May 7, 1994
Methinks something is rotten in the state of American television. These days, one needs only to flip through the TV channels to see that the American public seems to have taken a fancy to scaring itself to death. What passes for documentary is nothing but a thinly veiled pitch for the latest: a) deadly disease, b) social ill, or c) heinous crime sweeping the nation. Gee, I remember when watching a documentary meant seeing a Jacques Cousteau or National Geographic special. Times have changed, and definitely not for the better.
January 2, 2014 |
The Chicago Bears didn't wait long to answer one of the biggest questions of the NFL off-season. The Bears announced Thursday they had signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract extension, ending the speculation they might allow the strong-armed quarterback to become a free agent. Although Cutler played well under first-year Coach Marc Trestman, he missed six games because of injury. That opened the door for backup Josh McCown, who completed 66.5% of his passes with 13 touchdowns and one interception, leading to speculation the Bears might cut loose the expensive Cutler and use McCown as a bridge until they found a new, young quarterback to develop.
May 22, 2013 |
Brian Urlacher is the latest NFL fixture to bid farewell to his football career. The Chicago Bears All-Pro linebacker announced his retirement Wednesday on Twitter, linking to a longer statement: “After spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have made a decision to retire,” Urlacher wrote in a statement. “Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.
October 19, 2009 |
Chicago made another huge mistake in the red zone, and the Atlanta Falcons held on for another wild victory over the Bears. Michael Turner scored the go-ahead touchdown on an otherwise forgettable night, powering over from five yards with 3:06 remaining, and the defense held at the end to preserve a 21-14 victory Sunday night. Matt Ryan threw two touchdown passes for the Falcons (4-1), who matched the best five-game start in franchise history. The Bears (3-2) will surely be moaning about all the mistakes down close that helped end their three-game winning streak: a fumble at the one, an interception at the nine and a crucial penalty when they had fourth and one at the Atlanta five with less than a minute to go. The teams played a thriller for the second year in a row. This time, the team that was behind couldn't pull off the comeback.
January 5, 2013 |
Missed free throws, so many lost chances. A half spent getting badly outrebounded, more lost chances. Bad shooting, blown layups, chances lost over and over. The mistakes added up to a 72-64 loss for USC against California in a Pac-12 Conference game Saturday night at the Galen Center. The defeat brought to a stop a slight hint of momentum for the Trojans (6-9, 1-1), who had won two games in a row and were aiming for a 2-0 conference start for only the second time in 11 seasons.
October 21, 2012 |
Detroit (2-3) at Chicago (4-1) Time: 5:30 p.m. TV: ESPN Story line: The Bears look to widen their NFC North lead over the slow-starting Lions. Last week's rally to defeat Philadelphia was a motivational moment that could drive the Lions, who've been hampered by a weak run game and surprisingly quiet front-seven play. Matthew Stafford will certainly look to throw at the Bears, but Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman have returned interceptions for scores in consecutive games.
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October 14, 2009 |
It's official. Those discerning car critics, the black bears of Yosemite, have voted the minivan their most sought-after vehicle. Not to drive, of course, just to break into. Year after year, foraging bears have made minivans their first or second choice among tens of thousands of SUVs, sedans, sports cars and other vehicles in Yosemite National Park. At least that's the conclusion of an article in this month's issue of the Journal of Mammalogy, which details a study of 908 bear-on-vehicle break-ins from 2001 to 2007.
August 12, 2009 |
Donna Munson, 74, considered the black bears that swarmed across her land in southwestern Colorado to be her pets. She fed them dog food and scraps -- poking the food through a metal fence she'd built around her porch -- attracting so many bruins that neighbors sometimes counted as many as 14 on her property at a time. On Friday, one of them killed and ate Munson, slashing her head through the fence and dragging her body underneath it to consume her. "She was dead-set on continuing to feed the bears, and unfortunately, she paid the ultimate price," said Ouray County Sheriff's Investigator Joel Burk, who had to shoot a bear that tried to approach Munson's remains as he interviewed witnesses at the scene.
February 1, 1986
I've seen shorter telethons. RICK BRACAMONTES Anaheim Hills