September 25, 2015 |
KEVIN HARVICK-Jimmie Johnson, Round 1. Only one race into the Chase and already we have Harvick shoving Johnson following Sunday's event at Chicagoland Speedway. Imagine what the scene will be after Chase race No. 2 at New Hampshire, when the bottom four in points are one race away from elimination as championship contenders. Harvick, the defending Sprint Cup series champion, plummeted to last place among the 16 Chasers before Clint Bowyer's just-announced penalty dropped him into that spot.
September 24, 2015
INTOLERANCE is ugly. It has no place in our society. And yet it persists, in virulent strains that refuse to die and become a pox on all of us. The anti-Muslim sentiment festering in this country is one such strain. And it has burst into the open, infecting the 2016 presidential race, thanks to Republican candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump. First, Trump declined to correct or condemn a supporter who asserted at a New Hampshire campaign rally that Muslims are a "problem," that President Barack Obama is a Muslim and that Muslims are being trained in camps to kill "us. " Trump's pathetic response was that he is "going to look at that.
September 24, 2015 |
THE PILGRIMS arriving in our fair city for the World Meeting of Families come from near and far, but they have a lot in common: their passion for family, the Catholic Church and Pope Francis, a/k/a Papa Francisco . One other thing they share: Most everyone is impressed with the conference, which many viewed as "very organized. " Here are some of the pilgrims' stories: This isn't the first World Meeting of Families for Antonio and Yolanda Tejeda, who hail from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
September 14, 2015 |
It's hard to miss Stephen Stahl when he strolls down New Hope's Main Street. Ocean-blue shirt, blinding-white pants. Flip flops clacking beneath his feet, black shades resting atop his trimmed white hair. And, on Friday, quarters in his pockets. With wings on his back. "I'm going on a flight!" he joked to a friend driving by as they pointed at the feathery appendage strapped around his shoulders. Then he turned and chuckled: "People think I'm coming out of a gay bar or something.
September 12, 2015 |
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley cut to the heart of the matter Thursday as he spoke to a crowd of young professionals at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze. "I know there's a fine line between illusion and imagination when a man stands before you with 2 percent name recognition nationally and says he's running for president of the United States," O'Malley, a Democrat, said. "I like tough odds - must be an Irish thing. " While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, O'Malley plugs away, mired in the single digits in polls of the Democratic nomination contest.
September 12, 2015 |
Chip Kelly walked into Disneyland, down Main Street, U.S.A., past Sleeping Beauty Castle, through Tomorrowland, and smack dab in front of Space Mountain. He did all this while playing imaginary games of football, as if he were on a field instead of in one of America's most popular amusement parks. Kelly didn't get on any rides. The roller coaster was in his mind and his companion was another coach. Kelly and Dana Bible liked to talk football. Their conversations always drifted toward X's and O's, and the animated, Northeastern-bred coaches would often act out the plays they crafted in their heads.
September 10, 2015
SPEAKING AT a Labor Day rally in Pittsburgh on Monday, Joe Biden said, "Something's wrong, folks. " He referred to 1 percent of America owning 40 percent of the wealth, adding, "Here's the deal, folks: It's set up that way. " I agree something's wrong. But I wonder if it's "set up that way" why somebody 42 years in high office - 36 as a senator; six as vice president - hasn't been able to make things better. Know what America's level of satisfaction with the U.S. was back in the 1970s when Biden started serving?
August 24, 2015 |
On the campaign trail this week, Gov. Christie held his 17th New Hampshire town-hall-style meeting and made the rounds at the Iowa State Fair. But audiences in the early-voting states were not the only ones Christie courted. He appeared on two morning talk shows Monday, did a prime-time interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday, and participated in three radio shows Thursday. He'll get more national airtime Sunday, with a scheduled appearance on CBS's Face the Nation . Such exposure could prove key for Christie, who must maintain his standing in national polls to land among the top 10 candidates in the second GOP presidential debate Sept.
August 4, 2015 |
Facing New Hampshire voters at a recent town hall-style meeting, a Republican presidential candidate advocated for strengthening the military, repealing Obamacare, and providing treatment for drug addicts. He declared that the United States needs to "mean what we say" to adversaries, and panned the leaking of classified information by Edward Snowden, who "ought to be locked up for a thousand years. " The talking points sounded like Gov. Christie's - but it was Ohio Gov. John Kasich facing voters at the Portsmouth Country Club, striking positions similar to the New Jersey governor's.
July 28, 2015 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bryan Clickner had little opinion of Lindsey Graham until he saw the South Carolina senator at a town hall-style meeting - and decided that if Graham were elected president, the country would "be in good shape. " Clickner hadn't been particularly interested in Gov. Christie, either, but that, too, changed after watching the New Jersey governor on the town hall circuit. Last week, Clickner awaited the arrival of the 16th Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race - Ohio Gov. John Kasich - at yet another town hall meeting, this time at Rivier University in Nashua.