Atlanta Hawks Co-owner to Sell Interest in Team After Racially Charged Email

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ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson said Sunday he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt “to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide.”

Levenson said he regrets the email sent to the team’s co-owners and general manager Danny Ferry two years ago as “inappropriate and offensive.” In a statement released by the team, Levenson said he sent the email due to his concerns about low attendance and a need to attract suburban whites.

He said he later realized the email made it seem like white fans were more important. He voluntarily reported the email to the NBA. Read more…

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Philadelphia Inquirer Co-owner Among 7 Dead in Massachusetts Plane Crash

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Lewis Katz, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer was among seven people who died in a plane crash in Massachusetts, the newspaper’s editor confirmed.

Bill Marimow told news website Philly.com that he learned about Katz’s death Sunday morning from close associates. Katz was 72.

All seven people aboard the private plane died in the crash, according to multiple reports. The Gulfstream IV, which was departing Bedford-based airport Hanscom Field, crashed and caught on fire around 9:40 p.m. ET Saturday as it was leaving for Atlantic City International Airport in New Jersey, according to Philly.com. The Massachusetts Port Authority did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment. Read more…

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