New on DVD: HBO's 'Watchmen' shakes up classic comic
“Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series”: HBO’s “Watchmen” was one of the best-reviewed TV series of 2019. And because show creator and runner Damon Lindelof decided to walk away after the first season, the show begins and ends here.The HBO series used the 1980s comic book of the same name as a base, but then charted its own course. With a strong focus on racial animosity in America, the series opened with a graphic depiction of the real-life 1921 Tulsa, Okla., race massacre, where a white mob attacked black residents and businesses. The show also included the supernatural creations from the comic fo...
Tribune News Service
Collector owns both of Bob Dylan's childhood homes — and his highchair
MINNEAPOLIS — In his teeming Bob Dylan collection, Bill Pagel has more than 15,000 photos, 4,000 concert posters and 18 four-drawer file cabinets filled with manuscripts and ephemera. He owns the Minnesota native’s childhood homes in Duluth and Hibbing, not to mention little Bobby’s highchair.Just don’t ask Pagel to analyze the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s songs, even though he has hundreds of Dylan recordings and bootlegs.“I’m not an expert. I don’t try to see if there’s any hidden meaning. I just enjoy the music,” Pagel said. “I’m a collector. I’m also an archivist and a preservationist. I’m ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Coronavirus concerns create an epic road trip
GALLUP, N.M. — Sliding off Interstate 40 about 100 miles west of Albuquerque presented another in a seemingly endless series of decisions during a 3,900-mile, 11-state journey. On one side of the east-west artery was a bustling truck stop. On the other, a decaying gas station that likely encountered its last mop during the Reagan administration.No brainer. Choose the path less traveled or, in this case, bathroom less visited. The coronavirus pandemic was surging past American deaths in Vietnam in just more than two months, easily outpacing a ghastly conflict that stretched nearly two decades. ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Quentin Moore, the top 2021 JUCO tight end, verbally commits to UW Huskies
Jacob Sirmon and Quentin Moore have already shared a field.And soon, they’ll share a sideline.On Oct. 27, 2017, 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman attended a high school football game between Bothell and Inglemoor to see Sirmon — who had already established himself as a four-star quarterback and University of Washington commit. Former Husky head coach Chris Petersen and offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith also were in attendance.And Sirmon didn’t disappoint. In a 41-14 victory, the Bothell bomber completed 19 of 23 passes for 289 yards with five touchdowns and zero intercept...
The Seattle Times
Oklahoma St. coaching icon, Kansas native and new Hall of Famer Eddie Sutton dies at 84
Eddie Sutton, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 4, died Saturday at his home in Tulsa at 84.Oklahoma State University’s athletic department made the announcement on the OSU homepage Saturday night. Sutton compiled a 368-151 mark in 16 seasons as head coach at OSU and an 806-329 record in 37 seasons overall as a college basketball coach.The Sutton family confirmed the reports of the death of Sutton, one of Kansas coach Bill Self’s closest mentors, in a statement sent to the Tulsa World and other outlets.“Our beloved Dad and Papa Coach Eddie Sutton passed ...
The Kansas City Star
Michael Cunningham: Player safety takes back seat as NCAA rushes to allow campus workouts
ATLANTA — Starting June 1, college football and basketball players will return to campus and get back to work as COVID-19 continues to spread (the SEC will allow it on June 8). The NCAA says the workouts are “voluntary” and must be initiated by athletes. But those words don’t mean much when there’s a power imbalance between players (who have little) and coaches (who have a lot).It’s clear what’s happening. College sports programs are facing enormous pressure to make money. They especially need football games in the fall for that goal. The NCAA’s decision to end the moratorium on athletic activ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
'A pretty rare event.' Hail the size of softballs falls in northern Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas — Hail the size of baseballs, softballs and larger pummeled Burkburnett north of Wichita Falls on Friday evening, ripping through roofs and the windshields of cars, according to the National Weather Service in Norman, Okla., and social media posts.Randy Bowers, a weather service meteorologist, said the hail was falling in Burkburnett during a roughly 15- to 30-minute period around 6:40 p.m. The weather service was able to confirm through social media hail as large as 5 ½ inches, which is actually larger than softball-size hail, defined as 4 ¼ inches, Bowers said.For reference...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Limiting MLB draft to five rounds should benefit colleges
SAN DIEGO — San Diego County is annually among the nation’s biggest hotbeds for amateur baseball talent, with dozens of players selected each year in the MLB draft.Expect the number of local players to be counted on one hand with MLB’s plan to scale back next month’s draft from 40 to five rounds.One result of this development is that both four-year universities and junior colleges expect to benefit, with more incoming freshmen heading to campus and more draft-eligible players staying on campus.“Colleges are going to be all backed up,” a longtime local scout said. “You’re going to have a lot of...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Newsom says he's 'not worried' about Tesla leaving California soon
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As Tesla is back and cranking up production at its vehicle manufacturing plant in Fremont, Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he isn’t worried about the electric carmaker abandoning California in the near future.Newsom made his comments late Tuesday during an interview on CNBC. Newsom said he has known Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk for several years, has a good relationship with Musk, and that he believes it remains in the interest of Tesla, and California, to continue working together in order to support the state’s economy and promote the growth of electric automobiles.“I’m not ...
The Mercury News
Scratch-off lottery sales soar
WASHINGTON — At a time when cooped-up Americans are looking for entertainment and hoping for a windfall more than ever, scratch-off lottery ticket sales have skyrocketed.It’s a rare bright spot for state budgets, since most states’ tax revenue has dropped and spending is up because of the coronavirus.For example, in Oklahoma, total lottery sales were just over $7.7 million for the week ending April 25, up about 75% compared with the same time last year, driven almost entirely by scratch-offs. That included nearly $5.9 million in scratch-off sales, up from $2.5 million last year.“The numbers ar...