February 20, 2014 |
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The first Budweiser Duels were downgraded to something with a little less buzz at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night. Obviously, nobody was drinking. And for sure everyone was driving responsibly, trying to avoid any major dust-ups that could derail plans for Sunday's Daytona 500. Matt Kenseth won the first 150-mile sprint race in an exciting three-wide finish featuring Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne as his major threats. The difference in first and third place was 0.063 seconds.
January 8, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - One side has five Super Bowl rings, six most-valuable-player awards, 35 Pro Bowls and 62 postseason starts. On the other, the boundless promise of what might be. There are eight remaining quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs, and they fall neatly into two categories. It's the decorated superstars, each with at least 10 years' experience - Denver's Peyton Manning, New England's Tom Brady, New Orleans' Drew Brees and San Diego's Philip Rivers - and the skyrocketing next generation, each with three seasons or fewer and a combined eight playoff games - Indianapolis' Andrew Luck, Carolina's Cam Newton, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson.
January 2, 2014 |
When the White House and its allies sought to regain control of the healthcare debate as Obamacare rolled into effect Wednesday, the face of that effort was not President Obama, but Mary-Therese - a Floridian who said she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and then lost her coverage. "I've been waiting a long time for Jan. 1, 2014," she says in a Web ad from Organizing for Action, the advocacy group born out of the president's campaign operation. But the story about the healthcare law being publicized in a new video from the campaign of Monica Wehby , a Republican making a long-shot bid against Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon, was very different.
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November 19, 2013 |
George Zimmerman may have been acquitted of murder after killing Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager, but I predict that, like OJ Simpson, he will eventually find himself behind bars. Why? He is a walking time bomb. He can't stay out of trouble. He carries a gun wherever he goes. He has trouble controlling his impulses. And he gets angry a lot. His acquittal in the 2012 slaying seems to have imbued him with the sense that he is immune to the sorts of consequences that befall the rest of us when we behave badly.
November 15, 2013 |
There are weeks when popular culture functions as if unified by a single, invisible thread, powered ever forward by ego, ambition and staggering sums of cash. At other times, the culture seems to operate in a continuous feedback loop , trumpeting and repeating perceived glories ad infinitum. This past week was governed by a kind of glorious mirroring; call it the place where entertainmentdom's parallel lines appeared to meet. How else could you possibly explain a span of days heralding the announcement of not one but two separate movie productions based on the Greek demi-god Hercules ?
November 7, 2013 |
CAVE CREEK, Ariz. - Clad in a black Stetson and Tony Lama lizard-skin boots, Mayor Vince Francia adjusted the holster on his right leg. His six-shooter was loaded with blanks. At least 300 spectators milled around the dusty gravel parking lot of the Horny Toad restaurant and bar, waiting for Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. This would be a duel, a quick-draw contest between the mayors to settle a dispute over a motto claimed by both towns: Which one is "the West's Most Western Town?"