Thursday, March 15, 2012

Alleged drug gang leader arrested in Acapulco

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal police say they have detained the leader of a drug gang locked in a bloody battle for control of the resort city of Acapulco.

The Public Safety Department says Christian Arturo Hernandez Tarin was detained Tuesday in the central state of Mexico. The department says in a statement that Tarin led a gang known as "the street sweeper."

Hernandez's …

Unbeaten Saints rally past Dolphins 46-34

Drew Brees emerged from the locker room with a fresh cut under his chin and another between his eyebrows.

He made the Miami Dolphins look worse.

Brees and the unbeaten New Orleans Saints fell behind for the first time all season, then overcame a 21-point deficit Sunday to beat Miami 46-34.

The NFL's highest-scoring team topped 40 points for the fourth time and outscored the Dolphins 22-0 in the fourth quarter.

"There was no doubt on our sideline we would come back and win," said Brees, who threw for 298 yards. "They had given us their best shot, and we had played about as bad as we could play. All we had to do was string …

Clinton fools with aide's job security

WASHINGTON President Clinton announced Tuesday that presssecretary Mike McCurry had torn a tendon in his leg and his job wasnow in danger.

Clinton made a surprise appearance in the White House briefingroom just before McCurry's daily appearance to joke with reporters.Still hobbled from his knee surgery, Clinton deadpanned that McCurryhad "made a fool of himself" by falling down and hurting his knee.

"So until we can bring him back to full health, Chris Engskov isgoing to do …

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nigel de Jong dropped by Netherlands after tackle

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk dropped Nigel de Jong from his squad Monday after the Manchester City midfielder was involved in a tackle that left Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken left leg.

Van Marwijk said he saw "no alternative" but to drop De Jong from his squad to play Moldova and Sweden in two European Championship qualifiers.

"I will shortly speak to Nigel again, but now I am concentrating with the players and staff on the two important qualifiers coming up," Van Marwijk said in a statement released by the Royal Dutch Football Association.

Van Marwijk told Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad that the tackle was "unnecessary …

Calif. firefighters dig in to protect Big Sur

Firefighters bulked up their defenses Friday against a wildfire that threatened parts of this storied tourist town and prepared for more lightning strikes that could ignite new fires across Northern California.

More than 1,000 fires, mostly caused by lightning, burned across Northern California, including two gigantic blazes in the Los Padres National Forest.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked President Bush on Friday for a federal emergency declaration to free up more aid, saying the fires this season had burned 265,000 acres, or more than 400 square miles.

Firefighters rushed to protect about 575 threatened homes and historic structures in the Big …

Star acts to play village pump Festival

Just three weeks to go until Trowbridge Village Pump Festival andunlike a festival that took place last weekend tickets are sellingfast. The festival has grown from being a small folk festival inthe garden of The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge into one of the biggest inthe UK.

The headline acts this year include iconic American blues/country rock band Little Feat, top UK folk band Show Of Hands,charismatic rock veteran Andy Fairweather Low, superstar songwriterDon McLean, politically astute big band Alabama 3 and traditionalfolk rockers The Battlefield Band.

Also headlining is the legendary Richard Thompson one ofEngland's greatest singer- songwriter and guitarists - who …

Reading Nabokov Whole*

Vladimir Nabokov's startling brilliance as an author has frequently been captured in the image of a conjurer. In this constellation, Nabokov is a writer capable of pulling intricate thematic and verbal rabbits out of textual hats and of magically turning the limpid water of his prose into the headiest of poetic wines. As an object of critical inquiry, however, a perhaps more fitting metaphor for Nabokov is that of the escape artist. Throughout the course of twentieth-century letters in the two linguistic traditions he so decisively influenced, criticism was never able conclusively to fix and detain Nabokov within the conventions of any school or style other than of his own inimitable …