July 16, 2012 |
It's an axiom of modern American politics that most Republicans are reflexively - even stridently - anti-gay. The hiring, then forced resignation in May, of openly gay foreign policy expert Richard Grenell by the Romney campaign enhanced the party's, and Mitt Romney's, anti-gay image. To be sure, anti-gay sentiments still run deep in the GOP. Yet if one digs deeper than the conventional wisdom, one finds large, overlooked pockets of gay tolerance among rank-and-file Republicans.
July 5, 2012 |
In December 1988, the residents of a small Scottish town hosted unusual guests: dozens of corpses that lay for days in streets, fields and gardens until investigators could process them as forensic evidence. The dead were the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing that claimed 259 passengers and crew, as well as 11 people on the ground. Deborah Brevroot wrote her tribute to “The Women of Lockerbie,” now onstage at Theatricum Botanicum, eight years before 9/11. Despite its sentimentality, the play reminds us that it takes a very long time to process the effect of terror.
June 15, 2012 |
With a sense of doom creeping over Europe and labor woes in the U.S., the level of American confidence in June is at a low for the year, according to a preliminary index from Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan. The measure fell to 74.1 in early June - a six-month low - after reaching a more than four-year high of 79.3 last month. The gauge had gone up for the past nine months. Analysts had expected - and hoped for - better. Consumer sentiment is considered a bellwether for spending, which accounts for about 70% of the U.S. economy.
June 4, 2012 |
His trademark blue bandanna is gone but Kelly Hrudey doesn't look a day older than he did 19 years ago, when he tended goal for the Kings during their first run to the Stanley Cup Final. Now a well-regarded commentator for Hockey Night in Canada's telecasts, Hrudey visited the Kings' spacious Staples Center locker room after their morning skate on Monday and acknowledged he is delighted to be in Los Angeles to see the current Kings pursue the Cup. “It's a little different than our dressing room,” Hrudey said of the old Forum.
June 1, 2012 |
There's likely an audience for the cloying and dizzying hip-hop dance flick"Battlefield America,"but even the most forgiving viewers may feel like they've been underestimated - and underserved. Writer-producer-director Christopher B. Stokes ("You Got Served") sledgehammers his way through his unconvincing, on-the-nose script involving Sean Lewis (actor-musician and "Served" alumnus Marques Houston), a slick, child-loathing, L.A. marketing executive arrested for a DUI and forced into community service - in Long Beach - as a kids' dance coach.
May 27, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS -- It would be convenient and sentimental to say that Dario Franchitti's third Indianapolis 500 win was a fitting result, seeing as it came with the race celebrating the late driver Dan Wheldon, who was one of Franchitti's best friends. But appropriate or not, the outcome was in doubt until the final lap Sunday, when Franchitti prevailed only after a thrilling spree of lead changes among several drivers, the likes of which the legendary race hadn't seen for more than half a century.
March 30, 2012 |
High oil prices or not, American consumers are feeling more confident about conditions than at any time since the recession began in late 2007. That's according to the latest survey by Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan, which reported Friday that its March consumer sentiment index climbed to 76.2 from 75.3 a month ago. That pushed up the average reading for the first quarter to the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2007. What's been boosting sentiment? In a word, jobs.
March 6, 2012 |
Newt Gingrich had fallen by the wayside on Twitter . In January, the week after he decisively took South Carolina from assumed GOP front-runner Mitt Romney , the social media universe buzzed with Gingrich talk. The last week? Not so much. MOOD METER: Track political social sentiment San Francisco-based Kanjoya, which tracks social sentiment around the remaining Republican presidential hopefuls, found emotion in nearly 209,000 tweets tied to Gingrich between Jan. 23-29.
February 20, 2012 |
The Sinead O'Connor of yore may have scoffed at the passive title of her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" After all, the stormy Irish singer did anything but go with the flow during her reign in the early 1990s. She shaved her head to defy old-school rules about women, incurred the wrath of Madonna by tearing up a photo of the pope on "Saturday Night Live" and refused to perform at a New Jersey venue if the American national anthem was played. Along the way she won a Grammy in 1991 but boycotted the awards show, proclaimed herself a lesbian (then decided she wasn't)
February 13, 2012 |
Another morning of rising stock prices, another day of debating whether the recent stock rally has gone too far. Stocks have started the week on an up note thanks to the Greek Parliament's decision to move forward with a plan that will cut more from the budget in order to win the country more aid from the international community. The benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index is up 0.6% or 7.23 points to 1,349.94 this morning. The rise comes after U.S. markets experienced their worst day of the year to close out last week.