August 24, 2010 |
In the fall of 1993, Michael Jordan — often regarded as the greatest player ever to shoot a basketball — shocked the sports world by announcing he was retiring from the NBA. Then he stunned fans again by deciding to pursue his long-held dream of playing pro baseball. Within months, the then-31-year-old high-flying guard known as "His Airness" was bobbling easy flies and swatting at bad pitches as a struggling right fielder for the minor-league Birmingham Barons. This surreal fillip in sports history, which ended up bisecting Jordan's phenomenal NBA career, forms the basis of "Jordan Rides the Bus," director Ron Shelton's documentary that premieres Tuesday on ESPN.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2002 |
There won't be Las Vegas-style gambling in Eureka any time soon. An initiative to legalize casino gambling here didn't get enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 5 ballot. The initiative would have amended the state Constitution to legalize gambling in this North Coast city for 28 years. Robert Wilson, the Studio City man leading the initiative drive, has tried several times in the past to legalize gambling in various cities in Northern California. The initiatives have all failed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2003 |
The City Council has endorsed a gambling compact between a Pomo Indian group and the state, an early step toward bringing a casino to the Richmond waterfront. The Scotts Valley band of Pomo Indians has offered $10 million for Terminal 3 at the Port of Richmond, where it hopes to build a casino-hotel complex. To do so, the band must get a Class 3 gambling license, which requires a pact with the state.
January 10, 1993
In your article "Fiscal Crunch Gives Casino Backers Hope" Jan. 3, only one reason can be cited for any form of legalized gambling in West Hollywood: revenues. We must also consider in this question of the legalizing of gambling the negative impact of gambling: crime and degradation of the neighborhood. It is not the only way West Hollywood could raise revenues. West Hollywood could increase revenues by encouraging the development of retail business and other working professionals within the West Hollywood Community.
April 7, 2000 |
A U.S. House committee approved a bill that would outlaw Internet casinos and most other forms of online gambling. The Judiciary Committee voted 21-8 to send the legislation to the full House. The measure would would impose a fine equal to the value of the bet or $20,000, whichever is greater, and a maximum four-year prison sentence. Supporters said the bill will help control an unregulated and growing industry.
March 19, 2005
Bill Plaschke, you're absolutely right! I realized that I don't care about college basketball and that the NCAA tournament was only a sorry surrogate for my gambling addiction -- albeit, a once-a-year gambling addiction. Why live a lie? I'm now pursuing my true calling and moving to Vegas. Oh, by the way, I've also given up golf, since I realized that I was playing the game only to wager against my friends. David Shin Tokyo
May 9, 2003 |
The first piece of a massive gambling expansion plan cleared its initial legislative hurdle Thursday, the day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich said he was open to the concept that he had campaigned against last year. If passed in their entirety, Wednesday's proposals would change the face of gambling in Illinois, extending it from riverboats and horse tracks to corner bars and restaurants -- and place a casino in Chicago.
May 1, 2004 |
Antigua and Barbuda have successfully challenged a U.S. ban on Internet gambling, diplomatic sources said, dealing the U.S. another setback at the World Trade Organization. A U.S. trade official, speaking on condition that she not be identified, confirmed that a WTO panel had issued a final report that was "largely unchanged" from its preliminary ruling against the United State's ban one month ago.
May 15, 1990
Some educators are recognizing a need to include gambling education in public school drug- and sex-education programs. "Like (treating) other forms of addictive behaviors, the first approach is preventive," says William C. Phillips, coordinator of counseling services at Bryant College in Smithfield, R.I. Some states have passed legislation requiring that a part of lottery revenues go to education and treatment facilities for people who develop problem gambling behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1988 |
According to a federal study, up to 4.2 million Americans may be addicted to the "high" of placing bets. The figure is about four times greater than previous estimates on the extent of the problem of compulsive gambling nationally. Preliminary findings of the study, commissioned by the National Institute of Mental Health, also suggest that the stereotypical profile of the compulsive gambler as a white, middle-aged, middle-class male is inaccurate.