September 12, 2008 |
You have to believe that the pitch for Nickelodeon's first prime-time family movie was something along the lines of "Will Ferrell-light." "Gym Teacher: The Movie," which premieres tonight, is the story of a failed Olympic gymnast turned gym teacher who faces his last shot at glory in the form of a new National Gym Teacher of the Year contest. Surely, if it were a feature film Ferrell would play child-man Dave Stewie, the gym teacher in question, because even with Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU," "Oz")
July 19, 2008 |
The government rescinded Friday a controversial tax increase on grain exports that had sparked months of protests and bared deep divisions in one of the world's major food-producing nations. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner pulled back the tax without comment a day after a stunning rejection by the Senate made possible by a crucial "no" vote by her own vice president.
May 25, 2008 |
Title notwithstanding, honesty is not the raison d'etre of "The Moment of Truth," the interrogation-style game show that rewards owning up to bad behavior. Instead it is an assumption, essential to the show's very foundation. Without honesty, there would be no tragedy, and tragedy is what "Moment of Truth" (Fox, Tuesdays at 8 p.m.) specializes in. The show returns this week after a 10-episode midseason run that did well in the ratings as a companion to "American Idol."
May 18, 2008 |
Welcome aboard Metro -- the buses and trains that are boarded 1.4 million times every weekday. Once on board, you'll probably have to stand in the aisle, because thousands more riders have already crowded ahead of you. Daily boardings on Metro -- L.A. County's principal mass-transit system -- are rebounding after a 20-year dip. Passenger loads on commuter rail are up an average of 15% in 2008, while bus ridership has risen 8%.
January 9, 2008 |
Apparently, this is what the abyss -- or in more literal terms, rock bottom -- looks like in a Kings season gone beyond the tipping point. Not only did they fail to score against, or barely hit, an alleged road-weary Nashville, which had played and lost the night before in Anaheim, but the Kings allowed three first-period goals in a dizzying, disengaged span of 1 minute 15 seconds, a Predators team record.
November 29, 2007 |
Dozens of Iraqi lawmakers walked out of parliament Wednesday to protest what they view as overly aggressive and humiliating treatment by U.S. soldiers as representatives enter Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, where the legislature is located. "I and many of my colleagues who live outside the Green Zone face a lot of problems," said Feryad Rawandozi, a high-ranking official with the Kurdish parliamentary bloc. U.S.
November 22, 2007 |
For starters, the name's all wrong. They're not Drought Busters. Nobody can accomplish that. Nobody who works at a desk at the Department of Water and Power or zips around town in an official Prius can end the drought that's dried up L.A. like King Tut's mummy. Even the governor of Georgia, praying for rain and confessing the Peachtree State's own water-wasting ways at a mass pray-in last week, can't pull off a trick like that.
November 4, 2007 |
Reshane Lewis wasn't happy as she paraded outside the courthouse here, sweat dripping from her face, and carried a sign reading: "I stole from a local store." The sun beat down. For two hours, Lewis carried the red and white sign back and forth, her probation officer watching. Passers-by and court employees mostly ignored her.
December 18, 2006 |
When police in booming Shenzhen organized a parade of 100 prostitutes, pimps, madams and their customers recently, there was little to suggest they were on shaky ground. Not only did it seem like a great way to kick off a two-month anti-prostitution campaign, the methodology was time-tested: Public shaming has featured prominently in China's criminal justice system for thousands of years.
June 5, 2006 |
The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that explicitly bans "humiliating and degrading treatment," according to knowledgeable military officials, a step that would mark a further, potentially permanent, shift away from strict adherence to international human rights standards.