June 15, 2012 |
Even with a gripping subject like blues-singing convicts, the documentary "Music from the Big House" has a disconcerting emotional distance. Bruce McDonald's film chronicles fellow Canadian Rita Chiarelli - a gravel-voiced blueswoman - as she joins inmates at Louisiana's notorious penitentiary Angola for a concert. Though Angola's musical bonafides are invoked - Lead Belly famously won early release from a governor impressed with his talent - the featured hard-timers belting out soul, gospel and I-got-it-bad classics are more energetic amateurs than unsung finds.
May 3, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. A future president sits shirtless in his apartment working the New York Times crossword as his girlfriend looks on, amid conflict over an emotional barrier between himself and those close to him, unsure of his future path in life but certain that it would be one he would build himself. That's the portrait David Maraniss paints of a young Barack Obama in an upcoming biography. Details of Obama's past love life, excerpts of which have been published by Vanity Fair, are the focus of a preview piece of "Barack Obama: The Story.
July 20, 2012 |
The Boston Red Sox are distancing themselves from comments made by advisor Bill James about Joe Paterno and the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal at Penn State. In an interview on Doug Gottlieb's ESPN Radio show last weekend, the following exchange took place: Gottlieb: Have you ever showered with a boy? James: No. Gottlieb: Do you know anyone who's showered with a boy they were not related to, was not their young son. James: Yes, that was actually quite common in the town where I grew up. And it was quite common in most of America 40 years ago. During the interview, James also said, while discussing the 2001 incident: "It's very hard, in fact I think it's impossible, to explain why Paterno should have been the person to go to the police.
March 3, 2013 |
You keep hearing about people who take these fabulous trips (see story) and they don't pay a penny - or very many pennies. You have miles, but you don't seem to be getting much, well, mileage out of them. For the last seven years, my life has been all about points. I quit my recruiting job on Wall Street, for which I traveled more than 150,000 miles a year (and collected numerous corporate credit card points), and founded ThePointsGuy.com , a website that's all about maximizing frequent-flier miles and credit card points.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON -- Mo Farah of Britain became only the seventh man to win a distance double in the same Olympics, holding off a late challenge to win the 5,000 meters Saturday while fans at the Olympic Stadium waved flags and screamed in a patriotic frenzy. Farah, who won the 10,000 earlier in the Games, was timed in 13 minutes, 41.66 seconds. After he crossed the finish line he put his hands to his head in disbelief, then dropped to the track and touched his forehead twice to the surface.
July 23, 1986
The new company will include the national satellite network operated by Argo Communications, New Rochelle, N.Y.; the Florida fiber-optic network of Microtel, Boca Raton, Fla., and a Midwestern fiber network owned by Litel Telecommunications, Worthington, Ohio. The result, if the deal is completed this fall, will be the creation of a carrier with $150 million in annual revenue offering an all-digital national network.