August 26, 2011
You're a savvy shopper and a solid citizen, so you already know this: When you buy something online, over the phone or from a mail-order catalog from out-of-state sellers, they won't add up your sales taxes or include them on the bill. You have to add them up and send in the money yourself. Even if you're out of the state and you buy something worth more than $400 — say, an Elvis outfit from a shop in Las Vegas — you're going to be wearing it here, so you still have to figure out the sales tax. And you know that these sales taxes on out-of-state goods are known as "use taxes.
June 11, 2011
It's probably going too far to say that former president and onetime oilman George W. Bush was a better conservationist than President Obama. But they're not as far apart as most people think. True, Bush and his Interior secretary, Gale A. Norton, treated federal lands like a private commodity, opening millions of acres of forest to logging and greatly expanding mining and oil drilling with little heed of the environmental costs. But to his credit, Bush set aside more ocean for federal protection than any president in history, creating three national monuments in far-flung Pacific islands and atolls and a separate 140,000-square-mile monument from Kauai to Midway.
April 23, 2010 |
Lamar Odom was the first one to make himself available to the media Friday. It stands as his only contribution in the playoffs to date. "I've played poorly," Odom admits, far kinder in his own assessment than Phil Jackson was a night earlier. "Lamar's been MIA so far," Jackson said, and although he said he told Odom almost the same thing, he said Odom's response was to smile. I happen to like Lamar Odom like almost no other player, 11 years now, and I've never seen him cranky, disrespectful or big-headed as many Lakers can be. His talent is extraordinary, his potential discussed, argued and never quite reached in 11 years, but as somewhat of an Odom observer and fan for all that time, something's wrong now, terribly wrong with Odom.
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February 21, 2010 |
She was only 3 years old, but Janis Curran remembers the day when two uniformed servicemen knocked on her family's door with news of her father, a pilot in Korea. Her mother read the telegram, took a seat and began to cry. It was 1951 and Lt. Charles Garrison was reported missing in action after his plane caught fire over enemy territory along the border of North and South Korea. Nearly 60 years later, Curran is still searching for her father's remains. "I know it's a long shot," she said.
December 30, 2009 |
Reporting from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico -- The mayor had good news: A notorious thug from one of the drug cartels had been found killed. Hector "El Negro" Saldana would no longer menace the people of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico. Trouble was, Saldana's body hadn't yet been discovered when Mayor Mauricio Fernandez made the announcement with a flourish at his swearing-in ceremony in October. How did Fernandez know about Saldana's demise hours before investigators found the body stuffed in a car hundreds of miles away in Mexico City?
November 1, 2009 |
So you think you gave out the good stuff at your house? You should have seen what was happening at USC's house. On a chilly, misty Halloween night, Oregon loudly knocked on the gaudy door dressed in green and black and bold. The Trojans opened up, took one look, and meekly handed them their season. Trick or beating. "We just got destroyed," said linebacker Michael Morgan. Pumpkin rinds on the lawn and egg yolk on the windows. "I've never been in nothing like this," said safety Taylor Mays.