Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 5:00 pm
When I was a kid, I awaited the annual publication of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide with the awe and dread of a Parent/Teacher interview. Sure, film criticism is a subjective thing, but to my young eyes, the 16,000+ capsule reviews in Maltin's yearly reference book carried the weight of absolute truth. Each year, with the austerity of a poet and the precision of a diamond-cutter, Maltin and his army of cowriters pass swift, one-to-ten-paragraph judgment on hundreds of new films, and a small part of me will always believe the Guide is blessed with objectivity.
Hamilton County's Republican Party chairman, Alex Triantafilou, is proud of his Greek heritage; and he's been able this week to do some bonding with some of his fellow Greek-Americans at the Republican National Committee.
Tuesday night, Triantafilou left the floor of the convention to go up to the concourse of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the concession stands were located.
He walked by the Florida delegation and U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a Greek American, saw his name tag.
Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 11:45 am
The Associated Press and The Huffington Post have gotten their hands on early copies of No Easy Day. As Mark wrote earlier this month, the book is a firsthand account of the secret military raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Flu is most deadly for children with neurologic problems and disorders, an analysis of swine flu fatalities finds.
The results come from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers who looked at childhood fatalities during the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009, when there were five times the usual number of deaths.
In all, 43 percent of the deaths occurred in children who had neurologic diseases, such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy, or developmental disorders.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks Tuesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Earlier in the day, she said: "It's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority that Democrats can go and say, 'That party hates you,' and can get away with that."
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a quick visit to the Ohio delegation breakfast this morning, and told Ohio reporters she had no interest in a taking a job in a Romney administration.
"I term my memoirs 'No Higher Honor," because there is no higher honor than the one I held,'' said Rice, who served as secretary of state in the administration of President George W. Bush. "I am not going anywhere. I am glad to be a teacher at Stanford."
Originally published on Wed August 29, 2012 7:08 pm
The eye of Isaac made its first landfall at Plaquemines Parish, a stretch of thin land southeast of New Orleans that extends into the Gulf from Louisiana.
According to the parish president, the damage there is just as bad, perhaps even worse, than what happened during Katrina.
In an interview with Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep, Billy Nungesser said the parish's levee had been overtopped and parts of the parish that had never flooded during a hurricane were under 5 feet of water.
Thousands of delegates - including hundreds from Ohio - were stranded for hours after last night's session because of the shuttle bus system set up by the Republican National Committee.
Ohio GOP chairman Bob Bennett told the delegates at this morning's delegation breakfast that it won't happen again.
"We've got (Republican National Committee chairman) Reince Priebus with us this morning and I know a lot of you are going to want to give him an earful, but don't, because we are going to talk, and we will take care of it,'' Bennett said.