Greg Cote: Will 7-5 finish after rout at Duke save Manny Diaz? Here is his slim path to survival.
MIAMI — There may still be a small path to survival for Manny Diaz. That is all Saturday meant, but, for him, it was everything. The path is narrow, and uphill, and strewn with hazards and peril. Few wagering on the odds would bet he’d find a way through. But there remains that pin of flickering light at the far end — the chance, just the slightest chance, that Diaz may yet save his job as University of Miami football coach. We must couch everything in maybes and mights here, of course, because all of it could be moot, the decision to move on from Diaz already made behind closed doors. What we...
Mark Roth, game-changing champion bowler, dies at age 70
Mark Roth, the bowler whose hard and fast style changed the game and won him many championships, died Friday. He was 70. Roth died from congestive heart failure with complications from pneumonia, the Professional Bowlers Association said. After leaving the PBA Tour he had several health issues, including a stroke in 2009 and a heart attack in 2019. With his powerful throws, incomparable spin and flare for the dramatic, Roth became one of the first famous TV bowlers in the 1970s and 80s. A few of his accomplishments remain unmatched: His eight titles in a single PBA season, accomplished in 1978...
New York Daily News
Flash mob smash-and-grabs continue at high-end stores in Los AngelesLOS ANGELES — More smash-and-grab “flash mob” robberies at luxury stores have police and retailers struggling with how to crack down on the crimes. A rash of such thefts continued in Los Angeles as organized groups descended on stores and grabbed expensive merchandise in pre-Thanksgiving raids around the city. On Wednesday night, a security guard was attacked with bear spray as several people entered the Nordstrom store at the Westfield Topanga & the Village shopping center in Canoga Park, grabbed merchandise and ran out, acco...
Tribune News Service
Econometer: Do American shoppers need to learn to be more like Europeans?
Supply chain issues are disrupting retailers and restaurants, but a recent Bloomberg Opinion piece argues that Americans need to act more like Europeans who traditionally buy less. Allison Schrager, a Bloomberg opinion columnist, writes that household consumption by Americans grew about 65 percent from 1990 to 2015, compared to 35 percent in Europe. She argues that the U.S. has become a nation of "shopaholics" and needs to trim back excesses — even if that just means buying fewer cheap goods and instead focusing on higher quality products that last longer (as is more common in Europe). "Long-t...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Celebrated snowboarder Marko Grilc, 38, dies in Austria after hitting head on snow-covered rock
Slovenian snowboarder Marko Grilc died Tuesday in a tragic accident in the Austrian ski resort of Solden, authorities said. He was 38. Police in the western Austrian state of Tyrol released a press release late on Tuesday saying that a “38-year-old Slovene” had “suffered fatal head injuries” after a snowboarding accident that occurred in Solden just before 3 p.m. Two of Grilc’s sponsors — GoPro and Burton Snowboards — confirmed the identity of the victim in a pair of tweets on Wednesday. According to police, the victim was part of a crew that was getting ready to film in the area later in the ...
New York Daily News
Nina Metz: From ‘Succession’ to ‘Spencer,’ Hollywood is obsessed with the lives of the ultra-rich and oblivious
The ongoing saga of a billionaire media oligarch and his blundering offspring clambering for his approval, “Succession” is a hothouse of the rich and damaged, stuck in a trap of their own making. The show functions as an engraved invitation: Come and smirk at their absurdity and enjoy the opulent surroundings while you’re here. Joke about their power rankings! Just please, don’t think too deeply about the systems that bolster these entitled ogres so luxuriously. Three episodes remain in the current season, but never fear, there’s plenty more where this came from, should you want to seek it out...
Auto review: Porsche Cayman GTS sings sweet music for the sports car purist
In this age of rapid technological change, we crave analog experiences. We enjoy unplugged instrumental music. Or cozying up with a page-turning novel rather than a digital Kindle. In the auto world, the normally aspirated, rear-wheel-drive manual sports car is the purist's choice. MX-5 Miata, Mustang GT, Subaru BRZ. The summit of the art form is the Porsche Cayman GTS. With its howling 394-horsepower flat-6 engine amidships, six-speed manual shifter and tight chassis, it is the Stradivarius of pure automotive instruments. On the writhing roads west of Hell, Michigan, the Cayman proved why you...
The Detroit News
‘Licorice Pizza’ review: Coming-of-age odyssey is Paul Thomas Anderson’s ode to 1970s San Fernando Valley
Gary Valentine is almost famous. This enterprising hustler parlays his demi-fame into a kind of accidental-on-purpose mystique, that of a 15-year-old L.A. whiz kid, with one foot in the Industry as a child actor and the other in whatever he’s cooking up at the moment. “Licorice Pizza,” writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s gloriously hazy hangout of a movie, starts from the premise of this San Fernando Valley high schooler putting his idea of “the moves” on 25-year-old Alana. She works as a photographer’s assistant. He first spies her when he’s in line for picture day. Their queasy age differ...
Will Bunch: Wake up, America! COVID cases are spiking again. Would it kill you to wear a mask?
As the Vietnam War started to look like a hopeless quagmire in 1966, a Vermont senator named George Aiken famously suggested that America could save its troops by simply declaring victory and coming home — regardless of the actual situation on the ground. Aiken passed away in 1984, but his spirit seems to be guiding America’s COVID-19 policy as the second anniversary of the pandemic looms. From coast to coast, in red and blue states, governors and mayors are sometimes giddy in declaring victory over the coronavirus and racing to remove any remaining mask mandates and restrictions on public gat...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dan Wiederer: Matt Nagy’s Chicago Bears sneaked past the hapless Detroit Lions after a week that ‘was definitely different.’ But now what?
Who knows what the Thanksgiving traditions are in Matt Nagy’s household? But it’s a good bet that once the Chicago Bears coach returned home from Detroit on Thursday evening, he found his way to the liquor supply and poured himself a drink. Extra stiff. What a freaking week, right? And the tumult may be just getting started. After the Bears suffered a brutal home loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday and then followed with three days of commotion centered around the coach’s job security and grip on the locker room, Bears players regrouped just enough Thursday to sneak past the miserable Lions...