August 18, 1991 |
ON A FATEFUL DAY 25 YEARS AGO, DON LAUGHLIN, AN 8th-grade dropout from rural Owatonna, Minn., flew over a dot in the desert known as South Pointe. In local history, this was like John Sutter's arriving in gold country. The tiny town was a parched nullity beside the Colorado River, 150 acres surrounded by vast Bureau of Land Management tracts.
December 20, 2012 |
Two governors, a congressman, various state legislators and a host of conservative commentators joined the chief executive of the Gun Owners of America this week in suggesting that the country needs more guns, in the right hands, to prevent mass murders like the one at a Connecticut elementary school. Such opinions strike many blue-state Americans as absurd. Gun control advocates often cite studies showing higher rates of suicide and homicide in firearms-permissive cultures, with strikingly lower rates in nations with strict controls on weapons.
December 6, 2007 |
Sam ELLIOTT has played his share of hardscrabble characters, plenty of them in the Old West. But the 63-year-old actor, famous for his bushy handlebar mustache and mane of silver hair, says that there is an emotional through line connecting his body of work, uniting the cowboys, military men and rebel bikers who have populated his 40-year career.
May 2, 1988 |
Margaret Groos, a former University of Virginia All-American who all but gave up competitive running a couple years ago because of medical problems, sprinted to victory Sunday in the U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trial in the best time run by an American woman in 2 1/2 years. With five miles left in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Groos, from Nashville, pulled away from Nancy Ditz to win in 2:29:50. Ditz, of Woodside, Calif., came along 24 seconds later.
July 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.-- My current travels across the great American roller-coaster belt will put me aboard five of the oldest operating coasters in the world, including the very oldest at little Lakemont Park here in Altoona. Photos : View the 21 oldest roller coasters in the world I found the rough, rickety and rundown Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park to be the perfect throwback to the golden age of coasters, when thrills were raw and wild rather than neutered by lawyers and lawmakers.
December 17, 2006 |
Isiah's Knicks are a little too ready to rumble So much for the good old days when the biggest problem was the basketball. Saturday night's brawl in Madison Square Garden was too reminiscent of the 2004 Auburn Hills riot for comfort. This involved only Knicks and Nuggets players, but Commissioner David Stern may hit the $10-million mark in fines and suspensions anyway. If it takes two to rumble, it's not surprising one was the Knicks.
August 18, 1986 |
Moose Stubing, Angel third base coach, is as big as his name implies. At 6-feet 3-inches and 250 pounds, Stubing doesn't so much flash signs as he does billboards. Sunday, in the first inning of the Angels' game against the Oakland A's in Anaheim Stadium, Stubing held up his arms and screamed with enough power to stop a truck. Brian Downing was barreling toward Stubing after a one-out double by Reggie Jackson.
April 10, 1991 |
In 10-gallon hats, chamois chaps, snakeskin boots and belt buckles the size of T-bone steaks, they rolled in like tumbleweeds for the grub and the show at Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza in Buena Park. The Saturday night hoedown drew more than 600 duded-out guests at $50 per, raising an estimated $20,000 for the local chapter of the March of Dimes.