February 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - Xi Jinping has a secret admirer and Chinese are yearning to find out who he (or she) is. Since Xi was named Communist Party general secretary in November, a mysterious blogger has been chronicling his every move. There are photographs of Xi on his computer, Xi at a vegetable market, Xi serving meals to the poor, Xi napping on a bus. Not the most scintillating coverage, but it is remarkable in China, where the movements of the leadership are choreographed down to the last handshake and released only to the tightly controlled state media.
September 26, 2012 |
The strikeouts were great for Angels right-hander Zack Greinke on Tuesday night, 13 of them in five innings, including four in the fourth and one with the bases loaded to end the fifth against the Seattle Mariners. One problem: It took 110 pitches, five short of his 115-pitch cap, to rack up those strikeouts, and Greinke had to turn the game over in the sixth inning to a less-than-trustworthy bullpen that leads the American League with 22 blown saves. There was a near meltdown by left-hander Scott Downs, who gave up three runs in the seventh, but relievers Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri held on to preserve a 5-4 victory that kept the Angels two games behind Oakland for the second wild-card spot with eight games left.
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August 21, 2012
•"I went into a lingerie department one day and I said to the lady, 'I'd like to see something in a bra,' and she said, 'I bet you would!'" :: •"I love to go to the doctor. Where else would a man look at me and say, 'Take off your clothes'?" :: •"Would you believe that I once entered a beauty contest? I must have been out of my mind. I not only came in last, I got 361 get-well cards. " :: •"Think of me as a sex symbol for the men who don't give a damn.
August 16, 2012 |
“No one can whistle a symphony.” H. E. Luccock I'm usually the one stranded on the side of the road, but not this time. We - Steve Priovolos, my co-driver, and I - were driving down a Mongolian dirt track that masquerades as a main road, and I was reminded that I am not the only chap who has a love-hate relationship with his car on this Mongol Rally , the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. As I've mentioned - numerous times - my knowledge of cars is limited to turning the engine on and turning the engine off. Yet on this day, I found myself coming to the rescue of a Mongolian family stranded in the scorching heat of the Gobi desert.
August 6, 2012 |
LONDON -- Morrissey, the former frontman for the Smiths, is a little cross these days. What else is new? Veteran observers of the often-controversial singer are well accustomed to his rants on politics and various music-industry feuds, including one truly bizarre riff on Elton John. Come to think it, he might be well-positioned as a talk-show host, well equipped at repackaging rage. Right now, Morrissey is a man with a serious thorn in his side: the Olympics. The Guardian newspaper managed to to get a copy of a recent angry letter from the singer, addressed to his fan club: "I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event.
July 31, 2012 |
Since my article about the enduring appeal of Marilyn Monroe appeared in Sunday's Image section, I've received several emails about upcoming events scheduled on or around Aug. 5, which marks the 50 th anniversary of her passing. Meet and greet The Hollywood Museum , which already has an extensive Marilyn Monroe memorabilia collection on exhibit through Sept. 2, (one of our compatriots shares the details here ), is hosting a meet and greet with two men whose collections are on exhibit: Greg Schreiner (president of the Marilyn Remembered fan club)