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Here's the backstory behind one of the most poignant moments of Obama's presidency

In one of the most poignant moments of his presidency, President Barack Obama abruptly began singing "Amazing Grace" during a eulogy for the Rev.  Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people who died in a shooting last month at an historically African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Show More Summary

Why one of the most successful people in tech took the No. 2 job at a startup

Seven months ago, one of the most successful entrepreneurs and angel investors in tech history, David Sacks, shocked everyone by taking the COO job at young, fast-growing startup Zenefits. Sacks is a card-carrying member of the PayPal "mafia," who have gone on to massive success in Silicon Valley. Show More Summary

I'm retiring from my editor-in-chief job, so let's have a contest!

It's been a good year for Destructoid. We got more unique views in June 2015 than any other month in the history of the website. There are a lot of reasons for that, not the least of which being that our staff has worked their butts off to up both the quality and quantity of their output. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland Made History Last Week, Makes Broadway Debut Next Month

Just last week, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre in the company’s 75-year history. Never one to rest on her laurels, she is already preparing for her next challenge. Show More Summary

The history behind the chocolate hoax

How much chocolate does it take to fool a journalist? Turns out not much. Earlier this month, Peter Onneken and Diana Löbl, a pair of documentary filmmakers from Germany, and John Bohannon, a biologist and science journalist based at Harvard, revealed that they had tricked millions of people—including their peers at The Daily Star, Cosmopolitan’s German site, and the German...

Obama to Make History for Federal Prisoners

President Obama appears ready to make history by commuting sentences for nearly 80 federal prisoners this month—more than any president has in decades, the New York Times reports. His expected clemency will free prisoners put away on non-violent drug charges, and reflects a bigger effort by the Obama administration...

Manny Pacquiao obliterates Floyd Mayweather over Instagram video

The most disappointing fight in boxing history may never end. Months after Mayweather beat Pacquiao decisively in Las Vegas to earn the (...)

Fact-Checking the Smithsonian’s Koch-Funded Climate Change Exhibition

4 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

WASHINGTON, DC — Last month’s demonstrations outside the National Museum of Natural History might not have prompted the public outcry activists had hoped for, but the claim that David Koch’s relationship to the museum impacts the content of their Human Origins exhibition deserves consideration.

Transgender Athlete Chris Mosier Makes History

5 days agoSports : Vice: Sports

Earlier this month, Chris Mosier, became the first publicly transgender man to make a U.S. national team of the gender with which they identified.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Last month, when a neo-Confederate gunman opened fire in Charleston, South Carolina, in a historic black church with roots in slave uprising, in the city where the Civil War began, the tragedy was so steeped in history it seemed we could no longer avoid looking hard at the long legacy of slavery in our nation's past. And yet still we hesitate. Show More Summary

Today in Racist History

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Moynihan Report. Stephen Steinberg: A few weeks after Moynihan’s report was leaked to the press, the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles exploded in violence, triggered by an incident with police that rapidly escalated into five days of disorder and left thirty-four people dead. Pundits and politicians seized […]

Op-ed: What Happened When President Obama Met Two Trans Service Members

Laila Villanueva and her fiancé, Logan Ireland, are both transgender Americans currently serving in the U.S. military. At last month's White House Pride Reception, they made history. read more

FDNY records no deaths in June as fatalities fall citywide

5 days agoNews : NY Daily News

FDNY smokeaters have a new reason to celebrate — June was the first month in the department’s 150-year history in which not a single person was killed in a fire in the five boroughs.

ANALYSIS: The Phony War Against Islamic State

The “Phony War”: That’s how history recalls the meager Allied effort in Western Europe early in World War II. Despite having declared war on Germany in September 1939, the Allies shrank from a major offensive for months. They considered real war too painful and themselves unprepared. Nonetheless, what quickly followed was France’s capitulation on June […]

An Exhibit of Sneakers Comes to the Brooklyn Museum — Design News

Pin it Sneakerheads, head on over to the Brooklyn Museum. Starting this month, The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world. READ MORE »

Bloomberg's new regime and tensions over the editorial vision

In April, Zachary Mider’s groundbreaking story on corporate tax inversions won Bloomberg News the first Pulitzer Prize in its 25-year history. When Mider collected his award a month later, at the annual Pulitzer luncheon at ColumbiaShow More Summary

8 Things You Should Know About the Office of Personnel Management Breach

Is it the biggest breach in U.S. history? For almost a month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has been engaged in damage control after publicly disclosing that it was the victim of a massive data breach of government employee data. Show More Summary

Big Brother Spoilers: Is Audrey Middleton Already Out?

This month, Audrey Middleton made history as the first ever transgender player on Big Brother, entering the famed "house" for Season 17. According to the Big Brother spoilers rolling in from the live feeds, however, Audrey's historic...Show More Summary

Ranking Greatest Big Ten Football Games of All Time

There's nearly two months to go until the start of the 2015 college football season, which is one of the most anticipated in the history of the Big Ten. Between Ohio State defending its national championship, the arrival of Jim Harbaugh...Show More Summary

'General Hospital' actor Anthony Geary to end role as Luke Spencer

Anthony Geary, whose character Luke Spencer's marriage to Laura in 1981 on "General Hospital" was the biggest moment in daytime television history, will appear in his final episode next month. After 37 years, Geary finishes his role as Luke Spencer on ABC's "General Hospital" on Monday, July 27,...

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