December 6, 2012 |
Hall of Famer Barry Larkin knows some people he doesn't want joining him in Cooperstown. Drug cheats. “I think if you cheated, no, you don't deserve it because I know how difficult it was for me to get there and how difficult it was for me just to compete on an everyday basis,” Larkin told the Associated Press. “I think if you cheated I think you made a decision and I don't think you belong.” This year's Hall of Fame ballot, results of which will be announced next month, feature three symbols of the steroid era: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa.
November 3, 2012 |
Among the pleasures of "Wreck-it- Ralph," the Disney animated movie that has opened to strong reviews this weekend, is watching a history of video games flash before you (and, perhaps, your own history along with it). There are prominent references to contemporary first-person shooters like "Call of Duty" (here called "Hero's Duty"). But most of the fun comes with nods to titles from video games' early days. The most obvious of them involves the title character, who is situated in "Fix-it Felix," a game clearly inspired by "Donkey Kong.
November 2, 2012 |
Partisans on both sides in the presidential race have been spouting off about their high confidence just four days before the election, but simultaneously launching preemptive protests about how they might get cheated on election day. From the right come complaints that too many ballots will be cast - by people voting twice, casting ballots in the name of the dead or filling out absentee ballots stolen from other voters. From the left come concerns that voter identification laws and poor polling conditions will unfairly suppress legitimate balloting.
October 18, 2012 |
Separated from the Yucatan Peninsula by a lagoon, this pristine island has streets of sand, iguanas that roam among humans, and a police presence best described as casual. In the tiny town on its western tip, golf carts are the primary mode of transportation. "It's like out of movie, isn't it?" said a chuckling Ramon Chan, a 41-year-old vendor who on a recent day was hacking away at fresh coconuts from a cart on the beach. In recent years, however, Isla Holbox (pronounced "holl-bosch")
October 16, 2012 |
I like the guy, and that's before I hear about Armando Gonzalez and talk to Armando's brother, Ralph . I've known horse trainer Doug O'Neill for years, not so well that he tips me off before I'll Have Another wins the Kentucky Derby and then the Preakness. But I know him, having to be tough at times, writing almost two years ago about accusations that he's a cheater, and Doug saying, "I swear on my kids' eyes I don't. " I know him as one of the most gregarious people you might ever meet, but today he's subdued, cautious and nothing like I remember.
September 12, 2012 |
Heidi Klum has admitted it: She's got something going on with her bodyguard. But she's not in a rush to call it a relationship. "I don't even know if I can call it that," Klum said Wednesday, discussing her split from Seal with Katie Couric on Couric's new chat show . "I don't know, you know, it just started. " Word that Klum and the bodyguard were an item came early this month via Seal, who told TMZ and other photogs that he "would've thought Heidi would've showed a little more class and at least waited until we separated first before deciding to fornicate with the help, as it were.
September 11, 2012 |
Kyle Casey, a Harvard senior who helped the Crimson reach the NCAA basketball tournament for the first time in 65 years last season, plans to withdraw from the school after being implicated in a widespread academic cheating scandal, SI.com reported early Tuesday morning citing multiple sources. If the all-Ivy League forward withdraws before Harvard's fall registration deadline Tuesday, he would miss the entire 2012-13 season but might be able to return to the school and basketball team the following year once the case is settled.
September 7, 2012 |
For citizens hoping for serious tax policy and budget debates, this has been a dispiriting election cycle. One party urges tax rates too low to support any plausible platform from which government can deliver the services we all expect. Those are the Democrats. The other party inhabits a realm of fantasy akin to Erewhon, the fictional land created by the 19th century satirist Samuel Butler. In Erewhon, Butler wrote, "If a man has made a fortune … they exempt him from all taxation, considering him as a work of art, and too precious to be meddled with; they say, 'How very much he must have done for society before society could have been prevailed upon to give him so much money.'" INTERACTIVE: Outside spending shapes 2012 election It is a pity that Republicans do not appreciate that Butler was writing ironically.
September 4, 2012 |
The UCLA basketball program needed some good news after last season. Suffering through too many losses and too many negative headlines, the Bruins hoped to turn things around with a blue-chip recruiting class. But the much-hyped addition of Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker and Jordan Adams has proved to be a double-edged sword. While giving the team the look of a championship contender, it has also drawn scrutiny from the NCAA. With practice set to begin early next month, Muhammad and Anderson are still awaiting official clearance.
August 31, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - Dismissing arguments that recent elections were rife with fraud, Mexico's electoral tribunal on Friday officially declared Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate Enrique Peña Nieto the president-elect, a ruling that was defiantly rejected by leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the second-place finisher who, for the second presidential contest in a row, called his followers into the streets of the capital to protest. The unanimous ruling by the seven-judge panel clears the way for the return of Peña Nieto's party, known as the PRI, to power.