July 11, 2010 |
Kings of the Earth A Novel Jon Clinch Random House: 396 pp., $26 Murder would seem to be a starkly defined crime. There's the killer, and the victim. The crime and the punishment. But within those relationships exists enough space to weave all manner of morality tales, which is what Jon Clinch has done with subtle brilliance in his novel "Kings of the Earth," which burrows into brotherly love and neighborliness and takes a determinedly unromantic look at rural life.
June 12, 2010 |
When Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound Tuesday in Cincinnati to open the a six-game Dodgers trip, the starting pitcher hopes the beneficial adjustments he made in his last outing carry over against the Reds. Kuroda threw scoreless ball through seven innings in his last, Tuesday against Chris Carpenter in the Dodgers' 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. That was a sharp improvement from Kuroda's previous three starts, when he was 0-3 with a 6.19 earned-run average. "There were a lot of things that I had to fix and I was able to make adjustments and I think that's what you saw in that game against the Cardinals," the Japanese right-hander said through an interpreter Saturday before the Dodgers played the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
February 18, 2010 |
Some families argue about food, others about politics. Then there's the Lopez family, whose soccer loyalties are challenged and tested seemingly every day. "It's a deep-rooted passion in our family," Sal Lopez said. Luckily, the four Lopez brothers are in agreement about one specific soccer subject -- their dedication to L.A. Cathedral High. Since 1991, when Sal became Cathedral's soccer coach and used his stipend to help pay for two of his younger brothers' tuition, the Lopez brothers have been attached to the program.
February 2, 2010 |
A comedy called "Melissa & Joey," starring and produced by Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence, received a 10-episode order from ABC Family and will premiere this year. Hart, who starred in "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" from 1996 to 2003, will portray the grown-up former wild child of a political family who is now a local politician herself and is forced to care for her teenage niece and pre-adolescent nephew after her sister is jailed and her brother-in-law flees after a scandal hits.
December 27, 2009
Dear Amy: My daughter has a boyfriend of 17 who still sleeps in the same bed with his 19-year-old sister, on occasion. He also sits in the bathroom and talks with her while she is in the shower. Is it just me, or is this a tad strange? The sister is also very controlling and possessive. Wondering Mom Dear Mom: It isn't just you. This is a tad strange. I'd start by asking how she knows about these habits. Is this hearsay, or does she have personal knowledge of it?
July 21, 2009 |
Nepotism is not unknown in the TV business, but with his latest project, Shaun Cassidy has taken family ties to a new extreme. Cassidy is the 1970s teen idol who has spent the last 15 years as a television writer-producer of cult dramas with a sci-fi bent ("American Gothic," "Invasion").