad Men’ workplaces can be a barrier

The biggest force holding back gender equality at home isn’t laziness or lack of interest among fathers. It’s a set of workplace structures, vestiges of the ‘Mad Men’ era, that push women to do more of the caregiving, while also pushing men to spend more and more hours in paid work. My book, “All In,” is filled with research and stories of men who were fired, demoted or lost job opportunities for daring to take paternity leave or seek a

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New York Islanders Names Executive Team to Oversee New Arena

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The New York Islanders announced the executive team that’ll oversee their new Belmont Park Arena, which is scheduled to open for the 2021-22 National Hockey League season.

Tom Pistore, president of commercial operations, and Hank Abate, president of arena operations, will head the team for New York Arena Partners, the umbrella group funding the privately financed $1.3 billion development on property adjacent to Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, N.Y.

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Chief financial officer Charles Groneman, general counsel Zachary Klein, and Lea del Rosario, senior VP of human resources, round out the group.

“This is going to be a world-class venue with a top executive team — Tom and Hank are highly respected throughout the industry and the perfect choices to lead us,” Tim Leiweke, chief executive of Oak View Group, a member of New York Arena Partners, said in a statement.

The nearly 19,000-seat arena is projected to cost $955 million, and is the linchpin of the mixed-use development that will include retail components on 43 acres owned by the state of New York.

New York Arena Partners is comprised of the owners of the Islanders, New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, and Oak View Group, a Los Angeles-based arena development firm that is concurrently overseeing the $900 million renovation of Key Arena in Seattle where the NHL is planning to expand, also in time for the 2021-22 season.

Where the Islanders will play next season is unclear

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Does Trump Know How Scary Things Are Getting in Korea?


SEOUL—U.S. President Donald Trump is so fixated on protest sweeping the U.S. and his plans for razzle-dazzle campaign rallies he seems oblivious to the scary turn of events in the land he claimed to have rescued from nuclear war by sucking up to North Korea’s despot.

While Trump has been absorbed elsewhere, Kim Jong Un on Tuesday literally blew up the glistening liaison office in the Kaesong Industrial Complex the South Koreans had built for cozy tête-à-têtes resolving differences with their North Korean counterparts. North Korean troops took over the zone despite entreaties from South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in. The despot’s high-profile sister, Kim Yo Jong, had earlier denounced “the useless North-South joint liaison office.”

Smoke from the building was visible across the line in South Korea, and the sound of the blast was audible several miles away. North Korea state radio said the building was “tragically ruined by a terrific explosion.” A crestfallen South Korean unification minister could only say he needed to “study more details.”

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“The North Korean leaders”—Kim, his sister and those closest to them—“have concluded Trump is not going to win reelection,” says Shim Jae-hoon, long-time analyst for Yale Global, “so in the short window between now and November they want to saber-rattle as much as possible to press him to make concessions.”

The North’s aggressive action added teeth to a torrent of invective, much of it from Kim Yo Jong, leading the charge against the

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