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Yawkey Way Name Change Is OK'd

Apr 26, 2018
Yawkey Way street sign on the corner of Van Ness Street in Boston.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

Yawkey Way will again be Jersey Street.

Boston's Public Improvement Commission voted unanimously in favor of the name change on Thursday, removing the name of Tom Yawkey, the longtime former Red Sox owner, from the public street adjacent to Fenway Park.

Editor's note: This report contains language and an image some may find offensive or upsetting.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice stands high on a hillside overlooking downtown Montgomery, Ala. Beyond the buildings you can see the winding Alabama River and hear the distant whistle of a train — the nexus that made the city a hub for the domestic slave trade.

Roseann Sdoia, who lost part of her right leg in the Boston Marathon blast five years ago, says it's still sometimes hard to comprehend how her annual outing to watch the race on that sunny Spring day changed her life forever.

"I still wake up in the morning five years later and go 'Oh my God, I don't have a leg,'" she says. "Even though I live it every day, and every day I have to put this stupid [prosthetic leg] on and lug it around ... I still have a really hard time thinking to myself what really happened."

A rendering of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, California.
Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Norman Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" -- considered to be the most valuable and recognized piece of art being sold by the cash-strapped Berkshire Museum -- is being acquired by a yet-to-open museum in Los Angeles.

Fifty years ago in Memphis, on April 3, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech. The next day, King was assassinated.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, new biographies reveal facets of his life.

One depicts his relationship with Robert F. Kennedy as more strained than previously reported. Another explains why King chose to attend Boston University.

In an episode of "Star Trek: Discovery," from left, Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), and First Officer Saru (Doug Jones).
CBS

Frustratingly, I’ve not yet watched "Star Trek: Discovery," because to do so, unlike with the older series, I'd have to shell out $6 a month to CBS.

The former Clinton AME Zion Church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Preservationists for a 130-year-old black church with ties to civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois have received federal grant money to turn it into a community center. 

On the afternoon of April 13, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was lying on the ground near a bench in a Milwaukee city park. A police officer on patrol walked over to Hamilton and asked him to stand up. Their encounter would end in disaster.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Courtesy Smith College

In early February, students at Princeton University protested when a professor used the N-word in a class about hate speech. He ended up canceling the course. It’s hardly the first time this epithet has sparked a debate over racial sensitivity and freedom of speech, including last semester at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In 1967, over 100 cities, large and small, exploded in fire and violence, the result of decades of discrimination against black populations in places like Cleveland, Nashville, Boston and Newark. The biggest riot at the time was in Detroit. After five days of rioting, 33 blacks and 10 whites were dead and property damage totaled more than $100 million.

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