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Oct. 4, 1955: Roy Rogers and his trusty steed, Trigger, performed for cowboy-costume-clad children and “five thousand invalid children, nurses and doctors” at Bellevue Hospital for the 26th championship rodeo. “Munching free popcorn and wearing paper caps, the children watched the opening parade of seventy-five riders, clowns and rope-trick performers,” The Times reported. Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

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Oct. 4, 1944: The showbiz cowboy Roy Rogers, right, helped Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia with a new gold-buckled belt, presented on the occasion of the Nineteenth Annual World’s Championship Rodeo at Madison Square Garden. The show promised “honest-to-goodness cowboys” competing for prizes in competitions as diverse as “wild cow milking,” calf-roping, riding and wrestling. “I urge all New Yorkers to attend this show,” the mayor said from the steps of City Hall. “It’s natural, it’s spontaneous, and the contests are on the level.” Photo: The New York Times

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Jan. 20, 1953: Though the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower included the brandishing of military might — including an “eighty-five-ton cannon for atomic artillery shells” — alongside pledges to quest for peace, “the accent was on the pleasanter sides of life,” reported The Times. Parade floats that told the story of the new president’s life rolled before a crowd of 750,000, and a cowboy regaled the crowd, “displaying his skill farther down the route by roping policemen, naval officers and occasionally woman spectators.” He stopped to ask permission to lasso the commander in chief, who sat next to Herbert Hoover (seen shielding his face from the rope). “He must have felt the eyes of Texas were upon him. He missed his first throw,” The Times reported. “His second try landed around the President’s shoulders and General Eisenhower had to disentangle himself from it.” Photo: Patrick Burns/The New York Times

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High Lead Levels Were Detected in Nearly 400 Flint Homes, and There May Be More
Maps show properties that registered lead levels above the federal threshold for drinking water.
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This is how much Flint cares about it’s mostly Black American Inhabitants! Click on the Link and see the Maps!

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Some of these samples were taken in testing conducted by the city or state from July 2014 to January 2016. Other samples were analyzed by researchers at Virginia Tech beginning in August 2015. More than 90 of the homes on the map had lead levels higher than 100 parts per billion.

One of the largest concerns is that many Flint children were found to have high levels of lead in their blood. The city has more than 8,000 children under age 6, a group that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning, because it affects brain development.

Even small amounts of lead can cause lasting health and developmental problems. Lead should not be detectable in the body, according to Brenda Eskenazi, a professor of public health at the University of California, Berkeley. Lead poisoning causes “poorer cognition, attention disorders and, at higher doses, seizures, coma and death,” Dr. Eskenazi said.

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Earned all this money but they never take the country out me”: What’s fascinating about this song and video is how Beyoncé renders her politics both literally and colloquially. Her radicalism is both overt and implicit — she knows that creatively drawn statements of black identity and pride are as powerful as any direct social-political statement. It’s also not insignificant that she’s electing to parade her substantial wealth and ability to outearn most men in the music industry (including her husband, Jay Z) during the Super Bowl — the flagship event of male virility and violence in this country. That’s incredibly meaningful. It’s a moment where the entire country will be watching, and forced to sit up and pay attention. We can’t overlook the audacity of that — and I think that’s why she is able to command our attention the way she does. There’s nothing else like it, period.