September 29, 2002 |
If only we'd had the F/A-22 Raptor jet on the morning of Sept. 11. The ultra-fast stealth aircraft could have intercepted and shot down the second airliner heading for the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City--and possibly those that crashed into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania as well. This claim--complete with the computer modeling to back it up--has been circulating in hushed whispers inside the Air Force recently, along with news that the Air Force's new fighter, scheduled for deployment in the next five years, is being recast as an essential part of any missile defense of the United States.
July 20, 2008 |
At a once-secret airfield outside Moscow, test pilot Sergei Bogdan proudly introduces reporters to what was billed as the latest in Russian military aircraft technology, the Su-35 fighter jet. But the plane is only an upgrade of a 20-year-old model -- and it can't match the speed and stealth of the latest U.S. fighter, the F-22 Raptor, which entered service in 2005. Former President Vladimir V. Putin, now Russia's prime minister, has boasted of new weapons systems and of strengthening the armed forces, raising fears in the West of a Cold War-style military buildup.
February 6, 2009 |
Congress is closing in on the down payment of a huge spending package, designed to create jobs to ward off double-digit unemployment and begin a revival of the tanking U.S. economy. So here is a modest proposal: The federal government -- which means you and I -- should pump $62 billion into the nation's nonprofit cultural infrastructure. Yes, that's billion-with-a-b, not million-with-an-m. Forget about the silly dickering over an anemic $50-million boost for the National Endowment for the Arts.
April 14, 2009 |
Toronto 97, at Washington 96: Chris Bosh made the go-ahead three-pointer with 9.9 seconds left for the Raptors, who outscored the Wizards, 17-3, down the stretch to pull off the win. Bosh had 25 points and 15 rebounds, his 42nd double-double of the season, tying his 2006-07 franchise high. Chicago 91, at Detroit 88: The Bulls' Ben Gordon made a tiebreaking layup with 15 seconds left.
January 20, 2013 |
The Lakers (17-22) are playing a rare morning game Sunday, visiting the Toronto Raptors (14-26). After winning two in a row, the Lakers lost Thursday to the Miami Heat. Coach Mike D'Antoni said he feels his team has been improving over the last six games, despite the team's 2-4 record during that stretch. The Raptors have lost four consecutive games and are 6 1/2 games behind the eighth-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference. Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas and Linas Kleiza are all probably out with injury.
April 23, 2002 |
Toronto Raptor forward Jerome Williams called the booing of the Canadian national anthem by Detroit Piston fans "sad." Before Sunday's Game 1 of the first-round playoff series, the capacity crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills booed "O Canada" from beginning to end. "That was something I wouldn't have expected from a city like Detroit. It was disheartening," Williams, a former Piston, said after Monday's practice. "It was a total lack of respect."