March 11, 2010
Keep the autonomy Chris Dufresne Los Angeles Times No doubt things have changed since 1999, the last time the Big Ten made a run at Notre Dame and Notre Dame said no thanks. The Big Ten, with its growing television network, is more powerful now and Notre Dame football is less powerful. Since 1999, the football program has toiled in mediocrity as it fumbled through the last decade. It has bungled coaching hires and posted one lousy bowl win in Hawaii. But does that mean Notre Dame should be forced into joining a conference?
April 27, 1996
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- After decades of unorganized Elvis worship, the Prophets of Presley want fans of the King to join their church.The tenets of Presleyterianism are simple: eat six meals a day (with frequent snacking in between), face Las Vegas once a day, make a pilgrimage to Graceland and fight against the evil anti-Elvis, Michael Jackson.About 200 people have joined the organization, which holds weekly services in cyberspace.Mort Farndu and Karl Edwards, of Hoboken, N.J., founded the First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine as a joke and marketing ploy in 1988.
July 30, 1996
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have joined the Seattle Mariners in pursuing Orioles left-handed starter David Wells as baseball approaches tomorrow night's trading deadline, major-league sources said yesterday.Major-league club officials said the Rangers have talked to the Orioles, but the Mariners have the inside track because they're willing to part with top catching prospect Chris Widger."[A trade] is always a possibility," said Rangers general manager lTC Doug Melvin, a former assistant GM with the Orioles.
November 14, 1994
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- At the end of a long and emotional campaign, Sweden yesterday voted solidly to abandon its Arctic isolation and join the European Union.Sweden's approval follows similar yes votes in Austria and Finland this year and is expected to give a boost to a referendum at the end of the month in neighboring Norway, where opposition has been strong.The addition of all four countries would make the EU the world's largest and richest free-trade bloc, surpassing North America, and could help speed the integration of the Eastern and Central European countries hoping to join.
November 12, 1991
WASHINGTON -- President Bush has asked Magic Johnson to join the National Commission on AIDS, the federal agency established to develop a consensus on AIDS policy.Johnson's agent is expected to discuss the proposed appointment today, said Connie Horner, a White House personnel officer.The commission studies AIDS policies and reports on them.Johnson, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 12 seasons, announced his retirement Thursday because tests show he has been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
February 1, 1991
Positioning the Ryland Group to capitalize on "emerging international housing opportunities," Chairman Roger W. Schipke announced yesterday that the company has appointed the former chairman of MNC Financial Inc. to join its management team and formed a new company to develop overseas markets for Ryland products and expertise.Alan P. Hoblitzell Jr., former chairman and chief executive of MNC, will join Ryland as an executive vice president and chief financial officer Monday.Mr. Hoblitzell resigned from MNC, parent of Maryland National Bank and American Security Bank, in late September as losses and bad loans mounted at the state's largest banking company.