February 21, 2013 |
Who knew "American Idol's" new sudden-death round would be so satisfying? "One song, one chance, no mercy," Ryan Seacrest told us ominously. And certainly the five women eliminated from the competition after singing a song of their choosing from any genre Wednesday probably didn't find the proceedings terribly enjoyable. But it sure was a lot better than the general messiness we used to get during Las Vegas week. Here, if I've understood Seacrest correctly, is how it will work: Each Wednesday and Thursday night this week and next, 10 contestants will sing in front of the four judges and a large audience at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas.
October 3, 2012 |
Rules? What debate rules? Both candidates at Wednesday night's presidential debate came out of the gate ignoring directions from moderator Jim Lehrer. Asked to “respond directly to what the governor just said about trickle-down” government spending, President Obama instead said he would “talk specifically about what I think we need to do” -- and spoke at some length about his education and energy policies. Trickle down? Never mind. When Obama finished, Lehrer turned to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
August 23, 2012 |
The worst U.S. drought in half a century and record feed prices are spurring farmers to shrink cattle herds to the smallest in two generations, driving beef prices higher. Beef output will slump to a nine-year low in 2013 after drought damaged pastures from Missouri to Montana, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. The domestic herd is now the smallest since at least 1973, and retail prices reached a record last month, USDA data show. And one analyst estimates cattle futures may rise 8.1% to an all-time high of $1.35 a pound in the next 12 months.
July 25, 2012 |
He's been spotted out in the dusty wilds of Utah, lurking among the four-hoofed creatures on his hands and knees. He wears a funny suit with horns and a phony beard. And he's developing a public following. He is… Goatman. And he's baaaaaaaad... Wildlife authorities have expressed concern: What exactly is this guy doing in the mountains of northern Utah dressed in a goat suit among a herd of wild goats? Is he an extreme wildlife enthusiast? Or someone on a deranged back-to-nature trip?
April 17, 2012 |
Like the man said, always be closing. In Cody Henderson's "The Bewildered Herd," now at Greenway Arts Alliance, everyone's after someone else's mental real estate. When he's not helping win an election, slick consultant Bingo (John Getz) is trying to keep his disaffected wife (Trace Turville) from divorcing him and his college-dropout daughter (Corryn Cummins) from running off with a deadbeat rocker (Derek Manson). Meanwhile, Grandma (Lisa Richards) smilingly insists that Bingo's father is still alive and worth loving.
March 4, 2012 |
Once a year, the sheepmen — white-haired, crinkly-eyed, some using walkers — pack into a cafe to share stories of herding bull-headed sheep amid furious snowstorms here in Nevada's Snake Valley, a forlorn patch of desert on the border with Utah. In the mythology of the American West, the sheepherder may be outshone by gunslingers and prospectors. But not when the sheepmen get together. Not tonight. Gusts rattled the walls of the Border Inn, much as they once pounded their desolate sheep camps, trailers so thinly insulated that the men sometimes awoke to a cupboard full of frozen eggs.