The Clarence Thomas myth that refuses to die

(CNN)It’s the horror movie villain that won’t die, the pop song you can’t get out of your head, the out-of-town guest that just won’t leave. It’s the notion that black people despise Clarence Thomas because he’s a conservative. It’s not only a myth but a con. Here’s why it matters now. We are about to hear a lot about, and from, the only black member of the US Supreme Court. A new Thomas biography, “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas,” is generating buzz. A new PBS documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words,” comes out next year. And a Washington Post writer recently dedicated an entire column to Thomas, calling him “an American hero.” It’s all adding up to …

Mold at Florida military housing caused mushrooms to grow out of carpets, lawsuit says

(CNN)Mold in privately run housing at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida not only caused health problems but led to mushrooms growing out of a floor and carpet, according to a federal lawsuit filed by five service members and their families. The defendants in the case — the Michaels Organization, Michael Management Services, Interstate Realty Management Company, AMC East Communities, Clark Realty Capital and Harbor Bay at MacDill — did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The serious mold problems at the housing complex, known as Harbor Bay at MacDill, were known to the defendants since 2016, the suit said. The service members and their families suffered numerous health problems from exposure to the mold, including respiratory ailments, …

Tiger Woods Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at one of the most successful golfers in history, Tiger Woods. Father: Earl Woods Mother: Kultilda (Punsawad) Woods Marriage: Elin Nordegren (October 5, 2004-August 23, 2010, divorced) Children: Charlie Axel and Sam Alexis Education: Attended Stanford University, 1994-1996 Other Facts:Won the Masters Tournament five times, the US Open three times, the PGA Championship four times and the British Open three times. Woods is the PGA career money list leader. With 82 PGA Tour wins, Woods is tied with Sam Snead for most all-time career victories. His father nicknamed him “Tiger” after a South Vietnamese soldier with whom he had fought alongside during the Vietnam War. Timeline:1978 – At the age of 2, wins a putting contest with …

Beto O’Rourke Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of former US Representative Beto O’Rourke, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. Father: Patrick O’Rourke, former county commissioner and El Paso county judge Mother: Melissa O’Rourke, furniture store owner Marriage: Amy (Hoover Sanders) O’Rourke (September 24, 2005-present) Children: Henry, Molly and Ulysses Education: Columbia University, B.A., 1995 Religion: Roman Catholic O’Rourke in 2012: The US has an ‘extravagant government’ Other Facts:The nickname Beto, a shortened version of Roberto, was given to O’Rourke by his parents. Speaks Spanish fluently. He named his son, Ulysses, after the Greek hero in Homer’s Odyssey. O’Rourke was a member of two punk rock bands. He played guitar for the band known as Foss, which released an EP called “The El …