February 11, 2005
ONE OF these days, Mark McGwire is going to face the questions that every other accused baseball steroid cheat has faced, and will face until it all gets resolved. But before that, McGwire needs to face one other question that is even more important than the others: When did you become a made man? McGwire is untouchable, exempt, a sacred cow. Suggest that this scandal in any way brushes against him, and be prepared to face the consequences. Ask Jose Canseco, who directly implicated his former teammate in his forthcoming book.
May 21, 2004
Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, is fitter and more rational than Michael Moore, his major influence. Spurlock launched a one-man near-suicide mission targeting fast food - and managed to make a first-person muckraker without turning into Moore physically or mentally. This movie is about Spurlock eating nothing but McDonald's food for a month. It's not about him eating up the screen. The picture is like a kid's all-you-can-eat dream come true, but come true as an adult nightmare involving deteriorating blood pressure and organ function.
March 29, 2004
PARIS -- Just a hop down the road, the Decler sisters could have been dining on a couple of tender frog legs or a mixed seafood grill with scallops, or an order of steak tartare so tender that the knife provided with it never comes into play. But the Declers were having none of it. They were dining on Les Big Macs and frites, Big Macs and fries -- french fries -- and loving every bite. "I can love good food and I can also love McDonald's," says Vanesse Decler, 21, in a mini-review that the fast-food chain would have to accept as decidedly mixed.
September 27, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - You can hear a little more post-practice laughter these days in College Park, see a little more bounce in the step of both the coaches and players. Music booms out over the practice field during conditioning drills, and a genuine sense of joy has returned to Maryland's football team. That can happen when you outscore your last two opponents 95-7. After faltering under the weight of preseason expectations, Maryland (2-2) has evened its record the past two weeks with wins over The Citadel and West Virginia, and today plays its final nonconference game, traveling to Ypsilanti, Mich.
August 8, 2000
EarthShell Corp., the maker of a new biodegradable sandwich container being tested by McDonald's Corp., said yesterday that it will start marketing its environmentally safe packaging to other potential food service customers. The Annapolis Junction manufacturer signed McDonald's as its first customer for the packaging, made of limestone and potato starch. In its original three-year contract worth an undisclosed sum, EarthShell was to supply McDonald's with at least 1.8 billion containers for its Big Mac sandwiches.
April 23, 2000
The St. Louis Cardinals sent a message to the rest of the National League over the past couple of weeks. They pitched and pounded their way to the top of the NL Central standings, and they did it largely without superstar slugger Mark McGwire. McGwire, who has been coping with a sore back, returned to the lineup Thursday night and took part in a lopsided victory over the San Diego Padres, but the Cardinals have proved that they finally are a complete team even when Big Mac is stuck on the sideline.