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Emotional clash: Blue Jays CEO Shapiro faces Indians in ALCS

U.S. News

Toronto's president and CEO spent half of his professional baseball life with the Indians before leaving them last year to join the Blue Jays. Now, with both teams meeting with a chance to make the World Series, Shapiro made it clear he'll always have deep fondness for Cleveland, but all that affection will be gone as soon as the first pitch is thrown in Game 1. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File) The Associated Press

New Smithsonian Museum Confronts Race 'to Make America Better'

National Geographic

Bunch: When I first began my career, race was something most museums didn't want to talk about, right? And then as there was a desire to reach out to new audiences, to respond to scholarship, to respond to some of the funders, people began to explore African-American culture and Native American culture in a way that marginalized it, that said this is an important story, but it's an important story for a particular community. So part of what I wanted to do was to say that when the Indian Museum opened, the Indian Museum's goal was to make sure that native peoples knew their story, felt good about their story, and if others benefited, so be it. I argue that because of 50 years of scholarship, because of the importance of African-American culture that, in essence, I needed to say this was everybody's story. There may be people who own the story, who live the story.

Pakistan stops showing Indian movies over Kashmir tensions

U.S. News

A top Indian actor, Salman Khan, earlier told reporters in New Delhi that artists are not terrorists. These are two different subjects. "They come to our country after acquiring a visa, and it's our government who allows them with the work permit in our country," Khan said of Pakistani artists.

''Moonlight' changed me,' says director Barry Jenkins of his emotional story of acceptance

Los Angeles Times

On his way to the AMC Loews Lincoln Square on the day "Moonlight" opened in New York City, writer-director Barry Jenkins remembered thinking, "The AMC Lincoln Square? "Moonlight" was also showing at the art house bastion Angelika Film Center, a venue Jenkins figured to be more in line for his drama depicting three periods in the life of a young black man struggling with and ultimately learning to accept his gay identity. Jenkins knew the Angelika crowd from his first movie, the tender love story "Medicine for Melancholy," released in 2008. So, curious, Jenkins went to the AMC multiplex in New York's Upper West Side, wandered into the 780-seat theater and looked out and saw a lot of faces he didn't expect to find. There was a lot of gray hair.

Congressional candidate Wendy Carrillo delves into her immigration story in emotional video ad

Los Angeles Times

This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more, or subscribe to our free daily newsletter and the California Politics Podcast. Since announcing her run in the 34th Congressional District, Wendy Carrillo's immigration story has been front and center. Carrillo, who was brought to the country illegally by relatives as a child, wrote about fleeing war and violence in El Salvador and later discovering she was living illegally in the U.S. on the day she entered the race. The opening ad of Carrillo's campaign, released Tuesday, attempts to crystallize for voters how her origin story pushed her to enter the race.