February 15, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - It was hard to tell what shocked fans more, the NBA's new dunk contest rules or a performance by Vanilla Ice. Maybe contest organizers should think twice, twice baby. Washington's John Wall was declared the winner in fan voting Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center … even though he didn't get a chance to compete against fellow champions Paul George and Terrence Ross. The trio swept head-to-head competitions against counterparts from the Western Conference as part of a “battle round” that left fans and other NBA players fighting mad on social media.
December 13, 2013 |
Preston Truman, the former Utah Jazz ball boy who sold a pair of Michael Jordan-autographed Nike Air Jordan shoes from the 'flu game' for a record price, is ready for the spotlight to shine on someone else. Since news of the sale , which was conducted in online bidding by Grey Flannel Auctions, went public Thursday, Truman has been inundated with interview requests. "It's been quite a couple few days," said Truman, now 35 and a sales manager for Verizon retailer Go Wireless, Friday afternoon in the wake of the $104,765 winning bid. "I'm ready for my 15 minutes of fame to be up. " Truman, who grew up a Chicago Bulls fan in St. George, Utah, after Jordan's exploits in the NBA All-Star slam dunk contests, was fortunate to get the autographed shoes after Jordan scored 38 points in a 90-88 victory over the Jazz in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.
November 12, 2013 |
NBC should listen to Angela Lansbury. The actress is not thrilled that the network is planning to make a new version of "Murder, She Wrote," the long-running CBS drama that she starred in about a mystery writer who becomes a real-life detective of sorts. "I think it's a mistake to call it 'Murder, She Wrote,'" Lansbury told the Associated Press when asked about NBC's plans. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Of course, the only reason NBC is remaking the show is that it thinks the name "Murder, She Wrote" still has some value.
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September 12, 2013 |
The assignment seemed perfect for me. I was a Mexican American college student in Washington and was asked to get cosponsors for a bill that would create a month-long observance honoring the achievements of Latinos - National Hispanic Heritage Month. I had already spent five months as an intern for Democrat Jaime B. Fuster, Puerto Rico's delegate to Congress. Through connections, I lined up a second internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. It was May 1988 and an exciting time to be in Washington.
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September 9, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- With just a week left in session, the Legislature has added a new thorny issue to its to-do list: regulating the state's medical marijuana industry. Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) is reviving a proposal that would establish uniform rules and oversight over California's medical marijuana dispensaries. The rules would be enforced by a new division in the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control department. His proposal failed to pass the Assembly in May, but Ammiano thinks the time is right for a second attempt.
August 23, 2013 |
Onto the Scranton, Pa., stage the vice president came on Friday, in vintage form. He pumped his fist. He pointed at friends arrayed there, in his hometown. He bellowed a favorite insult: “Malarkey!” He smiled the broad Irish smile, undimmed. The only reference to the terror of the week - camping out with his adult son at a cancer center in Texas - came when he told the crowd that “things are good at home in Delaware.” “My son Beau's fine; sends his love.…He's doing well,” Biden said, leaving unstated whether he was offering a medical diagnosis or an attitudinal one. It was another example of what Biden would no doubt gladly do without, but which has formed him: the merging of personal strife and his political life, and the tenacity required to get through it all. His first wife and their daughter were killed in a car accident shortly after his first election in 1972, as they were out Christmas shopping.