Sid: I have mellowed
‘I have had my wild days,’ confesses Sid Lucero. ‘That was when I was younger.’A few years ago, when asked for a “sexy talk” story what was the sexiest thing he had done with somebody, Sid Lucero laughed, “Make love at the roof deck of a TV station,” without naming who his equally daring partner was.Reminded about it in a phone interview last week, Sid laughed again. “That was when I was younger. I went through a roller-coaster chapter of my life. I admit that I had been wild and daring. Those were my rip-roaring days.”That derring-do extended to his career. At 37, Sid has done an array of rol...
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Trudy Rubin: How Iraq could become a Mideast anchor, not a 'forever war'
The Mideast story with the most potential to change the region for the better is getting insufficient attention.I’m not referring to the U.S.-brokered deals between Israel and two Gulf states, but rather to current developments inside Iraq, where a highly unusual Iraqi prime minister (a longtime human-rights activist) is fighting to normalize his country.The odds facing Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi are stiff, with Iranian-backed militias challenging his efforts, his followers, and his life. Yet there is real hope for positive change in Iraq, in large part because of Kadhimi’s courage.“For...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
China's persecution of Muslim minorities: One Uyghur student living in Turkey shares her story
Screenshot from a YouTube video shot in one of the Miraj restaurants in Urumqi.The identity of the author of this story has been kept anonymous for safety reasons.Since 2017, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang has seen a drastic rise in the incarceration of its ethnic minority citizens, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui.The United Nations, along with international human rights organizations, estimates that over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps, which the Chinese government calls “vocation training centers.”The Chinese go...
Review: Soldier's story is fresh and original in debut 'Without Sanction'
“Without Sanction” by Don Bentley; Berkley (373 pages, $27)———It’s become a familiar trope of authors writing about veterans — a damaged soldier haunted by the war as he tries to live as a civilian. Don Bentley latches onto that background in his debut, but succeeds in making “Without Sanction” an original and fresh story that inspires empathy for his characters and plot.Matt Drake considers his career finished as an operative for the Defense Intelligence Agency following a mission to Aleppo, Syria, during which a Syrian family he promised to protect was killed and his best friend was maimed. ...
The story of how 'Touched by an Angel' got its wings and became one of TV's biggest shows
Twenty-six years ago this month, Martha Williamson smashed a hole in the stained-glass ceiling of prime-time television when she debuted a God-infused drama series starring a white angel who spoke with an Irish lilt and her Black supervisor, who spoke with equal measure sass and reverence, sang like a heavenly host and drove a red Cadillac convertible.Over its nine-year run, “Touched by an Angel” would reach upwards of 25 million viewers a week, becoming one of the top shows in the CBS stable.As its head writer and executive producer, Williamson asked the tough questions, like where was God wh...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The forgotten story of how a unified Gulf team took on Kevin Keegan and Hamburg
DUBAI: Unless you happen to be a football fanatic of a certain age, chances are you’ve never heard of the only time a unified Gulf team took to the field 40 years ago.On Feb. 25, 1980, to mark Kuwait’s 19th National Day, reigning West German champions Hamburg were invited to take part in an exhibition match against a team made up of the Gulf’s finest. The list of players still reads as the who’s who of the region’s all-time greats.Kuwait was represented by their peerless trio of Jasem Yaqoub, Faisal Al Dakheel and Fathi Kameel, as well as captain Saad Al Houti, goalkeeper Ahmed Al Tarabulsi, A...
Kushner-connected company sacked staff, got $1M PPP loan
A new story in the New York Post reveals that three days before obtaining a $1 million loan through the Trump SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Welkin Health, a software company backed by Josh Kushner’s venture capital firm, fired a third of its staff. While Congress intended for PPP funds to be used to keep small business employees on payroll through difficult economic times amid the COVID-19 crisis, many wealthy, well-connected companies have defrauded, misused, or otherwise abused the program’s limited funds. Meanwhile, many other businesses — particularly those in communities of col...
On return to the Welsh hills after months confined to France by the epidemic, the coming year’s membership package from English Heritage was lying in wait in the letterbox.Getting to this chance to “step into England’s story”, as the organisation’s main advertising slogan has had it for some years, meant driving from Newhaven past umpteen placards, posters and stickers declaring loving support for the NHS, some professionally printed and commercially sponsored, others the products of individual initiative and artistry.Yet tucked into the package was a cheaply run off publicity leaflet for the ...
Michael Cunningham: This wasn't 'new team, new story' for Falcons defense
The theory of the 2019 Falcons accepted by team owner Arthur Blank was that Dan Quinn fixed them at midseason. Quinn ceded the defensive play-calling and had his running backs coach switch sides. The Falcons won six of their last eight games, including four in a row to close, and they would carry that improved play over to 2020.I was always skeptical of that story. I looked for evidence that I was wrong on Sunday. Instead, Seattle sliced through the Falcons’ defense for a 38-25 victory. It may be tempting to chalk that up to Russell Wilson’s brilliance. But the problems looked so familiar that...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution