July 8, 2013 |
Saying bad things can be good business, "Big Brother" is learning. After a week of controversy, the Sunday episode of CBS' long-running reality series aired homophobic and racist remarks from two contestants, Aaryn Gries and GinaMarie Zimmerman. As a result, ratings zoomed 11% in the key adults ages 18 to 49 demographic, compared with the season premiere a week earlier, according to Nielsen. A total of 6.2 million viewers tuned in, enabling CBS to walk away with the 8 p.m. hour, early numbers showed.
July 7, 2013 |
Marion Bartoli, a French tennis veteran with the IQ of a genius and recently crowned Wimbledon women's champion, had little to say in the wake of a sexist remark about her looks by way of comparison to Maria Sharapova, a lanky blond from Russia. BBC radio commentator John Inverdale remarked after Bartoli's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Germany's Sabine Lisicki, "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little: 'You're never going to be a looker. You'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight'?"
June 29, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Astros Manager Bo Porter called Angels Manager Mike Scioscia on Saturday to apologize for what many consider a bush-league ploy, one that caused confusion between Angels catcher Hank Conger and first baseman Mark Trumbo on a popup that dropped in front of the Houston dugout Friday night. With two on and one out in the sixth inning and the score tied 1-1, Chris Carter hit a foul pop that Conger had a bead on before someone from the Astros' dugout yelled, "I got it!"
June 25, 2013 |
MOSCOW - With Edward Snowden tucked away in or near a bustling international airport here, Russia and China hit back Tuesday against the United States, denying charges that they had helped him avoid arrest under a felony warrant for espionage as he fled Hong Kong and laid over in Moscow. "The accusations against the Chinese government are groundless," said Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. "Mr. Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses his final destination, the better both for him and for us," Russian President Vladimir Putin declared.
June 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- The end is near, and Wall Street isn't happy about it. That's the end of the Federal Reserve's $85-billion-a-month bond buyback program, an unprecedented stimulus effort that everyone knew would have to end one day, when the economy got better. But now that the end is in sight, at least according to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, investors are worried that interest rates will rise, keeping consumers from buying cars, homes and the other goods that keeps the economy moving.
June 18, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - The idea of a Palestinian state is at a "dead end," the Mideast conflict is an intractable problem and Israel has "to live with it," Israel's economy minister said Monday in some of the bluntest comments yet by a member of the country's coalition government. "Never have so many people spent so much energy on something so pointless," Naftali Bennett said in a speech to a sympathetic audience of settler leaders in Jerusalem. He added that what Israel must do in the West Bank is "build, build, build.
June 18, 2013 |
It would make things so much easier for everyone if Edward Snowden were working for China. And that's certainly a possibility. His decision to flee to Hong Kong - a Chinese vassal - was an odd one, given that China is hardly a bulwark of transparency and civil rights. It's a bit like complaining that Boston is too Catholic and then moving to Vatican City in protest. Then there's the nature of the crime itself. Informed sources I've spoken with are generally aghast by what they say is the scope of information Snowden stole, material some believe he couldn't have gotten by himself.
June 17, 2013 |
Southern California's mountain yellow-legged frog has made a remarkable leap toward recovery for an endangered species, rebounding in just two years from near-extinction brought on by development, fires, fungal infections and predatory trout, federal biologists said on Monday. In 2010, only 200 remained in isolated wild populations, prompting federal wildlife authorities and zoos in Fresno, Los Angeles and San Diego to launch an ambitious recovery program that included captive breeding facilities, trout removal programs and barring public access to areas where frogs were clinging to existence.
June 13, 2013 |
The Koch brothers are firing back at former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt, who last week made a speech at UCLA in which he said he couldn't “imagine anything good from the Koch family owning the Los Angeles Times. " A statement posted on KochFacts.com written by Mark Holden, Koch Industries' general counsel, said Hundt was being hypocritical. In his remarks, Hundt advocated removing federal regulations that would prevent Rupert Murdoch 's News Corp.
June 7, 2013 |
She's often referred to as a philosopher, but the great thinker and writer Hannah Arendt considered herself a political theorist. However you choose to characterize her work, the absorbing new film "Hannah Arendt" finds the living pulse in it, and Barbara Sukowa's performance in the title role is the kind that reverberates long after the screen goes black. Director Margarethe von Trotta, for whom Sukowa has portrayed such remarkable figures as Rosa Luxemburg and Hildegard von Bingen, builds her movie around Arendt's response to a charged moment in history - the 1961 trial of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann - and to the backlash against her writing about it, which famously revolved around the concept of the "banality of evil.