June 2, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - A weekend of protest in Turkey has left the country reeling, with thousands of dissidents taking to the streets after a brutal police crackdown, presenting the government with the most cohesive challenge in its more than a decade in power. "The government is passing laws that go against our freedom, that take away our rights," said 31-year-old Derya Bozkurt as she stood in the heart of Taksim Square in central Istanbul on Sunday evening. She was drinking a beer and smoking a cigar - powerful statements in present-day Turkey, where Islamists frown on alcohol consumption and cigar smoking is hardly the social norm for a woman.
February 12, 2013 |
All you need to know about the battered and decimated Kings' defense corps is that one member still has a pretty nasty-looking right eye. And Rob Scuderi is one of the healthier ones. Kings defensemen are dropping at an alarming rate, with Monday in St. Louis another example of the season-long trend. Alec Martinez suffered an upper-body injury early in the 4-1 win against the Blues and did not return, having played a mere 1 minute 35 seconds. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said after the game that Martinez would be placed on injured reserve and now that move is expected to occur before the team's next game, which is Friday against visiting Columbus.
September 1, 2012 |
Getting a read on how good UCLA might be from its 49-24 victory over woeful Rice on Thursday was difficult. Getting a read on the Bruins after they play Nebraska on Sept. 8 should be fairly easy. And nowhere should the truth be clearer than on the offensive line. UCLA rolled up 646 yards - 343 on the ground - against Rice. UCLA Coach Jim Mora said Nebraska would be "a stiffer test. " The Bruins moved easily against Rice even with three offensive linemen - tackles Simon Goines and Torian White, plus center Jake Brendel - playing in their first college game.
August 30, 2012 |
One game away from September and it's still impossible to tell if the Dodgers are a bunch of high-priced talented players thrown together during a frenzied shopping spree, or if they have the makings of a cohesive team. One game away from September and 30 games from the end of the season and the Dodgers are at a low point. They stood 41/2 games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants after their 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, and although they're still in the cluster of four teams jockeying for the wild-card spot, is that all that $260 million can buy these days?
June 13, 2012 |
Of the social developments of recent decades, certainly one of the most perplexing is the revolt of the working class against workers. Last week's election results only scratch the surface of a trend that destroys social cohesion and makes it harder for businesses - small and large - to prosper. Voters in San Jose and San Diego opted to cut public employee pension programs; on the national stage, Wisconsin's openly anti-labor governor, Scott Walker, handily turned away a recall campaign inspired by his effort to kill collective bargaining rights for public workers.
May 4, 2012
At first, "Citizen Gangster," inspired by the true story of Toronto public enemy and folk hero Edwin Boyd, is intriguing stuff; an absorbing study of how, circa 1950, a seemingly decent World War II veteran, family man and wannabe actor-turned-bank robber to make ends meet. Unfortunately, after Boyd (Scott Speedman) is inevitably caught and jailed, what's left is an hour or so of overly familiar characters and situations. Once in prison, Boyd meets - and later escapes - with a gang of three whose archetypes include the brawn (Kevin Durand)