“Much respect to Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez, who did what he had to do,” Stevenson said once his tears ran dry. “I took my loss. I feel like I let a lot of people down. In addition to the compelling constitutional case, there is a very strong business case for recognizing the rights of same sex couples to marry. By singling out same sex couples for unequal treatment, laws like Proposition 8 can impede business efforts to recruit, hire, and retain the best workers in an environment that enables them to perform at their best. Under Proposition 8, individuals in same sex couples are denied the happiness and security that comes from marrying one’s loved one.
It marked the 39 year old’s first time on the mound since he gave up pitching in 2004. According to reports, Stars manager Johnny Bench came out and grabbed Ankiel to congratulate him before the crowd gave him a standing ovation. The Bluegrass World Series was created, organizers said, “to make a true and lasting impact on the Louisville community and beyond.” Credit: Jevin Redman via Storyful..
Also in the news: The August bank holiday weekend saw a number of politicians and officials give their views of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Lord O’Donnell, a former head of the civil service, said the UK might remain in a “more loosely aligned” European Union, despite the referendum vote to leave. The former cabinet secretary told the Times it would take “years and years” to separate fully from Brussels and suggested that public opinion and the EU could change in the meantime.
Sekera already couldn’t be counted on this year. While Sekera was easily the Oil’s best d man in 2016 17, it was rash to count on him being that player again. It was unlikely he could regain that kind of form. If we’re entering what could charitably called commercial music’s post retail age, what does that mean for the dissemination of music? Fans who were minted as recently as 10 years ago likely have memories of lining up outside record stores for Midnight Madness sales as Monday wore on into Tuesday, or at least making a point to hit up their local music emporium when an artist they enjoyed was releasing a new full length.But amplifying the fact that release dates are still important has become somewhat more difficult as the world of music news has become more diffuse and more specialized. And the culture of the leak has muddied the waters as far as when an album actually comes out is it when a record is sent to journalists, or when it makes its way online, or when it eventually lands in the ever dwindling number of shops that still stock music?Which isn’t to say that the idea of the release date having a sort of importance has entirely gone by the wayside; certainly the chart triumphs of Taylor Swift, Eminem, and Sade this year wouldn’t have happened if fans hadn’t organized and voted with their dollars around the time of the blockbuster albums’ release. And news organizations still figure their editorial calendars around the release dates of records, because in the news cycle of music, putting out new product is one analogous to, say, the release of a new movie, or the debut of a TV show.