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When They Say ‘Don’t Walk,’ They Mean It

Seattle is not New York. I can feel it in my calves. I have this aching need to bolt across the street in the face of oncoming traffic, but all …


Dan Vs. Fran Fran’s The Man, But It’s Soon To Be Dan Who Will Be No. 1

1. Fran Tarkenton was not always Mr. Nice Guy and often cared only about himself, according to former teammates. Photo by Associated Press 2. Dan Marino in perfect position. Photo …


‘Packwood Report’ Offers Own Brand Of Obscenity

Blow out some candles. It’s time to celebrate Banned Books Week, and plunging a room into darkness is an appropriate metaphor for extinguishing the right to read. Every year, the …


Society Shouldn’t Let Simpson Off Hook

Whatnow? What does O.J. Simpson do now? More specifically, how will he fit back into the athletic community? How will people accept him if he shows up at a Hall …


No Easy Solutions ‘Party Of Five’ Stands As One Of The Few Television Shows Intelligently Portraying Family Life

In the face of a possible cancellation, the cast of FOX’s “Party of Five” never lost hope. What helped them keep the faith was the immense loyalty of the show’s …


She Weeps For Brother, But We All Should Mourn

A woman wept. Her sobs echoed through the courtroom, distracting you like someone coughing during a movie. Her voice, raw and broken, cried as the first “Not guilty” was read …


Mantel Heavy For Struggling Strange

The man who lost the Ryder Cup. Bernhard Langer was branded such in 1991, Constantino Rocca in 1993, each after missing excruciatingly short putts. Now it is Curtis Strange’s turn …


Lost In The Hype Cbs’s ‘Central Park West’ Not Holding Its Own Against Fox Ratings Finesse

CBS’s “Central Park West” can’t match Fox’s “Melrose Place” or “90210” in cut-throat ratings wars.


Seattle Certainly Isn’t Scraping The Bottom Of A Barrel These Days

Through the first few innings Sunday, Oakland A’s starting pitcher Steve Ontiveros, on his way to a career-high nine strikeouts, was cutting up Mariner batters like a caffeineated sushi chef. …


Looking For Angels Accumulated Writings Give Wing To New, More Open Thinking About Heavenly Creatures

Singer Dolly Parton says angels “don’t ever think of themselves as angels. They just are.” Photo by Associated Press


Check Out ‘Bonnie Hunt’ For Truly Decent Comedy

Bonnie Hunt was brought up with a strong sense of community. “Some of my fondest memories growing up in Chicago were when the weather was really, really bad,” she recalls. …


Numbers Game Michael Jackson’s Album ‘History’ Is Not As Popular As The Music Industry Suggests

Michael Jackson’s career appears to be on a downswing. Photo by Associated Press


Scrutiny Will Be Trial By Fire For Powell

Colin Powell is finding out that it’s more difficult to get the media to fall in line than the Iraqis. For one thing, Powell can’t aim a bunch of missiles …


Mid-September Night’s Dream Attracts 15,224

In mid-September, Yankee Stadium resembles a summer resort, deserted after Labor Day. The weather is hauntingly soft, the shadows are romantic but nostalgic, the people have gone back to their …


Beatles Nostalgia Promoters Want To Hold Your Attention

Meet the Beatles. There’s a whole generation out there that wasn’t alive during the Beatles’ reign. There’s another generation that was but never heard music like this. The Beatlemania you’re …


Some Try To Say A Kiss Is Just A Kiss

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You Won’t Find Any Hard Knox From Chuck

These days, Chuck Knox keeps his head up. Photo by Associated Press


‘Prime Time’ Is Pay-Per-View

As buffoons go, Deion Sanders doesn’t come close to the man who signed him, Jerry Jones. Photo by Associated Press


King Of Promoters Is Clever Like A Fox With Free TV Bout

The No. 1 way for Don King to make the world better would be to leave his bountiful, plentiful, great, grand, wide, vast and huge personal fortune at the doorstep …


Seattle Has No Good Reason To Vote No

The Mariners may be closing in on an extended life as a playoff team, but when you go to the Kingdome these days, it feels like the approaching death of …


Baseball: Gray Men In Gray Personalities

Poor baseball. Plodding, ponderous baseball.


Kennedy Out To Launch Magazine Using Usual Flair

John Kennedy hopes he will be able to ride name recognition to magazine success. Photo by Associated Press


Who Shot Mr. Burns? Intrigue On ‘The Simpsons’ Fails To Match That Surrounding ‘Dallas’ Episode In 1980

Waiting to be resoved is the “Simpsons” cliff-hanger final episode from last season. Associated Press


Emmy Awards Far Too Tasteful To Be Truly Enjoyable

Incredible. The global audience for Sunday night’s Emmy telecast on Fox included even viewers in wartorn Croatia. And they thought Serbs were scary.


Alexander Proves No Script Is Worse Than Lame Script

Some people should not ad lib. Nuclear engineers. Pharmacists. Jason Alexander. A star of stage, screen and television, Alexander is a terrific actor. He’s a wonderful singer. He dances beautifully. …


Ripken To The Rescue Baseball Needs Cal After Painful Year

Cal Ripken Jr. epitomizes everthing that’s right with baseball. Can he save it? Photo by Associated Press


Under The Tent Thirteenth Season Of Festival At Sandpoint Forces Organizers To Look Hard At Its Future

The Festival at Sandpoint finished its 1995 season recently. Perhaps T-shirts with “I Survived ‘95” might make appropriate gifts for the festival’s staff and management. Triskaidecaphobia - an irrational fear …


Showboating Rule Had No Prayer Of Being Perfect

NCAA member schools have received their instructions. The directives not only arrived on campus in written form, but also on videocassette. So even if a student-athlete is as thick as …


Spare Us From Poor Forms Of Evangelism

My neighbor believes I’m headed for hell, and I find this disconcerting. It’s not that I’m newly concerned about my prospects for eternal doom; those remain about the same as …


Between The Lines, Aleaga Speaks Up

Washington linebacker Ink Aleaga bright and polite, but reserved. Photo by Associated Press