April 12, 2013 |
SWEETWATER, TEXAS - Kyndra Vaught caught everybody's attention when she arrived at the rattlesnake roundup here in West Texas last month wearing her crown and rhinestone cowboy boots. “Are you the snake charmer queen?” shouted a man selling rattlesnake head canes, porcelain rattlesnake “eggs” and snakeskin wallets. “You need a snake.” Kyndra, 17, let him drape an oversized plastic rattlesnake over her shoulders as she posed for photos. She had just been named Miss Snake Charmer the night before, part of the roundup pageant detailed in Friday's Los Angeles Times.
December 14, 2009
Too Much Money A Novel Dominick Dunne Crown: 288 pp., $26
November 5, 2011
No Higher Honor A Memoir of My Years in Washington Condoleezza Rice Crown: 784 pp.,$35
March 16, 2011
The Company We Keep A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story Robert and Dayna Baer Crown: 305 pp., $26
November 30, 2011
'The Profession' A Novel Steven Pressfield Crown: 336 pp., $25
September 23, 2010
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September 17, 2011
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May 20, 2000
Reader Stern erred is his May 13 letter when he said one Boston sportswriter didn't vote for Ted Williams as MVP the year he hit .406. That happened in 1947, when Ted won the triple crown but lost to Joe DiMaggio by one vote because one writer left him off his "top 10" list. Ted hit .406 with 37 homers in 1941, the year DiMaggio hit in 56 consecutive games and won the MVP. Ted also won the triple crown in 1942, but the writers gave the MVP award to the Yankees' Joe Gordon. Gordon had a .322 batting average, 18 home runs and 103 RBIs.