News archive from 9 August 2013

Oxford Performing Arts Center director resigns

Oxford Performing Arts Center director resigns

slideshow The director of the Oxford Performing Arts Center has resigned five months after city officials hired her to run the new $10.4 million facility. Rani Welch resigned July 31, saying by phone Thursday that she wants to spend more time with her...

 
Anniston Army Depot furloughs reduced to 6 days

Anniston Army Depot furloughs reduced to 6 days

slideshow William Thrash just wants he and his co-workers at the Anniston Army Depot to better support U.S. soldiers fighting overseas. With the Department of Defense's Wednesday decision to reduce scheduled unpaid leave from 11 to six days for its...

 
Loss of citywide Internet access could hurt Piedmont schools

Loss of citywide Internet access could hurt Piedmont schools

slideshow Piedmont students are receiving new laptop computers but they may not be able to use them away from school when classes begin later this month. A citywide wireless-Internet system the community set up last year was disabled in June because...

 

NL Capsules

PITTSBURGH -- Russell Martin's pinch-hit single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Miami Marlins 5-4 Thursday for their fifth straight win. Martin delivered his fourth game-ending hit at PNC Park this year for the...

 

'Five Easy Pieces,' 'Easy Rider' actress Karen Black dies at 74

Karen Black, a versatile actress whose name became virtually synonymous with films that reflected and helped define America in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including "Five Easy Pieces," died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 74. Family...

 

Miami Beach officer involved in fatal Tasering put on administrative leave

The Miami Beach police officer who Tasered an 18-year-old graffiti artist who subsequently died has been placed on paid administrative leave, department sources told The Miami Herald on Thursday. The officer, Jorge Mercado, allegedly fired a single...

 

Tribe files lawsuit over Vegas-area coal plant

LAS VEGAS -- Environmentalists and Indians are asking a federal court to order utility company NV Energy to clean up land and water they say has been contaminated by an aging coal-fired power plant slated for closure beginning next year outside Las...

 

Series preview: Cubs at Cardinals

All games on WGN-AM 720. Season series: Cardinals lead 6-4. Friday: 7:15 p.m., WGN-Ch. 9. Related Samardzija smashed, Phils roll to 12-1 win Chris Rusin Maps 1060 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL 60657, USA 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148,...

 

Game preview: Sky at Sun

Internet: 6 p.m. Friday; chicagosky.com. Records: Sky 13-7, Sun 6-13. Series: Sun leads 18-11. Last meeting: Sky won 83-70 July 12 in Connecticut. Philip Hersh's quick look: After losing two straight for the second time this season, the East-leading...

 

On second thought, 49ers add CB Wright

The San Francisco 49ers signed Eric Wright to a one-year contract Thursday, less than three weeks after voiding a trade for the veteran cornerback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for medical reasons. The 49ers had acquired Wright from the Buccaneers on...

 

Oklahoma State splits indoor-outdoor workout

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State's football team tried out its new indoor practice facility but also practiced out in the elements on Thursday. Defensive line coach Bob Clements said players were a little tired during the two-hour workout after...

 

UCLA's Vanderdoes grateful for NCAA ruling

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Eddie Vanderdoes says he had four good reasons for wanting to attend UCLA shortly after committing to Notre Dame. He'll only share one: His ailing grandmother in Northern California. The defensive lineman's reasons were good...

 

Calif. bill would let noncitizens help voters

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Certain immigrants who are not U.S. citizens could serve as poll workers in California under legislation heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. As many as five noncitizens could volunteer in a precinct under AB817 by Democratic Assemblyman...

 

Observer Forum: Letters to the editor

In response to “Stadium security tightened” (Aug. 8): Rules designed to protect crowd will deter this fan You have successfully talked me out of attending any more of our Carolina Panthers games. David Cabaniss Charlotte In...

 
Fernandez struggles, Marlins lose 5-4 to Pirates

Fernandez struggles, Marlins lose 5-4 to Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- It would be hard for any pitcher to match Jose Fernandez's previous two outings. He didn't even come close. Fernandez needed 101 pitches to get through five innings on Thursday, and Russell Martin's pinch-hit single with two outs in the...

 

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