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Wednesday 25 May 2011
A line of violent thunderstorms roared across middle America, killing six people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.
Sunday 15 May 2011
Saturday 30 April 2011
It is no wonder that reports that Superman is considering renouncing his US citizenship are causing consternation across the Atlantic. He might have been born on Krypton, but Superman, more than any other superhero, has always exuded Americana. Were he not invulnerable, the man of steel would probably bleed red, white and blue.
Wednesday 22 December 2010
If, in early 1954, you had made a book on the first runner to break the four-minute barrier, the American Wes Santee, who has died aged 78 from cancer, might have received shorter odds than either Australia's John Landy or Britain's Roger Bannister. Santee was ranked second in the world at both 800 and 1500 metres, with a fast finishing kick. Bannister, of course, got there first, running 3:59.4 on 6 May 1954, and Landy lowered the mark to 3:58 in June. But while Bannister's record attempt at Oxford was structured carefully, with "rabbits" pacemaking him through each lap, Santee was competing for Kansas University, in meets where he typically ran both 880 yards and the mile, and anchored the 4x440 relay. When told of Bannister's feat, Santee was "not exceptionally disappointed", claiming he would be satisfied to become the first American through the barrier, and that he could, anyway, beat Bannister in a race.
Monday 13 December 2010
Two american basketball fans have paid more than $4.3m (£2.7m) for the faded and soiled original rules of basketball, which were drawn up by the sport's founder, James Naismith, more than a century ago.
Sunday 14 November 2010
There are those "lost" albums that are probably best left that way, and then there are gems such as this.
Sunday 12 September 2010
Until last week, the university city of Gainesville, Florida, wasn't much talked about outside its home state. Students of US history may recall the Gainesville Eight, a group of anti-Vietnam war protesters who were acquitted on charges of breaking up the Republican convention in 1972; these days the city (population 125,000) has its first gay mayor, suggesting that it doesn't easily fit stereotypes about the American South.
Sunday 08 August 2010
Any album which opens with a line as simple, and fundamental to what rock'n'roll is about, as "I wish he was my boyfriend" is on the right tracks, and Best Coast never falter thereafter.
Tuesday 20 July 2010
Children with autism may in future be diagnosed by the way they talk and parents may be able to measure their progress by monitoring their speech. Scientists have discovered that the condition has a "unique vocal signature" which could allow affected children to be identified before they show obvious symptoms.
Friday 16 July 2010
Did we need a sequel to Emma Thompson's nanny caper? Mary Poppins didn't even get one and it was a spoonful of sugar more inventive than this.
Sunday 11 July 2010
An artist to make Gaga curse her own abject banality, 24-year-old Kansas girl Monae has found her way to Oz.
Friday 25 June 2010
The aim with the duets retrospective Just Across The River is to emphasise Webb's contribution to the Americana traditions of folk and country, which means the voluptuous cabaret pleasures of "McArthur Park" and "Up, Up And Away" are sacrificed in favour of the rustic mythopoeicising of "The Highwayman" and "Oklahoma Nights", the latter tinted with pedal steel and speckled with banjo; along with a nod to the Sixties' singer-songwriter tradition in the form of Webb and Jackson Browne's duetting on "P.F. Sloan", a tribute to the man who wrote "Eve Of Destruction".
Sunday 20 June 2010
Dennis Hopper: Hollywood actor, director and oft-married hell-raiser who rose to fame with 'Easy Rider'
Monday 31 May 2010
Dennis Hopper will be best remembered as the director and star of one of Hollywood's most influential films, Easy Rider (1969), which defined a generation of 'hippie' culture and attitude, the film's hallucinogenic imagery backed by a driving rock soundtrack.
Tuesday 11 May 2010
Four people were killed yesterday in an outbreak of violent weather that dropped tornadoes across Oklahoma, tossing cars off highways and flipping mobile homes, officials said.
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