January 13, 2014 |
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
January 13, 2014 |
AKELA FLATS, N.M. - Each year, Emily Haozous joins other Fort Sill Apache tribal members in a mountain spirit dance in Oklahoma. But the spirits they pay tribute to and invoke for power and protection belong to a mountain more than 600 miles to the west, in the tribe's ancestral homeland in southwestern New Mexico. More than a century ago, Apaches with lineage to Geronimo were driven from New Mexico and taken as prisoners of war before eventually being released in Oklahoma. Now, the tribe's 700-plus members want to return to the yucca-speckled desert town of Akela Flats.
January 10, 2014 |
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the federal government would recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place in Utah over the past three weeks, two days after Utah announced it did not consider the marriages to be legal. Holder's announcement left some 1,300 couples who rushed to marry after a federal District Court ruling on Dec. 20 in complicated legal limbo, with their marriages deemed valid for federal tax purposes but not for state taxes. “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a videotaped statement.
January 8, 2014 |
Same-sex marriage lasted in Utah for about 2 1/2 weeks. On Wednesday, the Utah governor's office directed state agencies to ignore the hundreds of gay marriages that were performed in the state after a federal judge struck down the state's ban Dec. 20. The move -- which has significant implications for Utah couples seeking to file joint tax returns or join their spouses' healthcare plans -- comes two days after the U.S. Supreme Court halted...
December 22, 2013 |
USC quarterback Cody Kessler, who passed for a Las Vegas Bowl record four touchdowns in the Trojans' 45-20 victory over Fresno State on Saturday, was named the game's most valuable player. Kessler completed 22 of 30 passes for 340 yards. He connected with Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor for two touchdowns each. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks Kessler had one pass intercepted, and it was returned for a touchdown by Fresno State safety Derron Smith. USC cornerback Kevon Seymour made a team-best seven tackles and was named the defensive "outperformer" of the game.
December 19, 2013 |
As a film critic, I spend many hours thinking and writing about performances each year. Yet when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced that it would not consider Scarlett Johansson's work in "Her" for a Golden Globes award, it stopped me. Their reasoning: She did not have a physical presence on screen. That we can agree on. But she did have a very real presence nonetheless. "Her" would not be the same film without her. The decision has an arbitrary, old-fashioned feel to it in this new techno-centric age. It seems particularly ironic given the topic writer-director Spike Jonze is toying with in the film.