April 27, 2014 |
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House. A day before President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had completed and will sign a framework accord that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft to operate from Philippine military bases and training camps on a rotating basis.
April 26, 2014 |
DALLAS - It's taken them longer than they wanted, but the Ducks have found a formula to beat the fast, physical Dallas Stars. Now it's just a matter of proving it translates to the enemy ground of American Airlines Center. "You want to finish it here. That's our mind-set," Ducks forward Corey Perry said Saturday. Friday's 6-2 victory in Anaheim gave the Western Conference top-seeded Ducks a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series with Game 6 Sunday in Dallas, where both of the Ducks' losses have occurred.
HOME & GARDEN
April 25, 2014 |
She had me at privyet . I had just delivered a talk in Romania on Jewish-Mormon relations (a niche topic, to be sure) at a church in Bucharest, and standing before me was Florina, a raven-haired beauty who greeted me in Russian after learning we had both lived in Moscow. Then she switched to English, which she had acquired as an au pair in London. I was a never-married bachelor in my early 40s and had begun to doubt that Miss Right and I would ever cross paths, much less during a speaking tour of Eastern Europe.
April 25, 2014 |
That C.J. Harris was the singer sent home on "American Idol" on Thursday night's elimination show was no surprise , probably even for him. Nor was it a shock that Jessica Meuse had been the one to keep him company in the bottom two -- before Ryan Seacrest sent her to safety. In fact, the evening's outcome was so predictable -- Harris, though he gives big-hearted performances, has been struggling to stay on pitch all season, and on Wednesday night, his performances had been especially underwhelming -- that none of the judges could do much more than sigh and shrug when Seacrest asked them about the two singers who were in danger of heading home.
April 25, 2014 |
Depending on your knowledge of the material and expectations going in, the touring version of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," which opened Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, might be either an ingenious, audience-friendly re-creation or a bastardization of this classic American show. Both perspectives can reside within the same spectator, as they do within me, one alternately gaining the upper hand over the other. Undeniable, however, is the majesty of the score, which begins after the Overture with "Summertime" and keeps soaring with "My Man's Gone Now," "Bess, You Is My Woman Now" and "I Loves You, Porgy.
April 24, 2014 |
The "American Idol" Top 6 made like Donny and Marie Osmond, circa 1976, and went a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll (the perfect fresh reference for pulling in that young demographic the show's been aiming hard for this season) on Wednesday night, though not in that order. It was a drawn-out, slackish evening that felt every bit of its two hours and more. Sections between performances were filled with noisy coach banter and appearances by the band R5 and a very sedate Grumpy Cat. The extremely non-frisky, permanently bemused feline was held by host Ryan Seacrest, kissed by contestant Caleb Johnson, imitated by Jennifer Lopez and awkwardly carried on for a final appearance by Randy Jackson, who exclaimed, "The dawg holding the cat!