Baseball brawl brings bevy of bad broadcasts
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The old saying goes that any publicity is good publicity, but in this case university officials may disagree with that notion.

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The midnight rider gets caught
April 18, 2013 – 12:00 pm | 3 Comments

In fall 1988, I signed up for driver’s education. I had to pass a written exam to obtain a learner’s permit. Little did I know it, but that little piece of paper would be the …

Puppet Surprise
April 4, 2013 – 11:49 am | Comments Off

Life at a boarding school isn’t how most people imagine it. Sure there was rigid discipline and our days were strictly structured, but we also had a lot of free time, and we made the …

New fairy tale film offers ‘Giant’ entertainment
April 4, 2013 – 11:48 am | Comments Off

“Jack the Giant Killer” is a British fairy tale about a young man who slays a number of giants during the legendary King Arthur’s reign and has become the basis of the new film, “Jack …

The ghost of Old Lady Armstrong
March 14, 2013 – 5:20 pm | Comments Off

In 1985, after years of fist fights, class disruptions, poor grades, visits to the principle’s office and conferences with teachers who simply refused to deal with me anymore, my parents decided it was time to …

History Channel pillages, plunders and perplexes with new miniseries
March 14, 2013 – 5:15 pm | Comments Off

The History Channel briefly steps away from its reality-based documentary programming with its newest drama series, “Vikings.” The series, which is produced by MGM television, was created by writer/producer Michael Hirst, whose credits include HBO’s …

Alien abduction strikes suburbia in new thriller
March 14, 2013 – 5:06 pm | Comments Off

Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” It is this quote that opens the new sci-fi/horror …

The death of the DustBuster
February 28, 2013 – 12:14 pm | Comments Off

Like most teens of my generation, I experimented with alcohol. My first experience with the “hair of the dog” was a slapstick event that led to the ruin of a perfectly good G.I. Joe thermos …

Action-packed take on fairy tale intended for younger audience
February 28, 2013 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off

MTV has once again dipped its hand into the movie business with its latest genre-straddling version of a well-known fairy tale.  With “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” writer/director Tommy Wirkola puts a modern twist on …

The Beating of Toady Tim
February 14, 2013 – 3:04 pm | Comments Off

The old neighborhood had its own hierarchy, its own ebb and flow. It usually happened right under the noses of the adults, but the kids knew how it all worked. There were separate factions and …

‘Bullet to the Head’ pulls trigger on action
February 14, 2013 – 3:01 pm | 2 Comments
‘Bullet to the Head’ pulls trigger on action

“Bullet to the Head,” the latest buddy-action flick starring Sylvester Stallone, is aptly named.  Moviegoers looking for an original storyline will probably wish they’d received a bullet to the head after watching it, but action …

1-900 you’re busted
January 31, 2013 – 4:29 pm | Comments Off
1-900 you’re busted

Parents are usually very inept at talking about sex because they try to sugarcoat everything and make it sound a lot more complicated and wondrously mysterious than it really is. Because we could not get …

‘Gangster Squad’ misses mark with predictability
January 31, 2013 – 4:18 pm | Comments Off

“Gangster Squad,” the newest film in the mob genre, delivers on action and thrills, but misses some opportunities at “great movie” status. The film is the latest endeavor by director Ruben Fleischer,  whose other works …

‘Django Unchained’ adds elements of Western genre to Tarantino’s catalog
January 12, 2013 – 8:50 pm | One Comment

The western film genre undergoes a makeover in Quentin Tarantino’s latest offering, “Django Unchained.” Written and directed by Tarantino, the film follows his formula of offensive language, gratuitous violence and token nudity. The only divergences from the recipe …

Cheese Puff Double Slice
January 12, 2013 – 5:45 pm | Comments Off
Cheese Puff Double Slice

Kids get up early on Saturday without provocation, threats or coercion because it it’s the only day of the week without obligation. It’s a day for breakfast cereal, cartoons and afternoon excursions outdoors with friends. …