October 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles as they seek to take advantage of a new Obama administration policy designed to make it easier for same-sex couples in the armed services to get married. The policy, announced with great fanfare at the Pentagon in mid-August, was meant to give same-sex couples up to 10 days special leave to get married in the 13 states that allow it - and thus equal access to low-cost healthcare, base shopping and other benefits available to married couples in the military.
October 1, 2013 |
It's nice to see something warm and sentimental in the cynical world of sports. Dom Tiberi has covered the Ohio State football team since the 1980s. On Sept. 17, his daughter Maria, who attended Ohio State, was killed in a car accident. Last Saturday was Tiberi's first game back since his daughter's death. The Buckeyes wore the initials "MT" on their helmets during their 31-24 victory over Wisconsin and after the game, they each greeted Tiberi with a hug as they headed to the locker room.
September 30, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team for the Sochi Winter Games will be announced on Jan. 1, after the Winter Classic game, officials of USA Hockey said Monday at the U.S. Olympic media summit. “Our goal the next few months is to make 25 correct decisions,” said David Poile, general manager of Team USA and of the NHL's Nashville Predators. Poile also said that half or more of the team will be composed of players from the 2010 Vancouver team, which lost to Canada in the gold medal game.
September 29, 2013 |
The boxing scene Saturday in Los Angeles showcased one great middleweight and three others trying to be. The great one, Andre Ward, worked from the TV booth at ringside, as one of the three trying to be him, popular Mexican boxer Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., took on a hand-picked opponent, Brian Vera of Austin, Texas. That would come later. Earlier, a few miles away from the scheduled boxing action at the StubHub Center in Carson, two other middleweight bouts were announced. What Chavez Jr. achieved later might have a direct bearing on both fights.
September 26, 2013 |
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis plans to announce her candidacy for governor next week with an elaborate launch that includes watch parties around the state and a boost from the national women's political organization Emily's List, according to Democrats familiar with her campaign plans. Davis, who burst onto the national stage with an 11-hour filibuster against antiabortion legislation this year , has set Oct. 3 for a formal announcement of her next move. It had been widely anticipated that she would give up her Fort Worth legislative seat after two terms and wage an uphill fight for governor.
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September 24, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD -- Federal health officials have announced they are planning clinical trials of two common treatments for valley fever. U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who has worked for several years to increase federal response to valley fever, says the clinical trials will raise awareness of the fungal disease and inch it closer to being combated with a vaccine. "That is our ultimate goal," he told a packed meeting hall of valley fever victims and survivors Monday evening in Bakersfield.
September 22, 2013 |
BEIJING - China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, announced plans Sunday to build what he is touting would be the world's largest movie studio. An $8.2-billion project to be named the Oriental Movie Metropolis, the development is to consist of 20 studios and a permanent underwater stage. It is to be located an hour outside Qingdao, a coastal city with more than 8.7 million people. Wang, 58, the son of a Red Army veteran, is the billionaire owner of Dalian Wanda Group Corp., which last year acquired movie theater chain AMC Entertainment Inc. He was ranked this month as China's richest man by the Hurun Report, which publishes its findings in Forbes magazine.
September 20, 2013 |
At least Thursday began as a good day for Sparks forward Candace Parker. The WNBA announced that she won the most-valuable-player award in the early evening. It was downhill from there, as the Sparks lost, 86-75, to the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs at Staples Center later that night. So much for a celebration. "We let it slip away," Parker said after scoring a team-high 28 points and grabbing eight rebounds. In front of an announced crowd of 8,500, including boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, the Sparks fell apart in the third quarter.