December 23, 1995 |
National Public Radio made an on-air apology Friday evening for a commentator's remark on the return of Christ, after the Christian Coalition complained that the comment was anti-Christian. The remark by humorist Andrei Codrescu occurred Tuesday during a commentary on NPR's popular program "All Things Considered." In a telephone interview from his New Orleans home, Codrescu said his commentary was about a pamphlet he got on the beliefs of a religious group called The Rapture.
July 22, 2001
Jonathan Kandell's "A Gentleman's London" (July 8) was interesting and well written, giving a taste of the better life. But I cannot wait to see an avalanche of letters from readers chastising the editor for printing such "extravagant debauchery." What bothers me is that the writer apologizes to such anticipated criticism by indicating that he cannot afford such things (buying a shirt instead of a suit, and having a $42 tea that will last him until breakfast). If I could afford it, I would fly first class or rent a private jet, and stay in the best hotels.
September 24, 2009 |
Bobby Cox will retire as manager of the Atlanta Braves after next season, ending an illustrious career in which he guided the team to 14 consecutive postseason appearances and the 1995 World Series title. Cox, 68, agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2010, the Braves announced before Wednesday's game against the New York Mets. He will start a five-year consulting deal to advise the team in baseball operations after he steps down as manager. "They asked me to come back, and I said I would do it for one more year, and we'll announce the retirement along with it. It's the only way I think I'm ever going to walk away from the game, is to go ahead and say I'm going to, and then I've got to," Cox said.
January 19, 2001 |
TELEVISION Maher Apologizes: Bill Maher, host of ABC's late-night talk show "Politically Incorrect," agreed to apologize on his show Thursday night for comments he made last week comparing "retarded children" to dogs. In the rant, which was part of "PI's" Jan. 11 broadcast, Maher said, in comparing the two: "They're sweet. They're kind. But they don't mentally advance at all." The comments prompted complaints to ABC, which said Wednesday that Maher had gone over the line. Maher, whose social commentary often chafes at what is considered acceptable, evidently agreed, apologizing for the first time in the history of his show, a spokesperson said.
May 9, 1998 |
An identical twin whose plot to kill her sister made headlines around the world sobbed uncontrollably Friday as a judge sentenced her to 26 years to life in prison. Despite her emotional, last-minute protest of innocence, Jeen "Gina" Han, 24, dubbed "the evil twin," received the maximum sentence. "It is obvious Miss Han is a danger to society, particularly her own family," said Orange County Superior Court Judge Eileen C. Moore. "All of her family have been victims of her crimes."
February 25, 2013 |
It was the Oscar night tweet heard 'round the world: While 9-year-old lead actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis was enjoying her first Academy Award celebration, satirical website the Onion was disparaging the "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star with a tweet that generated outrage. The tweet read, in part: "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhane Wallis is ... " and then referred to her by a crude obscenity. The backlash to the brief message happened quickly, and within an hour the Onion, known primarily for its smart, satirical take on pop culture, removed the offensive tweet from its feed.
July 31, 2007 |
The U.S. House passed a nonbinding resolution urging Japan to apologize for coercing thousands of women into working as sex slaves for its World War II military. Officials in Tokyo say their country's leaders have apologized repeatedly, but the resolution's supporters say Japan has never fully assumed responsibility. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused anger in March when he said there was no evidence that the women had been coerced. Lawmakers want an apology similar to the one the U.S.