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Despite Snub, `Hoop Dreams’ Truly Original Film

It began with a guy named Steve James, then a graduate student at Southern Illinois. He was playing ball, the only white guy in the gym, when he experienced a …


Blue TV Under Specific Conditions, Nudity Can Be Shown On Serious, High-Quality Shows

Jimmy Smits and Dennis Franz of “NYPD Blue.”


Fehr Turns Strike Into Death Watch

It was twilight in Pittsburgh, where baseball’s brightest stars and most hallowed household names had converged upon Three Rivers Stadium for the 65th All-Star Game. A sense of electricity gripped …


Sometimes, Even Real Players Look This Bad

The best thing that can be said about this one is that it didn’t require replacement players. Those were real NBA players playing that bad. “You can’t please everybody,” Charles …


Some Issues Cut Deeper Than Color

Every time there is some firestorm involving words, particularly words that suggest prejudice and bigotry, or at the least insensitivity, I try to put things into perspective by recalling what …


Mad Max Aside, Nba Looks Cleaner

Only eight days ago, Rod Thorn was saying that peace was at hand in the NBA. “Not one player has thrown a punch so far,” said Thorn. “That is unprecedented …


Local Talent The Visual Arts Tour Was Very Successful, With Increased Attendance And A Happy Crowd

`W ell, not to be rude or anything, but I thought the tour was going to be, you know, kind of stuffy,” said the woman, and her three friends nodded …


Muppets Had Better Start Updating Resumes

Having good people skills, Big Bird would probably do well in service sector.


Sponsor Deals Would Impact Nfl Salaries

Free-agency, the salary cap and money-savvy players could be on the verge of turning this NFL off-season into a recruiting circus. Soon, a top-echelon NFL free agent’s decision might depend …


Looking Ahead, It’ll Be 25 Years Before Another Strike

Gazing into my crystal ball, I see some lights at the end of the tunnel. They are blinking a message to the nation’s baseball fans: Do not despair . . …


Black History Month Brings Focus On African Americans In Era Of Enlightenment, Minorities Still Must Battle Opposition

Black History Month Commentary Welcome to Black History Month. The January/February issue of the media review Extra! features a compelling package on racism. Particularly recommended are two pieces by Jim …


The Babe Calling Foul On This Strike

Baseball Heaven. The postmark was too good to be true. But there it was, nestled in among the credit card bills and junk mail. Inside was a letter, handwritten on …


Orientation Tour Is The Most Interesting Part Of Health Club

My tour began in the locker room, where Sven easily pointed out the lockers and then, his confidence growing by the moment, correctly identified the showers. I joined a health …


If He Needed To, Seifert Shows He’s His Own Man

After the Philadelphia Eagles had taken apart the 49ers 40-8 on Oct. 2, one of those attack-dog radio call-in shows polled its San Francisco listeners. In that irrational mind-set so …


We’d All Miss Don Nelson If He’s A Victim

Root for Don Nelson. Root for him as you did for Raymond Burr and those peasants in the first “Godzilla” movie. Root for him not to fall to the monsters …


Finally, Young Takes His Place Next To Montana

The game itself was another competitive bust, as it invariably is, so once again the Super Bowl found itself desperate for someone to redeem it, someone to make it worth …


League Becomes Benefactor, Now It’s Players’ Turn

The most amazing aspect of extravaganzas like the Super Bowl is the extent to which the pageantry numbs, often obliterates, reality. So many private parties. Dances. Mountains of food. After …


Eating In Restaurant Is Still Like Being At Home

When a woman sets out to spend on herself the two things of which we all have the least - spare time and extra money - she expects certain rewards. …


Humphries Doesn’t Fit The Stereotype Qb

Stan Humphries isn’t a candidate for the cover of GQ Magazine, but he’s got the toughness market cornered. Photo by Associated Press


Lawyer Analysts Miss Real Drama Of O.J.’S Trial

Will Judge Lance Ito go through with his threat to keep television cameras out of the courtroom because a Court TV cameraman inadvertently shot an alternate O.J. Simpson juror? Perhaps …


Plan To Visit Miami? Can’t Be Too Careful

“Cover me, honey,” I said to the wife, “I’m going to make a dash for the lobby.” You can’t be too careful in Miami. Even though police here claim there …


‘The Brain’ Has Sonics On A Roll George Karl Uses All The Right Lines As Seattle Rides 9-Game Win Streak

1. Once the subject of trade talk, Shawn Kemp, left, would happily tell his coach he hopes the Sonics pass on any future such discussion. Photo by Associated Press 2. …


This ‘Baseball’ Will Strike Out At Most Parks

Replacement Players. The very term is deceitful.


Luciano Masked The Pain Within

He was a true clown prince of baseball, a man of laughter and conviviality, which is why Ron Luciano’s suicide on Wednesday seemed so incongruous and utterly senseless to those …


Spanking Does More For Parents Than Kids

I see that spanking is being debated in the media again.


This Kissing Thing … Where Will It All Lead?

I don’t want to be accused of being jingoistic, literally “someone who doesn’t like people from other countries who jingle,” but this whole European kissing thing is just silly. This …


Pathways To Change Can Make ‘95 Truly New

The beginning of a new year provides time for reflection on the year past as well as anticipation of the year ahead. As you reflect on the year just past, …


Gingrich’s Mother Hits A National Nerve

1. Gingrich 2. Clinton


Bookies Begging For Bowl Bettors To Fork Over Bucks

Knock, knock. Who’s there?


Out In The Cold ‘Northern Exposure’ Has Dropped In The Ratings Since Its Move To Wednesday Nights

Rob Morrow’s leaving the series “Northern Exposure” in February. Photo by Associated Press