December 28, 2007
Top TV shows for the week of Dec. 17-23, according to A.C. Nielsen Co.: ShowNetworkViewers* 1Sunday Night Football: Redskins vs. VikingsNBC14.1 2CSI: MiamiCBS14.0 360 MinutesCBS13.5 4NCISCBS13.0 5Criminal MindsCBS11.6 6Biggest Loser 4NBC11.4 7Two and a Half Men, Monday, 9:30 p.m.CBS11.2 8CSI: NYCBS11.2 9Two and a Half MenCBS11.1 10The UnitCBS10.7 The listing gives estimated numbers of viewers (in millions) for each show last week.
May 2, 1999
Quote: "I felt better, but still I made inexcusable mistakes and just real poor execution and I cost the team. I pitched like a loser." -- Jim Abbott of the Brewers, who allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.It's a fact: Prime Minister of Japan Keizo Obuchi threw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field. He's headed to a summit with President Clinton tomorrow.Who's hot: Braves starters have allowed one run in their past 31 innings.Who's not: The Cubs' Sammy Sosa went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his past 13 at-bats.
September 28, 1991
Donald W. Taylor Jr. was sentenced under Maryland's "three-time loser" law to life without parole yesterday for the Dec. 4 beating and strangulation of his boss, the owner of a Timonium print shop who was five months' pregnant with her first child.Taylor, 25, of the 1800 block of Etting Street in Baltimore, was on parole from an armed robbery conviction at the time of the murder and apparently killed Betty Lewellen "Lew" Masenior to avoid being sent back to prison.He also had a city conviction for assault with intent to rob, Baltimore County Circuit Judge J. William Hinkel noted in applying the "three-time loser" provision.
January 28, 1994
The White House has brought in a new health care czar. It is his job to pull everything together and get the Clintons' revolutionary plan turned into law.And I have to admit that the new health plan boss -- Harold M. Ickes -- has perfect credentials for the job.First of all, he is a lawyer. But of course. Just about everyone involved in rebuilding the nation's medical world is a lawyer. Around the White House, especially the health-care people, if you don't know how to write a writ, you are considered a barbarian.
March 6, 1991
The naval officer looked as if he had just stepped down from a recruiting poster. He was tall, slim and handsome and had two rows of service ribbons across his chest.He edged past me down the crowded aisle of the airport shuttle bus and stood as the bus swayed through the evening traffic.There were no seats left, and several women were standing also. But when a seated man cleared his throat and looked up at the Navy man and asked, "Uh, would you like a seat?" it seemed normal and natural.
July 7, 2002
Al Gore, it seems clear now, has finally won something: He has bested an impressive roster of challengers in the campaign for the most unwanted post in the land. He is, at least for now, the nation's favorite loser, the chump in chief, the butt of more jokes over a sustained period than perhaps any American leader since Richard Nixon. Gore has long been a favorite of late-night comics, schlocky drive-time DJs and the right-wing cranks who dominate AM radio. But when it comes to providing job security for joke writers, he has recently displayed staying power of a sort not seen since the likes of his former boss, Bill Clinton.
June 11, 2004
Parents, teachers, relatives and friends do it all the time. The grown-ups look at the young adolescents in their lives, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders struggling with who they are and what they want to be, and they say, If only I knew what they were thinking. Many of the kids, no doubt, have a question of their own. Why dont they listen? Those questions are getting some answers in an unlikely confluence of poetry, art and mass transportation. The vehicle is called Words on Wheels, a project just beginning its second year.
March 29, 1999
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- While using a great second-half effort to pick up a national title with a 62-45 win over Duke, Purdue guard Ukari Figgs wasted no time making people forget her role in the dreariest half ever in a women's final.With her team down five at the half thanks to 28 percent shooting, the senior guard blasted toward the hoop for her first two points just 17 seconds after intermission.Thirty-seven seconds later, Figgs again blasted past Duke guard Hilary Howard.At that point, the die was cast.
May 21, 1995
Ups and downsMike Mussina -- Winner -- Two exceptionally pitched games in a week. The three-hitter against Cleveland was near-perfection. Get the long-term deal signed.Jeffrey Hammonds -- Loser -- Maybe he's physically able, maybe not. But if hewasn't going to play for the O's, sending him down was the right thing to do.Leo Gomez -- Loser -- Tough week. He loses arbitration case, makes big error and the gets benched...Jeff Manto -- Winner -- ...in favor of this guy. They call him Mickey Manto.
February 19, 1999
On MONDAY, Ticker will mark its 22nd birthday. When this column was born on Feb. 22, 1977, the Dow Jones industrial average stood at 939.26. This morning, the Dow is at 9,298.63 after a 22-year surge of 8,359.37 points, or 890 percent.Adjusted for splits, here are the prices of some well-known stocks from when Ticker first ticked, followed (in parentheses) by yesterday's closing prices:Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. $8.125 ($26.75); Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. $4.50 ($125.125); Procter & Gamble Co. $5 ($91.