Hank Aaron’s Name Will Replace a Confederate General’s on an Atlanta School

Forrest Hill Academy, named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, also an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, will become Hank Aaron New Beginnings Academy.

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The City That Won’t Shut Up Fills Two New Books With Its Babble

“New Yorkers,” an oral history by Craig Taylor, and “Names of New York,” Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s chronicle of street names, capture the dizzying variety and fluidity of the city’s stories.

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He Honors Black New Yorkers. Not All Black Activists Are Thrilled.

Jacob Morris is the one-man force behind renaming nearly 40 streets in New York City.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lewis-david-levering, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #new-york-city

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How Do Virus Variants Get Their Names?

B.1.351 may sound sweet to a molecular epidemiologist, but what’s the alternative, other than stigmatizing geographical names?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #microbiology, #names-geographical, #world-health-organization, #your-feed-science

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How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

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From ‘Alma’ to ‘Zuri,’ Parents Are Looking for Positive Baby Names

They’re searching the heavens, and through family history, for strong monikers in a pandemic.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #names-geographical, #parenting

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Taiwan New Passport Shrinks ‘Republic of China’

Officials said the redesign was an attempt to disassociate Taiwanese citizens from those on the mainland, who faced travel restrictions amid the pandemic.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #names-geographical, #passports, #politics-and-government, #taiwan

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For a Civil Rights Hero, 90, a New Battle Unfolds on His Childhood Street

Before he defended Rosa Parks and became a leading legal force, Fred Gray grew up on an avenue named for Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Ala. Now a push is underway for a new name for the street: Mr. Gray’s.

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A House by Any Other Name

For some people, a house is more than just a place to live, it’s a branding opportunity — so why not give it a moniker?

#names-geographical, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

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Should Montreal Subway Honor Polarizing Priest or Jazz Genius?

A fight to rename a metro stop pits those who want to celebrate a revered Black musician against those who want to retain the name of a priest who espoused equal rights for Francophone Quebecers — and also anti-Semitism.

#black-people, #canada, #groulx-lionel, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #jazz, #montreal-quebec, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #names-geographical, #peterson-oscar, #race-and-ethnicity

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Why NASA Picked Jezero Crater for the Perseverance Rover

Jezero crater, the destination of the Perseverance rover, is a promising place to look for evidence of extinct Martian life.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #geology, #grotzinger-john-p, #jet-propulsion-laboratory, #mars-planet, #names-geographical, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nevada, #perseverance-mars-rover, #research, #science-and-technology, #smith-bradford-a, #space-and-astronomy

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Defying Trump, Lawmakers Move to Strip Military Bases of Confederate Names

The push by both Republicans and Democrats in Congress sets up an election-year veto fight with the president, and shows how he has isolated himself even from members of his own party on the issue.

#democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #military-bases-and-installations, #names-geographical, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vetoes-us

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He Changed His Country’s Name. Will North Macedonia Punish Him?

Zoran Zaev led North Macedonia into NATO and toward the European Union by altering its name. That could cost him in an election on Wednesday.

#elections, #european-union, #mickoski-hristijan, #names-geographical, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #republic-of-north-macedonia, #zaev-zoran-1974

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‘Exploding Whale’ Park Memorializes Blubber Blast 50 Years Later

Residents of a coastal Oregon city voted to name a park for a 1970 explosion that rained chunks of rotting whale flesh on curious bystanders.

#bombs-and-explosives, #exploding-whale-memorial-park-florence-ore, #florence-ore, #names-geographical, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #whales-and-whaling

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An N.Y. Street Is Named for Robert E. Lee. Officials Want That Changed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio joined two congressional lawmakers in urging the military to rename General Lee Avenue, a main street on an Army base in Brooklyn.

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What Street Names Say About Us

To write “The Address Book,” Deirdre Mask traveled the globe to probe the hidden histories and surprising implications of the names of our roads and thoroughfares.

#books-and-literature, #maps, #mask-deirdre, #names-geographical, #the-address-book-what-street-addresses-reveal-about-identity-race-wealth-and-power-book

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