December 20, 2002 |
Alexander Payne is to Omaha, Neb., what M. Night Shyamalan is to Philadelphia: a director who likes to keep his movies close to home. Like Shyamalan, Payne has set all three of his movies in his hometown, motivated by familiarity and a desire to show life outside the sound stages of New York and Los Angeles. "I'm not a big fan of the Anytown U.S.A. feel," Payne said. In "About Schmidt," opening today, Jack Nicholson plays a retired Omaha insurance actuary who embarks on a road trip to make sense of his life and ends up at the wedding of his daughter (Hope Davis)
August 25, 1988 |
Thank heaven the strike is over and that writers are back to work turning out empty-headed sitcoms like "First Impressions," which begins a six-week run Saturday on CBS (8 p.m. on Channel 10). "First Impressions" isn't terrible, or offensive, or wildly dumb. It's just blah. The chain of command is fear. Network executives, producers and writers are all nervous and worried about departing from formulas in any substantive ways. Networks have to learn that if they keep churning out the same old shinola, their share of the audience will continue to erode.
January 11, 1987 |
Mayor Michael Boyle has been hearing a lot of rumors about himself lately: "I've been accused of being a womanizer. . . . When I had a heart attack, I had open-heart surgery and they found cocaine in my blood. . . . I'm a drug dealer. So's my wife. My wife's a member of the Mafia. . . . It just goes on and on. I'm a terrible Catholic. "One day we were in here," Boyle continued, seated at a table in his office, "and I said, 'I can't believe these rumors. This is just ungodly.
May 1, 2008 |
The College World Series will be played in Omaha, Neb., at least through 2030, under an agreement reached by the city and the NCAA yesterday. A long-term contract has been in the works for months, with much of the discussion centered on the construction of a new downtown ballpark to replace 60-year-old Rosenblatt Stadium. Plans for a stadium adjacent to the Qwest Center arena have been moving forward for weeks, and yesterday's "memorandum of understanding" promises a commitment of at least 20 years once the current contract expires in 2010.
March 12, 1990 |
They don't have the Trumps or Spy magazine. But the citizens of this Missouri River metropolis concede nothing to New York when it comes to gossip: A letter comes to the local newspaper contending that five well-known people are involved with child prostitution. The letter isn't printed, but 10,000 homes subsequently receive mailed copies. Callers begin deluging radio talk shows about the letters. Radio hosts keep nervous fingers on the bleeper button to prevent anonymous accusations from being aired.
March 2, 1997 |
Wiping the sweat from my brow, I ducked cautiously under the low-hanging palm fronds and stepped across the stream. Discovering a winding dirt trail on the other side, I followed it through the forest to the base of a cliff, where a narrow stone stairway coaxed me upward, through a cleft in the rocks, to an overlook. The view was spectacular. A 50-foot waterfall cascaded majestically down rocks, splashing into a deep pool below. In the dense rain forest beyond, a monkey swung gracefully through the branches of a massive tree.
August 3, 1989 |
Pinch-hitter Floyd Rayford smacked a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons a 4-3 victory over the Omaha Royals last night in a Triple-A Alliance game. With two away, Tommy Barrett singled and Keith Miller reached on a throwing error by Omaha third baseman Chuck Jackson. Rayford, batting for Eric Bullock, hit a 1-1 pitch from reliever Ed Olwine (2-2) over the left-field fence. Rayford's blast helped snapped a personal three-game losing streak for Mike Maddux (5-5)
June 2, 1995 |
When David Miller returned to his hotel room in Omaha, Neb., the only message he received was that the Cleveland Indians had picked him in baseball's amateur draft. Then he called home to speak with his father, Ronn. Dad's information was more complete: Miller, a 6-4, 200-pound junior first baseman at Clemson University by way of Chestnut Hill Academy, was a first- round selection (No. 23 overall) yesterday. "He was so excited," Ronn Miller said. "David is very understated.
July 3, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Pete and Pat Crippen's fifth, and perhaps last, trip to the U.S. Olympic swimming trials was a swing of emotions, from watching the youngest of their four children, Teresa, race for a spot on the London Olympic team, to dealing with the void they felt over their son's not being with them. Teresa, who came closest to Olympic qualification in the 200-meter butterfly, was sixth in Sunday's 200-meter backstroke final, ending her Olympic hopes, and likely her competitive career.
September 5, 1995 |
Bob Hamelin, the 1994 American League rookie of the year who was a big disappointment this season, was among four players called up by the Kansas City Royals yesterday as major-league rosters expanded. Hamelin, who hit 24 homers while batting .282 and driving in 82 runs in his rookie season, was sent to triple-A Omaha on July 29 while in a 1-for-28 slump. He batted .294 in 36 games at Omaha, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 36 runs. San Francisco's ninth-inning win yesterday gave the Giants a 17-1 mark in one-run games at home this season.