July 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't long after Lisa Murkowski voted to continue a filibuster of President Obama's nominee to lead the ATF that the Alaska Republican found herself surrounded in the well of the Senate, as colleagues from both parties made a determined case for her to change or maintain that vote. The stakes were high, and the lobbying effort reflected it. No Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director has been confirmed since a 2006 law required a Senate approval for such nominees, but the Democratic majority thought circumstances had changed sufficiently to pave the way for B. Todd Jones, the agency's acting director for two years.
July 21, 2013 |
If you've walked Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., Fort Collins, Colo., might seem familiar: Its downtown served as one of the inspirations for the theme-park thoroughfare. But Fort Collins, a Civil War-era U.S. Army post, is anything but saccharine. Downtown thrives with independent businesses, funky artisanal shops and creative cuisine. Fort Collins is also the largest beer producer in the state (brewing 70% of Colorado's beer), a destination for bike enthusiasts and a springboard to the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
June 25, 2013 |
DETROIT - The Angels on Tuesday acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the New York Mets for minor league outfielder Kyle Johnson. Cowgill, who was designated for assignment by the Mets on June 18, was added to the 40-man roster and optioned to triple-A Salt Lake. Cowgill, 27, has played 97 big-league games with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012) and New York (2013), batting .237 with four home runs and 26 runs batted in, and he was the opening-day center fielder for the Mets this season, becoming the second player in franchise history to hit a grand slam on opening day. In 23 games for the Mets this season, Cowgill, who bats right-handed and can play all three outfield spots, hit .180 (11 for 61)
June 14, 2013 |
History may be written by the victors, but Alexander Hamilton became a victor by writing history. He died at the hands of lifelong rival Aaron Burr in a famous duel, yet posterity has been kinder to Hamilton because of the power of his pen. During his lifetime, Hamilton couldn't stop Burr from eclipsing him politically - Burr became vice president and invented the Democratic Party , while Hamilton's career died with George Washington. But with years of letters impugning Burr's motives and morals, Hamilton was able to sway enough opinions to deny Burr a second term as vice president and the governorship of New York.
May 8, 2013 |
Jarron Collins sat down with Jim Rome as part of a three-member panel to discuss the disclosure that his twin brother, NBA player Jason Collins, is gay. Jason Collins, in an interview published last week in Sports Illustrated, became the first professional athlete in a major American sport to reveal that he's gay. Since then he has said Jarron was "astounded" by the news. Jarron joined FoxSports.com columnist Jason Whitlock and former NFL player Trevor Pryce in a discussion for the show "Jim Rome on Showtime," scheduled to air Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT and PDT. Jason, who is a free agent, plans to play next season.
May 6, 2013 |
Jason Collins may already be old news just a week after he became the first active male athlete in a pro team sport to publicly reveal he's gay. According to the Associated Press, Collins is seeking a book deal for his planned memoirs, but at least one of the publishing houses his representative contacted has turned down the veteran NBA center. An official from that publisher told AP that the extensive media coverage of Collins and concern that his story had already been told were among the reasons for rejecting the story that was big news just days ago. At least two other publishers are said to have been contacted about the memoir by Collins, who made his revelation in a first-person account published by Sports Illustrated.
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May 2, 2013 |
At Harvard-Westlake, a private high school in the shadows of the Hollywood Hills, players from the basketball team heaped praise on the alumnus who this week became the first active NBA player to announce that he is gay. "We have a lot of pride in him," Michael Sheng, 17, said of Jason Collins. "He's a hero, an icon for what he has done. " Support from basketball players was more tentative at Susan Miller Dorsey High, a school in the heart of Los Angeles' black community that has long been an athletic powerhouse, producing numerous NFL and NBA players.
May 2, 2013 |
Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler says a church he was scheduled to speak at canceled his appearance after Butler sent out a tweet in support of Jason Collins, the NBA player who said earlier this week that he was gay. According to Butler, not long after sending the following tweet: "Congrats to Jason Collins", Butler got a call from a member of the church and was told the church would cancel his presentation unless he removed the tweet,...
May 1, 2013 |
NBA player Jason Collins made news this week with his announcement that he was gay. As the first openly gay player in the league, Collins has generated a lot of attention, so it's no surprise that one of his first sit-down interviews to discuss things will be with Oprah Winfrey. The first interview with Collins and his twin brother, Jarron, is set to air Sunday on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on OWN. After playing with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards this season, Jason is a free agent.
May 1, 2013 |
Collin Mehring had been a growing boy and a somewhat unreliable contributor to the UC Irvine men's volleyball team for two years while being an intense student in the school's acclaimed computer science engineering program. And that's hardly surprising. Mehring is a walk-on. He almost didn't play volleyball in college. "You know," he said, "I wanted to be a student and didn't know if I could do both. " At the last minute, with a pep talk from his high school coach Mike Rubin - who was also Mehring's physics teacher at St. Francis High in Mountain View - Mehring decided to try to do both.