March 9, 2014 |
If you're a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term "chamber pot" was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials "slop jars" or just "the pot. " Whatever you called it, I had to empty it. Our house sat on a slight rise facing busy Highway 31. The outhouse was back of the house, toward the woods, maybe 50 feet away. PHOTOS: 5 Senate women to watch in 2014 It was tricky running with the pot to the outhouse.
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March 8, 2014 |
After more than three years as lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom is painfully familiar with the small indignities of a job with few responsibilities of consequence. So it came as little surprise that he was relegated to the last - and least desired - speaking slot at the state Democratic convention late Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. “Thank you for coming - it's good to see all four of you,” Newsom called out to stragglers scattered among the rows of empty chairs in the cavernous hall at the L.A. Convention Center.
February 15, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Ranked 1-2 in the world, Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are the United States' best two options to get the U.S. speedskating team on the board and take the pressure off an ongoing medal drought. On Sunday, the former in-line skaters race in the 1,500 meters. After swapping a new Under Armour suit for an old one, the male counterparts on the team went 0-4 in Saturday's 1,500. Richardson and Bowe have struggled in Sochi as well. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi Richardson, 24, finished eighth in the 500 and seventh in the 1,000.
February 13, 2014 |
DURHAM, N.C. -- With temperatures hovering around freezing and more snow on the way, North Carolina struggled to recover Thursday morning from a snow-and-ice storm that left highways clogged and roadsides littered with abandoned cars. Gov. Pat McCrory asked drivers to stay off the roads Thursday as the state braced for an additional one to three inches of snow that was expected to blanket major highways that crews had just cleared after an icy mess on Wednesday. "The bottom line is, this storm is still dangerous," McCrory said during a midmorning news conference in Raleigh, N.C. "Stay at home unless it's an emergency.
February 1, 2014 |
Michael Parkhurst was still playing in the German Bundesliga in December when the pairings for this summer's World Cup were announced. And he remembers few of his teammates at FC Augsburg felt the need to hide their feelings about a draw that placed powerful Germany in the same group as the U.S. "Guys on the team were talking about the group and I just got the feeling that, basically, they still don't think that we can get a victory against a...
January 30, 2014
Re "'America does not stand still,'" Jan. 29 Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine had by far the best response to the State of the Union speech. In 2006, he said, "I think people question whether the State of the Union - and the response - has outlived its usefulness. " There is an old saying: "Don't tell me what you are going to do; do it and then tell me. " All these politicians should get to work solving the nation's problems instead of sticking their faces in front of the cameras and grandstanding.