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Maybe the Boston Herald Cartoonist’s Dumb Watermelon Joke Was Just a Mistake

The cartoon above ran in today’s Boston Herald. Like the vast majority of editorial cartoons, it’s pretty dumb. Unlike the vast majority, it has been widely denounced and (sort of) apologized for, on account of its boneheaded choice of toothpaste flavors.

Obviously, using watermelon as the punch line was a terrible idea. The question is whether something worse than an inadvertent slip-up is at work here. Ta-Nehisi Coates says yes, there was:


Dapper Dan Can Ballroom Dance All Night

Name: Dapper Dan
Age: "Are you talking about chronological time or biological time?"
Neighborhood: Harlem
Occupation: Designer, hip-hop fashion icon. Next Tuesday, October 7, you can catch him at the book launch for Emily Spivack's Worn Stories, in which he is featured.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
I would have to say Robert Day, my father. But if you were referring to someone outside of the family, I would say John Henrik Clarke. He was the first person who opened my eyes historically to the problems that we face as a race, based on what we did as opposed to what was done to us. He taught me to always look to myself.


All the Best Rumors About Kim Jong-un’s Two Broken Ankles

Ever since North Korea's George Clooney was seen limping in public this summer, there's been nonstop speculation about his continued ability to do everything perfectly all the time. Although he performed his photo-op duties through the pain for months, Kim Jong-un missed last week's parliamentary meeting and is reportedly recovering from double ankle surgery, launching rumors about the secretive country's dictator to Kardashian-West levels. Is it gout? Diabetes? High blood pressure? The high heels? All of the above?


Derek Jeter, Master of Not Revealing Himself to Fans, Is Launching a New Site Encouraging Pro Athletes to Reveal Themselves to Fans

So this is what Derek Jeter was hinting at and dodging confirming. Officially retired from baseball for about 60 hours, Jeter has started rolling out his multimedia play, moving fast to capitalize on the glow of his farewell tour by announcing “The Players’ Tribune” this morning. The site will include written articles as well as podcasts and video, all from the perspective of players. An essay attributed to Jeter says he’s “in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.”


Is the Khorasan Group Really Known As Al-Nusra’s ‘Wolf Unit’?

The real name of what U.S. officials are calling the Khorasan Group may be the "Wolf Unit" of Jabhat al-Nusra, according to a report filed by a Dubai-based television outlet. Al Aan reporter Jenan Moussa says items found at a location hit recently by U.S. bombs list the members of the unit, and includes the name of at least one member of the so-called Khorasan Group.


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