John Mellencamp's 25th album, "No Better Than This," continues the thread of American archaeology that he began on "Trouble No More," a self-produced 2003 set of traditional songs and covers. But where "Trouble" was a first brush with history -- Mellencamp trying to make it come to him -- here he meets that history on its home ground.
"Is my cigarette out of the shot?" asks John Mellencamp, as smoke curls around his tousled head. When asked why he even bothers to hide it, the singer replies sheepishly with a chuckle, "Cuz I don't want people to know I smoke."
To hear leaders of the "Draft John Mellencamp for Senate!" Facebook group tell it, this is a story about "insider" politicians, "street-level voters" and whether a likeable rock star with strong grass-roots appeal will run for the U.S. Senate.
Seahawks defensive tackle Craig Terrill plays guitar in a band called The Strangers and is in his fourth NFL season. The 27-year-old majored in journalism and has written pieces for Gold and Black Illustrated and The Spokesman Review.
12:54 p.m. - As much as I wanted to write about Henrik Stenson's come-from-behind victory in the Dubai Desert Classic, I figured I'd make my Super Bowl Blog an annual thing. This year I'm writing from my apartment in L.A., the first year I'm not watching the game from a party. Fewer nachos, sure -- but fewer people who don't know football pretending to know football. (I told my sister that I was rooting for Milwaukee this year). I predict the Colts will win, 29-17.
Some of the biggest names in rock and roll raised millions of dollars in the nation's capital on Monday with a marathon concert aimed at getting out the vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.
It's not "The Phantom of the Opera,"' but when the Democrats open their national convention in Boston on Monday they will be putting on a production every bit as choreographed and rehearsed as a Broadway show.