Thursday, September 20, 2018
News Roundup

Hooper: Honoring Robinson’s legacy classy gesture by Rays, MLB

On Sunday, the Rays once again honored Jackie Robinson and the people in our community who have helped extend his pioneering legacy.

The team celebrated Robinson, who broke baseballís color barrier on April 15, 1947, with a series of salutes wrapped around Robinsonís nine core values.

For the team and for the league to honor Robinson every year is one of baseballís finest moves. Ö

Of course, Robinson took his voice beyond the field during and after his career, often challenging the status quo. As athletes have moved to emulate Robinsonís role in a new era, it has spurred questions and controversy. Whereís the line between entertainment and activism?

The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area welcomes ESPN personality Jemele Hill for a discussion about how all of us should use our voices to engage in our democracy. The luncheon and talk-back will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. For more information, visit LWVSPA.org/JemeleHill. Ö

Seen on a bumper sticker: The Meaning of Life Is To Live It. Ö

Can an NHL team go up 2-0 in a playoff series but lose all the momentum in the final period of the second game? Weíll soon find out. Ö

Sarra Rabinovich. Chaim Marder. Gabi Roth. Those are just a few of the Holocaust victims whose names were recited by community residents at the Florida Holocaust Museum last week to mark Yom HaShoah.

The names remind us itís not just about the number murdered ó itís about the dreams that never came to fruition, the joys snuffed out too soon and the senselessness rooted in hate.

We must never forget.

Thatís all Iím saying.

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