September 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - When Vice President Joe Biden meets with Mexican officials here Friday, he is expected to reinvigorate talk about the promising trade relationship between the United States and its southern neighbor and largely avoid discussing the troubles that continue to plague Mexico - as well as the recent allegations of U.S. spying on President Enrique Peña Nieto. Leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden indicate that the U.S. spied on Peña Nieto while he was a presidential candidate in 2012 and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
September 18, 2013 |
The golf world is currently focused on the Tour Championship in Atlanta, but there is also news from New York this week, where officials announced that Bethpage Black will host the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup. The Long Island venue has long been known as "The People's Country Club" and has previously hosted the Barclays and two U.S. Opens. Those events could pale in comparison to the combination of an international competition and a rowdy New York crowd. "This venue, this course, this city, is going to take the Ryder Cup to a place that it has never been before," PGA of America President Ted Bishop said.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In the latest fallout from the Edward Snowden affair, the president of Brazil canceled a state visit to Washington out of anger that the National Security Agency had spied on her and other Brazilian officials, deepening a rift with the Obama administration. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called off the high-profile visit that both governments had planned for Oct. 23. A White House spokesman sought to downplay the diplomatic snub by a key ally and trading partner, and described the decision to indefinitely postpone the visit as mutual.
September 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A state visit to the U.S. by the president of Brazil was put on hold Tuesday in the latest diplomatic fallout from leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about U.S. spying tactics. Documents leaked by Snowden and published since July alleged that U.S. intelligence agencies had spied on leaders of several allied nations, including Brazil and Mexico. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff expressed outrage over the news and demanded an apology from President Obama at a meeting this month of world leaders in St. Petersburg, Russia.
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September 17, 2013 |
Back in 1950, Eiji Toyoda visited a Ford plant to learn how Americans made cars. The visit by a member of Japan's foremost manufacturing family changed the way Toyota Motor Corp. produced cars, altering the global auto industry. Toyoda, who is credited with developing the car company's efficient, low-defect manufacturing processes and who helped spearhead Toyota's aggressive push into the U.S. auto market, died Tuesday. He was 100. "Clearly Eiji was the person that laid the groundwork for what Toyota is today," said David Cole, former chairman of the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research.
September 10, 2013 |
On the cover of the Weeknd's new record, "Kiss Land," singer Abel Tesfaye stares back with his face cocked upward. For a guy who spent 2011 (the year of his three free online albums) hiding his identity from the media, it's a profound about-face. That look signals a new vulnerability for the Toronto experimental R&B singer on this remarkable album. He once hid behind a scrim of anonymous sex, drugs and emotional bleakness. But here's a young man fessing up to the pain that makes those dark nights so alluring.
September 8, 2013
If you go Silent Stay Retreat Home & Hermitage, 3570 Cantelow Road, Vacaville; (707) 474-4833, http://www.silentstay.com . Three-night retreats from $345 to $425 (depending on accommodation type), plus a nonrefundable $50 registration fee. The price includes guided meditation and spiritual counseling on request.
September 8, 2013 |
VACAVILLE, Calif. - A few months ago, I found out that my life was about to get louder. Seeing the word "pregnant" appear on a stick can quickly change how you look at - and hear - things. With quiet and solitude about to become rare commodities, it seemed like a good time to head to Silent Stay, a monastic retreat atop a Vacaville hill about 30 miles east of Napa. The idea, basically, is to shut up while you center yourself. The concept intrigued me, so I booked the three-night minimum stay.
September 5, 2013 |
A red Rose grows in Brooklyn, marries German refugee Albert (from a once-wealthy family but also a gung-ho Jewish communist like herself), and after some debate (a specialty), moves with him to the planned community of Sunnyside Gardens, Queens. There in this imagined socialist utopia, Rose Angrush Zimmer gives birth to daughter Miriam, who at the dawn of the '60s, will herself rebel. This, grossly simplified, is the tale of "Dissident Gardens," Jonathan Lethem's rich, grotesque and tender family saga, the latest, most pungent of his accounts of growing up absurd in New York City.
September 4, 2013 |
If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena. It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's cavernous bass lines. And it was in the unholy yowl of Ozzy Osbourne, 64, shuffling along the stage like a retired vampire in search of a blood nurse, who long ago moved beyond a parody of himself to become a virtual trademark in black.