| Dec 24, 2013
Katniss Everdeen, it turns out, is not the only person catching fire this fall. She's matched flame for flame by Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, who burn with formidable fury in the sturdy biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
It is the...
| May 6, 2014
| 4:33 PM
On a red-dust wasteland at the edge of this South African shantytown, little white pegs in the ground mark the government's assurance that it would provide running water and electricity before Wednesday's national elections. It was a promise never kept....
| May 7, 2014
| 5:05 AM
Hundreds of police and soldiers enforced calm Wednesday as voters lined up in this trash-strewn township southwest of Johannesburg where angry gas-bomb throwing mobs have rioted repeatedly in recent months over lack of government services.
| Dec 24, 2013
*1/2 (out of four)
Is the subtitle in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" really necessary? No one (I hope) is going to see the name "Mandela" in a movie title and expect to see, "Mandela: Five-Time Bowling Champion."
Unfortunately, those who do endure...
| May 7, 2014
| 3:11 PM
In this drab township pocked by ponds of raw sewage and piles of uncollected trash, voters who lined up Wednesday to cast ballots in South Africa's election aired similar complaints: lack of jobs, lack of sewer pipes, uncollected trash, poor government...
| May 8, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Twenty-five years ago, in 1989, four big things happened that still shape our world. The Berlin Wall came down, and with it the empire that Vladimir Putin would love to restore. The Tiananmen Square massacre launched China on a new trajectory, which has...
| May 9, 2014
| 12:23 PM
SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to name a section of Cicero Avenue for the late Nelson Mandela.
Mandela Road would start at Roosevelt Road on the south and end at West Grand Avenue on the north, said Rep. LaShawn Ford, whose...
| Apr 27, 2014
In South Africa today, as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its democracy and prepares for elections, two deeply flawed folk heroes — one venal, the other violent — have commandeered the headlines. The president, Jacob Zuma, was...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 3:54 PM
Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95 on Thursday.
As news spread, members of the NBA community and Lakers organization shared their thoughts.
Thankful to @NelsonMandela for having shown us so much wisdom and leadership. His...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 2:12 AM
The NHL suspended Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for 15 games without pay for punching and injuring unsuspecting Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in a Dec. 7 game. Orpik hasn’t played since.
“It says volumes about getting...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:44 PM
In thirty years, when Tiger Woods is no longer able to hit it 320 and no longer has to answer questions about winning or not winning majors, he might have a moment of clarity on what golf has given him.
The money will rate high, of course. The fame...