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Juan Romero, 67, at his home in Modesto, Calif., holds a photo of himself and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, taken by The Los Angeles Times’ Boris Yaro on June 5, 1968.

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Infamous photographs, taken seconds after Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1968, show him lying on the floor of the Ambassador Hotel’s kitchen. A teenage busboy kneels beside him, cradling the senator’s head.

That busboy was Juan Romero.

Kennedy was running for president and had just won the California Democratic primary when he was assassinated at the Los Angeles hotel.

In an interview with StoryCorps, Romero, now 67, remembers meeting Kennedy the day before the assassination. He helped deliver Kennedy’s room service. It was the first of two brief encounters that left Romero struck by how present and considerate Bobby Kennedy appeared with guests.

The senator had been on the phone when Kennedy’s aides opened the door to receive him and his coworker, Romero recalls. “He put down the phone and says, ‘Come on in, boys,’ ” Romero says. “You could tell when he was looking at you that he’s not looking through you — he’s taking you into account. And I remember walking out of there like I was 10 feet tall.”

The next day, Kennedy defeated Sen. Eugene McCarthy to win the Democratic primary. After giving his victory speech in the ballroom, Kennedy was led through the kitchen on his way to meet the press and he stopped to shake hands with some of the staff along the way.

“I remember extending my hand as far as I could, and then I remember him shaking my hand,” Romero says. “And as he let go, somebody shot him.”

His next actions are now immortalized in photos taken by journalists there for the victory speech.

“I kneeled down to him and I could see his lips moving, so I put my ear next to his lips and I heard him say, ‘Is everybody OK?’ I said, ‘Yes, everybody’s OK,’ ” he says. “I put my hand between the cold concrete and his head just to make him comfortable.”

“I could feel a steady stream of blood coming through my fingers,” Romero says. “I remember I had a rosary in my shirt pocket and I took it out, thinking that he would need it a lot more than me. I wrapped it around his right hand and then they wheeled him away.”

Romero, then 17, rode the bus to high school the following day. He tried not to think about the shooting, he says, but a woman sitting nearby had been reading the newspaper plastered with the scene.

“She turned around and showed me the picture,” Romero says. “She says, ‘This is you, isn’t it?’ And I remember looking at my hands and there was dried blood in between my nails.”

Then, letters addressed to “the busboy” flooded in to the Ambassador Hotel.

“There was a couple of angry letters,” he remembers. “One of them even went as far as to say that, ‘If he hadn’t stopped to shake your hand, the senator would have been alive,’ so I should be ashamed of myself for being so selfish,” he says.

Romero says it’s been “a long 50 years,” and he still gets emotional about his role that night. In 2010, he says he paid a visit to RFK’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

“I felt like I needed to ask Kennedy to forgive me for not being able to stop those bullets from harming him,” he says.

As a sign of respect, he says, he bought his first-ever suit for the occasion.

“When I wore the suit and I stood in front of his grave, I felt a little bit like that first day that I met him. I felt important. I felt American. And I felt good.”

Audio produced for Morning Edition by Jud Esty-Kendall

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The Busboy Who Cradled A Dying RFK Recalls Those Final Moments

‘Roseanne’ Canceled at ABC – Variety

The move comes after series star Roseanne Barr made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as looking like the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” Jarrett, an African-American, was born in Iran to American parents.

Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger voiced his support for the cancellation, tweeting, “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

Barr deleted her tweet about Jarrett not long after posting it. She followed it up with an apology that read, “I apologize to Valerie Jarrett and to all Americans. I am truly sorry for making a bad joke about her politics and her looks. I should have known better. Forgive me-my joke was in bad taste. I am now leaving Twitter.”

Just after Barr’s statement on Jarrett, Wanda Sykes, who worked as a consulting producer on the first revival season, announced she would not be returning for the show’s next season. Series co-star Sara Gilbert then condemned Barr’s comments, saying, “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love — one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.”

The revival of the classic sitcom was set to air a 13-episode eleventh season this fall. The move represents a remarkable turn of events for the network, Barr, and a show that finished the season as the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. The one-hour premiere in March stunned industry experts when it opened to a staggering 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers. The premiere rose to 27.3 million viewers in Live+7, largest-ever seven day lift for any show on any network.

Just two weeks ago at ABC’s upfront presentation, Barr introduced Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, joking that he was “the guy responsible for most of my tweets.” Sherwood and Barr hugged onstage, and the the exec noted that ABC had not had television’s No. 1 show in 24 years. Dungey, during her portion of the presentation, bragged that “The premiere ratings even took us by surprise,” claiming that 1 in 10 Americans has seen the “Roseanne” revival premiere.

The statement by Barr would have demanded a strong response from any network. In the case of ABC, Dungey’s promotion in 2016 made her the first African-American woman to serve as entertainment president at a Big Four network.

Reeling From Yet Another Unnecessary Film, Fans Call For Common-Sense Star Wars Control



Reeling From Yet Another Unnecessary Film, Fans Call For Common-Sense Star Wars Control


U.S.—In the wake of another completely unnecessary Star Wars film being released this week, fans of the franchise are urging Congress to put restrictions on the production of new films in the series.

Activists are asking for what they call “common-sense measures” to prevent any more pointless spin-offs, prequels, sequels, and remakes.

“This country has a real problem,” said Star Wars control advocate Marilyn Lopez before Congress on Thursday. “This franchise has cost the country billions of dollars. At the rate of new films being released, Americans will spend every penny they make on new Star Wars movies.” Lopez is the leader of a local grassroots movement calling for Star Wars fans to “take a knee” during the opening crawl of Solo: A Star Wars Story in a symbolic stand against the exploitation of the franchise. She also claims to have started the hashtags #NeverAgainDisney and #StarWarsControlNow.

According to Star Wars control activists, Disney has even proposed new “split-screen” Star Wars sequels that play two movies on one screen at the same time. If this format takes off, experts predict the rise a viewing format in which an entire grid of new Star Wars movies can be watched simultaneously, “like in the theme song of The Brady Bunch.” This would reportedly allow Disney to release between 20 and 25 new movies per week.

Star Wars control supporters warn that new prequels and sequels are already on the way. Just announced are the family-friendly Ewoks: Lost in New York, the Seth Rogen vehicle Chewbacca: College Dorm Daze, and in the tradition of Solo, many prequels featuring specific characters and their origin stories such as Greedo, Momaw Nadon, that ugly pig-faced guard guy in Return of the Jedi, Salacious Crumb, and the Sarlacc Pit, which will all star Chris Pratt and Donald Glover. Along with these films, new TV shows have been announced such as Jabba the Hutt’s 1000 Pound Life and C-3PO’s Fashion Emergencies.

“Please, to prevent killing the franchise any further—make it stop,” a tearful Lopez concluded in her congressional testimony.

Emma Watson’s tips for living your best life

At this point, Emma Watson is practically the poster child for health-savvy feminists everywhere. (And you can bet she knows her Audre Lorde.)

Case in point: In addition to her role as a United Nations ambassador, the Beauty and the Beast actress is a fanatical self-care pro, a champion of women’s rights, and an expert when it comes to eco-friendly fashion and beauty. (And she still has time to give out genius advice to unsuspecting commuters.)

But, as busy as Watson is, she’s learned to turn what makes her feel healthy into a lifestyle—so she never gets too overwhelmed.

Whether she’s stocking up on feminist reads or scrolling Instagram for the latest in sustainable style, the Harry Potter alum shared the healthy habits that round out her busy schedule in recent interviews with Coveteur and others. (Consider us impressed.)

Scroll down for 6 elements you can use to create a Watson-approved, good-for-you routine.

1. Make self-care a priority

You can’t have a crazy, busy schedule without making sure you’re nurturing yourself along the way: “I am [big into self-care]. Meditation’s been very good. I’m a big bath girl. I take a bath every day; that’s definitely part of my self-care,” Watson says. (Perhaps a good nightly-soak-plus-face-mask-combo would do the trick?)

2. Take time to recharge

Watson already secured her bragging rights as the ultimate “fanatical nester,” but it turns out that she’s not just silently meditating while skipping a night out in favor of staying in: “This is going to make me seem very uncool, but I will watch Friends reruns forever. My friends are like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ It’s one of those comforting things to have in the background that just kind of makes you feel like everything’s going to be okay.”

3. Never stop learning

Just like Hermione, Watson is a major bookworm. On her Instagram feed, Watson has been spotted reading (and hiding in subway stations!) feminist classics like Women Who Run With WolvesThe Vaginal Monologues, and Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road. “I am a sucker for anything that promises to change my life,” Watson says.

4. Pay attention to what you’re wearing

As a huge advocate for sustainable fashion, Watson has spoken publicly about why it’s important to use locally sourced and organic fabrics and materials in your clothing—not to mention shown off her serious style chops on the red carpet and Instagram. (She even created a new handle dedicated to her eco-conscious looks while promoting Beauty and the Beast.)

“It’s actually not just about even what you purchase; it’s about, whatever you buy, would you wear it 30 times? That makes anything ethical and sustainable,” Watson says. “That’s really the issue that we have with our fashion, that people are buying clothes and throwing them away after wearing them twice, filling land mines, creating unsafe working conditions. Destroying the planet, essentially.” And she swears it doesn’t need to be all couture or high-end designers—some of her favorite ways to wear it? Visiting vintage or consignment shops or checking out budget-friendly brands, from Teeki to Alternative Apparel.

5. Wear natural beauty products

And it makes sense that her sustainability extends into beauty, favoring an 80/20 rule for all products (and no, it’s different than the diet): “The majority of the things I buy I try to have chemical-free as much as possible, but there are some things which you just can’t find. Like a natural, waterproof mascara. But I’m trying!” (We feel you, Emma—until then, we’re swiping on the tried-and-true.)

6. Find workouts that inspire you

Although the actress rarely serves up sweaty selfies, she has been known to dabble in things that inspire her (and happen to rev up the heart rate at the same time). She recently shared her affinity for quick—but strenuous—workouts that also involve the mind. She recently showed off her boxing chops when training with a self-defense coach, but most often she sticks to the three S’s (stretching, strength and stillness), according to her trainer Emily Drew: “The workouts are approximately 30 minutes in duration, need little equipment, and are perfectly balanced.” We’d expect no less from this super-savvy star. If you’re ready to make the jump into eco-friendly beauty and fashion, a la Emma Watson: Find out which 3 products you should ditch ASAP from your makeup bag. Or check out these 10 sustainable, chic activewear brands you can actually sweat in. 

Battlefield 5 coming in 2018, called Battlefield V – Here’s everything we know

Battlefield V (or Battlefield 5 – essentially) is releasing worldwide on October 19, and it’s going back to World War 2. It’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC – and if you’re buying the Deluxe Edition of the game, you’ll be able to start playing on October 16. There’s a Battlefield 5 Open Beta coming some time in 2018 – likely about September time – and you get access by pre-ordering any version of the game. What else do we know about the game? There’s a Battlefield 5 trailer, which you can see below, and a massive amount of information, which we had exclusive access to be the game’s livestream reveal. Take a look at the trailer below, and read all we know about Battlefield 5 below. And here is all our coverage from the Battlefield 5 reveal.

Battlefield 5 multiplayer – what’s new?

There are several returning modes for Battlefield V’s multiplayer – including Conquest, Team Deathmatch, and Domination. However, the big new mode is Grand Operations, which builds on the Operations mode from Battlefield 1. Here the action takes place over four in-game days, with each day representing a new phase in the fight. One example we were given by DICE is that Phase 1 is a paratrooper invasion of Rotterdam. Then the main invasion force arrives in Phase 2. Phase 3 is a desperate fight for objectives in the ruined streets. Phase 4 – and this sounds so cool – is a Last Man Standing fight to the death, where players only have one life and a very limited amount of ammo. The first team to eliminate all the enemy soldiers wins. This is going to be absolute game spectator gold, and one of the most tense experiences if you’re in there.

In addition to this, there have been several changes to how the game is balanced. There’s a new ‘scarcity’ element, which means that you’ll spawn with less ammo and explosives than in previous games. The idea is that you need to ask Support classes for resupplies, and loot ammo off enemies. The respawn screen has changed too – you can choose whether or not to bleed out, then you get a view of how your squad is playing, so you can make an informed decision about whether to squad spawn or go back to deployment.

Spotting has changed too – you now highlight areas of danger, rather than pinpointing specific enemies. And revives can now be done by any class, although they take far longer than Medic revives and only restore a limited amount of health. In fact, you no longer regenerate to full health – only a Medkit dropped by a Medic can fully heal you. It’s all designed to make the game more tense, more considered, and to create pockets of quiet and recovery in amongst all the action. 

Battlefield 5 co-op – welcome to Combined Arms

Yes, Battlefield V has co-op. It’s a four-player mode called Combined Arms, and it lets you dive into missions with your squad mates. Combined Arms missions are multi-objective battles, loosely based on the idea of infiltrating an area, completing several different tasks, and then extracting. Missions will be randomly generated each time, so you’ll be going for varying objectives and asked to do different things, potentially keeping it fresh every time you play. 

You’ll be able to play with your created characters across all modes, including Combined Arms, and any rewards you earn will be usable across all modes too. DICE very much see Combined Arms as a bridge between single player and multiplayer.

Battlefield 5 single player – War Stories are back

Yes, there’s a single player mode in Battlefield V too, and it’ll work in the same way as BF1’s War Stories. The first of these follows a female resistance fighter in Norway… and that’s really all we know. Other War Stories will follow World War 2 as it progresses and develops, so you’ll also be fighting in rural France, the city of Rotterdam, and the deserts of North Africa. Expect more to follow too.

War Stories will also accompany new Chapters in the Battlefield 5 live service – which is called Tides of War – so you can either expect to see new stories when we move into another Chapter in Tides of War, or at the very least, remixed objectives for existing stories. DICE won’t confirm it, but there’s a suspicion that some of the single player campaign will be tied to the live service, so we may not get to play certain War Stories until it’s time to do so in Tides of War. But what is Tides of War?

Battlefield 5 live service – what is Tides of War?

Good question. Tides of War is the Battlefield V live service, which you get access to when you buy the game. It’s split into Chapters, with each Chapter representing a historical phase of the actual WW2 conflict. Each Chapter will last about 2-3 months, and it’ll bring with it things like limited-time events, new weapons, fresh story missions, different multiplayer maps, and limited time challenges / rewards. It represents the constant shift and change of the landscape of World War 2. Each Chapter has a specific Grand Operation associated with it, and you’ll only be able to play that Grand Operation during the Chapter it appears in – after that, it’s finished. 

There will be unique rewards for taking part in Chapters of Tides of War. These will range from special customisation options for your soldiers and vehicles, through to exclusive weapons and custom parts / gadgets. The idea is that you’ll be able to show other players the conflicts you’ve fought in. Tides of War replaces the Season Pass model, so you won’t ever be asked to pay for a full season pass, and then have to wait for DLC drops.

Battlefield 5 progression – how do I level up and get new stuff?

Everything in Battlefield V is tied to a central currency. This currency (we don’t yet know the name of it) can be used to buy everything, from fresh weapons to customisation for your soldiers, to bespoke parts for your vehicles. Everything in the game can be customised and modded, and even your weapons have skill trees that you can tinker with to change how they behave. You’ll need to level up your soldier to earn the right to buy new things, but you do this just by playing and completing challenges. You can pick up daily challenges (and hold up to three at a time), and get Special Assignments (hold up for four of these) which award more points, more currency, and special items upon completion.

You can unlock everything in Battlefield V by playing the game itself. DICE has confirmed this to us, but has given no official details on whether Battlefield V will include microtransactions or loot boxes. 

Battlefield 5 gameplay – what is new in terms of action?

There are some substantial changes to gameplay in Battlefield V. First off, destruction has been revamped, and is now completely physics based. So, when you destroy buildings, they come apart organically, and not with pre-made animations. You can destroy buildings from the inside out, and flying debris will now kill enemy soldiers. Bullets will penetrate walls too, so you can shred houses and kill enemy troops inside.

But wait! You can now rebuild too. There’s a new construction option in the game (yes, like Fortnite), which allows you to fortify structures, and create new things. Support class soldiers can build faster, and create more things – you can now build fixed LMGs, for example – but every soldier is capable of building. You can also tow fixed weapons, like AA guns, across the map and place them in your fortifications. And yes, you can actually use those weapons while you’re towing them, so you can theoretically have a tank pulling an AA gun while you fire them both.

Soldier animations have been revamped too, meaning you can now dive sideways to prone, go prone on your back, and move around while prone on your back. You can even rotate from prone on your front to prone on your back. It’s extremely liberating. Weapon recoil has been made more predictable too, so you won’t get any more artificially missed shots – essentially, your shots land where you actually aim them.

Battlefield 5 customization is incredibly in-depth

Customization is threaded through everything in Battlefield V. You can change the physical appearance of your soldier completely, from facial features and hair, through clothing, insignias, war paint, and even limbs. You can choose your soldier’s gender, and have customised pre-sets for all factions in the war. Weapons and vehicles can be fully customised too, and each of these has between 5-7 different parts that can be individually customised, and swapped out for modified parts. Weapons and vehicles even have skill trees, so you can make them uniquely your own. For example, you can unlock the ability to have extra armour on a Tiger Tank, making it harder to kill, but slower to move. And you can have multiple builds of each weapon and vehicle, meaning you can have the same Tiger Tank customised in different ways, available to switch between at the spawn screen. 

You can unlock weapons and gadgets in whatever order you like, so you don’t need to unlock several shotguns to get to the one you need – you just buy it with your points whenever you level up. 

Battlefield 5 on Nintendo Switch – will it happen?

It’s hugely unlikely that we’ll see Battlefield 5 on Nintendo Switch. Why? So many reasons: Battlefield has never appeared on a Nintendo platform, ever, and DICE has no history with Nintendo or Switch. EA isn’t exactly supporting the Switch with many titles, and the last shooter it released – Star Wars Battlefront 2 – isn’t available on the console. Right now, Nintendo’s online infrastructure is… ok… but that’s not good enough for a game that relies on multiplayer like Battlefield 5. On top of all that, the BF franchise isn’t really designed for the core Nintendo audience. HOWEVER… Nintendo has sold a lot of Switch consoles, and EA can’t ignore that player base, so never say never.

Battlefield 5 pre-order details

You can pre-order the game right now, and doing so will give you access to the Battlefield 5 Beta, which will run some time towards the end of the year – likely September.

If you pre-order the Battlefield 5 Deluxe Edition you will get your copy of the game three days earlier than standard players, and will be able to play on October 16. It’s uncertain at this time what else the Deluxe Edition will give players.

Toxic Patriarchy: This Young Boy Discriminated Against Several Perfectly Good Barbie Dolls In Order To Play With A Train Set



Toxic Patriarchy: This Young Boy Discriminated Against Several Perfectly Good Barbie Dolls In Order To Play With A Train Set


BOULDER, CO—Well, fellow social justice warriors, we regret to report that the patriarchy has claimed another victim: meet Seth Ryder, a 4-year-old boy who is already reinforcing toxic traditional gender roles by choosing to play with a train set rather than his sister’s Barbie collection.

Say it with us: this 👏 is 👏 not 👏 OK  👏!

Although his sister’s Barbie dolls were lying on the floor just waiting to be played with, Ryder walked right by them and began playing with the “choo-choos,” obviously having been negatively influenced by years of institutionalized gender bias and patriarchy. His horrified parents tried everything to get him to play with the Barbies: they coaxed him, bribed him, and even spoke positive words of affirmation to him.

But it was too late, and the patriarchy had already taken hold: the young boy declared he liked big trains that go “VROOM! VROOM!” and not “yucky” Barbie dolls that don’t even have a steam engine.

“It’s too late for him,” his mother said, tears welling up in her eyes. “We tried so hard to get him gender-neutral toys, clothes, diapers, pacifiers, and food. But the patriarchy is everywhere.”

“It’s so hard to see the little boy you worked so hard to immerse in your far-left progressive worldview turn out this way. I can’t bear it,” she continued.

Wow. The next time you decide to have harmful gendered toys in your house, think about what happened to little Seth, and try to  buy gabapentin 300mg do better.