April 24, 2013 |
The investigation into ricin-laced letters addressed to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge highlighted a personal feud Wednesday and an unusual cast of characters - starting with Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator who had pestered officials for years about his conspiracy theory that the federal government was involved in an organ-harvesting plot. Government plot or no, Curtis was, of course, glad that officials had decided to drop the charges against him. He had been arrested last week, days after the letters were sent, and was freed Tuesday.
April 10, 2013 |
The family feud otherwise known as Formula One's Red Bull Racing team heads to China, with all eyes on its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel, the reigning Formula One champion, and Webber could barely look at each other after the Malaysia Grand Prix two weeks ago, when Vettel snatched victory from his Australian teammate. Webber, 36, was leading Vettel in the race's closing stages when, in one of the unique traits of Formula One, his team instructed the drivers to stay put and conserve their tires until the race was over.
April 9, 2013 |
The prized scion of Moammar Kadafi is a prisoner of tribesmen in these mountains of scrub and ocher rock. The rebels who captured him after the 2011 civil war that toppled his father have refused to turn him over to the central government in Tripoli or the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The militiamen patrolling hillsides of winding roads and scattered bunkers want Seif Islam Kadafi tried in a rural courtroom and hanged. "Seif is a murderer and a liar. We have our own high court so we'll try him in Zintan," said Alramah Mohammed Elmerhani, a former rebel commander who was wounded in a tank battle.
April 2, 2013 |
Shia LaBeouf, a guest Monday night on David Letterman's “The Late Show,” decided to speak (instead of tweet) about his abrupt exit from the play "Orphans” weeks before his would-be Broadway debut. LaBeouf described himself as “passionate and impulsive" and suggested that similar qualities in costar Alec Baldwin resulted in the “fireworks.” “We had tension as men, not as artists, but as men,” he told David Letterman. (Cue nervous audience laughter.)
March 24, 2013 |
Somewhere in the galaxy, maybe Mars, there might be a crazier sport than NASCAR. These guys don't race cars, they play Russian roulette with lives. Each other's. There is courage, and then there are NASCAR drivers. They must do their training by wrestling crocodiles or sticking hands into the mouths of great whites. For kicks, they sneak up on rattlesnakes in high grass. Calling this a sport of daredevils is selling it short. Testosterone- fueled psychos comes closer, which will be taken in the garages as a compliment, except for Danica Patrick's.
March 20, 2013 |
Two rules to live by are, don't argue with a man who has a microphone, and don't bite the hand that feeds you. At NBC, both are being ignored. Jay Leno, who gets well-paid to tell jokes and interview celebrities as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," has recently turned to his own network's prime-time struggles for material. It started last month when Leno cracked that it's so bad at NBC that "'The Biggest Loser' isn't just a TV show anymore; it's our new motto.” He followed that up with this dig: “It's so bad, NBC called Manti Te'o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers.” Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, didn't take too kindly to Leno's cracks.
March 18, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before pretending I know something about March Madness. The Skinny: I watched the season finale of HBO's "Girls" last night. Who knew that all these 21st century women needed to be happy were the men who weren't making them happy at the start of season one? At least that was my takeaway. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office and a review of the new A&E drama "Bates Motel. " Daily Dose: It's no secret that "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner hates spoilers about his acclaimed drama.
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March 10, 2013 |
In the desert of Arizona, the San Diego Padres are preparing for next month's opening day against the Mets in New York. Veterans are getting in shape, newcomers are hoping to earn a spot on the roster. But in downtown San Diego, just blocks from Petco Park, opening day is next Thursday. That's when the civic all-star lineup -- the mayor, city attorney, City Council members -- hopes to end a stalemate between two media titans that threatens to keep more than a fifth of San Diego's pay TV households from seeing the Padres on television.
March 4, 2013 |
The budget battle in Washington that is forcing cuts to federal budgets has already resulted in delays and long lines at some of the nation's largest airports, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday. At a breakfast meeting with the news organization Politico, Napolitano said her agency is cutting overtime pay and sending out furlough notices to customs officers and airport security screeners. As a result, she said lines have already increased 150% to 200% at airports, including Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
March 1, 2013 |
Get ready for longer lines at Los Angeles International Airport, slower delivery of packages and the possible shutdown of small Southern California airport control towers if a resolution isn't reached on federal budget cuts. The good news is that the biggest effects probably will not take hold until April, giving President Obama and congressional leaders time to hammer out a deal to resolve the budget feud. But if no agreement is reached, the Federal Aviation Administration will be forced to cut its budget about $600 million.