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September 19, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Argh, mateys! It's that time again: National Talk Like a Pirate Day. How to talk like a pirate? The Johnny Depp movies are a guide, the Disney ride they were based on, and the Talk Like A Pirate Day website . But readers know the best reference for pirate talk -- invented, yes, but still iconic -- is Robert Louis Stevenson's classic adventure tale, " Treasure Island . " Here are some lines from the book. Feel free to borrow from them for pirate-speak to brighten up your day. There must be a way to work the expressions "smart as paint" or "I'll stake my wig" into that meeting you've got this afternoon.
June 6, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers appear to be moving forward in their search for a new coach. Memphis Grizzlies Coach Lionel Hollins had a lengthy telephone conversation with Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks on Thursday afternoon, said an NBA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The Clippers also plan to set up a formal interview with Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw next week, possibly Monday or Tuesday, two NBA executives said Thursday afternoon.
August 16, 2009 | Scott Gold
It was the middle of the night. I was asleep. My mom came in and started punching me. She said I didn't fold my clothes right. I threw her off of me. She was real drunk. She started on me again. The police came. She said: 'What? I'm just kicking my son's ass.' Just another night. -- Carlos, 17 :: The little school in South Los Angeles is the end of the road, reserved for those who have bombed out of the rest of the system. The mildest cases were merely kicked out of their last school.
January 5, 2010 | By Laura Collins-Hughes
Last spring, Wired magazine ran a mini-feature on how to make small talk. The tone was that of a pep talk, the advice poignantly remedial. The overall effect was to make the heart bleed for the presumed social ineptitude of the magazine's tech-savvy readers. But what if we're all nerds now? There are those of us who worry we've become so immersed in technology -- in our laptops and PDAs, our e-mails and text messages -- that we no longer know how to talk with each other face to face.
February 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON--Many Senate Democrats facing tough reelection battles this fall aren't welcoming President Obama to the campaign trail, given his low approval ratings. But Wednesday night they'll roll out the red carpet for former President Clinton, hoping the Comeback Kid can offer some tips for the upcoming midterms. Clinton is delivering the dinnertime keynote talk at the Senate Democrats' retreat Wednesday in what is likely to be part strategy session, part pep talk as the former president's party engages in an uphill struggle to retain control of the Senate this fall.
January 15, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Talk that Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell could announce a deal to take the company private  has made investors giddy.  Dell's stock soared 13% on Monday, the day the story broke, then jumped some more Tuesday. Late in the trading session, Dell share's were changing hands at $12.94, up 65 cents, or 5.3% from Monday's closing price. The stock is still off its 52-week high of  $ 18.36 reached last February. But it's up nicely from its $8.69 low it hit late last year.  PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Dell has struggled to transform itself on two fronts.
February 21, 2010 | By David Ferrell
Whatever critics might say about George Noory, he earns credit for keeping an open mind. In fact, Noory's unmatched success on overnight talk radio may be due to his willingness to think the unthinkable -- such as when NASA gadfly Richard C. Hoagland rails about a government cover-up of ancient structures on the moon, or when a listener calls to report being attacked in bed by a dark, malevolent spirit. "It sounds kind of farfetched," Noory conceded of the latter, "yet I can't tell you how many people have had this syndrome . . . the 'Old Hag Syndrome.
July 17, 2010 | By Peter Mehlman
My mother doesn't like to talk to me on the phone when I'm driving, so she made her point that the world is in worse shape than she'd ever seen it in her 80-plus years, then hung up. I diluted her grim words with rock radio and was thoroughly enjoying an Eagles' song I'd hated in 1975 when a man in a Dodge Caravan honked and motioned for me to roll down my window. Actually, for the sake of accuracy, I didn't notice he drove a Caravan until later, when I was homicidally tailing him up and down side streets.
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