Boos & Bravos: April 24
Boo to the death of Gabriel García Márquez on April 17. The Nobel prize winner left an indelible mark on world literature that will be dearly missed.
Boo to Netflix raising online streaming prices by $1 or $2 per month for new customers after reporting increases in members and net profit. Let's just hope Netflix takes after its college subscribers and procrastinates on instituting the change for existing customers.
Boo to the Boy Scouts of America for revoking the charter of a troop based out of a Seattle Methodist church because of an openly gay scoutmaster leading it. The BSA had revoked Geoff McGrath's membership as an adult leader in March. While it is now accepting gay youth members, gay adults are still barred from the organization.
Bravo to Alaska's symbolic gesture of elevating 20 native languages to official, alongside English. This will help enshrine alternative languages that are fast disappearing around the globe.
Bravo to Arizona Republic columnist Karina Bland for her piece, "A lesson I glossed over in college: Forever isn't." The column was a tribute to the late State Press alumnus, Mike Ritter, whom Bland met when they both worked for The State Press in the '80s.
Bravo to Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in over 30 years. His winning time was 2 hours 8 minutes 37 seconds, beating the next runner by 11 seconds. The New York Times reported that the marathon boasted record numbers for both athletes and spectators.
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