“The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved. As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation and a unique opportunity to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement.”—Attorney General Eric Holder, in announcing a federal initiative to study racial bias and build trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve
“It is time to stop bouncing people who are mentally ill and genuinely sick between the streets and our jails. This is an unconscionable waste of human life and money.”—L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, on a new alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment. The program will offer transitional housing, medical treatment and job-hunting help.
“Netropolitan is designed to be the place to talk about your last European vacation or new car without the backlash.”—If you’re “seeking a place to talk about fine wine, fancy cars and lucrative business decisions without judgment,” there’s a new social network launching tomorrow that’s for you. It’s called Netropolitan.club, and it’s being billed as an “exclusive online country club.” It costs $9,000 to join, and it’s $3,000 each year after.
“A thunderstorm Monday night had cleared the air over Manhattan and the sunlight of a warm September morning was glinting off the Hudson River as the business day began in the city’s highest buildings.”—A description of the conditions in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, before the planes struck the World Trade Center. From our Sept. 12, 2001, story that we pulled from the archives on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
“He is to me, and to many, the embodiment of the goodwill that our games inspire. Every day he reminds us of why this game is forever our national pastime.”—Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, on Vin Scully. On Friday, Selig presented Scully, who has been broadcasting Dodgers games since 1950, with the prestigious Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award. The award recognizes accomplishments and contributions of historical significance to baseball, and has only been bestowed on one other non-player: Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel Robinson.
“I probably will sign it, yes.”—Gov. Jerry Brown, during last night’s gubernatorial debate with Republican rival Neel Kashkari, talking about a law that would make California the first state to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.
“There is a window of opportunity to tamp this down, but that window is closing. We need action now.”—Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking today about the Ebola outbreak.