Paul Lee downplays finger injury, assures he’ll be ready for Game 4

first_imgNo Fajardo needed as San Miguel’s second unit gets job done Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPaul Lee allayed fears of getting sidelined and promised to play playing for Magnolia in crucial Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.Lee  grimaced in pain as he hurt his middle finger on his right hand when he tried to reach for the ball off a jumpball early in the fourth quarter. He left the game with 9:01 left and didn’t return.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We expected that San Miguel will play this way because they’re really strong. But just like what kuya Ping [Marc Pingris] told us, we need to double the effort especially on defense,” he said.“It’s going to be hard for us if we go down 1-3. It will be a big game for us next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’ll be ready. This is nothing,” he said on the heels of the Hotshots’ 87-111 Game 3 defeat. “I jammed my finger. When I reached, my middle finger hit the knee of Matt (Ganuelas-Rosser).”Coach Chito Victolero opted to no longer check Lee back in as the Beermen already held an 83-71 lead at that point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I decided to rest Paul in preparation for our next game,” relayed the bench tactician.Things just got even tougher for the Hotshots, who are looking to avoid a dangerous 1-3 hole against the highly-favored three-time defending champions, and that fact is not lost on Lee. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

Former Army General Joins Nimba Senatorial Race

first_imgA retired army general of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), retired General John G. Teah, has joined the Nimba County senatorial race, which is coming up in the Special Senatorial Election. The special election is scheduled for October 2014.General John G. Teah, at a well-attended rally in Ganta City Monday, May 27, told the people of Nimba to give him the senatorial seat of the county in October when they go to the poll to vote in the special election, which is being organized by the Nation Elections Commission (NEC).In his rhetoric to supporters, General Teah said he was one of the sons of Nimba who had stood and defended the county during the regime of former President Samuel Kanyan Doe.“As one of those who fought for the safety of Nimba, I think I should be given the chance; and I need your support to contest the senatorial seat,” he said.He added that all of the county’s “liberators” deserve the right to represent the county as senators and that it was not incumbent upon one person.Even though Teah did not call any names, incumbent Senator Prince Y. Johnson, who is seen as the “God Father” of the county by some youth, has always boasted that he is the “liberator” of Nimba County and that no one can match him in a contest and win in the county.Senator Johnson is, too, a retired senior officer of the AFL.“Nine years is enough for a person. So, at this time we need your support to go there, too,” he added.Gen. Teah explained that when Nelson Mandela was freed from jail and became President of South Africa, he served for only a term and then left power for others, but did not try to hold onto power in the name of being the liberator of this people from apartheid.General John G. Teah was also among other rebel fighters, who fought within the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) of convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor.He also served in the AFL when Charles Taylor became President. He was among the many army personnel, who were disbanded in 2006 when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became president.This is not the General’s first attempt at entering politics. In 2011, he contested for District #4 Representative seat in Nimba, but lost to Garrison Yealue.Some have said that his declaration poses no threat to incumbent Senator Prince Johnson who, upon entering the race for the first time, using the same ‘liberation’ rhetoric, won by a landslide.Presently, the political field in Nimba is gradually becoming congested with several prominent Nimbaians entering the race: former Supt. Edith Gongloe Weh, Cllr. Yarmie Quiqui Gbeisay, former Education Minister, Dr. Joseph Z. D. Korto, Dr. Kardiker Rex Dahn, and Mr. Peter Weatoe.Development Superintendent Teeko Tozay Yorlay, who appears to be favored by the young people, is also among those who have declared their intentions for the senatorial seat in the pending October 2014 special election.The ceremony marking Gen. Teah’s declaration was well attended by residents of Ganta.Despite the considerable crowd attending Gen. Teah’s declaration ceremony, obervers it is unlikely that he can best Senator Johnson. However, this will be decided in October as Liberians head to the polls to vote in the Special Senatorial Elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wagner recalled as student, friend

first_imgWagner passed away on Wednesday after suffering a brain aneurysm in his dorm room. He was 20 years old. “I would say he was one of the most liked guys on the team by everybody,” CMS head coach Rick Candaele said. “He had a great personality and work ethic. He had a quest to be a better football player.” Wagner, who is from Glendale and played in high school at La Canada Flintridge Prep, also had a quest to better the world. A biology major, Wagner’s goal was to be a doctor, his teammate and roommate Andy Sinclair said. “There are probably three things I will remember most about him,” said Sinclair, a linebacker who also was a teammate of Wagner’s at Flintridge Prep. “First, he was a real good guy, who was real likable. Second, he was a good student. Football players don’t have a reputation for being smart. He weighed in on anything & and third, he was the best friend I ever had.” A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at CMS’ Zinda Field. In case of rain, the service will be moved to Ducey Gym. William Wagner meant more to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps football team than just a backup offensive lineman who was expecting to start as a senior. He also was a friend. center_img In addition to friendship, Sinclair and Wagner shared the experience of winning a CIF-Southern Section championship in 2003 at Flintridge Prep. “The other day, he said to me, `It was the best moment in my life.”‘ Sinclair said. “He played a great game. He was a big part of winning that championship.” Wagner’s passing has been tough on Sinclair, but there are things he feels fortunate about. “First, he was having a good time. Second, in 20 years, he did more than anyone else. He got a lot done,” Sinclair said. “Third, I got to spend a lot of time with him.” Sinclair said it was about 1:15a.m. Wednesday morning when, after a humorous discussion, Wagner complained of a pain in his ear before collapsing. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Candaele said about 200 football players and other athletes met to remember Wagner. There have been several things done to remember Wagner. Those include a permanent spot for Wagner’s No. 77 jersey in the team room, and the coaches’ award given annually to a player will become the William Wagner Award. “He was one of those young fellas that made a difference,” Candaele said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Canyon Country crime hotbed?

first_imgIn an April Fools’ Day joke, on Sunday posted a fake news story that Bossert proposed building a massive wall to protect the westside communities, creating a “Green Zone” like the one in Baghdad. On Wednesday, the West Ranch Town Council will begin naming members of a committee to communicate with residents about how the westside should be governed. Bossert said he will be co-chairman of the committee, and that he remains impartial about whether the westside should form its own city or be annexed. “Clearly anybody who criticizes anything is opening themselves up to be criticized for making any kind of comment,” he said. “I simply was surprised at the amount of methamphetamine and drug arrests that are going on in that part of the valley, and so pointing it out doesn’t make me a snob.” Crime statistics released recently by the Sheriff’s Department showed that Canyon Country, the most densely populated community in the Santa Clarita Valley, had 320 narcotics-related incidents in 2006, while the westside communities had 68 such incidents. The 2006 statistics also indicate that Canyon Country had more total crimes, with 4,152 incidents, compared with 1,494 for the westside communities. But one of the most notorious crimes ever to occur in the Santa Clarita Valley happened in Stevenson Ranch in 2001, when federal agents tried to serve a warrant on a man in a Brooks Circle home. The man opened fire, killing a sheriff’s deputy and riddling neighboring homes with bullets. He died when his home burned to the ground. Austin noted that the arrest reports for Santa Clarita include crimes that occur in county unincorporated parts of Santa Clarita, such as around Jakes Way in Canyon Country, long known for its crime rate. “We would all be better off if we were all under one area,” Austin said. “Even the area by Jakes Way should be annexed so we can all take care of it.” Alan Ferdman, 64, chairman of the Canyon Country Advisory Committee, said he wanted to invite Bossert to a meeting of his group. “I don’t think it’s a very responsible thing to do, to just throw out some comment that some other area – that you don’t live in – happens to be less than you expect it to be,” Ferdman said. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A West Ranch Town Council member’s Internet commentary calling Canyon Country a “cornucopia of crime” has generated a bounty of reaction. One online commentary from a Canyon Country resident called the statement about the eastside community “snobbish.” Another described Stevenson Ranch, where the critical council member lives, as “Plastictown.” The over-the-top Internet sparring match comes at a time when the West Ranch Town Council is spurring discussion of how the communities west of Interstate 5 should be governed. The options are: form a new city, become part of the city of Santa Clarita or stay unincorporated county territory. Dave Bossert, president of the West Ranch Town Council, made the eastside community of Canyon Country part of the discussion when he described it as a “cornucopia of crime” in an online commentary at, a Web site he created. Bossert suggested some Santa Clarita residents want to annex westside areas for a revenue base. “They want to make sure they get their hands on more revenue to pump into the dilapidated and crime ridden area on the east side of the city,” he wrote. Bossert based his assessment of Canyon Country’s crime rate on daily e-mail updates sent out by the Sheriff’s Department. Bossert says Canyon Country seems to have many methamphetamine-related arrests. “He’s painting with this big wide brush that Canyon Country is this hotbed of crime,” said Canyon Country resident Chris Austin, 44, who regularly posts to another community Web site, “I’m sorry, there’s a lot of good hardworking people (in Canyon Country,) and maybe we don’t have the big pocketbooks they have out there … but to paint us all as dilapidated and crime-ridden is ridiculous,” Austin said. last_img read more

Prosecutor points to history of violence

first_img“I think I just killed somebody,” Spector said, according to what DeSouza told police. Photos of Clarkson’s body lying stiffly across a chair, a bloody hole where her mouth used to be, were shown several times during the first day of the trial. Jackson recalled nights of terror as recounted by four onetime women friends of Spector in which he allegedly “flew off the handle” when they asked to leave and threatened them with guns, making some stay the night. Spector sat quietly in court, looking subdued even while sporting wild attire. He was wearing a three-piece tan suit with the collar of a fuchsia shirt hiding part of his pale face. His hands shook, and he stared blankly ahead throughout most of the day, occasionally shaking his head slowly back and forth as Jackson spoke. At one point, he stared straight at Jackson for several minutes. Two of the four final incidents with his women friends happened in the early 1990s in Spector’s former Pasadena home along the Arroyo Seco, Jackson said. Spector had known both of those women for several years and had a “casual dating relationship” with them, Jackson said. While the women described Spector as “charming” during their courtship, their relationships with the music mogul always ended with a night at Spector’s home in which he would seemingly snap, giving them orders to stay, using profanity and, eventually, a weapon, the prosecutor said. Jackson told the story of Dorothy Melvin, former personal manager for comedian Joan Rivers, who dated Spector from 1989 until the Fourth of July weekend of 1993. Melvin, who had spent the night on the couch at Spector’s Pasadena home, awoke to find him standing outside, wearing a shoulder holster and pointing a pistol at her car, Jackson said. When Melvin came out to ask him what he was doing, Spector allegedly slapped her with the back of his hand, asking where she had been and claiming he couldn’t find her. Jackson said Spector kept the gun pointed at her while ordering her to “get the \ back in the house.” She cried and begged Spector to let her leave, which he eventually did, but he made her leave her purse behind, Jackson said. He was convinced she had stolen from him. While making her way down the driveway, Melvin realized the wrought-iron gates to Spector’s driveway were closed. She said she heard Spector coming after her and turned to find him holding a shotgun to her face and saying, “I told you to get the \ out of here.” She explained the gate was closed, and he let her out. Melvin called Pasadena police, who took reports that Jackson showed on an overhead projector Wednesday. Jackson said Melvin was unwilling to press charges because she wanted to keep Rivers’ name out of the tabloids. Defense attorney Bruce Cutler said in his opening statement that the evidence will show the shooting was a “tragic accident.” Cutler also charged that investigators leaped to the conclusion that it was a murder. “The evidence will show that back on Feb. 3 of ’03, before they even had a cause of death, let alone a manner of death, they had murder on their mind. Murder on their mind – the police,” Cutler said. The attorney also cast doubt on the language abilities and awareness of a chauffeur who quoted Spector as saying he thought he killed somebody. Addressing Spector’s history with women, Cutler characterized him as “a true romantic of a bygone era.” Cutler’s opening was nearly aborted by a dispute in which he said his theory of the case was being “eviscerated” by the prosecution. Prosecutors Pat Dixon and Jackson approached the judge before Cutler spoke and asked that Cutler be prevented from referring to statements Spector made to police shortly after the shooting. In the taped statements, Spector said he didn’t know Clarkson and railed that “she had no right to come to my house and blow her head off.” The judge said that since the prosecution chose not to use them they can’t be used by the defense. Dixon said the issue was mentioned at a pretrial hearing and was not a surprise. Cutler went forward before the jury, stating evidence will show “the decedent fired the gun herself.” “A self-inflicted gunshot wound can be accidental suicide and that’s what it was,” he said. Cutler attacked the credibility of the women who will testify saying they are telling “tall tales” and said they pursued Spector because of his fame and money. The trial continues today. The Associated Press contributed to this story. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Phil Spector trial LOS ANGELES – Famed music producer Phil Spector often used guns to threaten women who tried to leave his home after a night of drinking, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. So it should come as no surprise that actress Lana Clarkson had a purse around her right shoulder, apparently ready to take her leave, as she lay shot to death in a chair just five feet from the back door of Spector’s Alhambra mansion, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said. “The man put a loaded pistol inside Lana Clarkson’s mouth – inside her mouth – and shot her to death,” Jackson said during the prosecution’s opening statements in Los Angeles Superior Court. Spector is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of 40-year-old Clarkson, best known for her role in the 1985 Roger Corman film “Barbarian Queen.” Spector was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 20, 2004, and has pleaded not guilty. He has remained free on $1 million bail since his arrest after the shooting at the estate he calls “The Castle” at 1700 Grandview Ave. in Alhambra. If convicted of second-degree murder, he could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Spector, 67, known for creating the “Wall of Sound” production style showcased in the 1963 Ronettes hit “Be My Baby,” has maintained his innocence, saying Clarkson killed herself. But Jackson was quick to recall for the jury what Spector is said to have uttered to his driver Adriano DeSouza, who was sitting in the producer’s Mercedes when Spector emerged from the back door around 5 a.m., pistol in hand and blood running through his fingers. last_img read more

Tevez back at Boca, dreams of last World Cup fling

first_imgThe former Manchester United and Juventus striker — who turns 34 next month — last played for the national side in October 2015.But Tevez will be happy to settle for just playing after a lucrative but ultimately miserable 12 months with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.“I want to enjoy these next two years with Boca because it’s the last thing I have left,” he said as he was introduced by the club after his move last week.“I’m fine. It’s much easier if I’m happy and I’m happy,” Tevez said at his boyhood club’s training ground just outside Buenos Aires.Boca chairman Daniel Angelici said no money changed hands in bringing Tevez back to his former club.“I want to thank the Chinese club because it has made it easier for Carlos to be here with us. There was no economic compensation, neither from Boca to the Chinese club nor from China to Boca,” Angelici told reporters.Tevez said: “We went hand in hand with the Chinese club. Boca did not have to put anything in.”Tevez joined Shenhua in January last year on an estimated 730,000 euros-a-week salary, making him one of the world’s highest-paid players.Carlos Tevez main goal now is to win the South American Copa Libertadores club championship with six-time winners Boca © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHIt may explain his comment at Tuesday’s press conference when he reflected on his return to Boca: “As I won, I also lost.”Tevez scored only four goals in the Chinese championship during an injury-marred season in which he missed the Chinese Cup Final which his team won.“I have no regrets. When I made the decision (to go to China) I took it knowing the consequences,” he said.Tevez’s main goal now is to win the South American Copa Libertadores club championship with six-time winners Boca. The Buenos Aires club last won it in 2007.“We all know the responsiblity of playing a Libertadores. I think it’s time to try to take that weight off us and win it,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentine footballer Carlos Tevez takes part in a training session at Los Cardales, Buenos Aires province, on January 9, 2018 © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jan 9 – Carlos Tevez hopes to turn back the clock and use his return to Boca Juniors as a springboard to get back in the Argentina team for this year’s World Cup in Russia.“I have a few years of football left, being in a World Cup for a player of my age would be something very nice,” Tevez said.last_img read more

Liverpool must make it into CL, says Salah

first_img0Shares0000The Reds sit third in the Premier League standings with a one-point lead over Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham.LONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 24 – Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has set his team a clear target for the season: qualification for next year’s Champions League.The Reds sit third in the Premier League standings with a one-point lead over Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham. “We must finish in the top four, it is not optional, we have to work hard and fight for it,” Salah told Sky Sports. “We have fantastic players, manager and fans, everyone deserves it.”The Egyptian has 22 league goals already this season and explained how he slots into manager Jurgen Klopp’s tactical setup.“We change the system every game, so sometimes I play second striker and sometimes I play on the right and sometimes I play on the left,” he added.“So he helped me to improve myself and to do what I am doing now, so I am happy about that. I have the freedom to do whatever I want, but we are 11 players, so I have to defend, do my work, attack, defend, everything.“I always start on the right, and we change during the game. Sometimes we play 4-4-1-1, 4-4-2 and I play second striker or I play striker. So it depends on the game and what the manager wants.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBUSINESS: One of Donegal’s leading accountancy firms have made a brilliant video to celebrate their rebranding.Formerly named Vision Accountancy the company has now rebranded itself as Excel Partners. Sean Carr.Seán Carr is the firms founding Partner, with over TEN years’ experience working in the provision of advisory services having previously worked in two other leading Irish accounting firms.Seán has a reputation for straight talking, problem solving and expert professional advice based on considerable expertise which he has built up over a long period of time.He has extensive accountancy, tax, corporate finance and corporate turnaround experience.In some cases, he takes on the role of examiner or liquidator and has acted as liquidator to a number of PLCs. Seán brings a unique and different philosophy and mind set to problem solving.Finian is a highly experienced tax and recovery expert.Finian is a former head of Collector General’s Insolvency Unit which dealt with all insolvency matters in the state and headed up Revenue Audit teams in the audit of large and Multinational companies.Finian Loftus.He also has extensive experience in private practice in other leading Irish accounting firms. His experience with the Irish Revenue Commissioners is invaluable in ensuring that clients meet the necessary regulatory taxation compliance standardsExcel Partners- PhilosophyThe philosophy at Excel Partners is meticulous attention to detail, quality personal service and total professionalism which we regard as essential requirements for a modern approach to Accountancy. Excel Microsoft Excel changed the world of Accountancy in 1985 and Excel Partners are aiming to do the same. We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is not an act but a habit.Partners- Client Partnerships. We view our client as our partners and we measure our success by yours. For us, clients are at the heart of our business and we involve clients at every stage as partners.We partner with our customers to deliver high calibre quality projects on time and on budget in a diligent, reliable, efficient and collaborative manner When Failure is an option, Partner with us.Delivered. We don’t promise, we deliver Solutions for your business problems. We are not just ordinary accountants, we are problem solvers and where others see problems, we see opportunities.  We have a reputation for creating powerful innovative solutions to complex problems. Your problems get us out of bed every morning. Walk in with a problem, walk out with a solution.Differently- Excel Partners are different. Our approach is different, but proven. We get results, it is a difference that matters.Accounting has changed and not all accountants are the same. We make accounting simple for clients and to make your life easier-is our top priority.ContactTelephone: 074- 98 90 120Email: solutions@excelpartners.ieDDTV: WATCH DONEGAL COMPANY’S BRILLIANT REBRAND LAUNCH was last modified: October 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Blacks must unite for own best interests

first_imgTHE alliance between blacks and the vigilante group the Minutemen is very similar to the alliance between black Christian evangelicals and white Christian evangelicals on the issue of gay civil rights. Suspect. The Minutemen have made a concerted effort to reach out to blacks on the issue of illegal immigration, playing into the fears and hysteria of many in the community. At a rally and press conference for the kickoff of the Minutemen’s D.C. caravan held in Leimert Park one of the few primarily black neighborhoods left in Los Angeles tensions were high as many blacks joined their white counterparts in denouncing illegal immigrants. Similar to the 2004 presidential election debacle in which some blacks were persuaded to vote for President George W. Bush because he opposed civil rights for gays, blacks are being used by the Minutemen to support their illegal-immigration agenda. By and large, blacks have little in common with the Minutemen. As with white conservatives, on any other issue important to blacks, we would probably be on opposing sides. But at the same time, immigrant- rights supporters have done virtually nothing to counteract the appeals to blacks by the likes of the Minutemen. The Latino leadership has done very little in the effort of real coalition-building with blacks on common issues. For the most part, it does not include blacks in its planned protests and marches, except for the occasional token speaker. The Minutemen, love them or hate them, have done what the immigrant-rights supporters have not done with blacks, and that’s talk to them. What we are seeing happen in the immigration debate is not new. We saw it in 2004 with gay marriage and Bush’s Faith Based Initiative program that brought black megachurch pastors to the White House for photo ops and press conferences denouncing lesbians and gays. This is a deliberate attempt to divide the black community. We are expected to either side with the vigilantes or the illegal immigrants, neither of which have blacks’ best interests at heart. It’s time that blacks start to care about their own interests and stop being bamboozled by groups like the Minutemen. Siding with the Minutemen makes little more sense than siding with the KKK. Illegal immigrants aren’t the cause of the apathy found in black communities around the country. Blacks are. The Minutemen are here today in our communities and will be gone tomorrow, but we will still be here living in the same conditions as before. America does need immigration reform. I think both sides will agree on that, but blacks cannot fault the illegal immigrants for doing what blacks should have done years ago, and that’s unite. The last time masses of blacks gathered in Los Angeles, it was for the funeral of Stanley Tookie Williams. And the irony of that is not once in Los Angeles did the number of activists trying to save his life ever get anywhere close to the thousands of people who showed up for his funeral. While illegal immigration has affected the black community, it’s black people who are to blame for the current crisis in black America. Siding with the Minutemen is not going to change that. It’s time for black people to wake up and start handling business in our community. Los Angeles-based writer Jasmyne A. Cannick writes political and social commentary. Contact her via her Web site, AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

His Ed Muskie moment

first_imgThe expression, which refers to a character in the most famous of the fictional Uncle Remus stories, is sometimes used to portray an inextricable situation. But, as the word also has been used as a derogatory term for blacks, it raised eyebrows when spoken from the White House podium.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThen he had to stop. Gripping the podium, grimacing and looking down, Snow paused for a full 10 seconds – a virtual lifetime of dead air when television cameras are rolling and 100 pairs of eyes are trained on you – and gave talking several more aborted tries. “It’s my Ed Muskie moment,” the 50-year-old Ohio native joked about his response. He referred to the controversy in 1972 when Muskie, then a Maine senator and Democratic presidential candidate, choked up while complaining about unsavory media reports about his wife. Muskie’s campaign never recovered from the ensuing dispute over whether he cried or merely had melted snowflakes on his face. Snow’s briefing also produced a couple of backpedals, several pointed rejoinders – and at least one turn of phrase that raised eyebrows. Asked repeatedly about reports that the government has collected records on millions of Americans’ phone calls, Snow said, “I don’t want to hug the tar baby of trying to comment on the program, the alleged program, the existence of which I can neither confirm nor deny.” WASHINGTON – White House press briefings rarely veer into the deeply personal. But that’s what happened Tuesday during Tony Snow’s first on-camera tangle with the White House press corps. It was nearing the end of the new presidential spokesman’s lively question-and-answer period before the cameras, and he was asked why he wears one of the popular yellow “LIVESTRONG” bracelets that raise money for cancer through the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Snow, who had his colon removed last year and underwent six months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with colon cancer, struggled with his response for 45 seconds. “I had cancer last year,” he began. “It’s going to sound stupid and I’ll be personal here.” last_img read more