Monday, February 28, 2011

Boise State Men's Basketball Post-Season Potential

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM

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Often overshadowed by their football counterparts, Boise State's men's basketball team is showing some signs of life these days. With hallmark wins over New Mexico State, Idaho State University of Idaho and University of Hawaii so far, the Broncos are positioned to do well in the WAC tournament this season. The heavy favorite to win the WAC will be No. 23 Utah State but don't count out the Broncos as a legitimate dark-horse contender.

With a 17-11 (9-6 WAC) record this year, Boise State has shown that it can compete. First-year coach Leon Rice—a former assistant at Gonzaga University—seems to have done an excellent job navigating the decades-old pitfalls of the program, giving it some good late-season momentum. This is none-too-soon as the Broncos join the much tougher Mountain West Conference next season where they will face the likes of premier teams like San Diego State and University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Boise State's final two regular season games are at home against the California State University Bakersfield Roadrunners on Wednesday, March 2, and San Jose State Spartans on Saturday, March 5. These games should showcase what appears to be a nicely improved Boise State men's basketball program, currently riding a five-game winning streak.

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Minnesota's Cheeseburger Bill

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:10 AM

With all of the media coverage about unions and limiting collective bargaining rights across the country, Minnesota's House of Representatives has quietly slipped a bill through committee.

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Dubbed the "Cheeseburger Bill," the proposed law will prohibit lawsuits against food companies for the effects of bad diet. The bill is in response to several lawsuits in the last decade that penalized fast food restaurants for health issues that their food causes. The Cheeseburger Bill was proposed in Minnesota before under the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act by Republican Representative Dean Urdahl.

Critics of the bill cite asbestos and the Ford Pinto as reasons why exempting food companies is a bad idea. The examples are meant to show that in the past, companies have knowingly continued to use products that are known to be harmful. However, Minnesota has never had a lawsuit that the Cheeseburger Bill would cover.

“It's just a matter of time,” Urdahl is reported to have said.

Debate on the bill, according to the Pioneer Press, mostly devolved into battle of analogy and complaints about an overly litigious America.

The Cheeseburger Bill has been passed two times before in the Minnesota House of Representatives only to die in the Senate. Republican Senator David Hann has agreed to introduce a version in the Minnesota State Senate this year.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oscar Moment No. 5

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 2:00 PM

For those of us who love movies, tonight is one night of the year when we probably won’t be in line at Flicks or glued to Turner Classic Movies. It’s Oscar night. Pass the salsa.

This weekend, I offered up my Oscar Top 5 videos. Here’s a look at 83 years of the men who took home the golden guy.

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Oscar Moment No. 4

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Here’s my Oscar prediction: the biggest break-out stars in tonight’s ceremonies will be ... the students at PS 22.

If you haven’t heard of these amazing elementary school kids from Staten Island, N.Y., you’re in for a treat. Come Monday morning, they’ll be on everyone’s guest list.

PS 22 is one of the largest elementary schools in New York City. An amazing music teacher, Gregg Breinberg, works with the fifth graders from a wide cross-section of ethnic groups and socio-economic levels. They have been invited to perform before a global television audience of about 1 billion. Here are the kids in the school's rickety auditorium performing Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”

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Need Something to do Sunday?

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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It's Oscar day, the annual celebration of all things film. But if you're a true cinephile, then you wouldn't want to pollute the viewing experience by owning a TV, meaning you're shit out of luck come red-carpet-o-clock.

Well, you would be if it weren't for two glorious words: Oscar party.

For the fancypants, who want an opportunity to wear their fancy pants, there is a genuine swankfest at the Banbury Golf Club featuring limos, red carpets and delicious vittles from Banbury and Mai Thai. That par-tay kicks off at 5 p.m. and costs $22. Tickets can be reserved online at morninggloryteahouse.com.

For those who prefer their pants understated and tasteful—yes, I mean all you French New-Wave devotees—swing by the Northgate Reel Theatre for a free live telecast in full hi-def on the big screen. And since you can show up to that shindig in decidedly non-fancy, elastic-waist pants, you're free to gorge yourself on all the popcorn and candy you like.

There will be raffles during the commercial breaks for 3D movie tickets, cupcakes, gift-cards and more. Anyone who shows up automatically gets a raffle ticket. Buy yourself a Reel Combo, and you'll get three more. Yowza, that's good giveaway.

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Oscar Preview? Independent Spirit and Razzies Handed Out Saturday Night

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Black Swan took top honors at the anti-Oscars Saturday night. The Independent Spirit Awards attract an A-list gathering of actors and directors, usually in a giant tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.

Black Swan won four awards Saturday, including best picture, best actress for Natalie Portman and best director for Darren Aronofsky. James Franco was picked as best actor for 127 Hours. The King's Speech won the Independent Spirit award for best foreign film. Portman and Franco have a busy weekend. Expect the very pregnant Portman to pick up an Oscar tonight, and Franco is one of the hosts (along with Anne Hathaway) for tonight's big show.

Even more fun are the annual Razzie awards for Hollywood's worst films. Last night, The Last Airbender won the top/bottom prize for worst of 2010 (in all it was "awarded" five prizes). Worst actress was an appropriate tie among Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, stars of Sex and the City 2. Ashton Kutcher was named worst actor for Killers and Valentine's Day. Best of the worst? The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was given a special award for worst eye-gouging misuse of 3-D

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Consumer Reports: Thumbs Down on Verizon iPhone4

Posted By on Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 1:47 AM

In the wake of a momentous launch of Verizon's iPhone4, Consumer Reports is raining on Apple's parade. CR announced on its blog that it can't recommend the Verizon iPhone4 because it basically has the same problems found on AT&T's iPhone4: signal issues.

"When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side—an easy thing especially for lefties—the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, we can't recommend the iPhone4," wrote Consumer Reports. CR tested three iPhone4s, each of which was purchased at three separate retailers.

Here's the best part: Consumer Reports recommends covering the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oscar Moment No. 3

Posted By on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 3:00 PM

What? You still haven’t filled out your Oscar pool yet? For the record, BW readers who took part in our online poll think the winners will be Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Christian Bale (The Fighter) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). I think they’re right on. For Best Picture, they think The King’s Speech will win the top prize.

It’s time for number three in my Oscar Top 5: a little fun with acceptance speeches.

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Slideshow: Twigs and Twist Project Runway Show

Posted By on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Last night Twigs and Twist hosted a fashion show with newly-created garments, accessories and home decor items made from at least 75 percent recycled, reused or reconstructed objects.

Click here for a photo slideshow of the night's event.

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Slideshow: Finn Riggins at VAC

Posted By on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 1:17 PM

The scene at last night's Visual Arts Collective show with Finn Riggins, World's Greatest Ghosts and Junior Rocket Scientist. Click here for a slideshow.

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