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Last game at historic Candlestick Park?
By the time you read this, you will know whether the 49ers have played their last game at historic Candlestick Park or not.
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New Year: Memories of salami and Kosher pickles
It seems it was just a few months ago we were celebrating the arrival of the new year of 2013.
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Warring tribes battle the great black whale
How go the ritual superstitions with your tribe this week? That’s what you’re doing whether you realize it or not. Christmas is Charles Dickens’ updated version of ancient pagan winter solstice feasting after the crops have been stored for the coming cold. The aforementioned first day of winter is the shortest day of the year. “Since the event is seen as the reversal of the Sun’s ebbing presence in the sky, concepts of the birth or rebirth of ...
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‘Rite of Spring’ modern 100 years later
Before the year ends, let us pause to honor the one hundredth anniversary of “The Rite of Spring,” Igor Stravinsky ballet that premiered in Paris in 1913. To me it still sounds amazingly modern. Imagine what it sounded like to listeners then! That audience, used to the grace and elegance of traditional ballet such as Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” hissed loudly at the inharmonious notes of the bassoon playing the opening of “Rite.” The ballet cont...
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Yes, Virginia St., There Is a Santa Claus
It has been more than a decade since I first assured Virginia Street that there was a Santa Claus.
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Political difference between giving and charity
The Christmas spirit seems to bring humanity to a point of the Golden Rule of faith, hope and charity.
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2013: Unlucky number for an ugly year
Herewith, a grossly underachieving list of 2013's most grotesque, grandiose and gratuitous.
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Following up on Sinatra Jr. Kidnap
As we mentioned last week, during the second half of the 20th century, the Reno dateline was featured in many important national and international stories.
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Has Ted Cruz seen the light of the GOP?
Historian Will Durant once wrote: “We first create our own heroes, and then we worship them as gods.”
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Frat boys cavort in NFL with bullying, hazing
Sports news is more and more leaping from inside sections to front pages. The latest example is bullying, hazing and fraternity hijinks in locker rooms, behavior more suitable to school boys than professional athletes. Coaches of any sport at any level should not tolerate such antics. Richie Incognito, racist bully, sought to harden Jonathan Martin, fellow offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins, because he was a classics major and viola play...
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They don't do anything until somebody dies
The downtown Reno multiplex and University of Nevada student union theaters pose extreme fire hazards. "They don't do anything until somebody dies," darkly murmured a long-time local fire expert who didn't want to be quoted. There's an epidemic of that going around. When Reno City Hall bent over to build the downtown theaters, they narrowed W. First Street despite firefighter objections, the expert told me. Later, they installed planter-divide...
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50th anniversary of Sinatra Jr. kidnap
For many newcomers to the northern Nevada area, it is hard to imagine that in the last century we have had what is termed a “golden era.”
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Media goes into frenzy of JFK adoration
Rebecca Cronon, Reno Channel 2 reporter, called me for an interview on the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Alas, I got the invitation too late. I say alas because I would have given her listeners a contrary view to the overwhelming and suffocating adulation of JFK dished out by the media. Indeed, the only criticism I saw in print other than mine was that of Noam Chomsky. Robert Dallek had a column in the New York Times h...
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Man’s nature is not humans’ nature
This year, I was invited to a friend’s home for Thanksgiving.
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Reader beware of what's not really there
If you need any more reason to support the Barbwire.TV community channel, looky here. GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. Walmart must stop stuffing employees with stupid pills. The bandidos are building a new store in the tax-subsidized, underachieving Sparks Marina Legends shopping center. (See Cabellyup.com/) "Amelia McLear, senior manager of public affairs for Walmart, said the company has not closed any stores in the Reno-Sparks area and it does no...
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Biographer misses grandeur of history’s greatest genius
Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling By Ross King Penguin, 318 pages, 2003 Biographer Ross King did the almost impossible: write a bad book about Michelangelo, history’s greatest artist. King recalls every obscure artist of the era, their character, hometown, who they were apprenticed to, their principal works and where the art is located. He writes at length about Raphael paintings, mentions many architects and their buildings and details cons...
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More JFK assassination items
Last Friday saw an enormous amount of coverage of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Reid nukes Republican obstructionist
Sen. Harry Reid finally put Republican Tea Party members in their rightful place in the Senate.
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Obama parallels JFK in a failed presidency
The presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama have many striking parallels: soaring rhetoric, Hope with a capital H and King Arthur’s Camelot in JFK’s case, the Promised Land in Obama’s. Kennedy spoke of reviving “the idea of America as a young, questing, progressive nation, facing the future with confidence and hope.” He was young, handsome and charismatic. His taste and grace made people believe in the possibilities of the presidency ...
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John F. Kennedy's 2014 inaugural address
Inauguration day crept up so cruelly cold you could understand how it killed William Henry Harrison. A light wind atomized bursts of freshly fallen snow across the vast field of expectant faces. Was it the sun or the new president’s words which caromed off the airborne crystals and transmuted the moist, icy air into a multimedia assault on the senses? Was I there, or was I dreaming? JANUARY 21, 2014 I stand before you today as aware of the pai...
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