March 14, 1991 |
There's nothing like a few hundred rattlesnakes to get your senses racing. The smell hangs in the air, heavy, musky. More than 500 frightened and angry snakes huddled in a warehouse create a powerful aroma that seems to follow you days later. Then there's the sound of the rattles, a bzzzzzzzzzzzzz, multiplied hundreds of times.
July 1, 2001 |
When an Olympic sprinter, cheered by the roaring stadium, begins his 100-meter dash, he leans forward, eyes fixed on the horizon, as if an invisible force pushed him toward the track. Halfway between the start and the finish he straightens up, becomes vertical like Mont Blanc. And in the last stage of his run he tilts backward, not only out of exhaustion but also in homage to a hidden cosmic symmetry. In the powerful race of Czeslaw Milosz's poetry, we discern a similar progression.
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May 25, 1992
Suppose they held a presidential election and nobody won? That's always a theoretical possibility whenever three or more serious candidates compete for the White House, as happened in the elections of 1824, 1860, 1912 and 1968. This year it could become more than theoretical. All that has to happen is for likely presidential candidate Ross Perot to carry enough states in November to deny either the Democratic or Republican candidate the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.
June 21, 1989
At the U.S. Open at Oak Hill, Lee Trevino stayed at the home of Paul and Barbara Kircher, prominent members of the Rochester (N.Y.) golfing community who had put Trevino up in 1968, the year he won his first U.S. Open. "I remember when I got there, I went in and met Barbara," Trevino told Jane Custred of the Houston Chronicle. "She was taking groceries out of a paper bag. And it was all Mexican food from Old El Paso. "She said, 'I didn't know what you liked to eat. I got all this Mexican food.
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December 20, 2001 |
A flood of water nearly ruined Christmas at the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic. But now a flood of donations is about to save it. Early Sunday, a man broke into the clinic in Los Angeles' Silver Lake district, setting off the sprinkler system. The resulting flood damaged several thousand dollars' worth of toys collected for a holiday party today for low-income children.
April 19, 1988 |
A polka dot dress, bullets taken from victims and a hand-scrawled notation that "RFK must die," were among pieces of evidence put on display today as state officials opened police records on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
April 15, 2005 |
An Anthology of Basque Short Stories Basque Literature Series Edited by Mari Jose Olaziregi University of Nevada Press: 222 pp., $19.95 * LITERATURE often flourishes like certain kinds of plants, between the cracks in walls that gardeners have forgotten to tend. It can spring from the oppressed, impoverished, ignored.
July 5, 1998 |
There are no blimps hovering overhead, no inflated mascots tethered to Centre Court, and billboards are banned. Wimbledon is one of sport's last advertising-free zones. But it's also an enormous moneymaker. Profits have grown by 10 percent the last five years, with a record $51 million generated in 1997 from the two-week tournament. "We could make more money in the next two or three years by selling billboards and advertising out there," said Wimbledon marketing director Robert McCowen.