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Sports illustrated reports,

A man would grow old, wrecked by madness or more by shame, trying to find just one posed photograph of Ernie Banks when he was not smiling, or just one recorded complaint from the man, or just one negative word about him from anyone with a shred of human decency. Ernie Banks, the great symbol not only of Chicago Cubs baseball but also of a Major League Baseball ideal, really was that kind and that joyful.

In 1969, when Banks was two years from the finish line to his 19-year career, a Chicago Cubs teammate told Sports Illustrated writer Mark Kram what would happen when Banks passed on.

“When Ernie dies, and the undertaker is finished, he’ll rise up and say, ‘Nice job, buddy.’”

Banks died Friday, eight days before his 84th birthday. No word yet from the undertaker on acts of kindness from the beyond.

Banks played his entire Hall of Fame career, 2,528 games from 1953 through ’71, with one team, the Cubs. Only three men ever hit more than his 512 home runs while playing in one place: Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams. Banks never left and he never disappointed, becoming, quite literally, the definition of a franchise player: Mr. Cub.

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People Magazine report,

Like any new mom, Kathy Beitz had countless worries about giving birth, among them was how she would see her newborn’s first moments of life.

Legally blind since childhood, Beitz was desperate to find a way to see her infant son on the day he was born, the Huffington Post reports. Thankfully, her sister Yvonne Felix, who is also blind, found a solution.

Felix reached out to eSight, a company that produces glasses that allow low-vision individuals to see, for help. The company loaned out a set of their $15,000 glasses for Beitz and her baby’s big day.

“For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming,” Beitz said of the moment. “Even to look at my husband – looking at him was such a good feeling. I got to fall in love with him.”
After going through the birth of her own children without sight, Felix was focused on making sure her sister didn’t experience same thing.

“Kathy got to see what my struggles were and the things that I missed out on and the things that were hard for me as a parent,” Felix said. “Something like being able to see your baby when it’s born – I didn’t get that experience. When I first tried the glasses, I had a 6-year-old and a 2-month-old, so I still never had those first few moments.”

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Singer Monica is in the studio working on a new album, Code Red, recording with producer Polow Da Don  and up-and-coming lesbian singer/songwriter Jo’zzy (pictured below). Here is what she tweeted:

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Sondra Rose reports,

President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union address last night. For the most part Obama’s address was uninspiring and boring. Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had trouble keeping her head up and her eyes open as Obama droned on about his accomplishments as president.

Obama, who signed an executive order for equal pay for women in 2014, called on Congress to support equal pay for women across the board.

“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work,” Obama said on Tuesday. “Really. It’s 2015. It’s time.”

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