November 25, 2012 |
CORDOVA, Ala. - Main Street in this old mill town looks about the same as it did the day after tornadoes killed about 250 people across Alabama a year and a half ago: Battered red bricks and broken glass litter the pavement, and the buildings still standing are rickety and roofless. The entire one-block downtown, still deemed unsafe, remains sealed off by a chain-link fence. City officials blame the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the money to demolish skeletons of the old buildings is mired in miles of red tape.
October 29, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband insists that meticulous plans are necessary before embarking on anything - but he hates to plan himself. Here's how it plays out: Me: How about we go to Annapolis this weekend? I'll find a B&B, ask some friends for restaurant recommendations, and get a dog-sitter. Husband: What else will we do there? What are the hours of the museums? The admission costs? Is the dog-sitter insured? Are you sure we should drive our car?
October 21, 2012 |
FORMER REPUBLICAN presidential candidate Herman Cain wants employers to advise their employees about how to vote in the Nov. 6 general election. Cain, speaking to about 30 people at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia Friday as part of his 30-day "Truth Tour," said employers must educate their workers about the presidential candidates' public policy proposals. "Because one of the reasons we had to do this truth tour is that stupid people are ruining America," Cain declared. "Some of them don't know they're stupid.
October 7, 2012
From the Ruins of Empire The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia By Pankaj Mishra Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 368 pp. $27. Reviewed by Madhusree Mukerjee 'The minstrel, and the music, and the melody have all changed," lamented poet Akbar Illahabadi after the crushing of India's 1857 rebellion against the British East India Company. The last of the Mughal emperors was gone, his sons dead, their dazzling capital of Delhi razed. Nature herself had been transformed: "Another kind of rain falls from the sky; another kind of grain grows in the fields.
September 26, 2012
Akin stays in race as deadline passes JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Embattled GOP Rep. Todd Akin has made good on his promise to stay in Missouri's U.S. Senate race despite calls by top Republicans to quit after his comments about rape. The final deadline for candidates to remove their names from the Missouri ballot passed Tuesday as Akin began a statewide bus tour. Akin is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Akin has repeatedly apologized since saying during a television interview in August that women's bodies have ways of averting pregnancy in cases of what he called "legitimate rape.
August 25, 2012 |
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tropical Storm Isaac churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday, threatening to strengthen into a hurricane that could take a shot at Florida just as the Republicans gather for their national convention. The storm dumped heavy rain across eastern and southern Puerto Rico and whipped up waves as high as 10 feet in the Caribbean as it moved through the region. U.S. forecasters said Isaac could become a Category 1 hurricane Friday as it approaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
July 19, 2012 |
KNOW HOW a summer cold, likely caused by walking into freezing AC after walking along melting streets caused by global warming (IS NOT! IS TOO!) can just put you in a mood? That's where I am. So my tolerance for the billion-dollar nonsense masquerading as a presidential campaign is at this point really, really low. The RomBama stuff about Bain and who's a liar, about tax returns and who's a sneak, about who most loves the middle class and who's an elite, disconnected (fill in the blank)
June 25, 2012 |
For most of my life, when each college basketball season began, I was always comforted with the knowledge that I could name every team in every conference, from the Atlantic 10 to the WAC. That comfort began to ebb a few years ago. It has now evaporated. The problem comes not because some basketball Oz thought confusing the public (and me) made sense. It is not because all the conference musical chairs made sense. No, it is because of football. So why does college football essentially decide who plays college basketball in what league?
May 24, 2012 |
"America's Got Talent" is off to a slow start this summer and reasons why abound. Is it because Howard Stern's presence has turned off a portion of the show's fan base wary of the shock jock's radio persona? Because the first-run competition is much tougher so far than last year's rerun competition, and the show's ratings will rise as it gets deeper into summer? Or have people realized that the show is, to put it simply ... worse? While Tattle has long been a fan of the cheerful, low-key, "Britain's Got Talent," this year's "AGT" has given short shrift to variety-show charm (and quality acts)