Re: Quickies Did you all know that Dorothy Parker left the bulk of her estate to Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Dorothy Parker’s Ashes Are Returned to New York
By Jenny Gross
Sept. 5, 2020
The ashes of Dorothy Parker, the beloved writer and humorist, have been moved yet again, this time to a final resting spot in New York.
The relocation of Parker’s ashes is the latest chapter in the circuitous journey of the writer’s remains: from a crematory in a New York suburb for six years, to a filing cabinet on Wall Street for 15 years, to a yard behind the N.A.A.C.P. headquarters in Baltimore. At last, Parker will have a final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
The development, which was reported by The New Yorker on Friday, was the culmination of 14 years of discussion, according to Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, head of the Dorothy Parker Society, a fan group.
“She’s back in her hometown,” Mr. Fitzpatrick, a professional tour guide and author, said in an interview on Saturday.
Parker, who was known for her writing published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue, as well as for her wry humor, left the bulk of her estate and royalties from her writings to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and in the event of his death, to the N.A.A.C.P.
She had not, however, left instructions about what should become of her remains by the time she died in 1967 at 73 in her suite at the Volney Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, and no one knew what to do with her ashes. For years, they sat at a Westchester County crematory until they were shipped to the Wall Street office of Paul O’Dwyer, a lawyer for the playwright Lillian Hellman, who was the executor of Parker’s estate. The ashes were left in an office filing cabinet there.
When Benjamin L. Hooks, then the executive director of the N.A.A.C.P., learned that Parker’s ashes did not have a proper resting place, he suggested they be brought to the group’s headquarters, in Baltimore. He and two leaders of Baltimore’s Jewish community announced the plan to build a memorial garden behind the N.A.A.C.P. headquarters, with the idea that it would be her final resting place.
But the N.A.A.C.P.’s announcement that it planned to move its headquarters to Washington in the coming years ignited a debate over where Parker’s remains should go.
The Woodlawn Cemetery, in a plot with her parents and grandparents, was “really the only place for Dorothy Parker to go,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said.
Construction workers spent two and a half hours disinterring Parker’s urn from the Baltimore garden. The same rabbi who attended the initial burial ceremony said the Kaddish for Parker.
Mr. Fitzpatrick transported Parker’s ashes on an Amtrak train from Baltimore to New York, and then in an Uber from Penn Station to the Upper West Side. During the train journey, he said, he made a cocktail with Dorothy Parker gin.
“I just wanted to celebrate getting her on her journey home,” he said. “To actually be holding her remains was very surreal. You’re actually so close to someone that you have spent so much time writing about, thinking about, talking about.”
The ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx took place on Aug. 22, Parker’s birthday, when she would have turned 127 years old.
Mr. Fitzpatrick said that next year there would be a big “welcome home” party to celebrate both Parker’s life and New York City, the place she loved.
At the burial ceremony, Mr. Fitzpatrick read passages from Parker’s essay “My Hometown,” an ode to New York, in which she wrote that she had been cheated out of the distinction of being a native New Yorker because she was born while her family was spending the summer in New Jersey.
New York, Parker wrote, “is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day.”
Re: Quickies Authentic Wins the Kentucky Derby, Run Without Fans
By Joe Drape
Sept. 5, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — No one really expected a horse race.
The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby was supposed to be either a coronation for a colt named Tiz the Law, who was headed for a credible Triple Crown bid, or overshadowed by protests over racism and police violence in Louisville and beyond, with the sheer anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic ever present.
Instead, Tiz the Law, a colt that became sort of a symbol for everyday folks, with his workmanlike performances in winning six of seven races in this upended Triple Crown season, was beaten by a colt named Authentic.
With Manny Franco in the saddle, Tiz the Law squared his shoulders and turned for home but came up a length and quarter short of Authentic, who basically led every step of the way.
There was no roar of the crowd. Because of the pandemic, the grandstand was devoid of the more than 150,000 people who normally would have attended.
But Authentic’s victory gave the Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez his third Kentucky Derby win. He won the 2011 edition with Animal Kingdom and repeated in 2017 with Always Dreaming. The victory gave Velazquez his 200th Grade I victory, making him only the third rider in history to reach that milestone.
“I want to cry,” he said shortly after crossing the finish line.
As he spoke, protests over racial injustice outside the track faded; they were peaceful despite moments of tension.
Before the race began, hundreds of people calling for racial justice circled Churchill Downs, and several members of a Black armed militia knelt in front of Louisville police officers stationed inside a fence erected around the track. An airplane flew over the track with a banner that said “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” referring to the unarmed Black woman who was shot in her home by the Louisville police in March and who has become a focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Derby day was the 101st day of protests in the city over the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician who was shot and killed in her home by detectives serving a “no-knock” warrant. As the race began, hundreds of protesters lined the chain link fence on the track perimeter, shouting at dozens of police officers equipped with riot gear.
After the race, the protesters left Churchill Downs and continued to march.
Such was the tension and symbolism in an afternoon of racing. The steady roar of law enforcement helicopters was no substitute for the crowds — men with pockets squares and women in fancy hats — who normally descend on this little patch of horse racing heaven to celebrate some aspects of the Old South.
With Authentic, the trainer Bob Baffert won his sixth Derby and tied Ben Jones for the most victories in the race’s history.
Re: Quickies All students are eligible for free meals the rest of the year
By Emily Gilbert
September 5, 2020
All of Whidbey’s school-aged children can receive free meals through the end of the year after support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended free meal programs.
Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey school districts are all offering free meals to any child under the age of 18 on the island.
Every kid qualifies for the free meals, not just families who have applied for free and reduced lunch.
The USDA waived certain requirements that allow school districts to expand free meal service through Dec. 31.
Oak Harbor Public Schools
“Especially in this time, for families who are struggling, who don’t have the funds to supply meals for kids going to school, it’s just one less thing for them to worry about,” said Melissa Miller, food services director at Oak Harbor Public Schools.
The district saw the need for meals last spring when one school gave out 500 meals a day. Over the summer, the district served 30,429 breakfasts and 30,429 lunches to students through its meals program.
Families can pick up meals at each school from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday beginning the first day of school on Sept. 14., the district said. Breakfast and lunch will be given out daily at the schools and there will be several buses that will deliver meals to various locations. Students do not need to be with the person picking up their meals, and the person picking up the meals does not need to give the student’s name.
The district said more information would be on its website by next week.
Coupeville School District
Families in Coupeville can pick up a school week’s worth of food all at once in boxes, the school district said.
Pickup times will be Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 – 10 a.m. beginning Sept. 16. Each box will have five breakfasts and five lunches for each child available for pickup at Coupeville High School.
“We’re hoping to target between 350-400 students. I would be thrilled if we can get 400 kids a week starting our first delivery,” Coupeville School District Food Service Director Andreas Wurzrainer said, adding “We want to try to make it as easy as possible to be able to have access to this food.”
The school district did not have a summer meal program and instead directed families to other resources on the island. During the year, Wurzrainer said, more than a third of the student body qualified for free and reduced-cost lunch.
“The most important thing is that it’s free for any kid. This is free for any kid in our community under the age of 18 – they don’t have to be enrolled in our district,” Wurzrainer said.
For more information, visit the school district’s Connected Food Program page on its website.
South Whidbey School District
Students in the South Whidbey School District can receive grab-and-go meals from the South Whidbey High School parking lot near the school’s kitchen. Grab- and-go meal service began Sept. 3 and delivered meals will begin Sept. 14, according to its website.
The district asks that families fill out an online form by 9 a.m. of the day they want to start receiving the meals so staff know how many to make.
Multiple days of food will be given twice a week. Breakfast and lunch for Monday through Wednesday will be available on Monday, and meals for Thursday and Friday will be available on Thursday. Meals can also be delivered if requested.
Visit the school district’s website for the online form and more information about the school lunch program.
Families who qualify for free and reduced meals should still file an application with their school districts because it can affect more than just meals, although it is not required to receive the free meals this fall, according to the South Whidbey School District website.
The USDA has not extended the free meal assistance through the 2020-21 school year, explaining it can only spend what has already been earmarked by Congress.
Seattle could remain in smoke all week as cleansing breezes fail to materialize
by Scott Sistek | KOMONews.com Meteorologist
Monday, September 14th 2020
SEATTLE -- I do not have good news for those tired of smoky air and a persistently hazy sky...
A hoped-for breath of fresh air off the Pacific Ocean failed to materialize overnight - at least in significant fashion - and it's leaving Western Washington still stuck with terrible air quality for at least another day, and possibly several more days.
Forecast charts had been advertising a cleansing push of ocean breezes Sunday night or Monday morning along with an accompanying weather system that was also hoped to bring some badly needed rain to the region, but it appears to be failing on both counts as the low pressure center looks now to remain farther offshore and is quickly weakening, sending only a few widely-scattered light showers our way Monday into Tuesday.
In the meantime, the overall air flow remains light with a strong surface inversion in place keeping a lid on the smoke layer. And if anything, with the low sitting farther offshore, what little winds we get will veer back to the south and potentially tap into additional smoke still pouring from the Oregon wildfires. Meh.
So air quality is now expected to remain poor-to-unhealthy across the region Monday, with perhaps some minor improvement in the air quality numbers with the incoming few showers, but not really enough to notice or "pass the eye (or smell) test".
"Not enough in terms of rainfall to knock the smoke out of the air but with the system being weaker, the low level winds are lighter as well which won't mix things up in the lower levels which is what we need to get this stuff out of here," said meteorologist Dana Felton with the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
In fact, the forecast the rest of the week is just not helping out, leaving the grim possibility the smoke could now remain for several days.
"We're going to need a strong -- strong'er' -- weather system that gives us some decent rain or else some decent wind with some clean, onshore flow and right now for the next five or six days, we don’t see either," Felton said.
The slim glimmer of good news is the winds are stronger aloft and that has "taken the top" off some of the smoke at upper levels, which should allow for a somewhat brighter day without so much orange tinge.
All Seattle parks, beaches, boat ramps and playfields will remain closed through Monday, city officials said after closing them this weekend. Like the skies, it's unclear when they will reopen.
The National Weather Service also says it expects to extend it's Air Quality Advisory beyond Monday morning once they meet with air quality officials in the morning.
Re: Quickies This is from an e-mail correspondent. She doesn't know the source.
DEAR RED STATES; WE'RE LEAVING
We've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast.
We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country that includes Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
We also get the vast majority of the major shipping ports. So good luck with getting goods in or out of the country affordably. We also get Costco, Starbucks and Boeing. You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get the Statue of Liberty. You get Branson, Missouri. We get Intel, Apple and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Mississippi.
We get two-thirds of the tax revenue; you get to make the red states pay their fair share. Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happier, intact families. Please be aware that California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home.
With the Blue States unified, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at your state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools -- Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, the Penn, Princeton, and Yale; and Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Smith, Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Barnard, and Radcliffe colleges; plus UCLA, UCB, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones and Rand Paul. We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
Additionally, 62 percent of you believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals than we lefties. (See that part about divorces. ...) Oh, and you can have all the new COVID-19 cases since you're too dumb and self-centered to wear masks.
And the big prize in the box: You get Mar a Lago, Trump, the royal family and the Supreme Court to keep you entertained for the next 40 years.
Re: Quickies Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month By MIKE SCHNEIDER - AP
A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September and ordered the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident to continue for another month through the end of October, saying a shortened schedule likely would produce inaccurate results.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California made her ruling late Thursday, two days after hearing arguments from attorneys for the Census Bureau, and attorneys for civil rights groups and local governments that had sued the Census Bureau in an effort to halt the 2020 census from stopping at the end of the month. Attorneys for the civil rights groups and local governments said the shortened schedule would undercount residents in minority and hard-to-count communities.
Koh said inaccuracies produced from a shortened schedule would affect the distribution of federal funding and political representation. The census is used to determine how $1.5 trillion in federal spending is distributed each year and how many congressional seats each state gets.
Government attorneys had argued that the census must finish by the end of September to meet a Dec. 31 deadline for turning over numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets.
Koh’s preliminary injunction suspends that end-of-the-year deadline, too. The San Jose, California-based judge had previously issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Census Bureau from winding down field operations until she made a ruling in the lawsuit.
Attorneys for the Census Bureau and the Department of Commerce, which oversees the agency, had said during the hearing they would likely appeal.
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