March 27, 2013 |
The message was clear and it came with accent, attitude and a side of sauce: Don't even start with the insulting line of questioning that would somehow suggest La Salle - La Salle! - is an underdog being overshadowed in the NCAA tournament by Florida Gulf Coast. It could be misconstrued that way as No. 13 La Salle (24-9) prepares for Thursday night's West Regional semifinal game against No. 9 Wichita State (28-8) at Staples Center. In any other year, La Salle would be the darling of this dance.
February 14, 2013 |
Miss America is headed back home. After a six year stint in Las Vegas, the Miss America Organization announced that it will move its namesake pageant back to Atlantic City, N.J., this September. The pageant also signed a three-year renewal of its TV deal with network partner ABC. Miss America's roots in Atlantic City extend back to 1921, when organizers hoped that an annual beauty pageant could extend the summer vacation season at the seaside resort town for another week into September.
February 4, 2013
The recent death of an Irish terrorist has raised the possibility of a resolution of a tangled legal controversy pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against a college that sponsored a research project about the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. But it will not be simple. In 1998, the governments of Britain and Ireland and Protestant and Catholic politicians in Northern Ireland signed the Good Friday Agreement. The historic compact was designed to bring a definitive end to sectarian violence that had cost more than 3,000 lives, and to establish a new political order in which pro-British Protestants would share power with Catholic nationalists.
January 25, 2013 |
The Atlantic Ocean Reports from Britain and America Andrew O'Hagan Mariner: 354 pp., $15.95 paper The British writer Andrew O'Hagan is probably best known in the United States for his fiction; his novels include "Our Fathers," "Personality" and "Be Near Me," which was long-listed for the Man Booker and won a 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. And yet his first book, "The Missing" (1996), is one of those great, unheralded works of nonfiction, blending reportage with a point of view so personal, so idiosyncratic, that it blurs the lines of genre in an unanticipated way. A meditation on what it means it be "missing," it is less about the criminal, or legal, ramifications of its subject than an inquiry into disappearance in both the physical and philosophical sense.
January 23, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - In a surprising climax to a case that has strained Franco-Mexican relations for years, Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Florence Cassez, a young French woman serving a 60-year sentence for her involvement with a Mexican kidnapping ring. Cassez, 38, was arrested in 2005 along with her Mexican boyfriend, whom authorities said was the head of a kidnapping group called the Zodiacs. Although Cassez lived in a compound where victims were held, she maintained that she had committed no crimes.
December 13, 2012 |
Rick Ross is taking his imprint, Maybach Music Group, from Warner Bros. to Atlantic Records. The rapper confirmed what he called "the biggest move of the year" on a Miami radio show earlier this week. "I'm excited for this year we got coming up, man," he said. "This is really huge. MMG, we just merged with Atlantic Records. . . . We gonna leave it right there. I'm signed as a solo artist to Def Jam. And Meek Mill, Wale, we all MMG at the end of the day. " The move prompted rumors that Warner's urban music division would be shuttered.