January 7, 2014 |
It is, theoretically, a really cool gimmick. If you were in the Midwest when temperatures plunged to about 30 degrees below zero this week, it was probably cold enough to throw boiling water into the air and watch it freeze in midair. An ABC News reporter did just that on the air . So did a pair of TV meteorologists in Lexington, Ky. "All you have to do is bundle up, get some boiling water, and throw it out in the subzero temperatures and see what happens," one broadcaster in North Dakota said . "Threw a pot of boiling water in the air. Kids thought it was awesome," Jason DeRusha, a WCCO-TV anchor in Minneapolis, tweeted to his followers on Sunday . "Do it, people.
January 1, 2014 |
It has been a long time since the Cold War crumbled to dust, making a small mockery of decades of mutually assured paranoia. Those nuclear arsenals, those drop drills, those bad dreams - what were they all for? Kids these days have no idea. Frankly, it's hard to remember myself. One corollary benefit of that time is a great lore and literature of espionage, fictional and factual, a cornerstone of pop culture and childhood play over the last half of the 20th century - and with a change of players, into this one. (Hello, "Homeland.
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October 4, 2013 |
The verdict was delivered in the "Special Events Center" at the Los Angeles County courthouse, with dozens of people queuing up in the hallway as if they were there for a concert. The case itself had been mostly mundane; rooted in the details of contract and credentials, it dragged on for five months. But its finish was always destined to be a spectacle, because the man on trial was Michael Jackson, the King of Pop - never mind that the case was named "Katherine Jackson vs. AEG Live.
September 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Growing tensions within the Republican Party over the influence of tea party groups boiled over on the Senate floor Thursday as a leading GOP senator accused two conservative colleagues of letting their personal ambitions stand in the way of achieving the party's goals. The angry exchange marked an extraordinary departure from the elaborate courtesies that usually cloak Senate debate. It began with an effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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August 20, 2013 |
Elmore Leonard populated his novels with con men, hustlers and killers, with names like Chili, Stick and Ordell. He plunged readers into a sea of urban sleaze, spiking his tales with mordant humor and moral ambivalence. In stories often set in Detroit or South Florida, he betrayed a love for down-and-out characters and pitch-perfect dialogue. A line from his novel “Be Cool” makes a point in typical Leonard style: “'Chili Palmer's a talker,'” Nick said. “ 'That's what he does, he talks.
August 5, 2013 |
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, two friends and I decided to develop a little known pulp novel into a film. The book in question was Harry Whittington 's 1959 kidnap caper “A Ticket to Hell,” which had recently been reissued by Black Lizard. We tracked down Whittington, pooled our resources and offered him $1,500 for the rights. He agreed, but within a week, we discovered there was already an option out on the novel - a detail Whittington had neglected to share.