November 5, 2012 |
The Obamapalooza concert tour hit the Ohio college town (and capital) of Columbus on Monday afternoon with rapper Jay-Z politicizing his lyrics before making a pitch for a big turnout at the polls. Jay-Z modified one of his most popular lyrics, “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one,” transforming it into “I got 99 problems but Mitt ain't one.” As he talked, the rapper discovered that he was preaching to the choir - a show of hands revealed that most of the audience had already voted.
March 6, 2013 |
PHOENIX - The first money Aaron Harang made in baseball came not from throwing pitches but from restitching gloves. "My dad and I used to take out ads in the Little League program," says Harang, who grew up in San Diego. "People would bring their gloves by and we'd fix them. " He doesn't have to do that any longer. Over the last seven years Harang has made more than $45 million as a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres and Dodgers - and he's owed at least $9 million more from the Dodgers, who signed the right-hander to a two-year, free-agent contract 16 months ago. Yet there was Harang, hunched in front of his corner locker in the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning, relacing a glove for pitcher Ted Lilly.
April 1, 1987 |
Whoever caught--and kept--Eric Christopherson's lucky catchers' mitt after the Colt World Series in Lafayette, Ind., two years ago should be sure to keep it in a safe place. It may become a collectors' item some day. That mitt, sacrificed to the crowd after his Ocean View Little League team defeated Lafayette, 7-2, in 1985, was one of Christopherson's favorites. He used it as the team won 20 straight games en route to the championship.
November 1, 2013 |
ISTANBUL, Turkey - Inside the Cagaloglu Hamami, my masseuse, a short, paunchy woman of about 50, sings as she exfoliates me from head to toe with a rough mitt. The sweet melody contrasts with the gruff scrub job. Every few minutes, she douses me with a pail of warm water and off goes another layer of skin and, increasingly, my cares. At one point, she shows me the mitt as if for emphasis. I make a mental note to tip more. A slap on the leg signals me to turn over. I manage to flop onto my stomach, and she begins lathering me all over with soap - first hoisting one arm, then another.
August 30, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- When Pam and Grant Finlayson moved from California to Massachusetts and didn't have a dryer, Mitt Romney helped her fold her laundry. When Pam gave birth to a very sick premature daughter, Kate, he prayed over her in the intensive care unit. “I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back,” Finlayson said. “I could tell immediately that he didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.” That Thanksgiving, Romney and his sons turned up on her family's doorstep with a home-cooked meal.
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September 14, 2012 |
Everyone else seems to have calmed down. But I'm still shaking my head at the mom Olympics that competed with the real ones this political season. First, former State Department official Ann-Marie Slaughter in the Atlantic magazine told us we can't have it all. Then Marissa Mayer, the new head of Yahoo, declared she'd work through her brief maternity leave. The usual chorus of voices rose to defend or attack each woman. The mommy wars, yawn. I just can't get worked up over them anymore.