THE worst kept secret in local racing came to fruition when Lambourn trainer Oliver Sherwood saddled Many Clouds to win the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury.
The Rhonehurst master last won Newbury’s showpiece in 1990 with Arctic Call, but Many Clouds had gathered local support in the run-up to Saturday’s spectacular as the going softened and eventually proved to be a testing track for the runners throughout the day.
RIOTS are rarely so widely anticipated. By 8pm on November 24th, when the prosecutor in Ferguson, Missouri, announced the grand jury’s decision not to charge a police officer with a crime for shooting an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, cops in riot gear were already in place and barriers surrounded municipal buildings. Mr Brown’s parents and Barack Obama called for calm. Yet soon America’s TV screens were full of burning police cars, crowds coughing on tear gas, and young black men throwing bricks and smashing shops. America’s history of racial injustice looked as potent as ever.
“I AM Michael Brown’s uncle,” says a young man. “Will you donate money to my family?” He turns out to be the younger brother of Lesley McSpadden, mother of the unarmed black teenager fatally shot earlier this year by a white police officer. He is standing in a group of people on the edge of West Florissant Road, next to a looted branch of McDonald’s, on the day after the worst riots since the unrest began after Mr Brown’s death in August. Because looting and arson were so bad along this stretch of highway, police had cordoned it off.
Laura Kipnis is the author of Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation.
Of all the conflicting evidence emerging from the grand jury transcripts in the Michael Brown shooting, one statement in particular leaped out at me. It’s Officer Wilson’s testimony that when Brown saw Wilson go for his gun, Brown taunted: “You’re too much of a p-ssy to shoot me.”
The cable channels captured it perfectly. Soon after the prosecutor announced there would be no indictment, Barack Obama made a highly unusual late night statement from the White House.
The news channels split the TV screen as they often do. On one side the president and commander-in-chief of the most powerful army in the world, was appealing for calm from protesters and restraint from law enforcement. On the other side, the live shots showed the chaos unfold, as Ferguson was blanketed in tear gas and fire. Since the shooting of Michael Brown, America has been enveloped in a wider debate.
Looking for a good workout Thursday morning prior to your big Thanksgiving Day meal?
The CNY running scene offers several races for all levels of fitness, with distances varying from just under a 5K to a 10K. The schedule includes:
Baldwinsville Kiwanis Turkey Day Race: Thursday, CW Baker High School, 29 East Oneida St., Baldwinsville. Races include a ½ mile kids run at 8:30 a.m., a 5K at 9:15 a.m. and a 10K at 10 a.m. Proceeds will help support the Cato-Meridian Back Pack Program. For more, see baldwinsvillekiwanis.com.