DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside a bustling brew pub here south of downtown, John Hickenlooper arrives to find a crowd of more than 100 voters buzzing about the latest applicant to join the strangest job-interviewing process on Earth. Bending his lanky, 6-foot, 1-inch frame to fit through the crowded doorway of the events room, all eyes on the White House hopeful, the celestial nature of his moment shatters with the pint glass meeting the concrete floor just a few feet away.Story Continued Below It spawns something of a Zapruder film debate: Some attendees say they saw Hickenlooper fumble the glass, others insist he bumped into the man who dropped it, while the candidate himself swears he had nothing to with the accident. Whatever the real explanation, it’s less compelling than what happens next. Hickenlooper instinctively kneels and … [Read more...] about John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh.
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The frosted doors welcoming MSP International passengers slide open every few minutes. A family waiting 20 feet away looks each time, hoping to see someone they have missed dearly appear. The kids are fidgety, but their dad is calm. He squats to let his 5-year-old climb onto his back, careful not to squish the bouquet of flowers he is holding in his left hand. He’d made a quick stop at a florist on the way here. A moment like this deserves a fresh arrangement. Jake Sullivan hasn’t seen his wife in nearly seven months. She was supposed to be gone only 10 days when she left for Africa to finalize their adoption of an 11-year-old boy with HIV. The adoption derailed. His wife stayed. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Months turned into a family separated by an ocean and uncertainty. Sullivan woke up every morning not knowing when his wife would be home. He had their six kids to care for, a new home, a new job, a 1-year-old dog and seminary homework. And he had … [Read more...] about Jake Sullivan, once a Minnesota basketball legend, is finding his range
IN July last year, an elderly man called Sir Christopher Meyer was attacked at Victoria Underground Station in London. Pictures posted by his wife showed him lying in a hospital bed looking like he’d been blasted in the face with a shotgun. He even needed plastic surgery to repair an exposed tendon in his hand. Which meant that the attack had been very violent and very serious. And yet in court this week, his 17-year-old assailant, was spared jail and given instead a 12-month intensive referral order. This means the youth has to spend some time having tea and biscuits with a couple of “community volunteers”. Now, let’s compare and contrast that with another court case this week in which an MP called Fiona Onasanya was given a three-month prison sentence for getting her brother to take the rap for a speeding offence she committed. No tea and biscuits. No warm room full of soft words and comforting hugs. It’s straight to jail. And now there are people saying … [Read more...] about It’s wrong to jail speeding Labour MP but only give violent thug who battered Sir Christopher Meyer a referral order
Lynn Henning The Detroit News Published 11:28 PM EST Jan 31, 2019 The first day on the job as a full-time journalist and sports writer was Aug. 5, 1974, a hot, bright Monday morning, three days before President Richard Nixon resigned, and with a 7 a.m. start at the Battle Creek Enquirer. A guy two months after grabbing his journalism degree from Michigan State had secured that most aspired of all prizes: a job at a daily newspaper. I walked into the office and joined my two sports-staff partners, Dick Lovell and sports editor Bill Frank. My first task: write a cutline (photo caption) for an Associated Press photo of Jack Nicklaus from the Pleasant Valley Classic's final round. Four decades and many million words later, it ends, formally anyway, today at The Detroit News, a wondrous employer for nearly all of the past 40 years. There have been moments and minutes so magical, and so frequent, as to defy any orderly account. But here goes on … [Read more...] about Henning: 45 years covering sports provide endless memories
THIS is the moment a dad defies his disabled son's bullies by picking him up from school on his birthday with a masked biker gang. Alex Lacki, 12, who is autistic and suffers from ADHD, has suffered years of verbal abuse from classmates and had to move schools several times. So his dad Daniel decided to come up with a non-confrontational way to try to beat the bullies by showing them how cool his boy is. On Alex's birthday last Friday, Daniel and his biker pals lined up outside Elm Court School in Brixton, London, to give the schoolboy a ride home. And according to the proud dad, Alex's torment has since stopped. The clip, filmed by mum Marta, shows Daniel getting the bikers organised in a line outside the school whilst they wait for Alex to come out of school. Marta can also be heard speaking to one of Alex's teachers as she says: “It’s the birthday surprise.” As Alex walks out of school, his dad can be seen clapping and holding his arms wide open to give Alex a hug. … [Read more...] about Moment dad defies disabled son’s bullies by picking him up from school on his birthday with masked biker gang