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Arnold Palmer was the telegenic golfer who took a staid sport to TV and to the masses

Before accepting the Presidential Medal of Freedomin 2004, Arnold Palmer shared a few laughs withPresident George W. Bush and gave the commander in chief a few golf tips in the East Room of the White House.
Eight years later, when honored with the Congressional Gold Medal, Palmer, who again offered golf tips to some of the most important politicians in the country, jokingly thanked the House and the Senate for being able to agree on something.
After receiving the highest civilian awards given in the United States, Palmer went outside each day, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the U.S. Capitol, and signed autographs for hundreds of people.
That was Palmer, a man who connected with the masses, who related to kids, the hourly wage employee, the CEO — and Presidents.
Palmer, who died Sunday in Pittsburgh at age 87, was the accessible common man who would become the King and lead his own army. Along the way he became one of the sport's best players and a successful businessman, philanthropist, trailblazing advertising spokesman, talented golf course designer and experienced aviator.
Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Johnson said Palmer was admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87," the U.S. Golf Association said in a statement.  "Arnold Palmer will always be a champion, in every sense of the word. He inspired generations to love golf by sharing his competitive spirit, displaying sportsmanship, caring for golfers and golf fans, and serving as a lifelong ambassador for the sport.  Our stories of him not only fill the pages of golf’s history books and the walls of the museum, but also our own personal golf memories.  The game is indeed better because of him, and in so many ways, will never be the same."

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While his approach on the course was not a model of aesthetics — the whirlybird followthrough, the pigeon-toed putting stance — it worked for him. With thick forearms and a thin waist, Palmer had an aggressive risk-reward approach to golf that made for compelling theater. He hit the ball with authority and for distance and ushered in an aggressive, hitch-up-your-trousers, go-for-broke, in-your-face power game rarely seen in the often stoic and staid sport.
Palmer, part of the alluring "Big Three," with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, won 62 titles on the PGA Tour, his last coming in the 1973 Bob Hope Desert Classic. Among those victories were four at the Masters, two at the British Open and one at the U.S. Open. He finished second in the U.S. Open four times, was runner-up three times in the PGA Championship, the only major that eluded him, and was inducted into theWorld Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
Palmer became one of the best known sports figures and, at 5-10, 175, a telegenic golfer who burst out of black-and-white television sets across the country in the late 1950s and into the 1960s and took the game to the masses.
"Arnold meant everything to golf. Are you kidding me?" Tiger Woods said . "I mean, without his charisma, without his personality in conjunction with TV — it was just the perfect symbiotic growth. You finally had someone who had this charisma, and they're capturing it on TV for the very first time.
"Everyone got hooked to the game of golf via TV because of Arnold."

We are deeply saddened by the death of Arnold Palmer, golf's greatest ambassador, at age 87.
Friend to Presidents
Palmer won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour four times, played on six Ryder Cup teams and was captain twice.
He received virtually every national award in golf and was the "Athlete of the Decade" for the 1960s in a national Associated Press poll. Palmer, who helped found the Golf Channel decades later, also helped usher in the Champions Tour, where he won 10 times, including five majors.

He was a magnetic star who attracted legions of fans who had never played golf as the television boon exploded across the land.
Those fans included U.S. presidents.
Dwight Eisenhower, who loved golf, was one of Palmer's best friends. Richard Nixonasked Palmer about the Vietnam War. Palmer played golf with both Presidents Bush.
Eisenhower painted Palmer's picture — as did Norman Rockwell. There is a drink named in Palmer's honor, as well as an airport, a golf tournament, hospitals, streets, charity initiatives and 19th-hole grill rooms.
And from start to finish, Palmer signed as many autographs, posed for as many pictures, chatted with as many fans in the galleries as any golfer who hit a golf ball.
"There are two things that made golf appealing to the average man — Arnold Palmer and the invention of the mulligan," actor/comedian and good friend Bob Hope once said.
Palmer was a folk hero with a driver in his hand and a handshake after the round. From 2007 through 2015, he served as the honorary starter for the Masters, creating one of the best moments of the tournament every year on Thursday morning.
"Arnold Palmer was the everyday man's hero," Nicklaus said. "From the modest upbringing, Arnold embodied the hard-working strength of America."
Origins of 'Arnie's Army'
Palmer was the oldest of four children born to Deacon and Doris Palmer. He received his first set of golf clubs from his father, who worked at Latrobe Country Club from 1921 until his death in 1976. Growing up near the sixth tee of the club, Palmer learned the grip and the swing from his father, as well as manners, empathy, integrity and respect.
Palmer worked nearly every job at the club before heading to Wake Forest University, where he became one of the top collegiate players. But when his close friend, Bud Worsham, was killed in a car accident, Palmer quit school and enlisted for a three-year hitch in the U.S. Coast Guard.
While stationed in Cleveland, his passion for golf was rekindled. Then, while working as a paint salesman, Palmer quickly got his game back in order and won the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship. On Nov. 18, 1954, at 25, he turned pro and signed a contract with Wilson Sporting Goods.
His greatest stretch of golf began in 1960 and lasted four years, with Palmer winning six major championships and 29 titles on the PGA Tour. It was in 1960, at the Masters in Augusta, Ga., that a local newspaper coined the phrase "Arnie's Army," when soldiers from nearby Camp Gordon followed Palmer. Soon, non-uniformed fans across the land enlisted.
Palmer's defining moment, one that embedded the word "charge" into the minds of his adoring fans, came in the 1960 U.S. Open at Cherry Hills. Palmer had won the Masters two months earlier, with birdies on the final two holes to edge Ken Venturi by one shot. But Palmer began the final round of the Open seven strokes and 14 players behind and was told by Bob Drum of The Pittsburgh Press that he was too far behind to win.

Angered by the remark, Palmer drove the first green 346 yards away and made the first of four consecutive birdies. He added birdies on the sixth and seventh and shot a final-round 65 to complete the comeback victory.
A month later, Palmer made a pilgrimage to St. Andrews for the British Open, and his presence helped salvage the game's oldest championship and elevated it back among the game's best tournaments.
In all, Palmer won eight times in 1960, the year he signed with pioneering sports agent Mark McCormack and quickly became a marketing giant for products ranging from golf equipment to jackets and slacks to automobile oil and rental cars. Palmer became the first professional golfer to earn $1 million for his career. Even into his 80s he was pulling in an estimated $20 million per year.
"Arnold was the epitome of a superstar," fellow Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd said. "He set the standard for how superstars in every sport ought to be, in the way he has always signed autographs, in the way he has always made time for everyone. On the golf course, all I ever saw was a mass of people. He was able to focus in on everyone in the gallery individually. It wasn't fake.
"And man, could he play the game."
Giving back through charities
But as dramatic as his victories were, so, too, were Palmer's losses in majors.
In 1961 he lost the Masters by one stroke when he made double-bogey on the 72nd hole after accepting premature congratulations from a friend to the right side of the 18th fairway.

Palmer lost three playoffs in the U.S. Open, to Nicklaus in 1962, Julius Boros in 1963 and Billy Casper in 1966, when Palmer blew a seven-shot lead with nine holes to play in regulation.
But the masses never deserted him. Palmer's appeal was so large, so wide that he even gave origin to a beverage that soon became a hit across the land. One of his favorite drinks was a mixture of iced tea and lemonade.
It is now available in grocery stores and is simply called the Arnold Palmer.
"A guy came up to the bar, and he ordered an Arnold Palmer, and the barman knew what that drink was," three-time major champion Padraig Harrington recalled about a visit to an Indian restaurant in Orlando in 2009. "Now that's getting to another level. Think about it, you don't go up there and order a Tiger Woods at the bar.
"When the guy ordered it, I thought, maybe you could do it in a golf club, but he's ordered it in a random bar. And the guy, who probably wouldn't know one end of a club from the other, knew what it was."
Palmer's accomplishments were wide spread, his influence wide ranging. He helped raised hundreds of millions more for charities.
In 1989, after Palmer played a major role in a fund-raising drive, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children & Women in Orlando opened. The first baby was born within hours after the ribbon cutting. Since, nearly 200,000 children have been born there.
In 2002, Arnie's Army Battles Prostate Cancer was launched and more than 2,500 tournaments across the country sponsored by the organization have raised more than $3 million for prostate cancer research.

Palmer also left his stamp on developing some 225 courses throughout the world.
"The game has given so much to Arnold Palmer," Nicklaus said, "but he has given back so much more."
This was evident when Palmer received the Congressional Gold Medal.
"Arnold Palmer democratized golf, made us think that we, too, could go out and play," said House Speaker John Boehner, an avid golfer. "He made us think that we could really do anything, really. All we had to do was to go out and try. ...
"Arnold, you've struck our hearts and our minds, and today your government, your fellow citizens are going to strike a gold medal for you."
Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "Golf made you famous, but your tireless efforts to save lives, not your short game, will make you immortal."
Contributing: The Associated Press
Born: Sept. 10, 1929, in the small industrial town of Latrobe in Western Pennsylvania, at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains
Nickname: The King
Education: Wake Forest, on a golf scholarship, where he was the school's first individual NCAA champion, in 1949, then the NCAA individual medalist again in 1950; first ACC champion in 1953
Military service: U.S. Coast Guard
Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1974 into the World Golf Hall of Fame, among many halls of fame to honor him
Estimated net worth: $675 million
Playing career: 62 titles on the PGA Tour, including Masters titles in 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964; U.S. Open title in 1960; British Open titles in 1961 and 1962. Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour in 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967. Ryder Cup player in 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971 and 1973. Last playing captain, in 1963, and captain again in 1975. 10 titles on the Champions Tour, including Senior U.S. Open title in 1981; Senior PGA Championship titles in 1980, 1984; Senior Tournament Players Championship titles in 1984, 1985
Author: A Life Well Played: My Stories, 2106; Arnold Palmer: Memories, Stories, and Memorabilia from a Life on and Off the Course, 2004; Playing by the Rules: All the Rules of the Game, Complete with Memorable Rulings From Golf's Rich History, 2002; A Golfer's Life (with James Dodson), 1999; 495 Golf Lessons, 1973; Play Great Golf, 1987; Arnold Palmer's Complete Book Of Putting (with Peter Dobereiner), 1986; Arnold Palmer's Best 54 Golf Holes (with Bob Drum), 1977; Go For Broke: My Philosophy of Winning Golf (with William Barry Furlong), 1973; Situation Golf (with Jesus Gutierrez), 1970; My Game and Yours, 1963
Filmography:Return to Campus (1975)
Trivia: In 1971, at 41, Palmer earned the biggest paycheck of his career -- $50,000 for winning the Westchester Classic
Quote: "I have a tip that will take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser." -- Palmer
By Rachel Shuster




Is Mispronouncing A Name A “Microaggression”?

by jonathanturley
I have been a long critic of the erosion of free speech on college campuses and the use of the ill-defined concept of "micro aggressions" to sanction students and faculty alike. Now there is a national campaign by the National Association for Bilingual Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education that indicates that a teacher who mispronounces a student’s name is causing an offense to the student's identity. negative emotional state that can lead to poor academic success.
The campaign, titled "My Name, My Identity” says on its website, “Did you know that mispronouncing a student’s name negates the identity of the student? This can lead to anxiety and resentment which, in turn, can hinder academic progress.” The author of an influential report on the issue, Rita Kohli, an assistant professor of education at the University of California at Riverside, maintains that such mistakes can be deemed a “microaggression.” That is chilling for some of us who are notoriously bad at pronouncing names.


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by jonathanturley
imagesThere have been many past tort cases involving questions of whether pools had sufficient lifeguards at a pool to avoid a drowning. The City of New Orleans could face a rather unique tragedy where a fully clothed man drowned at a party for lifeguards with 100 lifeguards partying around the pool at the time.



Northwestern University President Calls Faculty Opposed To “Safe Zones” and Speech Codes “Lunatics”

by jonathanturley
bio-page220px-Northwestern_University_Seal.svgrecently expressed unbridled pride in my alma mater, The University of Chicago, in taking a stand for free speech and rejecting the notion of sheltering students from opposing or disturbing views with "safe spaces" and speech codes. Now, across town, my other alma mater, Northwestern University, appears intent on embracing the opposing view with its President, Morton Schapiro, calling faculty and students who adhere to the "Chicago Principle" nothing more than "lunatics." Fortunately, I only went to Northwestern for graduate school and was able to secure my undergraduate degree at Chicago in a free and robust community of free thought and free expression. The contrast in the two schools on different sides of the city captures the deep division among academics. However, as one of those "lunatics" and "idiots" denounced by Schapiro, there is no question in my view where the better educational environment can be found in light of Schapiro's comments. He also denounced those with opposing academic views as just speaking from their privileged backgrounds and lifestyle.
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Former employees file class action against Wells Fargo

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Two former Wells Fargo employees have filed a class action in California seeking $2.6 billion or more for workers who tried to meet aggressive sales quotas without engaging in fraud and were later demoted, forced to resign or fired.
The lawsuit on behalf of people who worked for Wells Fargo in California over the past 10 years, including current employees, focuses on those who followed the rules and were penalized for not meeting sales quotas.
"Wells Fargo fired or demoted employees who failed to meet unrealistic quotas while at the same time providing promotions to employees who met these quotas by opening fraudulent accounts," the lawsuit filed on Thursday in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County said.
Wells Fargo has fired some 5,300 employees for opening as many as 2 million accounts in customers' names without their authorization. On Sept. 8, a federal regulator and Los Angeles prosecutor announced a $190 million settlement with Wells.
The revelations are a severe hit to Wells Fargo's reputation. During the financial crisis, the bank trumpeted being a conservative bank in contrast with its rivals.
A Wells Fargo spokesman on Saturday declined to comment on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of wrongful termination, unlawful business practices and failure to pay wages, overtime, and penalties under California law.
Former employees Alexander Polonsky and Brian Zaghi allege Wells Fargo managers pressed workers to meet quotas of 10 accounts per day, required progress reports several times daily and reprimanded workers who fell short.
Polonsky and Zaghi filed applications matching customer requests and were counseled, demoted and later terminated, the lawsuit said.
While executives at the top benefited from the activity, the blame landed on thousands of $12-per-hour employees who tried to meet the quotas and were often required to work off the clock to do so, the lawsuit said.
Employees with a conscience who tried to meet quotas without engaging in fraud were the biggest victims, losing wages, benefits and suffering anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment, the lawsuit said.
Wells Fargo was aware many accounts were illegally opened, unwanted, carried a zero balance, or were simply a result of unethical business practices, the lawsuit said.
"Wells Fargo knew that their unreasonable quotas were driving these unethical behaviors that were used to fraudulently increase their stock price and benefit the CEO at the expense of the low level employees," the lawsuit said.
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Cruz Endorses Trump, Is Met With Mixed Reviews

by Alex Samuels | Sept. 26, 2016
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz thanks supporters of his failed presidential bid at a waterfront bar along the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

The Big Conversation 

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spent the weekend taking incoming fire from his political enemies and even some of his allies for his endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his decision to forgive Trump for personal attacks aimed at Cruz's family.
In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Cruz said his decision to endorse Trump came after “many months of consideration [and] prayer.” Cruz made it clear in an interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, however, that the reason he’s backing Trump is because of what he sees as a binary choice in the upcoming November election between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
As the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek reports, not everyone is behind Cruz’s endorsement. Besides members of Cruz’s camp saying they “don’t understand” his change of heart, the Texas Democratic Party Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia issued a statement Friday calling Cruz spineless. "Donald Trump insulted Ted Cruz's dad. He insulted his wife. Trump's disgusting agenda will harm Texas families. Ted Cruz has no spine. End of story,” the statement read.

However, Cruz had been pressured by his own party in recent weeks to rally behind Trump. Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that Cruz would be left "in the rearview mirror of the Republican Party" if he refused to endorse Trump and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) told Politico Thursday that if “Ted Cruz wants to call himself a Republican I think he should be at least a part of the team.”


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