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Code Switch
2:56 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

A 'Black Tax' At Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton?

A photo of a table tent at the lobby bar of the Ritz-Carlton in Charlotte during CIAA week.
Courtesy Patrice Wright

A Charlotte news station reported on Monday that the Ritz-Carlton, one of prosperous uptown Charlotte's swankiest hotels, added what looks suspiciously like a black tax to the lobby bar tabs of patrons in town last week for the CIAA, the popular mega-tournament for basketball teams at historically black colleges and universities from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

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The Two-Way
5:11 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Is Fighting Racism In Soccer 'A Lost Cause'? FIFA President Says No

Soccer player Dani Alves has said fighting against racism in Spanish soccer is a lost cause.
David Ramos Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 11:56 pm

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he's concerned about the findings of a recent study regarding racism in Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup.

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Sweetness And Light
2:34 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Alex Rodriguez Is Back, For Better Or Worse

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez watches from the dugout during an intrasquad game at a spring training baseball workout Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 4:27 pm

One of the very best old-time sports columnists was named Jimmy Cannon. He wrote after Hemingway, tough-guy style, and Jimmy had a lot of original devices, too. One was an occasional column he'd do in what I called the second person impersonal. For example, my favorite was about an aging hitting star when he was in a slump. Cannon began: "Your name is Stan Musial and all your bats are broken."

Now, that's how you start a column. And so, in honor of Jimmy Cannon: Your name is Alex Rodriguez, and nobody likes you.

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Remembrances
4:23 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Minnie Monoso,' First Black Latin Professional Baseball Player, Dies

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:25 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

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NPR Story
1:52 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Hikers Make History On Pacific Crest Trail

Justin Lichter (left) and Shawn Forry are pictured at the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. (Courtesy of Shawn Forry and Justin Lichter)

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:43 pm

Thousands of people are expected to start long-distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the other jewels of American hiking this year. That’s inspired in part by the recent Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of a trail memoir called “Wild.”

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The Two-Way
7:46 pm
Sun March 1, 2015

Minnie Miñoso, Major League Baseball's First Black Latino Star, Dies

Minnie Miñoso smiles in front of a sculpture of him before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field. Major League Baseball's first black Latino star, Miñoso died March 1, 2015.
Nam Y Huh AP

Major league baseball legend Minnie Miñoso, known as the Cuban Comet and Mr. White Sox, has died. Miñoso, who hailed from Havana, Cuba, played 12 of his 17 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, after getting his start in the majors with the Cleveland Indians in 1949.

The left fielder hit 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. His number 9 was retired by the team in 1983, and today there's a statue of Miñoso at the field where the White Sox play.

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Code Switch
9:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 12:45 pm

A heads-up to our readers: This post quotes a racial slur.

When actress Erin Quill saw a casting notice earlier this month for a Show Boat musical revival with a completely Asian-American cast, she raised an eyebrow.

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Sports
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

The Week In Sports: Spring Training, Cleveland Cavaliers

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 9:40 am

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Code Switch
7:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Art Clay, 78, of Chicago takes a run in a light snowfall on Wednesday. Clay is a co-founder of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Sonya Doctorian for NPR

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 2:28 pm

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

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Remembrances
3:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

NBA's First Black Player Paved Way For Others In League

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 9:42 am

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KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Three-and-a-half years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, there was Earl Lloyd. Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the NBA. He died yesterday at 86. NPR's Nathan Rott has this remembrance.

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