My first newspaper job after college was at the Vineyard Gazette on Martha's Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts surrounded by sea and ocean, some of it very moody and turbulent. Once a summer, the editor, Henry Hough, would publish an editorial under the headline "Beware the Riptide," or some similar wording. Among other things, the piece told you what to do in a riptide. In that same spirit, and with spring-break here, I'd like to point you to the United States Lifesaving Association Web site, USLA.org, for a primer on safe open-water swimming.
As a longtime observer of -- and former participant in -- preseason rankings, it's a great mystery how certain teams seem to garner a universally agreed-upon spot in the preseason hierarchy as early as January.
â¢ Kevin Jonas, arriving arm-in-arm with wife Danielle at Las Vegas's Bank Nightclub inside the Bellagio during a night out with three other couples. The singer tried to keep a low profile and ordered water at his VIP table. An onlooker adds that he couldn't keep his eyes off his wife. "He seemed very protective of her," the source says. The couple also danced close, and Jonas fist-pumped, Jersey Shore style, to the song "Let It Rock."
â¢ After biking on the beach in Santa Monica, Leonardo DiCaprio and girlfriend Bar Refaeli enjoyed a night out at newly opened lounge Boudoir. There to celebrate the supermodel's 25th birthday, the couple also enjoyed dinner with friends at the adjacent restaurant, STK. Also partying at Boudoir: the cast of Jersey Shore, Glee's Mark Salling and Ashley Greene.
Americans taking to the roads during the July 4 holiday weekend are almost certain to encounter a traffic bottleneck somewhere, but the biggest is likely to be west of Portland, Oregon, the American Highway Users Alliance said Thursday.