January 24, 2013 |
OMAHA - Since she emerged from anonymity at age 13 and had an upset win in the junior event at the 2007 U.S. Championships, Mirai Nagasu has rarely been out of the figure skating spotlight. Prodigiously talented, with an impish personality, Nagasu attracted attention for what she said and what she did. A senior national title at age 14. A fourth in the 2010 Olympics at 16. She is 19 now. Her skating the last two seasons has been so erratic she came to this nationals as something of an afterthought, no surprise given her seventh place finish at last year's championships.
October 17, 2012 |
Based on Tuesday night's presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York, here is a five-point plan: -- Moderator Candy Crowley, like Supreme Court justices, should be appointed for life. -- The town hall format, which allows the candidates to circle each other like prize fighters or come nose-to-nose like bickering spouses, is the best. As the Sundance Kid so famously said, "I'm better when I move. " -- CNN, seriously, lose that undecided voter crawl. It is completely distracting and simply absurd - how much value can there be in the real-time reactions of 35 undecided voters in Ohio?
October 4, 2012 |
NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has paused, wiggled its toes into the sand and is set to break out its scooper for the first time to sample the Red Planet, mission scientists announced Thursday. Having driven 484 meters from its landing site in Gale Crater, the Mars Science Laboratory rover has made a pit stop to sample dunes at a spot called Rocknest. “We're going to use, for the first time, one of the keystone capabilities of the rover,” said mission manager Mike Watkins.
September 15, 2012 |
Republican leaders are sick and tired of Democrats blaming all the nation's problems on George W. Bush, and of being tarnished by the former president's legacy. From walrus-mustached former U.N Ambassador John Bolton, to Bush's brother Jeb, to Fox News host Sean Hannity (who seldom lets a guest criticize Bush without pointing out that President Obama has been running the country for years), to "tea party" activists who since the 2008 elections have been complaining that Bush's failures could be blamed on the fact that he was not sufficiently conservative, the GOP would seem to wish Bush's name could be erased from the history books.
September 8, 2012 |
Sending out a few early-season wake-up calls for: •Michigan. The Wolverines fell from No. 8 to No. 19 in the Associated Press poll after last week's embarrassing loss to Alabama, and now must hop-to-it regroup for their home opener against Air Force. Michigan should replace the wings on its helmets with danger signs. The last time Big Blue faced an "A" school was last week against Alabama. The last time Michigan faced an "A" team in Ann Arbor was Appalachian State, in 2007.
August 29, 2012 |
When Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, who turns 79 in September, comes to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he brings qualities that one used to associate with departed veteran maestros of the past - a searching depth, revelation of detail without losing the forest for the trees, a sense of how to zero in upon and shape a climax. Yes, even at the Hollywood Bowl - with its extra-musical distractions, variable amplified sound and short rehearsal time - Frühbeck delivers the goods, and the appreciative Philharmonic keeps inviting him back.