January 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Northeast lawmakers, including a Republican, blasted the House GOP leadership Wednesday for delaying action on a multibillion-dollar Superstorm Sandy measure they say is critical to the recovery of their states. President Obama called on the House to take an immediate vote on the aid, saying in a statement that "our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. " The House GOP leadership offered no explanation for putting off a vote on the recovery bill.
December 24, 2012
David Busch, the creator of an improvised public toilet - consisting of a bucket, soapy water and a tent for privacy - was arrested in April on charges of public nuisance and leaving property on the sidewalk. A homeless man and self-styled advocate for people who live on the streets, Busch went on trial last week in a Los Angeles court, facing the charges stemming from his operation of the makeshift restroom on 3rd Avenue in Venice. Some said it was an outrage. Some called it a stunt.
October 10, 2012 |
Young people are being held for long periods of time in solitary confinement in prisons and jails, a practice that should be eliminated, two advocacy groups said Wednesday. A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch found that those younger than 18 are being held in solitary confinement for weeks or months at a time, especially teenagers who are lodged in adult facilities. The isolation “causes anguish, provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and works against rehabilitation for teenagers,” the report found.
October 5, 2012 |
A man who built his career on testosterone, who spent years pumping iron and staring at himself in mirrors, who thrived in the egocentric troika of sports, Hollywood and politics is probably not a good candidate for faithful husband. Maria Shriver had to have known that when she married Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold and men like him are supreme narcissists. Sure, they are charming, dynamic, seductive, even magnetic, but the world beyond their own minds and bodies is an abstraction.
September 21, 2012 |
"Cruel Summer," the new compilation from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, sets an intense mood from the start. Were this a novel, fellow Chicagoan R. Kelly's sweet voice would introduce the first chapter: "Let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world," he says to his flock on "To the World" and you can almost taste the impending venom. The first word out of Kanye West's mouth is more direct: a 12-letter vulgarity, and from that invective springs a series of verses that over 12 tracks travels the world with some attention given to his hometown of Chicago What's up in Chicago?
September 13, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. “Cruel Summer,” the new compilation from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint, sets an intense mood from the start. Were this a novel, R. Kelly's sweet voice would be in the first scene: “Let me see you put your middle fingers up to the world,” he says to his flock on "To the World," and you can almost feel the collective venom. The first word out of Kanye West's mouth is more direct: a 12-letter vulgarity. The sweetest Kelly line in the song is, and I'm paraphrasing, “I'm burnin' stuff up tonight.” Chicago is apparently burning. An hourlong presentation of West's musical line, “Cruel Summer” is a sonic runway show (West describes it as “a ghetto opera”)