September 1, 2012 |
It's the rare book that challenges gender presumptions in a way that's as entertaining as it is unexpected and, perhaps most important, that's relatable to teens who may not think they need sensitivity training when it comes to sexual orientation and the nature of true love. "Every Day," from New York Times bestselling author David Levithan, is precisely such a book. Clever, bittersweet and utterly un-put-down-able, "Every Day" is a love story told from the most unusual of perspectives.
February 2, 2012 |
From Indianapolis -- The biggest man in the Super Bowl yawns, a gaping chasm of a yawn, and it's as if all the air in the hotel conference room is sucked up under his backward camouflage baseball cap. It's 8:30 a.m. and, clearly, the biggest man in the Super Bowl has just climbed out of bed, his eyes clouded and his face unshaven and his belly bouncing through a tight red T-shirt pulled over his saggy gym shorts. Vince Wilfork, the New England Patriot who hauls at least 350 unruly pounds around on his bulging 6-foot-2 frame, has us right where he wants us. "In the locker room ... we always joke and jive about who is the best athlete," he said Thursday.
May 1, 2011 |
It is said that the takeover of Chile in 1973 by Augusto Pinochet broke the heart of Pablo Neruda, the country's best-known poet. The man who wrote so openly of love and heartache could not bear to see his country in the hands of a military dictator and died days after Pinochet came to power. After his death, some Chileans said Neruda was spared the agony of seeing thousands of his countrymen killed during Pinochet's regime, which lasted until 1989. Revolutions. Dictatorships.
January 9, 2010 |
It hardly seemed fair when, on top of everything else, Jamal Boykin got sick. So much of his life had pointed toward playing basketball for Duke, and now that he had made it, entering his sophomore season, Boykin should have been living a dream. Except the Blue Devils had a roster full of proven veterans and blue-chip prospects on the way, barely enough room for a young forward from Los Angeles who relied mainly on ambition and grit. Coach Mike Krzyzewski sat him down to discuss his role on the team.
October 21, 2009 |
Being seen as a hero is something Marcel Melanson has become accustomed to after 13 years as a firefighter. But it's the newfound attention that comes with starring in a reality show that is harder to accept. "I got pulled over the other day by a cop to get an autograph," laughed Melanson, who is deputy chief of the Compton Fire Department. "I didn't do the show to be a celebrity." Melanson is one of the city's firefighters that are followed in BET's new reality series, "First In."
September 25, 2009 |
"Fame," it turns out, is not going to live forever. It's officially DOA. Call the coroner. Then call in the top teams from "CSI," and that sexy pair from "Bones" while you're at it, because if ever there was a crime scene that should be yellow-taped and relentlessly investigated this is it. Someone has driven a stake through the heart and ripped out the soul of the 1980 original. The responsible parties, make that irresponsible parties, should be found, thrown in movie jail and not allowed within 50 feet of a set again.