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By MIKE LITTWIN | October 25, 1991
ATLANTA -- Mark Lemke drove home late Wednesday night after the game, accompanied by his mom and dad.And a parade of CBS-TV trucks right behind.Yes, you read it right. Mark Lemke now travels with an entourage."All we want to do," the producer explained to Lemke, who was having some problem grasping the concept, "is get a shot out of you getting out of the car and walking into the house."Talk about drama. Should he wave? Should he jump up the steps? What if he can't get the key to work?Mark Lemke, this is your life.
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SPORTS
By Ken Rosenthal | January 13, 1992
WASHINGTON -- You ask about a unique show of courage, and you leave thinking it was nothing special. The Washington Redskins brainwash you that way. They convince you what Darrell Green did yesterday was routine.It wasn't, but these are the Redskins, and they're going to the Super Bowl, and just leave it at that. "You're trying to make me a hero," Green told one reporter yesterday. Only in the Redskins' locker room does that qualify as a sin.The Redskins don't do heroes. If they did, they'd be just another gifted team, not the brutally efficient unit that pounded Detroit 41-10 in the NFC championship game yesterday at RFK Stadium.
FEATURES
By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | August 18, 1992
An outsider dressed in black rides into an idyllic looking community. The outsider wants only to rest and then move on.But there's trouble in the community. The town-folk are being terrorized by thugs. Before long, the outsider is drawn into the trouble, fighting for the town-folk and urging them to stand up and fight for themselves.Sound familiar? Like the plot for the classic western "Shane," starring Alan Ladd?It is. But it's also the plot of a made-for-TV movie called "Shame," which stars Amanda Donohoe and airs at 9 tonight on Lifetime, the cable network targeted to women.
SPORTS
By Wiley A. Hall 3rd | November 8, 1991
On television last night, Earvin "Magic" Johnson sat before a score of journalists, a bank of microphones, a forest of television cameras, and told the world he had contracted the HIV -- AIDS virus.His wife sat beside him. They have been married for about two months."This is not like my life is over," he said. "I'm going to live a long time. This is another challenge, another chapter in my life. It's like your back is against the wall and you just have to come out swinging. And that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to go on. I'm going to beat it and I'm going to have fun."
NEWS
By GREGORY KANE | September 18, 2004
IT'S BEEN over a week since the hurricane rightly called Ivan the Terrible ripped through Grenada, destroyed or damaged 90 percent of the homes and left at least 39 people dead and thousands homeless. Electricity was kaput. I've heard that phone service has been restored, but I still haven't been able to get in touch with the one Grenadian I hope was not among the 39 fatalities. My list of heroes is a short one, but Leslie Pierre sits at the very top of it. Pierre is the founder, publisher and editor of The Grenadian Voice, a newspaper he started in the early 1980s in direct defiance of the Provisional Revolutionary Government, which was run by devotees of the Marxist New Jewel Movement.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | April 8, 1995
WASHINGTON -- All week long, House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been saying he wants to throw Rep. Robert G. Torricelli off the House Select Committee on Intelligence. He and others in the House were angry that the New Jersey Democrat had revealed evidence of CIA links to the killer of an American in Guatemala.But in the end, House Republicans decided yesterday that they so disliked Mr. Torricelli that they did not want to make him a martyr. And at the last moment yesterday afternoon, they referred the matter to the House ethics committee.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | October 17, 1997
A long time ago, Gil Dunn discovered a truth about his hero's hometown -- the people in Sudlersville who remembered Jimmie Foxx didn't want to talk about him. He might have been one of the greatest right-handed sluggers ever, but his life after baseball seemed like one long stumble down a dark staircase. Years after his best clippings had turned yellow, his name would appear in sad newspaper updates that described him as broke or suggested a drinking problem. During one of the last trips Jimmie Foxx made to Sudlersville, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, he couldn't get a personal check cashed.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston | January 25, 2001
LAKELAND, Fla. - Above the entrance leading into the gymnasium at Lakeland's Kathleen High School is a full-body photo of Ray Lewis after capturing a Florida state wrestling championship. After eight years, the picture is still very clear, and so is the image of Lewis in his hometown. About 30 miles from Lakeland up Interstate 4 is the greatest media circus event of the year, Super Bowl XXXV, and a Kathleen High alumnus is the featured attraction. While Lewis is being probed for answers to a double-murder case he was involved in nearly a year ago in Atlanta and his image is under siege, he is still looked upon as a hero by a lot of Lakeland residents.
SPORTS
By KEN ROSENTHAL | August 14, 1995
He was bigger than life. But he was only human.Mickey Mantle should be remembered as the blond-haired, thickly muscled Oklahoman who became one of baseball's all-time greats.He also should be remembered as the gaunt, frail figure whose alcoholism was at least partly responsible for the liver cancer that left him dead at the age of 63.One image cannot endure without the other.To savor Mantle simply as a sports hero is to ignore his life of excess.But to dwell on his shortcomings is to ignore his mythic place in American sports history.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | June 17, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- There is a moment, in the lives of some whom society holds up as idols, when private character collides with a public persona. It is at this juncture that Americans often make a jarring, unwanted discovery: Their gods have feet of clay.John F. Kennedy, we learn after his death, cheated on his wife. A bloated Elvis Presley, his body brimming with drugs, takes his last breath on a bathroom floor. Magic Johnson cuts short his brilliant basketball career, disclosing that his promiscuity is responsible for his infection with the virus that causes AIDS.
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