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June 10, 2012 | By Henry Chu
PARIS - As expected, the men's final at the French Open made history Sunday, but it was for a reason no one wanted: Completion of the match was postponed until Monday. It was the first time in 39 years that no singles champion was declared on the tournament's final Sunday, and it left world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain to ponder their chances overnight with their match suspended at 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2 in favor of the Spaniard. Each man is hoping to accomplish something remarkable on the red clay at Roland Garros: Djokovic to become the first man in 43 years to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles, Nadal to hoist the French Open trophy for a record seventh time.
January 19, 2005
Re "How CBS' Big Story Fell Apart," Jan. 16: Your story on the CBS memo mess treads lightly on Dan Rather's role. Certainly he should have been fired for malfeasance. And for those letter writers (Jan. 16) who say what President Bush did, launching a preemptive attack against Iraq, is worse, let's remember one fact: The voters had their say on this issue and elected to renew his option. Paul Knopick Laguna Hills The real tragedy in the CBS News/Dan Rather failing is the more pervasive and destructive problem of pseudo-media pervading cable news, talk radio and Internet blogs.
October 16, 1985 | SHEILA BENSON, Times Film Critic
"Joshua Then and Now" (Music Hall) reunites Canadian director Ted Kotcheff and author/screen-writer Mordecai Richler, who burst upon an appreciative world with "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" in 1974. This time they've made a tumult of a movie, or maybe the tangy Yiddish word tummel is closer: a noisy disorder. The film is a mess, yet it's one of those rather endearing messes that you remember well after all the cool, well-made nothings have faded from the brain.
August 11, 2009 | Margaret Wappler; Randy Lewis; Mikael Wood
Erika Jayne "Pretty Mess" E1 Music Bria Valente, Prince's latest protégé included in his three-CD release earlier this year, should be looking over her shoulder. On her debut album "Pretty Mess," Angeleno Erika Jayne makes no bones about emulating the luxurious, erotic sounds trademarked by the Minneapolis mack daddy. She even covers Apollonia's hit "Sex Shooter" and enlists Sheila E's quaking drums on "Time to Realize." Influences are unavoidable and Prince's ocean is many fathoms deep, but Jayne's obsession with one-note sexual fantasies keeps her bound -- albeit in satin handcuffs with feather trim -- to imitation instead of inventing her own style.
April 2, 2009 | James William Gibson, James William Gibson is a professor of sociology at Cal State Long Beach and the author of the forthcoming book, "A Reenchanted World: The Quest for a New Kinship with Nature."
On Monday, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, placing more than 2 million acres of public land in nine states under Wilderness Act protection. The new legislation preserves remote glacial valleys in Wyoming, fragile deserts in California and dense forests in northern Michigan, making these and other tracts of pristine land permanently off-limits to road building, oil and gas drilling and commercial timber harvesting.
April 10, 1986 | BONNIE McCULLOUGH
Some people have trouble with washing dishes; others do not. Take a careful look at these two groups of people. Their work patterns show some subtle differences. Because food preparation is the largest work process in most homes, these seemingly insignificant details are greatly magnified. One woman stopped to chat at a recent workshop. "I can't figure out why I have a problem. I live by myself. I am divorced and my four children are raised. For 20 years, my children washed the dishes.
July 22, 1989
Fred (I Don't) Claire is a mess. MIKE THOMAS Canoga Park
November 18, 1986
Do I detect the devious mind of Richard Nixon in the current Iran-hostage mess? JOHN UTVICH San Marino
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