March 26, 2000 |
A hockey team leading its conference with eight games left in the regular season might make several moves to shake itself from a slump. Change lines. Change practice times. Change hotels on the road. It does not, repeat, does not change coaches. The New Jersey Devils did. The Devils made one of the most stunning late-season moves in NHL history, firing coach Robbie Ftorek, who had a 88-49-19 record but apparently lacked the support and respect of his players.
January 14, 2000 |
Your eyes don't glide across the colorful surfaces of Sabina Ott's new paintings so much as they get stuck--like a truck in the mud--in the clunky passages of congealed wax the artist has dumped, spilled and splashed over large wood panels.
October 4, 1998 |
The decision to start Kevin Brown on three days' rest against the Houston Astros Saturday night was no decision--at least in the mind of San Diego Padre General Manager Kevin Towers. "You have to look at this now as a best-two-of-three-games series," he said. "We have the home-field advantage. Do you start your best guy in the second game? No way. You start him in the first game." Brown, who struck out 16 and yielded only two hits in San Diego's 2-1 victory in Game 1, responded.
September 29, 1998 |
Five weeks ago, Amazon.com's stock traded near $135. Two weeks ago, it was $73. Today, it's almost $116. Talk about volatility; that's volatility on steroids. And Amazon.com isn't alone. In a stock market that itself is fluctuating widely, the volatility of many Internet-related stocks makes everything else look mild in comparison. That means the hordes of individual investors who have been trading Internet stocks are taking on lots of risk.
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September 11, 1998 |
The arrival on Capitol Hill of Ken Starr's report, gift-wrapped in 36 humble cardboard boxes, sounded like the ominous knocking of fate in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But the real turning point in the Clinton crisis came a week earlier when Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) stood up in the well of the Senate and delivered the speech that changed the course of the Clinton presidency. "I felt lonely out there," Lieberman said afterward.
March 29, 1998 |
It looks like a giant bionic fly that has found work as a tailor. It looms over a small table, moving its black metal arms and silver pincers quickly and silently. Elbows spread wide and camera-lens eyes unblinking, it deftly sews two rubber hoses together. About 12 feet away, Army Lt. Col. Christoph Kaufmann leans forward in his chair, peering down into a large black box. Below, he holds scissorlike handles at the end of two mechanical arms. He too makes sewing motions.
February 1, 1998 |
The first mayor of this freewheeling farm town was a pimp who held office for 10 minutes. Mayor No. 2, an undertaker, never found favor, either. He was succeeded by a millionaire who sold lead-lined coffins and was chased out of town in midterm by an angry mob of Presbyterians. All through its colorful 100-year history, Fresno has shown a wonderful weakness for the offbeat.
October 25, 1997
What an unkind thing you have done, running the photographs of your columnists. Now the readers can take a dislike to their likenesses along with what they write about. It is quite easy to do both. J.J. RUBINI, Venice With the addition of his photo to his column, I finally know what my favorite sportswriter, Mike Downey, looks like. And even though he resembles The Great Gildersleeve at the Umpires' School, I still think he is the funniest and most gutsy sportswriter around.
October 20, 1997 |
Cleveland Indian catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. has come through with so many clutch hits this season--in the All-Star game, the division series, the American League championship series--that his offensive exploits have almost become routine. "After the first couple of times, you're pretty excited," Indian reliever Mike Jackson said of Alomar. "And then after that you kind of expect him to do it. Whenever we need the big hit, it's always been Sandy."
August 23, 1997 |
Survivors of the Asiatic Fleet thrust to the front lines of World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor gathered Friday on the sunny plaza of the U.S. Navy Memorial to remember fallen comrades and celebrate the opening of a room for the fleet in the adjacent Navy Heritage Center. "Outnumbered, outgunned, out-everything, we fought like hell," recalled Charles Ankerberg, 75. "We've been waiting 55 years for recognition."