Saturday, March 12, 2011

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NBA lockout handbook: Billy Hunter, the union's executive director, warns in handbook that "a lockout is VERY likely.
NBA union urges players to prepare for worst; Handbook says "lockout VERY likely"

Jamelle McMillan didn't see what the big deal was. To him, it was just like any kid going to work with his dad, hanging out with his co-workers, goofing around with their kids, going on the occasional business trip. Difference was, Nate McMillan's job was playing in the NBA and, boy, were the kids at school jealous.
NBA sons have shorter learning curve

The NBA Players Association brain trust has given its constituents the clearest signal yet that there could be missed games (and, subsequently, paychecks) as a result of the impending NBA labor strife, and possible lockout. They've sent an instructional handbook to each of its players, warning of the days ahead. As we approach a potential lockout this offseason, it's important to remember that ...
NBA Players Association hands out a lockout-proof handbook

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(RTTNews) - The war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor ended at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone on Friday after the prosecution and defense finished their closing arguments in the case.
war Crimes Trial Of Ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor Ends

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Friday, March 11, 2011

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several iNFLuential team owners have arrived at the federal mediator's office on the day the league's labor contract is set to expire.
NFL's Goodell, owners arrive for talks Friday

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith have arrived at the federal mediator's office on the day the league's labor contract is set to expire.
NFL's Goodell, union's Smith arrive for talks

With the NFL on the brink of its first work stoppage in nearly a quarter of a century, Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met at a federal mediator's office Friday, the day the league's twice-extended labor contract was set to expire. Goodell was joined by nine of the 10 members of the owners' labor committee, along with various league executives and lawyers.
NFL, players face expiration of labor contract

On day the league's labor contract is set to expire, sides remain far apart on how to divide $9 billion in annual revenues
NFL talks: Rhetoric heats up, clock ticks down

WASHINGTON (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several iNFLuential team owners have arrived at the federal mediator's office on the day the league's labor contract is set to expire.
Lockout? Decertification? NFL deadline is tonight

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disaster films will really get interesting when they start running out of iconic skylines to destroy. How about "Battle: Wichita" or "Deep Impact: Albany"?
'Battle: LA' isn't even a decent disaster film

The 65th anniversary of the Burnden Park football disaster is remembered by Bolton Wanderers Football Club on Wednesday.
Football ground disaster marked

Atlanta -- Florida-based disaster recovery firm BDR, which has an Indianapolis office, has agreed to pay $754,578 in overtime back wages to 89 current and former temporary field supervisors, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Wednesday.
disaster recovery firm will pay OT back wages

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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With East Region voting wrapped up in the battle for America's Best college sports Town (congrats West Virgina!), it's time to move down to the dirty. The four cities representing America's Southern region are all home to powerful football programs and insane fan bases. If one of them is licky enough to win our contest, [...]
America's Best college sports Town: The South Region

For all the justifiable criticism of those who run big-time college athletics, you've got to give 'em this: They don't make much of an effort to hide the hypocrisy.
No trouble spotting hypocrisy in college sports

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Las Vegas casinos, fighting hard to rebound from a dreadful stretch for tourism, face a new threat if NFL players and owners can't agree on a new contract.
NFL work stoppage could dim lights in Sin City

NFL owners and the union representing it players were back at the bargaining table on Wednesday and made some headway on a rookie wage scale but stalled on how to split $9 billion in revenue.
NFL and union intensify talks as labor deadline looms

The NFL players' union has ruled out the possibility of extending the regular season to 18 games as talks with the NFL and owners approach the next deadline with several issues still unresolved.
NFL-Players reject 18-game season as labor deadline nears

Thursday's mediation session between the NFL and NFL Players Association was one of the most well-attended yet.
NFL labor committee members return to bargaining table

NFL Players Assn. seeks more financial information; owners say they've already shared more than ever. On one side are NFL owners saying they couldn't possibly be more forthcoming.
In NFL labor fight, a books review means a lot

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After taking a shellacking in the last round of elections in the West San Gabriel Valley, the tea party rebounded - sending one candidate to San Gabriel City Hall and the other into a runoff for the Pasadena School Board.
tea party crashes Pasadena area elections

Several tea party movement figures have now responded to the distasteful remarks National Public Radio (NPR) Foundation's nonprofit President Ron Schiller made about the conservatives, and them in particular.
tea party groups respond to NPR's Ron Schiller's disparaging remarks

The tea party is boiling over the hidden-camera video of an NPR executive calling the organization a gun-toting...
tea party steamed at NPR exec's slap

NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday under pressure, a day after an undercover video showed one of her executives on a hidden camera calling the tea party racist and saying the news organization would be better off without taxpayer money.
NPR CEO resigns after aide criticizes tea party

The populist protesters walk in lockstep on small government demands, but seem lost on what to do overseas. Will that limit the tea party's power?
The tea party's risky foreign-policy dilemma

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The boom-bust cycle of oil politics is booming this week on Capitol Hill, where the only thing more predictable than politicians' policy solutions are their claims that the other side is ignoring the issue.
The perpetual politics of petroleum

I should have put it in writing. Last Wednesday, I was talking to a colleague at work about how all the analysts were predicting that Boeing didn't have much of a chance of winning one of the biggest military contracts ever -- the $30 billion tanker deal.
politics had a part in Boeing's win of tanker contract

Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy is struggling in the early days of his governorship. AP Photo/Bob Child
Dan Malloy and the politics of unpopularity

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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Well, it looks like the powder keg finally is about to blow.
PFT: NFL, union battling over financials again

No NFL season would mean no work for thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on the league's 32 teams for their daily bread.
NFL lockout would clip 'innocent bystanders'

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For all the justifiable criticism of those who run big-time college athletics, you've got to give 'em this: They don't make much of an effort to hide the hypocrisy.
No trouble spotting hypocrisy in college sports

News and notes about local athletes in college.
college sports notebook: March 8, 2011

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was suspended for two games Tuesday after it was learned he had been tipped off nearly a year ago about a federal investigation into questionable activities involving some of his players, including a memorabilia-for-tattoos arrangement with a very seedy parlor owner.
Jim Tressel's wrist-slap part of hypocrisy in college sports

All across America, living in the shadow of big important cities, are hundreds of small municipalities that call themselves college sports towns. Despite that common theme, no two are alike. Some love their beer while some never touch the stuff. Some turn into screaming banshees for football while others only care about hockey. Some enjoy [...]
America's Best college sports Town: The East Region

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Second-round payments from the Premier's disaster Relief Appeal will target Queenslanders whose homes have been destroyed or are irreparable.
disaster funds to target Qld's homeless

PAYMENTS�from the Premier's disaster Relief Appeal will target Queenslanders whose homes are irreparable.
disaster funds to target Queensland homeless

Prince William will take time out from planning his wedding to visit disaster-stricken New Zealand and Australia next week, travelling without bride-to-be Kate Middleton, officials said Wednesday.
Prince William to tour N.Z., Australia disaster zones

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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The NFL and the players' union have left the federal mediator's office after a four-hour session.
NFL, players' union leave mediator's office

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The Commerce slot is expected to come open shortly, when President Barack Obama officially names Secretary Gary Locke as his new ambassador to China.
politics blog: Trade Rep. Ron Kirk to head Commerce Department?

One of the most characters on "The Chicago Code" is not a Chicago cop -- he's a powerful and corrupt Chicago alderman.
Chicago politics Intrigue 'Code' Actor

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Second-round payments from the Premier's disaster Relief Appeal will target Queenslanders whose homes have been destroyed or are irreparable.
disaster funds to target Qld's homeless

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All across America, living in the shadow of big important cities, are hundreds of small municipalities that call themselves college sports towns. Despite that common theme, no two are alike. Some love their beer while some never touch the stuff. Some turn into screaming banshees for football while others only care about hockey. Some enjoy [...]
America's Best college sports Town: The East Region

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Monday, March 7, 2011

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The first ever regular season NBA game was played in Europe this weekend, as the New Jersey Nets took on the Toronto Raptors at London's O2 Arena.
London hosts first regular-season NBA game played in Europe

The NBA's latest European foray not only gave the Nets a lift, it also gave a shot in the arm to Britain's hopes of competing in next year's London Olympics. The Nets return to the United States having ended a six-game losing streak with back-to-back victories over the Toronto Raptors in the first regular-season NBA games in Europe.
NBA European adventure a success for Nets, Britain

Toronto Raptors forward Sonny Weems (C) scores a basket against New Jersey Nets Credit: Reuters / Eddie Keogh The first regular season NBA games ever to be played in Europe had been won by New Jersey Nets over the Toronto Raptors, several basketball news sites reported. The games were played in front of about 18,700 [...]
NBA European Debut: New Jersey Nets Back-to-Back Win Against Toronto Raptors

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TRENTON - Gov. christie's enforcer talks quickly and carries a big smile. She's there for the marathon meetings of the Delaware River Port Authority. She's on the phone at the Statehouse getting an earful from the entrenched head of some governmental agency that few taxpayers have heard of. She's at a news conference, standing in her boss' shadow, listening to him rail against the scourge of ...
christie's vetoes rely on her authority

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tea party members and advocates have shown that they are not averse to attacking fellow Republicans and, just two months after the Republicans, along with dozens of the ultra-conservative faction within the GOP, took control of the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House is coming under fire for not doing enough with concerning budget cuts.
tea party Nation: 'Charlie Sheen . Now Making More Sense Than John Boehner'

The founder of one of the largest tea party groups said House Speaker John Boehner looks like a 'fool' and makes less sense than actor Charlie Sheen because he has not cut enough from the budget.
tea party Leader Blasts Boehner Over Cuts

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

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Looks like the NFL and the players' union have gone to the prevent defense. With the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement staring right at them, they delayed any decisions other than approving two extensions, first for 24 hours, then for a week. That doesn't mean they're close to a new deal that would avoid the first NFL work stoppage in nearly a quarter-century.
NFL, union afraid of taking big step

Those optimistic about the NFL's labor talks with the players' union will point to the sides' decision to push back the bargaining deadline by a week and think, as Commissioner Roger Goodell put it: "The fact that we're continuing this dialogue is a positive sign."
NFL, union taking weekend break from mediation

Those optimistic about the NFL's labor talks with the players' union will point to the sides' decision to push back the bargaining deadline by a week and think, as Roger Goodell put it: "The fact that we're continuing this dialogue is a positive sign."
NFL, union reassess labor talks during weekend break

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Queensland will not be forced to take out disaster insurance when the flood levy is enacted, Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten said.
disaster insurance not compulsory: Shorten

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday a disaster declaration by President Barack Obama will help municipalities dig their way out of a budgetary hole created by a brutal winter storm that immobilized the state and strained town coffers.
disaster declaration clears way for aid to New London County

Aucklanders are being urged to take steps to ensure they are ready to respond to an emergency.
Aucklanders least prepared for disaster

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TRENTON - Gov. christie's enforcer talks quickly and carries a big smile. She's there for the marathon meetings of the Delaware River Port Authority. She's on the phone at the Statehouse getting an earful from the entrenched head of some governmental agency that few taxpayers have heard of. She's at a news conference, standing in her boss' shadow, listening to him rail against the scourge of ...
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Gov. Chris christie said Friday that he's not worried about businesses leaving for Illinois because Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is "a disaster."
NJ Gov. christie calls Ill. governor 'a disaster'

TRENTON - Gov. christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made New Jersey the first state to legalize Internet gambling.
Internet gambling vetoed by christie

christie likes to use numbers to explain N.J.'s fiscal crisis, but context can change meaning
Fact-checking Gov. christie's favorite budget boasts

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It feels like Cold war Kids have lived several lives in their relatively short career -- from overnight blog sensations, a national tour with Death Cab for Cutie, to nefariously being identified as a "Christian band," an association that can be the death knell for any modern musician not named Sufjan. Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Photos by Ben Johnson Of course, all of this is far more ...
Cold war Kids Kick Off Tour in Portland

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