Basketball Sep 13, 2014

Former NBA big man Ely joins Gunma Crane Thunders

by Ed Odeven

Melvin Ely, the 12th overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, has accepted a contract offer to play for the Gunma Crane Thunders for the upcoming season. Ely must pass a physical exam for the contract to be finalized. The Crane Thunders, who are entering their ...

Tracing the path of history in northern Nagasaki

Travel Sep 7, 2013

Tracing the path of history in northern Nagasaki

by Mandy Bartok

The horn blast from the incoming ferry echoes clearly through the top-floor hall of Hirado Castle. From the donjon's vantage point, my husband and I can clearly see the large passenger ship as it enters the sheltered bay of Hirado's port, marking the end ...