US officials to put off oil leases near sacred tribal land

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:43

U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has agreed to put off oil and gas leasing for a year on land that Native Americans consider sacred surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.The decision comes after Bernhardt visited the site Tuesday and met with leaders of the Navajo Nation ...

Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’

Entertainment 04/24/19, 19:01

The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie and setting added up to a ...

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:29

Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant ...

David Brion Davis, scholar of slavery, dead at 92

Entertainment 04/15/19, 16:32

David Brion Davis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who documented the centrality of slavery in Western culture through a landmark trilogy that made him among the world's most respected and influential scholars, has died.Davis, a professor emeritus at Yale University, died Sunday at age 92. Yale announced that he died of ...

Lawmakers weigh push to restrict drilling near sacred sites

U.S. 04/15/19, 13:24

Federal lawmakers ventured thousands of miles to hear from tribal leaders, archaeologists and others Monday as advocates urge Congress to establish greater restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling near ancient Native American cultural sites in the Southwest.A House subcommittee is exploring the possible effects of air pollution on sacred ...

Burning Man backers blast BLM’s proposed restrictions

Enviroment 04/09/19, 12:28

Nearly 200 Burning Man backers packed a casino meeting room mostly to complain about new conditions and restrictions the government wants to place on the counter-culture festival in the northern Nevada desert.Many of the critics at the Bureau of Land Management's public meeting on a draft environmental statement in Sparks ...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

U.S. 04/09/19, 11:39

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are renewing a call for the creation of a formal buffer around a national park held sacred by Native Americans.A measure reintroduced Tuesday would prevent future leasing or development of minerals on federally-owned land within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Chaco Culture National Historical ...

Federal agency frets about terrorism threats at Burning Man

Entertainment 04/03/19, 13:35

Burning Man organizers say the U.S. government wants to place unreasonable conditions on a proposal to expand the counter-culture festival's capacity to 100,000, including stepped-up security searches and new perimeter barriers that land managers say would reduce vulnerability to acts of terrorism.Group leaders say the Bureau of Land Management's proposed ...

John Leguizamo to tour with his ‘Latin History for Morons’

Entertainment 04/01/19, 07:01

John Leguizamo is taking his irreverent one-man comedy show about Latin history on the road.The comedian will kick off a 12-state U.S. tour of his "Latin History for Morons" with a two-night stand at the Apollo Theater in New York starting June 20.He'll then visit New Jersey, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, ...

Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy

Europe 03/30/19, 15:59

Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups who denounced the event as a movement to limit LGBT and women's rights.The World Congress of Families, ...

Biden panders to Left, criticizes ‘white man’s culture’

Politics 03/27/19, 04:45

Former Vice President Joe Biden condemned "a white man's culture" as he lashed out at violence against women and, more specifically, lamented his role in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill's credibility nearly three decades ago. Biden, a Democratic presidential prospect who often highlights his white working-class roots, ...

Pharrell to launch music festival in Virginia Beach in April

Entertainment 03/04/19, 09:09

Pharrell is heading home to Virginia Beach to launch a new music and culture festival.The Grammy-winning superstar announced Monday SOMETHING IN THE WATER, a multi-day event he's calling a "cultural experience" that will debut April 26-28. He will perform on a stage set on the beach; other performers include Missy ...

Macron visits French farm fair amid rural anger, decline

Europe 02/23/19, 04:29

President Emmanuel Macron pledged Saturday to protect European farming standards and culinary traditions threatened by aggressive foreign trade practices that see food as a "product like any other."Macron's speech at his country's premier agriculture fair was aimed at assuaging French farmers' anger at government policies seen as favoring urban elites ...

Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

Europe 02/22/19, 04:58

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said Friday that new legal procedures were needed, and that ...

Rolling in the deep: HBO film looks at roller skate culture

Entertainment 02/13/19, 11:39

First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating.Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.The two women may have come for a funeral but they found ...

K-pop and fancy sneakers: Kim Jong Un’s cultural revolution

World 02/12/19, 22:11

Dancers in hot pants. Factories pumping out Air Jordan lookalikes. TV dramas that are actually fun to watch.North Korean pop culture, long dismissed by critics as a kitschy throwback to the dark days of Stalinism, is getting a major upgrade under leader Kim Jong Un.The changes are being seen in ...

Blackface, other insensitivities ran rampant in ’80s culture

Sports 02/10/19, 11:49

At the time Virginia's future political leaders put on blackface in college for fun, Dan Aykroyd wore it too — in the hit 1983 comedy "Trading Places."Sports announcers of that time often described Boston Celtics player Larry Bird, who is white, as "smart" while describing his black NBA opponents as ...

Abu Simbel salvage celebrated as success; challenges persist

World 02/06/19, 13:33

Egyptologists and other experts gathered in Italy to celebrate a successful campaign to save ancient Egyptian temples from being submerged by a dam project 50 years ago and to warn of new threats.The international campaign that saved the temples of Abu Simbel when Aswan High Dam was remembered in Turin ...

Explains: Anti-assimilation claims haunt Latinos, Asians

U.S. 01/28/19, 22:38

NBC's Tom Brokaw drew strong criticism for saying that Hispanics needed to work harder at assimilating and learning English. Megan Neely, a Duke University graduate studies director, also sparked anger for warning international Asian students in an email against speaking Chinese in public.Both later apologized.Beliefs that Hispanics and Asians living ...

Kentucky school comes under fire after Washington incident

Basketball 01/23/19, 15:31

Less than a week ago, Covington Catholic High School was known mostly for its seven state titles in football and its rousing motto, "A spirit that will not die."By Tuesday, its phones had been shut off, its website and social media accounts had gone dark, police cars were barricading its ...

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