April 7, 2014 |
Somewhere, lost in the sleaze that all so often defines what college basketball has become, are the overlooked culprits. Mom and Dad. We in the media rant on and on about AAU coaches and summer leagues and slimeball agents (is that redundant?). We harp on coaches who cheat to get the blue-chip player and college administrators who look the other way. We make fun of the NCAA because it is so big and pompous and obtuse and full of itself and makes so much money off the pimpled backs of teenagers.
March 24, 2014 |
Add "being in on the joke" to the long list of things that Skrillex does well. The EDM producer kicks off his surprise debut LP "Recess" with a track called "All's Fair in Love and Brostep," winking at the fact that he's responsible for making bass music safe for frat-house jello wrestling pools. The 26-year-old Sonny Moore has always been a lot smarter than that reputation would suggest though, and "Recess" is his most ambitious and varied collection. While Skrillex may have found the perfect setting for his music in last year's guns-drugs-and-dubstep flick "Spring Breakers," "Recess" is a similar road trip through his many interests and vices.
February 28, 2014 |
Does spending less money on state government stimulate the economy? That's a question raised in a Los Angeles Times story Friday about states that have not restored budget cuts made during the belt-tightening of the recession. The story focuses on Kansas, where general fund revenues have increased but spending is still down since 2008. Gov. Sam Brownback argues that income tax cuts, rather than spending, will stimulate the economy; local government leaders say that services have eroded so much that the state is becoming a less attractive place to live.
February 27, 2014 |
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
February 24, 2014 |
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke first gained prominence writing about the Great Depression. Now he plans a memoir to defend how he and other officials battled the biggest crisis and economic downturn since then. “I'd like to be able to explain that it was the right thing to do and to attest to my loyalty to the United States," Bernanke said with a laugh in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday. Bernanke has been sharply criticized for the unprecedented actions the central bank took in response to the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession.
February 20, 2014 |
CAIRO - Twenty journalists, including four foreigners, went on trial Thursday in Egypt on charges of aiding a terrorist organization, but the proceedings were quickly adjourned until March 5. Only eight of the defendants, including Australian reporter Peter Greste, stood before the Giza governorate's criminal court. The rest remain at large and are being tried in absentia. Greste was joined in the defendants' cage by Egyptian Canadian news producer Mohamed Fahmy and journalist Baher Mohamed.