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Major League Baseball strikes hazing practice of dressing rookie players like women

  • Starting next season, there’ll be a new rule in baseball: No more dressing the new guys in drag.
  • On Tuesday, Major League Baseball is set to ratify a new anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy meant to end a sexist and transphobic tradition in the sport.
  • The rules prohibit “requiring, coercing or encouraging” rookie players from “dressing up as women.”
  • The rule also bans them from “wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.” Read more
Ari’s Carry On Live Tweet

So, I took screenshots of all the tweets I tweeted while reading Carry On and decided to share them for your entertainment. Or not. Either way, here you go!
(There are 14 and it was longer than I expected. Feel free to ignore.)

I feel like the basic theme of my thoughts were “IS THIS EVEN A REAL BOOK?”

Aph America’s had some strange scenery changes in hetalia like in the first 4 seasons, he lived in a mansion, In the Scary movie episodes it was a HUGE chique apartment with abstract chairs, and in the episode where he was room-mates with Japan, it was a reasonable sized house/townhouse(?)? Where’s he gonna live in season 6? ??? a baseball stadium? A trailer? stay tuned kiddos


What becomes of a town when its heyday has passed? What convinces young people to stay when good jobs vanish?

Those are questions many towns across America have been trying to answer for years.

And they were on my mind when we headed to Independence, Kan., with a dwindling population that’s now below 9,000. It’s in the southeastern corner of the state, not far from the Oklahoma border.

Independence has much to boast about.

It’s where Mickey Mantle played his first season of professional baseball, in 1949. It’s the hometown of one of the first monkeys to be sent into space: Miss Able, in 1959. At its peak in the early 20th century, with oil and gas money fueling prosperity in Independence, it was said to have more millionaires per capita than any other city in the U.S.

Now, if you’re from Independence, you still wear that name with pride. Just about everyone we talk to tells us it’s a great place to raise children.

They’re proud to be the hometown of playwright and novelist William Inge, who wrote Bus Stop; Come Back, Little Sheba; and Picnic; set in small Midwestern towns much like Independence. Their hometown author is celebrated in the annual William Inge Theatre Festival, which has attracted marquee names like Steven Sondheim and Neil Simon as honorees.

Big city folks plunked down in rural Kansas.

“And then they marvel at cows, as you bring them back into town!” says Kym Kays, laughing.

More: Despite Economic Troubles, Residents Of Kansas Town Remain Proud

Photos: Elissa Nadworny/NPR


Pitch Meme

[5/8] Scenes: Season 1, Episode 4

“You never liked baseball. You always tied it to Pop’s death. Baseball didn’t kill your father. A drunk driver killed your father. Baseball killed my marriage and took my daughter away from me. That’s not true. Isn’t it? No. I just don’t understand. We used to be so close. Now I can’t even get three hours with you.”