For most Americans, it’s just not the holidays without a mall visit. Chicago-area Woodfield prepped weeks before the Black Friday shopping blitz, debuting an Ice Palace with a light show and Santa photo-ops.
After all, its parking lots are crowded whatever the season. Woodfield gets 27 million annual visitors — more than any other Illinois attraction (only 8.69 million make it to Chicago’s Navy Pier). A heady mix of shopping, eating and entertainment options has turned malls across the US into similar tourism magnets and coined the phrase “destination malls.”
“Shopping centers and malls, especially large enclosed malls, are increasingly attempting to become something more than just a place for the distribution of goods,” says Jesse Tron of the International Council of Shopping Centers, a nonprofit that monitors the global mall
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For most Americans, it’s just not the holidays without a mall visit. Chicago-area Woodfield prepped weeks before the Black Friday shopping blitz, debuting an Ice Palace with a light show and Santa photo-ops.
(Co-authored with Kimberly A. Williams)
Gladys became a drug addict at the age of 82 when the pain of arthritis got to be too much for her and she became dependent on opiates to get through the day and to sleep at night.
Frank became a dangerous, problem drinker at 66 after he retired from his job as a maintenance man in a local school. Every day he drove to a bar where he hung out with a few buddies and drank a few too many beers before he drove home.
Samuel grew up during the era of drugs, sex and rock and roll. Throughout his adult life, he smoked marijuana after work without problems at work or at
Why randomly create a terrible relationship? By following my 7-step foolproof guide, you can make sure you do it every time!
1. Take no responsibility for your own feelings
Make sure that you do not take responsibility for your own feelings and your own sense of safety and security. Make sure that you ignore your feelings enough so that you create an empty black hole inside that needs to be filled up by sex, things, or by someone else’s love or attention.
2. Find someone to do it for you
Look for someone to fill your emptiness, someone to make you feel loved, happy, safe and
Here in Asheville, NC, ranks of the Occupy movement have struggled peacefully to keep their encampments. Recently there was a march in protest of occupier arrests.
Bloggers on The Huffington Post have commented eloquently about the widespread protests and the statement being made from Oakland to New England.
In support of social change, there’s another powerful approach, one that’s complimentary to all viewpoints — an approach essential to social evolution, yet so quiet it’s easily drowned out amid the general media’s focus on the obvious and sensational.
That approach: meditation.
“Change Begins Within”
The above phrase was coined by David Lynch as the theme of his philanthropic foundation’s annual benefit event to support Transcendental Meditation stress-reduction programs for students and at-risk populations — such as Native Americans, veterans with PTSD, child prostitutes, prison inmates and the homeless.
Why this initiative to teach people a meditation technique — why not food, shelter, clothing, or job training, as other altruistic organizations provide?
Because real change begins within. Our world is as we
STANFORD, Calif. — Andrew Luck walked back into the overcrowded home locker room at Stanford Stadium, greeted by hugs and handshakes and serenaded with a chant that suited him just perfectly.
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“Macho, Macho man!” teammates bellowed, singing the lyrics to the Village People’s famous song. “I want to be a Macho man!”Only one has earned that title on The Farm.
Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead Stanford (No. 6 BCS, No. 4 AP) past No. 22 Notre Dame 28-14 in his home finale Saturday night.Luck topped John Elway’s record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years — while it took Elway all four — and 35 this season.”There’s no player in America like Andrew Luck,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “Forget about the stats. Forget about the comparisons of other guys. It doesn’t matter.”Luck of the Irish? Forget it.Luck is on Stanford’s side.The victory likely vaulted the Cardinal into consideration for an at-large BCS bowl bid for the second straight year — with the Fiesta Bowl among the leading possible destinations — but they will not play for a major championship this season. The lone loss to Oregon put the Ducks in the Pac-12 title game out of the North Division and crushed Stanford’s dreams of a national title.What Blitz?Andrew Luck found his tight ends for three touchdowns while being blitzed against Notre Dame. He was completed just over 58 percent of his passes to all receivers against the blitz coming into Saturday. Against the Irish, Luck topped hit almost 88 percent.Stanford vs. Irish, Passing vs. Blitz
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powered by “I think one loss, that’s great,” said Luck, who turned down a chance to be the NFL draft’s top pick this year. “We’ve been on a 23-2 run for a while, I think it’s pretty impressive. We put ourselves in position to be in a good bowl game, and that’s what we wanted to do.”Notre Dame’s stumbled at the finish line again.
Tommy Rees threw an interception, lost a fumble and took a bruising blow to the ribs for Notre Dame (8-4) before getting benched. Andrew Hendrix threw for 192 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in a second-half rally for the Fighting Irish that came up short.Keeping Stanford close gave the Irish little satisfaction.”We didn’t come here for second prize,” said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, who would not name a starting quarterback for the bowl game. “We got off to a slow start and battled against it. To me, the scoreboard showed 28-14 and that’s not good enough. The slow start put us in a tough position.”Stanford coach David Shaw shined the spotlight on his program and his quarterback’s Heisman Trophy campaign with a calculated rip of the “flawed” BCS system this week. The Cardinal’s play matched his words for 30 minutes.
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A sloppy second half almost took everything else Stanford had worked for this season.Kelly benched Rees in favor of Hendrix to start the third quarter, and the move pumped some life into a stagnant Irish offense. Notre Dame took advantage of pass interference and roughing the passer penalties for its first score.Hendrix threw a 6-yard TD to Michael Floyd to slice Stanford’s lead to 21-7 halfway through the third quarter. Floyd finished with 95 catches on the year, breaking the single-season mark of 93 set by Golden Tate in 2009.The Irish were driving for another score when Hendrix overthrew a receiver, the ball was tipped and intercepted by Michael Thomas. When Notre Dame regained possession, Hendrix was sacked by A.J. Tarpley for a 13-yard loss that sent another drive tumbling.”Consistency is the one thing I have struggled with the most,” said Hendrix, who completed 11 of 24 passes.Only room for one quarterback to steal the show.Luck quickly connected with Coby Fleener for a 55-yard TD pass to extend Stanford’s lead to 28-7 with 5:40 remaining to put the game out of reach. Fleener also caught a 28-yard TD in the first half that gave Luck every major school touchdown record.Stanford’s Senior Day belonged to the redshirt junior.Luck lobbed a fade to the short corner of the end zone to complete a 3-yard score to Levine Toilolo, giving Stanford a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Even he had to hold back a smile running to the sideline to a swarm of well-wishes from teammates for the records-tying toss.But Luck lost his rhythm when a back-side blitzer closed the pocket, and he tossed a short pass that Darius Fleming intercepted and returned 35 yards. Notre Dame took over at the Stanford 10 after a 15-yard penalty on Fleener for a horse collar.Stanford stifled the Irish on consecutive plays and forced a 20-yard field goal that David Ruffer missed wide right.Luck followed with a 28-yard TD pass to Fleener. The tight end dragged cornerback Robert Blanton the final 10 yards into the end zone, sealing Luck’s marks in the school record book.”I think it’s something I’ll be able to tell my kids and grandkids when I’m watching Andrew on TV someday,” Fleener said. “He’s got my Heisman vote.”
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This week, Egyptians braved brutal beatings in Tahrir Square in search of democracy and freedom while Americans braved violence in Wal-Marts in search of cheap Black Friday appliances: #resetyourvalues. On the campaign trail, latest GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich came under fire for using the word “humane” in a debate answer about illegal immigration and suggesting we should adopt a policy to avoid tearing apart families. Apparently, erring on the side of humanity doesn’t sit well with “family values” voters. And, in a demonstration of the kind of real-time, crowd-sourced creative commentary only possible on the Internet, the UC Davis campus cop who heartlessly pepper-sprayed peaceful protesters became a viral meme, depicted spraying everyone from Gandhi to George Washington to a baby seal to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
MADISON, Wis. — Montee Ball scored four more touchdowns in his pursuit of an NCAA record, powering Wisconsin (No. 16 BCS, No. 15 AP) to a 45-7 rout of Penn State (No. 19 BCS, No. 20 AP) and a spot in next week’s Big Ten championship game.Ball has scored 34 touchdowns this season for the Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), the second-most in a single season in NCAA history. Barry Sanders holds the record, scoring 39 for Oklahoma State in 11 games in the 1988 season.With the win, Wisconsin will play Big Ten Legends division winner Michigan State in Indianapolis next Saturday.The Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-2) came into the game hoping to salvage something from a season dwarfed by scandal. They took an early 7-0 lead but quickly unraveled, falling behind 28-7 by halftime.The Nittany Lions came into Saturday’s game still reeling in the wake of child sex abuse charges against former Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky, which led to turmoil on campus and the end of coach Joe Paterno’s reign at the school.Although anything that happens on a football field pales in comparison to the allegations against Sandusky, Nittany Lions players caught in the middle of it all still hoped to rally the team for a shot at the Rose Bowl. They won at Ohio State last week, giving them a chance going into Saturday’s game.But after taking an early lead, the Nittany Lions just gave too many chances to the Badgers’ high-octane offense led by Ball and quarterback Russell Wilson.Wisconsin was again without starting center Peter Konz, but it didn’t seem to matter. Wilson threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns, flustering the Nittany Lions’ defense by slipping away from tackling attempts all afternoon.Wilson has thrown a touchdown pass in 36 straight games, tying the NCAA record held by former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell — who is now a backup for the Green Bay Packers.The Nittany Lions started strong, though, taking an early 7-0 lead on a pair of big mistakes by the Badgers.Wisconsin had Penn State stopped, but a Wisconsin player ran into Nittany Lions punter Anthony Fera to give up a first down on a penalty. Four plays later, Matt McGloin found Curtis Drake wide open — no Badgers defensive back was within 10 yards — near the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.The Badgers answered with a heavy dose of Ball on a 10-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Jared Abbrederis.McGloin then threw an interception to Wisconsin safety Shelton Johnson, giving the ball back to the Badgers near midfield. Wilson marched Wisconsin into the red zone, Ball scored a 1-yard touchdown and Wisconsin took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.Wilson then left Nittany Lions defenders grasping at air on a drive late in the second quarter. With the Badgers facing third-and-7, Wilson slipped away from pressure and ran for a first down. Later in the drive, Wilson broke at least three tackles on a 19-yard scramble to give Wisconsin first-and-goal at the 5. Ball scored a 2-yard touchdown two plays later, and Wisconsin took a 21-7 lead.Penn State then fumbled a kickoff and Wilson drove the Badgers again, finishing with a 4-yard touchdown to Nick Toon.Toon was wearing jersey No. 87 in tribute to his father, former Badgers and New York Jets wide receiver Al Toon.Penn State running back Silas Redd fumbled early in the third quarter and the Badgers recovered near midfield. Wilson marched the Badgers into the red zone, Ball scored his third touchdown of the day from 9 yards out and Wisconsin led 35-7.Ball added an 18-yard touchdown late in the third quarter and ended the day with 156 yards on 25 carries
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AUBURN, Ala. — Trent Richardson and No. 2 Alabama turned the Iron Bowl into a statement game. Now, they’ll wait and see what happens in the national title and Heisman Trophy races.Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards and AJ McCarron threw three first-half touchdown passes to lift the Crimson Tide to a 42-14 victory over rival Auburn (No. 24 BCS) on Saturday.The Tide (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) has a week before finding out if its resume is good enough to secure a shot at a second national title in three years. No. 3 Oklahoma State and No. 1 LSU have big games remaining against Oklahoma (No. 9 BCS, No. 12 AP) and No. 13 Georgia, respectively.Richardson ran 27 times and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in his final chance to impress Heisman voters. He had runs of 35 and 57 yards to set up second-half scores.Fans began chanting first “Heisman” and then “LSU” in the fourth, with a sizable contingent wearing crimson and white remaining in the stands afterward clamoring for a rematch. By then, there wasn’t all that much orange and blue left.The Tide fell to LSU 9-6 in an overtime game that Bama fans at least feel didn’t settle the matter of which one is better.It’s pretty clear who’s best in the state.In the end, the win might have given the Tide enough style points to hold onto No. 2 in the BCS rankings despite whatever happens next week.The Tide dominated statistically but didn’t put Auburn (7-5, 4-4) away until Dee Milliner’s 35-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter. Alabama entered the quarter with a 309-44 advantage in total yards but also gave up touchdowns on a fumble recovery and a kick return.McCarron completed 18 of 23 passes for 184 yards but only attempted five second-half passes. Richardson handled the rest. He gained 142 yards on 13 carries in the second half against a defense ranked 98th nationally against the run.It was more than enough to end Auburn’s streak of 14 straight wins at Jordan-Hare Stadium.The Tigers’ biggest offensive weapons were mostly nonfactors. Tailback Mike Dyer, the SEC’s No. 2 rusher, had three carries at the half and finished with 13 for 48 yards.Clint Moseley completed 11 of 18 passes for a paltry 62 yards and the pick-6. Freshman backup Kiehl Frazier played much of the game but didn’t complete either of his two pass attempts.The Tigers did threaten an offensive touchdown in the fourth but stalled on downs after getting it to the 5. Then Richardson scampered down the left sideline and sprinted to the other side of the field for the 57-yarder.Auburn managed to hang around for three quarters. Then Milliner intercepted a badly overthrown pass by Moseley, who has now had three passes returned for TDs in Auburn’s three biggest games against LSU, Georgia and Bama.The two-point play made it 35-14, and Auburn couldn’t come close to a second straight huge Iron Bowl comeback.Like last season, Alabama led 24-7 at the half. This time the Tigers didn’t have Cam Newton pulling the trigger on a comeback en route to a Heisman and a national title.Auburn struck instantly in the second half. Onterio McCalebb returned the opening kick 83 yards for a touchdown, the Tigers’ first score on a kick return in Iron Bowl history.The Tigers then held Alabama to a field goal and converted a fourth-and-1 near midfield but couldn’t sustain the momentum change.Auburn followed it up with a fumbled pitch for a 10-yard loss, a penalty and a lateral to Frazier, who badly overthrew a receiver deep.Alabama outgained the Tigers 397-140 and held Auburn to 3 of 15 on third downs.
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Last weekend (Nov. 18-20, 2011) about 300 Democratic stalwarts met in Yuma for one of our quarterly tent revivals, better known as a State Committee Meeting. The purpose of this gathering is to vote on policy resolutions, hear how wonderful our prospects are (a recurring theme despite the 2010 GOP sweep of every statewide office ) get attendees to donate money and, I suspect, provide rare moments in the sun for devotees of Robert’s Rules of Order.
The meeting started informally Friday evening as early arrivals celebrated ADP Executive Director Luis Heredia’s birthday with a (what else?) dinner/fundraiser. That night and into the next day, folks were abuzz with three recent torpor-rattling developments: the Arizona Supreme Court’s smackdown of Governor Jan Brewer’s dismissal of Independent Redistricting Committee Chair Colleen Mathis in a blatant GOP power grab; the nascent Occupy Movement and, most profoundly, the end of Russell Pearce’s (R-Mesa) reign of terror as State Senate President with the election of nice guy Jerry
Egypt is forever changed. Whether ruled by a civilian government or a military junta, gone are the days when the government can blithely dismiss the will of the people or coerce them into obedience. This most recent wave of mass protests demonstrates Egyptians’ refusal to go back to the dark ages of iron fisted dictatorship. Government accountability is the new normal.
Holding a government accountable, however, is of little value if it is ad hoc and necessitates
On Friday, Washington added its voice to Egyptians demanding that the Egyptian military give way to civilian rule. It’s instructive, however, to consider why the Egyptian brass are so reluctant.
Their resistance stems not just from a fear of an ultimate takeover by radical Muslims. There is also the fact that real civilian rule could spell an end to the system of massive military corruption and patronage that has gone on for decades in Egypt, a system that has given the military unimpeded control over a huge sector of the Egyptian economy: “a state within a state” as a well-informed Egyptian friend of mine puts it.
That’s the state that’s now being challenged.
For years, Egypt’s top military ranks have enjoyed a pampered existence in sprawling developments such as Cairo’s Nasr City, where officers are housed in spacious, subsidized
A few weeks ago, I had the awesome privilege of hanging out with Marc Pitman and Nathan Hand on Google Plus. At one point Nathan put a challenge on the table for the three of us to write a post about Google Plus Pages during the Hangout.
What follows is my version of the original document we collaborated on. Marc’s version is here and Nathan’s version is here.
So you have a Google Plus Page… Now What?
A couple months ago when Google plus originally came out a lot of people were hesitant to join because Google plus didn’t offer business
The Washington Post has proclaimed “Occupy Wall Street is Over.” Like they know.
The only thing I see is over is the Washington Post’s coverage of the BP Oil Spill, Rupert Murdoch’s wiretapping the government, the mud hole where the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans used to be, the lingering effects of Japan’s nuclear reactors dumping radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean (and who was responsible), and the ransacking by Wall Street of the nation’s economy.
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This has been quite a week in the business of sports. Club owners in baseball and basketball have settled their labor disputes with the unions representing their players through the arduous process of collective bargaining. While the parties in baseball were expected to reach an agreement, their history of failed negotiations makes that an uncertain proposition each time a collective bargaining agreement expires. The parties in basketball have been through a painful set of negotiations, and, in one last attempt to save their season, they reached a tentative pact.
Collective bargaining is a frustrating experience both for the participants and the fans of
The UK police force tasked with investigating the hacking of emails and documents from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia (the debunked “Climategate”) seems to have quietly de-prioritized its investigation earlier this year, according to documents released under the UK Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The Norfolk Constabulary police force’s responses to FOIA requests indicate that the amount spent on attempts to identify the hacker in the last year was just 5,649.09 – with all but 80.05 spent on invoices for work carried out previously by private companies, suggesting police work on the investigation has ground to a halt.
Earlier this week, the hackers (ironically calling themselves “FOIA”) illegally released a second set of hacked material consisting of 5,349 emails and 23 documents from UEA. The university and independent reviews suggest these are leftovers from the initial November 2009 theft – in the words of one climate scientist, “two-year old turkey.”
While nine independent inquiries have cleared the scientists of any wrongdoing in the wake of the baseless ‘Climategate’ episode, the person (or persons) responsible for the hacking has gotten off scot-free to date. The FOIA documents seem to indicate that the police investigation was derailed and perhaps dropped earlier this year.
The grand total spent by Norfolk police on the UEA hacker investigation since the November 2009 theft is just 80,905.11.
To illustrate the vast gap between this figure and the expenditures reported publicly about other UK police investigations, see the infographic below.
Norfolk Constabulary invoked an exemption under the FOIA rules to refuse to confirm or deny whether other UK security services such as MI5 or MI6 have worked on the investigation. A statement from Norfolk police did confirm it is receiving “ongoing assistance” from the UK’s domestic terrorism agency, the National Domestic Extremism Coordination Unit, and that it was helped early in the investigation by London's Metropolitan
Events of November 26, 2011
I was pretty excited as I packed up my bags in my dorm on Wednesday morning. I was excited about being on vacation, I was excited about getting to spend Thanksgiving with my family, and I was excited about getting out of Boston for a few days to visit my mother’s family in Worcester. But, in addition to all of those things, I was excited because I knew the Saturday after Thanksgiving was the date that NASA’s next Mars rover was set to launch!
The very first Mars rover, Sojourner, landed on Mars in 1997, when I was four years old. I don’t remember Sojourner, but I do remember reading about it in all of my science books and magazines a few years
LEXINGTON, Ky. — CoShik Williams ran for a touchdown and senior wide receiver Matt Roark filled in at quarterback with 124 yards on 24 carries as Kentucky snapped a 26-game losing streak to Tennessee with a 10-7 victory on Saturday.The win capped a disappointing season for the Wildcats (5-7, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) and kept Tennessee (5-7, 1-7) from reaching bowl eligibility with representatives from the Liberty Bowl on hand.Kentucky’s game plan was clear from the start to win for the first time in the series since 1984.The Wildcats weren’t going to be able to throw much with Roark, but instead tried to run misdirection plays and catch Tennessee off-guard while relying on their improving defense.It worked.Roark led two scoring drives and Kentucky forced three turnovers, including a key one in a goal-line stand in the third quarter.Roark had talked earlier in the week about needing to find a job after he graduated in May, but he left a strong impression in his final appearance at Commonwealth Stadium with injured quarterbacks Maxwell Smith (right shoulder) and Morgan Newton (right ankle, right shoulder) watching from the sideline.Kentucky wore its black jerseys for the second time this season at the request of its 21 seniors and, on the first possession, Roark led Kentucky on a 15-play drive that lasted nearly eight minutes before it stalled at the Tennessee 7 and forced Craig McIntosh’s 24-yard field goal. That would stay the only score until the fourth quarter, when Williams scored from the 6 to give Kentucky a 10-0 lead.Tennessee had plenty of chances late, but committed three turnovers in the second half.First, Ronnie Sneed intercepted Tyler Bray’s pass at the Tennessee 34. But, with Kentucky seemingly stalled, it appeared to be only a matter of time before Tennessee’s offense engaged. It happened when Bray found Rajion Neal behind cornerback Randall Burden for a 44-yard gain that set up first-and-goal on the 8.But Neal failed to handle the snap out of a wildcat formation two plays later, and Collins Ukwu recovered the fumble for Kentucky before Roark restarted the offense.First, he got linebacker A.J. Johnson to turn his back for a 24-yard gain into Tennessee territory. Roark made another key play a few minutes later, splitting the defense and breaking two tackles on a third-and-12 to gain 26 yards down to the Tennessee 7. Williams, who finished with 68 yards, scored two plays later on a 6-yard run that made it 10-0 with 14:12 left.Tennessee struck right back when Bray found Neal on the post again against Burden for a 53-yard score that cut it to 10-7 with 12:52 left. Tennessee had three chances late, but Bray failed to move the offense beyond one first down and on fourth-and-17. Taiedo Smith intercepted Bray’s pass to seal it.Roark finished 4 of 6 for 15 yards passing.Volunteers wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers caught two passes for 38 yards to boost his SEC-leading totals to 67 receptions for 1,040 yards, but Bray looked rusty in his second game back after missing five with a broken right thumb. He finished 15 of 38 for 215 yards.The Vols last lost on the road to Kentucky in 1981 and, coupled with their 6-7 finish last year, have ended seasons with consecutive losing records for the first time since 1910-11.They’ll have a long offseason to think about this one by failing to topple a Wildcats team that had been in turmoil all week with rumors that coach Joker Phillips might not return for a third season.Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart said on the school’s pregame show that nothing changed from when he publicly supported Phillips in October.Phillips is 11-14 and 4-12 in SEC play over his first two seasons while the program won’t go to a bowl for the first time in five years. Instead, the coach got a victory bath from a sideline water cooler all the same and fans rushed the field.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Denard Robinson took the snap, took a knee and set off a long, loud, maize-and-blue celebration in the Big House.Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping 17th-ranked Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 on Saturday and snap a school-record seven-game losing streak against the Wolverines’ archrival.”This game is more than a win,” defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said. “It’s bigger than that. It encompasses way more.”Michigan (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) was forced to settle for a six-point lead with 1:59 left on Brendan Gibbons’ career-long 43-yard field goal after two apparent TDs were negated by a video review and then penalties.The Buckeyes (6-6, 3-5) had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but freshman Braxton Miller sailed a pass over Deviser Posey’s head on what could’ve been a 76-yard TD and threw a loss-sealing interception to Courtney Avery.Michigan finally won a game in the storied series because it had a better quarterback than Ohio State, for a change.Robinson was 14 of 17 — completing 11 straight passes during one stretch — for 167 yards with TD passes to Kevin Koger, Junior Hemingway and Martavious Odoms. He ran 26 times for 170 yards and two more scores and lost a fumble.Miller was 14 of 25 for 235 yards with TD passes to Posey and Corey Brown. He ran 16 times for 100 yards and a score.The Wolverines also had more success creating holes for their featured running back.Fitzgerald Toussaint had 120 yards rushing, but didn’t score because video review overturned his apparent TD late in the game. He was ruled down before getting in the end zone. Robinson then had a TD run negated by a holding penalty — and yet another flag after the play pushed Michigan back to the Ohio State 26, forcing Gibbons to make the longest field goal of his career to force the Buckeyes to score a TD to win.”There wasn’t a doubt in my mind,” Michigan coach Brady Hoke said.Ohio State’s Dan Herron was held to 37 yards rushing and a TD on 15 carries, but the Wolverines had trouble slowing down Miller just as they had previously with Troy Smith, who started Ohio State’s winning streak in 2004, and Terrelle Pryor who extended it with last year’s win.Pryor, though, wasn’t around to win again in The Game. He left Ohio State in the wake of being caught up in a cash-for-Buckeyes memorabilia scandal that resulted in coach Jim Tressel’s departure and several other players serving multiple-game suspensions in what became the program’s worst season on the field since 1999.The Buckeyes have already said they won’t pass up the chance to go to a bowl game — if the NCAA allows them to play in the postseason.Regardless, former Florida coach Urban Meyer is widely expected to take over the program.Former Ohio State running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George said the fact that Meyer wasn’t in Ann Arbor with his ESPN crew was another obvious sign that he’s the next coach of the Buckeyes.”I think it’s pretty much set in stone,” George told The on Saturday morning at Michigan Stadium, where he was working as an analyst. “There are rumors already about what he’s signing for and who’s coaching with him. After this game, the chatter is obviously going to get even louder and I think we’ll know something definitely by Monday.”Michigan, meanwhile, might be in a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2006 under first-year coach Hoke, who took many of Rich Rodriguez’s players and helped them perform much better this season.Michigan Stadium’s field was filled with fans after the Wolverines finally beat the Buckeyes, ending a drought that lasted more than 2,900 days as the players were reminded each day they stepped into Schembechler Hall.The public-address announcer tried in vain to get the field cleared for the bands, but they stayed in a cluster around the block `M’ at midfield and were sprinkled throughout the rest of the field as they soaked up the moment. About 20 minutes later, Michigan’s band finally was able to take the field.
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Was Newt Gingrich crazy to suggest that the United States needed a more “humane” immigration policy? Crazy like a fox, perhaps. Gingrich’s gambit wasn’t a Rick Perry-style stumble or gaffe: it was a cleverly calculated maneuver. Already dominating Mitt Romney among Tea Party conservatives, he decided that a highly visible move to the center on an issue that is not likely to decide the 2012 election could score him points with GOP voters who wonder if he’s as “electable” as Romney.
Many Tea party conservatives, Newt reasons, know that he’s more conservative than Romney, and won’t let the immigration issue alone sway their
Whether you like his politics or not, there are two things about Newt Gingrich that almost all of us aren’t too happy about — he’s a cheater and he’s twice-divorced.
While numerous presidents have committed adultery, only one was divorced: Ronald Regan. If he wins the Republican nomination and makes it to the White House, Gingrich will be the only president who’s done both. It’s no notch on his bedpost.
We don’t like politicians who have been unfaithful, and the last few years have brought a spate of them: Schwarzenegger, Sanford, Edwards, Spitzer, Craig, Giuliani, McGreevey and, depending on your definition of unfaithful, Weiner.
9 Deauville, 1930′s. The fine Private Lives revival directed by Richard Eyre at the Music Box Theater opens on a posh hotel terrace. The view must be amazing, you imagine as two couples on honeymoon in adjoining suites gaze over the audience to a yacht in the harbor. On the right, Elyot answers one jealous question after another about his first wife
Between the ugly concrete buildings and the mansions with gardens, timid spaces for entertainment are emerging. A neighborhood that for decades was condemned to nocturnal boredom, a slice of the bedroom city, now sees glowing signs and bars offering drinks springing up here and there. Comfortable cafes, bars, gyms, and hairdressers flourish with the rebirth of self-employment. Among today’s entrepreneurs, few were a part of the wave of tiny private businesses that appeared in the