April 25, 2013 |
Bryn Renner takes his role as North Carolina's quarterback seriously. Perhaps he has a soft spot in his heart for fainting goats. Or maybe he just thought the whole thing was stupid. For whatever reason, Renner didn't seem to appreciate it one day in practice last fall when every player on the field, except him, fell to the ground and rolled over as soon as the ball was snapped. Renner reacted by slamming the ball to the ground and running downfield. On his way back, he batted the ball away with his helmet and refused to take high-fives from his teammates.
April 5, 2013 |
In recent days my Facebook feed has been littered with links to stories about a bill in the North Carolina Legislature that would allow the state to establish its own religion. Here was another example, my outraged friends said, of Bible Belt cluelessness. Where did these yahoos get the idea that, as the proposed resolution put it, that “the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion”?
April 3, 2013 |
President Obama pleaded with Congress last week to remember the victims of December's schoolhouse shootings in Connecticut and tighten the nation's gun laws. "Shame on us if we've forgotten," he said. "Don't get squishy. " But four months after the Newtown killings, there's no majority in the Senate yet for the measure Obama hopes will be the centerpiece of new regulation: expanded background checks for gun purchasers. At least six of the 55 Democrats in the Senate have not committed to vote yes when the issue comes to the floor later this month.
March 30, 2013 |
A Confederate flag that was briefly displayed inside the old North Carolina State Capitol building is coming down and will be moved along with an exhibit on the Civil War to another site. The flag had been hanging for about a week before the Associated Press published a story about its display inside the building, which houses the governor's offices. In a statement provided by the governor's office, Susan Kluttz, the head of the state Cultural Resources office said the intent of the exhibit was to represent the Capitol the way it was in 1863.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Six Democratic senators have announced their support for same-sex marriage in nearly as many days, policy reversals that reflect the changing politics of the issue as the Supreme Court hears arguments in potential landmark cases. Since Sunday, Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina issued statements in support of marriage equality, bringing to 47 the total number of senators now in favor.
March 23, 2013 |
Transportation officials in North Carolina have backed down from a plan to issue driver's licenses with a prominent pink stripe to young immigrants who qualify for a federal program that delays deportation for two years. After protests from immigration and civil rights groups, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has quietly removed the pink stripe from the proposed special licenses, which it will begin issuing Monday. Opponents have said the pink stripe and the phrase "NO LAWFUL STATUS" on the licenses would stigmatize young immigrants who have earned temporary lawful status.
March 21, 2013 |
In "Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry," writer-director Jason Rem explores the heated basketball feud that has simmered for 93 years. The independent documentary from Rem's namesake REM Entertainment and Greatest Fan Films was released via video-on-demand services March 8, just a few weeks before the start of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which kicked off today. Both basketball powerhouses, whose campuses are nine miles apart, are playing in this year's tournament, with Duke a No. 2 seed and North Carolina a No. 8 seed. SPORTS NOW: NCAA basketball tournament updates and more The documentary includes interviews with current and former Duke and North Carolina players, including Phil Ford, Jay Bilas, Eric Montross, Seth Curry and P.J. Hairston.
March 20, 2013 |
Back home in his old room is the national championship ring Larry Drew II won as a freshman reserve for North Carolina in 2009. "I don't wear it," UCLA's senior point guard said. "I'll get it out and look at it sometimes. " The ring isn't tarnished. The memories are. After becoming a starter, Drew had the woes of the Tar Heels' program placed on his doorstep when North Carolina fell short of expectations the following season. And the season after that, as a junior, he found himself in the process of being replaced by a freshman.
March 19, 2013 |
Bobby Braswell, the basketball coach at Cal State Northridge since 1996, is out as coach. The school announced that it would not renew his contract. Brandon Martin, the school's new athletic director, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon, "I want to thank Coach Braswell for his 17 years of service and contributions to our men's basketball program and the university community at large. I wish Coach Braswell and his family all the best moving forward. " Braswell, a Northridge graduate, had been the coach for 17 seasons, compiling a 251-258 record.
March 17, 2013 |
Where is UCLA bound for the NCAA tournament? Everyone has an opinion after the Bruins lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 Conference tournament final Saturday night. ESPN's Joe Lunardi's latest guess has UCLA in the Midwest Regional as a sixth-seeded team. The Bruins would be the California outsiders, playing Wichita State in their first game, a win advancing them to play the winner of Kansas State and North Dakota State. Jerry Palm of CBSsportsline.com is banking on the selection committee's sense of humor.