November 10, 2013 |
A rewarding part of Shawn Langdon's return to his home track in Pomona this past week was mingling with teenage drivers in the amateur drag-racing classes. "They say, 'Hey, I want to race top fuel some day,'" said Langdon, a 31-year-old Mira Loma native who tagged along with his racing father, Chad, to Pomona and came up through the sport's junior circuit. "I tell them, 'I was just like you 15 or 20 years ago.' I didn't have much more than a dream to drive a top-fuel car. " Langdon capped a dream season, one in which he clinched his first top-fuel world championship and the $500,000 bonus that goes with it on Saturday, with four wins in Sunday's Auto Club NHRA Finals, including a title-run victory over Doug Kalitta of Ypsilanti, Mich.
November 10, 2013 |
When Kings rookie Linden Vey tumbled over the boards and on to the ice for the first time Thursday, he tried to convince himself it was just another hockey game. "I just wanted to play my game. Go out there and play like I've done thousands of times since I was 4 years old," he said. This game was different, though, because it was Vey's NHL debut, the culmination of a dream he'd carried with him into each of those thousands of games that preceded it. "Growing up in Canada, especially, that's all you want to do. You live, breathe and dream about hockey," Vey, a 22-year-old forward from Saskatchewan, said Friday, about 14 hours after his dream had finally come true.
November 10, 2013 |
Ah, Paris. The food. The art. The sights. The hotel bill. It was the little matter of finding a place to stay that kept an international vacation off our radar, especially in wake of a recession that had put a king-size crimp in our international travel plans. As we discussed a European getaway, we realized that a hotel stay for my wife, Nancy, our daughter, Hannah, and me would cost us as much as our airline tickets. I had read about house exchanges, but Nancy was hesitant to let strangers into our home, despite my continuing campaign about the savings.
November 7, 2013 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
November 6, 2013 |
For years, the official story about Charles Erickson was that he began to have visions, lost memories that suddenly resurfaced in 2003. That he'd blacked out and killed a Missouri newspaper editor two years earlier. That he'd done the killing with a friend. That they were murderers. Erickson's visions turned to talk, and talk turned to testimony -- with Erickson swearing to a jury that he and his friend Ryan Ferguson had bludgeoned and strangled Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt to death in the newspaper's parking lot in 2001.
November 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's vision to build electric buses in California may be giving him a black eye. In April, Brown visited the factory of Chinese vehicle manufacturer Build Your Dreams, or BYD, and announced that the company would make similar vehicles in the high-desert city of Lancaster. "It's very significant," Brown said at the Shenzhen plant of BYD. "I think it's very important that we start replacing the bus fleet with electric buses. " But BYD has run into trouble with Brown's own labor regulators, now that the Lancaster assembly plant is gearing up for production.