July 27, 1989 |
The Senate Wednesday, falling to pressure from conservatives, voted to bar the National Endowment for the Arts from funding "obscene artwork" that denigrates the beliefs of a particular religion. Sponsored by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), the amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill was approved on a voice vote and sparked little debate. "No artist has a preemptive claim on taxpayer funds" to pay for obscene art, Helms said on the Senate floor. Sen.
July 10, 2012 |
Na Yeon Choi survived a triple bogey and a few more shaky moments on the back nine Sunday to win the U.S. Women's Open at Kohler, Wis. It's the first major and sixth LPGA Tour victory for the 24-year-old South Korean star, who came into the tournament ranked fifth in the world. Choi shot a one-over 73 and finished at seven under for a four-stroke victory. Fellow South Korean Amy Yang had a 71 to finish second. They were the only players to finish the tournament under par. Choi went into Sunday with a six-stroke lead after shooting a seven-under 65 on Saturday.
January 19, 2012 |
Reporting from La Quinta -- Camilo Villegas shot a "chill round" of nine-under-par 63 Thursday at the Nicklaus Private Course in the first round of the Humana Challenge. Villegas, a fitness buff who once posed for nude for the ESPN the Magazine body issue, is not shy about flexing his muscles for a female fan. At La Quinta Country Club, David Toms was the other guy in his group, the one wearing an orange shirt and playing with the biggest draw in the field, Phil Mickelson. The galleries that gathered at every hole to cheer for Mickelson actually perked up Toms, who also had a 63 and tied Villegas for the first-round lead.
July 19, 2012 |
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Zach Johnson played nearly perfect golf Thursday in the British Open, shared second place with his five-under-par 65, and is assured of a brief mention in the seventh paragraph of most stories on the first round. Several reasons for that. One is that he's from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, giving him a profile about the same as his birthplace. He is Midwest in a game where East, West and South stir the drink. His sport's imagery tends to have a New England hard edge, a California palm tree or a Southern drawl.
August 11, 1990 |
In his battle to make history in North Carolina, Harvey Gantt draws upon events a continent away, rallying a group of supporters with the power of positive speaking. "You know, when you look at the people in Poland and in Czechoslovakia and you see what they threw off in the course of less than a year, I know that in North Carolina we can throw Jesse Helms off," he tells an enthusiastic crowd of about 200 in the nearby town of Bolivia.
October 10, 1989 |
The settling of dust after the fractious censorship crisis that gripped the National Endowment for the Arts from early April until a Senate vote Saturday makes clear that politicians and the arts lost on almost every front. It will be a while before results are known of the prolonged focus of media and political attention on artistic freedom of expression--and on the limits to which public funding of the arts may be taken in the United States.