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She Previously Marked 'White' on Census. Now, a Change

US changes race and ethnicity categories, adds one for 'Middle Eastern and North African'

(Newser) - For the first time in 27 years, the US government is changing how it categorizes people by race and ethnicity, an effort that federal officials believe will more accurately count residents who identify as Hispanic and of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) heritage. The revisions to the minimum categories...

Race Honors Paris' Celebrated Waiters
Race Salutes Paris'
Famed Waiters

Race Salutes Paris' Famed Waiters

Apparently by making them walk a mile and a quarter carrying coffee, water, croissant

(Newser) - Usain Bolt's sprint world records were never in danger. Then again, even the world's fastest human likely wouldn't have been so quick while balancing a tray with a croissant, a coffee cup, and a glass of water through the streets of Paris without spilling it everywhere. France'...

Centuries-Old English Race Is Most Delicious

Olney's pancake race dates to 1445

(Newser) - Women in matching checkered aprons, headscarves, and a rainbow of running shoes limbered up Tuesday as they prepared for the centuries-old pancake race in the English town of Olney—frying pans in hand. At "Go," they sprinted through the streets, trying not to drop their pancakes as they...

Pink Has a Feisty Response to Florida Book Bans

Singer will give out thousands of banned or restricted books at Miami, Sunrise concerts this week

(Newser) - Groups and individuals have said they're boycotting visits to Florida and refusing to hold events in the Sunshine State due to Gov. Ron DeSantis' new laws on gender-affirming care, abortion, gun ownership, and teaching race- and LGBTQ+-themed subjects in school, among others. Pink is taking a different tack: The...

Ever Wanted to Race Through a Bog? No? Keep Moving
Well, This Is an
Unusual Contest

Well, This Is an Unusual Contest

Ever wanted to snorkel your way through 120 yards of a Welsh peat bog?

(Newser) - If slogging through mud potentially infected with bacteria doesn't seem like a good idea to you, this will probably also fail your survival test: Intrepid athletes donned snorkels and slithered through slime over the weekend during one of Britain's quirkiest sporting events, the World Bog Snorkeling Championships. The...

After Muddy Endurance Race, a 'Disgusting' Development

More than 100 participants say they got bacterial infections after Tough Mudder event in California

(Newser) - At the end of the Tough Mudder obstacle races held worldwide, participants are usually treated to a turkey leg, a cold beer, and the satisfaction of having completed a difficult task. In one such event in California's Sonoma County earlier this month, however, more than 100 participants say they...

Dems Slam GOP Congressman for Using 'Offensive' Term

Arizona Rep. Eli Crane earned House rebuke for calling Black Americans 'colored people' in debate

(Newser) - A freshman Republican congressman received an official rebuke on Thursday for the way he referenced Black Americans during a floor debate. The incident happened Thursday as GOP Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona tried to promote an amendment he'd proposed to the National Defense Authorization Act, one in which the...

Runner's Last-Minute Goof Costs Her Thousands

The finish line was straight ahead; Senbere Teferi turned right

(Newser) - Senbere Teferi's resume has some big-name races on it. The 28-year-old Ethiopian runner placed second in the 5000m at the 2015 World Athletics Championships and finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the same race at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics. But one win she seemed almost sure to snag...

Landmark Ruling Delivers Blow to Affirmative Action

Supreme Court rules against race-based admissions policies at colleges

(Newser) - The Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling on Thursday against affirmative action, reports the Wall Street Journal . In a 6-3 ruling that split along the court's usual ideological lines, the justices struck down admissions policies that took race into account at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, per...

GOP Senator at Committee Hearing: 'I Don't Want Reality'

Sen. Markwayne Mullin draws laughs while discussing the teaching of race in schools

(Newser) - A Republican senator was trying to draw attention to a book about race taught in schools, but he instead made himself a laughingstock Wednesday during a committee hearing on child care. During a testy exchange, Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin told a witness that "I don't want reality,"...

'Miracle' No One Is Hurt During Indy 500 Crash

Tire flew off Kyle Kirkwood's car before it flipped during race, barely missing crowd

(Newser) - "Talk about a miracle." That was one take after a terrifying crash and car flip during the Indianapolis 500 auto race that sent a tire from one of the competitors' cars sailing over spectators' heads. Fox News reports there were fewer than 20 laps left in Sunday's...

Debate Rages Over Netflix's Black Cleopatra

Some Egyptian experts are fuming over what they say is a false portrayal

(Newser) - Jada Pinkett Smith, executive producer and narrator of the new Netflix drama-documentary series Queen Cleopatra , says it was "really important for me" to highlight "stories about Black queens," per the Guardian . The series premiering May 10 certainly portrays the last pharoah of Egypt as Black, with mixed-race...

Black Family Handcuffed and Detained Get $8M

Jury in California says mother, two daughters were unlawfully detained

(Newser) - A Black woman and her two daughters who made a pit stop only to wind up in handcuffs have been awarded $8.25 million by a California jury. The Washington Post reports that Aasylei Loggervale and her girls were on a nine-hour drive in 2019 from their home in...

Students Threaten to Sue After DeSantis Blocks AP Course

3 honors high schoolers want African-American studies class taught in Florida

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Ron DeSantis' administration blocked an Advanced Placement African-American studies class from being taught in high schools around Florida, claiming the course managed by the College Board is "historically inaccurate" and "contrary" to state law. Now, a group of honors students is threatening to sue the...

Tour de France Racer Hits Fans, Suffers Broken Neck

Incredibly, Italy's Daniel Oss got up and finished that leg, but he later pulled out of race

(Newser) - An elite racer from Italy has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France, due to a broken neck suffered after he collided with spectators on a particularly tricky part of the course. Daniel Oss of Team TotalEnergies was cruising along Wednesday during Stage 5 of the race, on...

American Academy of Pediatrics Makes 'Monumental' Move on Guidance

Pediatrics group says it's nixing 'race-based medicine' to help eliminate racial health disparities

(Newser) - For years, pediatricians have followed flawed guidelines linking race to risks for urinary infections and newborn jaundice. In a new policy announced Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics said it's putting all its guidance under the microscope to eliminate "race-based" medicine and resulting health disparities. A reexamination of...

2 Teens Fought at a New Jersey Mall. Now, a Controversy

A Black teen was handcuffed, while a white teen was put on a couch to sit

(Newser) - Two teens fought at a New Jersey mall, and two police officers intervened—with one teen ending up handcuffed on the ground while the other was left to sit on a couch. The issue: The handcuffed teen is Black, the other white. The Bridgewater police response to the incident at...

Woman Behind Spectacular Tour de France Crash to Pay

The 31-year-old was issued a fine

(Newser) - Update: The French woman who caused one of the worst crashes in Tour de France history by stepping into the road to hold up a sign will have to pay for that choice. The 31-year-old was ordered to pay a roughly $1,350 fine, as well as what the BBC...

After Relay Fail, a Big Name Dresses Down Men's Team

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis calls 4x100m race in Tokyo a 'clown show,' 'total embarrassment'

(Newser) - The US men's relay team was already disappointed they came in sixth in a preliminary 4x100m heat Thursday in Tokyo, losing their chance to take a spot in the finals. Making things worse: a scathing critique from track and field star Carl Lewis, who said online that the team...

This Guy Just Won 'One of the Best Races Ever Run'

Norway's Warholm wins gold, breaks own world record at 400m hurdle event where all impressed

(Newser) - When brash Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm led the field to the starting line on a steamy afternoon at Olympic Stadium, he and his seven opponents had every reason to expect they'd be part of something special. It turned out to be more than that. This gathering of the world'...

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