October 17, 2009 |
O say can you se say can you se e . . . a rock god plucking away at "The Star-Spangled Banner" on electric guitar? Or, farther down the 5 Freeway, a 12-year-old girl belting out Francis Scott Key's greatest hit? The Major League Baseball championship series is underway, which means that for the Dodgers and Angels it's time to pack your starting rotation with aces. But we're not talking pitchers, we're talking national anthem performers. Taste in how the national anthem is performed, as in hot dogs, tends to vary from ballpark to ballpark.
March 23, 1996
I agree with Howard Rosenberg and the late Howard Cosell, et al, that the playing of the national anthem at sporting events is an anachronism ("Standing Up to a Sports Tradition," March 18). Rosenberg presents an excellent case for discontinuing the practice, with which I have no argument. The point is, though, that the practice exists and while it is impossible to demand that a participant respect the anthem, it is not unreasonable that he or she be enjoined from displaying a flagrant, blatant disrespect.
June 13, 2004 |
Beastie Boys "To the 5 Boroughs" (Grand Royal / Capitol) ** 1/2 "Having fun in troubled times," is how Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) describes this love letter to post-Sept. 11 New York City, the trio's first album of originals since 1998's "Hello Nasty." But only a few towering tracks save this album, which gets mired somewhere between agitprop and old-school mike battling.
November 28, 2012 |
California's largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company's proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted, but state officials don't have the authority to reject them for being unreasonable.
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August 4, 1990
I think President Bush should ask for a constitutional amendment against desecration of the national anthem after Roseanne Barr's performance in San Diego. ABE JOSEPH Los Angeles
January 10, 2014 |
Francis Scott Key's handwritten manuscript of lyrics for the "Star-Spangled Banner" and the flag that inspired him to write them will be displayed together for the first time this summer. The reason for the special exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.: the 200th birthday of the flag, called the Star-Spangled Banner, that flew over Baltimore's Ft. McHenry in 1814. It was the flag Key saw from a ship several miles away "in the dawn's early light" that withstood the battle as British ships withdrew in defeat.