“I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man. I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding. Pulled over…. ‘Let me search your car.’ … Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me.”—Attorney General Eric Holder, to community college students during a visit to Ferguson, Mo.
“The best way to honor [Robin] Williams may be to drag depression out of the closet and place it center stage.”—Sandy Banks writes that, in the wake of Robin Williams’ death, it’s time to shine a light on suicide and banish the shame. “Instead of saying ‘Are you OK?’ to a friend who seems hopeless or depressed,” she writes, “we ought to ask directly, ‘Have you felt so bad you wanted to die? Have you thought about taking your life?’”
Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Clippers, NBA says.
The transaction ends a fractious period of nearly four months in which embattled owner Donald Sterling fought to retain control of the team he had presided over for three decades. A judge affirmed the right of Shelly Sterling, Donald’s estranged wife, to wrest control of the team from her husband and sell it to Ballmer.
“Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit.”—President Obama, in a statement on Williams’ passing
“Rodeo riders are today’s gladiators.”—Beau Schroeder, bull rider who was in a coma about a year and a half ago after being thrown from a bucking 1,800-pound bull. Rodeos are 1 1/2 times more injurious than boxing, 10 times more than football and 13 times more than ice hockey. Some bull riders claim to have suffered more than a dozen concussions. Still, they cling to their calling.