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36 articles published/printed


Before the Cleveland nightmare, hints of darkness

May 13, 2013

Before the Cleveland nightmare, hints of darkness

by Luz Lazo

Shorty needed a ride home. She got confused sometimes, the result of some undefined mental condition, and wasn’t always sure where she’d wandered. Her family knew this about Michelle “Shorty” Knight, all 139 cm of her, and that’s why they worried. She got in ...

Sharif claims historic win in Pakistan polls

May 13, 2013

Sharif claims historic win in Pakistan polls

Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif on Sunday appealed for cross-party support to help rebuild the nuclear-armed but economically crippled nation after winning historic elections that defied Taliban violence. Partial, unofficial results from Saturday’s election represented a stunning comeback for the 63-year-old tycoon, who was ...

Mars trip plans focus on landing

May 13, 2013

Mars trip plans focus on landing

Landing astronauts safely on Mars is one of the biggest technological hurdles for any future manned mission to the red planet, even more complicated than last year’s daring rover touchdown. NASA dazzled observers by landing the 1-ton Curiosity rover on Mars in August in ...

Late entries reshape Iran's election campaign

May 13, 2013

Late entries reshape Iran's election campaign

Two of Iran’s most controversial figures announced Saturday that they are seeking to be candidates to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president. The emergence of two-term former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ahmadinejad’s top aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, dramatically changed the landscape of ...

Taiwan sends patrol boats to waters near Philippines

May 13, 2013

Taiwan sends patrol boats to waters near Philippines

Taiwan on Sunday dispatched four coast guard and naval vessels to beef up patrols in waters near the Philippines following public outrage over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine Coast Guard officers. “The government is determined to protect our fishermen,” Cabinet spokeswoman ...

May 13, 2013

Renewable energy policy

The nuclear power plant problems at Fukushima remind us that one potentially positive effect of the Tohoku disaster was a rethink of Japan's energy policy.

It ain't easy being a bilingual girl

| May 13, 2013

It ain't easy being a bilingual girl

by Kaori Shoji

This bilingual thing … they say that it’s a both curse and a blessing. Watakushigotode kyōshukudesuga (私事で恐縮ですが, A thousand pardons for having the gall to talk about myself), but I think of it more like a stigma. It’s not the same for millenials — ...

Japan's 'chosen one' has big dreams

May 13, 2013

Japan's 'chosen one' has big dreams

by Kaz Nagatsuka

He grabs rebounds and blocks shots inside, he sprints as fast as anyone else and he hits jumpers with a silky shooting touch. That’s what 18-year-old Yuta Watanabe does. He does it all and has everything a basketball player could hope to have, and ...

Hakuho victorious in Summer Basho opener

May 13, 2013

Hakuho victorious in Summer Basho opener

Hakuho outfoxed Tochiozan to make a winning start in his bid for a 25th career title on Sunday, while yokozuna rival Harumafuji also won handsomely on the opening day of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho won the spring meet in March with a ...

Utsumi hits top gear as Giants edge BayStars

May 13, 2013

Utsumi hits top gear as Giants edge BayStars

Giants ace Tetsuya Utsumi pitched what he called his best game of the season on Sunday, going nine scoreless innings and earning the win as Yomiuri defeated the Yokohama BayStars 1-0 in 10 innings. The Giants were forced to work overtime for their second ...

May 13, 2013

Shichinohe defends over 100-kg judo title

Ryu Shichinohe vanquished Daiki Kamikawa in the men’s over 100-kg final to defend the title at the All Japan invitational weight class championships on Sunday. The 24-year-old Shichinohe, an Okinawa native whose mother hails from Belgium and father is Japanese, defeated Kamikawa by ippon ...