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February 22, 1986
I have a simple plan to help keep drunks off the road. It's so simple that maybe its been overlooked. Then again, I may have just missed it. Anyway, I am 32 and have been drinking since 16. I never got really drunk until I was old enough to go into a bar. After work, some of us would go into a local bar to have a "couple of beers." There would always be other regulars in there that we knew so it was always like a party atmosphere. What made it worse was the fact that we were tired from working and usually had an empty stomach.
November 21, 2003 |
The Kings awoke Thursday, fresh off a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators, and found reason to pore over the updated NHL stats, if not frame them. They were no longer dead last in penalty killing. They were tied for last. The Kings held Nashville scoreless on six power-play attempts and moved into a tie for 29th with the Montreal Canadiens.
March 27, 2002 |
The Arab summit convening today in Beirut comes at a critical juncture. Either a new path to peace will be found that will stabilize the state system that has been in place for the past half a century or a serious military escalation on the Palestinian-Israeli front will throw the region into new turmoil.
December 11, 1998 |
The title of Scott B. Smith's page-turning novel "A Simple Plan," and the smartly condensed script he adapted for director Sam Raimi, describes the solution that a winter hiker comes up with after he and two others happen onto the carcass of a downed single-engine plane, and decide to keep a duffel bag found inside containing more than $4 million in cash. The plan's architect is Hank Mitchell (Bill Paxton), a married, underpaid accountant for a small mill in a depressed Midwestern town.
October 22, 1993 |
When James M. Cain published "The Postman Always Rings Twice" in 1934, a critic at the New York Herald Tribune--Franklin Pierce Adams--thought the novel so good he reprinted the first chapter in its entirety. The opening passage of "A Simple Plan" raises hopes of similar success, for while less dramatic and more conventional, it, too, briskly and forcefully locates the narrator in a particular place and time.
January 19, 2012
The gist of Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address — that California is recovering — is hard to absorb, given the continuing high levels of unemployment, the year-to-year multibillion-dollar shortfalls in the state budget, the shuttering of state parks, the looming cuts to schools and the dismantling of human services programs. Yet the numbers, while hardly overwhelming, show that California has slowly, tentatively, turned a corner. What now? Brown lays out a plan that is controversial yet simple: Get the rest of the way over the hump with deeper cuts and with a temporary tax increase; shift more authority for incarceration and education from Sacramento to counties and school districts; fix coming budget problems, most notably public pensions, before they actually become problems; and keep the state on the cutting edge of environmental policy, transportation leadership and statewide opportunity.