November 9, 2005
THE PROMOTIONAL billboards for a new movie about the life of a popular rap star struck an angry chord with parents living in a tough South Central Los Angeles community. The bare, bronze back. The outstretched arms. The hands, one holding a microphone and the other a pistol. The imagery was intolerable, and the anger spread to urban neighborhoods in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia, and crescendoed around the country. By the time the noise died down, the little guys had won. Paramount Pictures agreed to take 21 billboards down, bowing to the sensibilities of parents offended by the blatant glorification of thug life and violence.
September 17, 1994
LAS VEGAS -- A month ago at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium, Julio Cesar Chavez was greeted by the strangest sound he had ever heard. The four-time world champion was roundly booed by more than 100,000 of his countrymen after being introduced at an NFL preseason game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers.Witnesses said Chavez smiled weakly, trying to hide his dismay and damaged ego.For more than a decade, while winning his first 89 professional fights and capturing titles at 130, 135 and 140 pounds, he was Mexico's patron saint of boxing, worshiped the same way American sports fans idolize Michael Jordan.
July 3, 1995
Charlotte, North Carolina. -- Three dozen Charlotte neighborhoods, ranging from dirt-poor to affluent, met in May to adopt a ''Declaration of Interdependence'' -- a kind of mutual assistance pact to fight for equal attention from city and county governments on every issue from crack houses to parking, crime fighting to neighborhood policing to housing.The neighborhoods are agreeing to assist each other with information, education, training and plain old political infighting. For some of the most afflicted neighborhoods, that could mean a set of powerful new friends.
April 21, 1992
For nearly 1 1/2 years, trainer Nancy Heil nursed a strained tendon on 5-year-old gelding Fighting Notion.During that time, owners Arlene and Herb Kushner paid bill after bill on the injured animal.Yesterday at Pimlico Race Course, their patience and perseverance paid off.The horse won the $42,175 Duck Dance Handicap, his first stakes victory since he set a stakes record in the Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico more than two years ago.The horse's task was made a lot easier when five of the nine horses in the field were scratched after the track came up muddy.
January 16, 2003
Mortal Kombat is an old chestnut for gamers, a series that was controversial for its over-the-top violence in its day (the early 1990s), but now seems quaint next to a new generation of blood-'n'-guts game play. Now, Midway Home Entertainment updates the franchise with Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, a nimble fighting game that improves upon MK and its sequels with a deeper fighting system, improved graphics and a multitude of extras to discover and unlock using "kurrency" earned in the game.