October 14, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, convicted in 2007 of running a brutal dogfighting operation, has gotten a dog. "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," he explained in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. " Can that be right? Should a man who committed such a crime ever be allowed to own a dog of his own? We think he should. Vick served about a year and a half in federal prison, finished three years of probation and acted as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, speaking out, particularly to young people, on the evils of dogfighting.
September 20, 2011 |
Meyaan Ahamad dips his head into the shed where his prized fighting dog barks ferociously at the end of a chain. The dog, a Kuchi breed, has weightlifter shoulders, a massive head, the heft of a black bear and the growl of a cougar. If Michael Vick, the American quarterback convicted of participating in an illegal dogfighting operation, were from Afghanistan, he'd probably be a national hero. In this country, canine bouts — literally "dog wars" in Dari — are keenly followed even by celebrities and government ministers.
September 13, 2011 |
Michael Vick's journey of exorcising negativity reaches another crossroads Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback ventures back to Atlanta as a starter to meet the wounded Falcons and their jeering fan base. "He'll be excited," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said of his quarterback this week on a Philadelphia television show. "Michael is a competitive guy. Quiet. But very competitive. " Atlantans embraced Vick's fire when he took them to the NFC championship game in 2005 (against the Eagles)
April 27, 2011 |
Win Game 6 on Thursday night in New Orleans, or return home for Game 7 at Staples Center on Saturday night. That's what the Lakers are up against. The Lakers know they can close out the stubborn New Orleans Hornets with a victory and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. But if the Lakers lose the game in the best-of-seven series they lead, 3-2, Los Angeles will have to face the Hornets in a winner-take-all final game. "They are not going to go away easy," Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said.
April 20, 2011 |
A battle between two big names in aircraft leasing is underway, with Los Angeles billionaire Steven Udvar-Hazy's Air Lease Corp. now armed with about $868 million from its initial public offering to buy new jets. In its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the Century City company known as ALC saw its stock close at $27.95 a share Tuesday. That's up 5.5% from its IPO price of $26.50. The company sold 34.8 million shares in the initial offer, 9.8 million more than it had anticipated.
February 28, 2011 |
A pair of explosions tore through a group of spectators at an illegal dogfight Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others in the latest in a string of deadly insurgent attacks in crowded public places. In the last five weeks, more than 100 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in bloody assaults across the length and breadth of the country. The targets ? a supermarket, a shopping mall, a bank, a wedding hall, a government records office, a sporting event ?