September 22, 2013 |
Although Nebraska officials said Wednesday they were putting the controversy swirling around a 2-year-old recording of football Coach Bo Pelini's profanity-laced tirade against "fair-weather" fans to rest, those same fans had a few things to say Saturday. Most of it was in support of Pelini. “I still think he's a good coach,” Sue Schrader, a longtime Cornhuskers fan, told the Associated Press. “It's too bad that it came out, but in my estimation, it was somebody who wanted to ruin him and I think it was to ruin his career.
September 21, 2013 |
With the curtain drawn on the most controversial edition of CBS' reality show "Big Brother," cast member Aaryn Gries, whose ethnic and homophobic slurs made national headlines, is bracing herself to face a new reality - that many people feel she's a racist. But the 23-year-old college student from San Marcos, Texas, who was unaware of the tempest her remarks created until emerging from the show's imposed isolation earlier this week, is determined to reverse that perception. "I'm trying to show that I'm remorseful, and I hope that comes across because I really do feel very bad," she said in an interview with The Times.
September 13, 2013 |
United Airlines announced it will honor the ultra-cheap fares sold Thursday after a computing error offered tickets for as low as $2.50. The error was the result of wrong information punched into the airline's reservation system, resulting in tickets that were essentially free, except for a $2.50 security fee charged for each leg of a flight. United passengers reported buying round-trip tickets from Washington to Austin, Texas, for only $5. The error was caught Thursday afternoon but not before the airline reservation system sold the super-cheap tickets for up to two hours.
September 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the last two weeks, President Obama has brought the United States to the brink of another military operation, then backed off unexpectedly. He went abroad and tried to rally international partners to join his cause, but returned empty-handed. He launched one of the biggest public relations and lobbying campaigns of his presidency, then aborted the mission. He called the nation to its televisions to make the case for using force, but made the case for more diplomacy. The White House's stop-and-start response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria three weeks ago could at best be described as deftly improvisational and at worst as impulsive and risky.
August 27, 2013 |
I have a confession to make: I am a homeowner. That's a dangerous thing to say. We homeowners are getting blamed for a lot of today's economic ills, and labeled dupes besides. It's said that we profiteer from an undeserved tax break. That our obsession with ownership drove the nation to make unwise policy choices during the last eight decades. That our 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are dinosaurs dependent on government subsidies. We're told that by treating our homes as piggy banks, we impoverished ourselves and our children.
August 24, 2013 |
Yasiel Puig made another baserunning mistake in the Dodgers' 4-2 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, but teammates and club officials insist the brash 22-year-old rookie is making efforts to become a better player. Puig, who batted .139 over his previous nine games, was one of the first players to arrive to Dodger Stadium. He studied video of his recent at-bats and worked in the batting cage with hitting coach Mark McGwire. "I wanted to see what I was doing wrong in my at-bats," Puig said.
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August 5, 2013 |
FRESNO - A long-awaited state audit released Monday sheds new light on the forces that drove Stockton into bankruptcy, citing poor accounting practices that cost the city millions of dollars but finding no evidence of outright corruption. "Stockton is not Bell - we found no evidence that corruption and self-dealing drove this city into insolvency," state Controller John Chiang said in a statement. "Instead, many of Stockton's problems can be tracked to poor decision-making" related to weak accounting and financial management systems.
August 2, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - There was a last-minute change of venue that cost millions. A security scare that left a prized visitor stranded and exposed. Neighbors paralyzed by intermittent transportation breakdowns. Brazil has less than a year to ensure that the organizational breakdowns that marked the visit of Pope Francis to Rio de Janeiro last week won't be repeated at soccer's 2014 World Cup. Along with the Olympic Summer Games two years later, the sporting events may go a long way to define Brazil's global reputation and political future.
July 17, 2013 |
CAIRO - The young recruits with rifles and ragged duffels will never see the swimming pools of the officers clubs that line the boulevards of Cairo. They will not profit from the Egyptian military's network of private business interests. They'll eat beans and bread and earn about $30 a month. But they will be respected as men who protect the homeland - from foreign enemies and sometimes from itself. A military coup in most nations would signal alarm about the country's future.
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July 17, 2013 |
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.