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Constance Alexander: New York Times’ 1619 initiative takes in-depth look at beginning of slavery in America

Imagine. The middle of the ocean. No land in sight. An endless seascape. The sky a cloudless wash of gray. Strain to hear the plaintive cry of a seagull. Squint hard enough and maybe there’s a sign of land. Of home. One, two, three weeks pass. No more wishing for the lost family. You will never see them again. The sounds of their voices already faded. Hopeless. The feel of the bodies crammed in with...

Constance Alexander: The wide world of sports is the most thrilling when it involves the home team

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are most keenly felt when it’s the hometown team we root for. Take, for instance, the time that Murray State University beat Vanderbilt in the first round game of the Western Region in the 2010 NCAA tournament. With 12.4 seconds left and a timeout with 4.2 seconds to play, Jermaine Beal’s two free throws gave Vandy the lead. According to the account...