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December 27, 2012 |
College football coaches won't be the only ones calling the shots at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Dozens of Tournament of Roses Assn. workers are now planning every game detail, including the timing of the traditional B-2 flyover and the toss of a specially minted silver coin to determine who will receive the kickoff. The busiest invisible hands belong to Tournament of Roses senior game manager Edward Corey and game manager Ted Tompkins. Corey, prepping for his 35th Rose Bowl, coordinates each moment from the sidelines.
November 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- On Jan. 1, 2016, the Treasury Department will begin issuing commemorative coins to celebrate Mark Twain's contribution to American literary history, thanks to a bill approved by the House on Thursday evening. Mark Twain was the pen name used by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, most famous for writing "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and other American classics. During 2016, as many as 100,000 gold $5 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $35, while as many as 350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $10. Twain remains one of the best-known and widest-read authors in the world, with more than 6,500 editions of his books translated into 75 languages.
November 6, 2012 |
As you might have heard, Tuesday is election day, when Americans will finally decide whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will serve as president for the next four years. But there's also a less critical subplot in this year's election: the battle between New York Times poll wizard Nate Silver and the rest of the pundit class. Silver, who oversees the political forecasting website FiveThirtyEight, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks because of his confidence in an Obama victory.
October 30, 2012
Conference call, the sequel. Or the ongoing saga of the coin toss. … On Saturday, UCLA won the toss and believed it had deferred to the second half. Referees interpreted that as UCLA choosing to kick off, and Arizona State got the ball to start the game and to start the second half. On Monday, the Pac-12 said that a conference official met with Athletic Director Dan Guerrero at halftime and explained that the referees had acted properly. The official brought the same message to Mora postgame, according to a conference official.
October 27, 2012 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- I don't think it was too much to ask. If one has only so many days in a lifetime, and some of them must be spent watching UCLA football, then how about making them more entertaining? I brought it up following the Bruins' last game, helpful as I often am with our local coaches, reminding Jim Mora folks still weren't going to the Rose Bowl because UCLA football hasn't been much fun. Well, I had no idea he would take advice so well, as Mora made even the coin toss entertaining on what would be just a humdinger of an afternoon.
September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Congress is considering commemorative coins to honor the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Mark Twain and the centennial of Mother's Day. Now a group of lawmakers wants some change. Specifically, they want some of proceeds from the coin sales to help erase Washington's red ink. They contend that commemorative coins are being used to circumvent the congressional ban on lawmakers earmarking funds for pet projects. Under their legislation, Congress could still issue commemorative coins, but any proceeds - after paying for the coin's production - would go to deficit reduction "instead of becoming a money-maker for private entities," said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
September 20, 2012 |
In terms of the NFL's possible return to Los Angeles, there are two ways to interpret Phil Anschutz's putting AEG up for sale. Farmers Field is either going to be fast-tracked or wind up on the conceptual scrap heap with dozens of other failed stadium dreams. At this point, no one knows which way it will go - not the NFL, and not even AEG. On one hand, taking Anschutz out of the equation is a good thing. In the eyes of the NFL, his demands were unreasonable. He wanted a big chunk of a team at a deep discount - hey, he'd be providing the stadium, after all - and no owner was willing to do that deal.
September 17, 2012 |
Northern Nevada officials say there's a lesson here of a Howard Hughes ilk: You can never judge a person's worth by the kind of life he or she leads. Authorities in Carson City recently made an astounding discovery in the home of a local recluse whose body was found in his residence. Walter Samaszko Jr. had left only $200 in his bank account. But hidden throughout the house were other treasures - including gold bars and coins valued at $7 million. “You never anticipate running into anything like this,” Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Los Angeles Times.
September 8, 2012 |
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Making a play for veterans and evangelical voters in this conservative military community, Mitt Romney on Saturday accused President Obama of straying from the nation's guiding principles. After spontaneously reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in his speech, Romney referred to the fact that U.S. coins bear the motto "In God we trust" and said he would resist any move to change that. "For me, the Pledge of Allegiance and placing our hand over our heart reminds us of the blood that was shed by our sons and daughters fighting for our liberty and sharing liberty with people around the world," Romney said.
August 27, 2012 |
Fans of the long-running "Super Mario Bros. " series have now had about a week to explore the 80-plus stages and six worlds of Nintendo's latest addition to its popular franchise. Some, perhaps, have no doubt even bested the game's challenge of accruing 1 million coins. Full disclosure: This reviewer is not one of them. But "New Super Mario Bros. 2" is a blast to explore regardless of Mario's in-game class level. Games in the "Super Mario Bros. " series -- whether they carry the "New" title or not -- have become staples of consistency.