It seemed so innocent...

It seemed so innocent…

Michael Sam, a defensive lineman at the University of Missouri who is expected to be an early pick in the N.F.L. draft came out to the news media.  If he’s drafted he’ll be the first openly gay athlete to play in American professional sports. (NYT)

What great artists need is rigorous solitude. Don’t we all? (The Atlantic)

13 pilgrims died in a fire in the Islamic holy city of Medina while performing Umrah, the minor pilgrimage.  (AJA)

More than 8.7 billion pounds of beef is being recalled by one company.  No one is safe. (AJA)

Potentially murderous meat mounds via Shutterstock