DAYTON, Ohio -- They don't tell you the so-called First Four is great basketball. Given the eight teams involved, they don't need to. Your team wouldn't be in Dayton, Ohio, on a Tuesday or Wednesday in March if it were, you know, special. If the universities of Kentucky or Kansas ever play in the First Four, pack up some bottled water and head for the cave in Montana. Armageddon will be right behind you.
Andrew Niccol's "In Time" is the winner of this year's "Most Obvious and Pun-Filled Allegory" competition and while it gets points for an excellent premise, some fine acting and for being, occasionally, genuinely exciting, the execution of the idea fails far more often than it succeeds.
Alabama now has the toughest immigration law in the nation. The law went into effect on September 29, prompting hundreds of families to pull their children from school and workers to disappear from Alabama farms. A federal appeals court has blocked some provisions, including the one requiring state officials to check the legal status of students in public schools. No doubt, the issue is far from being settled.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he thinks he and legislators are out of "good" options in the battle to bring Minnesota's government out of a shutdown that's been in place since Friday morning, though he remains "committed."
The numbers are staggering, especially because the tallies are being measured in human beings: Caterpillar (20,000 layoffs), Alcoa (15,000), Boeing (10,000), Pfizer (8,300), and tens of thousands more. The toll of jobs lost in the United States since the recession began is heading toward three million.
The numbers are staggering, especially because the tallies are being measured in human beings: Caterpillar (20,000 layoffs), Alcoa (15,000), Boeing (10,000), Pfizer (8,300), and tens of thousands more. The toll of jobs lost in the U.S. since the recession began is heading toward three million.
There's a new No. 1 in the college hoops world, but it's not North Carolina's fault. With Saturday's suffocation of Georgetown, Memphis supplanted the undefeated Tar Heels in the Power Rankings' top spot.
As much as I'd like to believe our entire readership has been with this college hoops season from its basic-cable opener (Gardner-Webb over Kentucky, Nov. 8!) and its Pay-Per-View debut (Florida over North Dakota State, Nov. 9!), I am aware that is not the case. As bowl season fades away, casual hoop fans come trickling in with dire need of a catch-up course. The Power Rankings are here to provide it, tuition-free, in three parts per team:
The college marching band, that benignly regimented music machine, has enjoyed a bit of a legacy in pop music, probably dating back to the title track of Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk." But it isn't often you get to hear a marching band as supercharged and low-down, as rudely alive, as the one in "Dave Chappelle's Block Party."
Sen. Mark Dayton Wednesday defended his decision to close his Capitol Hill office until after the November 2 election, saying it would have been "immoral" to leave his staff members as "human shields" facing a possible terrorist attack while he returned home to Minnesota.
The U.N. High Representative to Bosnia Wednesday sacked 60 high-level Serb officials because they failed to arrest suspected war criminals, calling their lack of action a "sustained, long-term, gross refusal."