Daily Archive: November 6, 2012

National

Suspense to the end, Obama, Romney yield to voters

by Nancy Benac WASHINGTON (AP)—Two fierce competitors who’ve given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come. FINAL CAMPAIGN STOP—President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave to supporter during the final 2012 campaign event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 5. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) After a grinding presidential campaign that packed suspense to the finish, Americans head into polling places in sleepy hollows, bustling cities and superstorm-ravaged beach towns deeply divided. All sides are awaiting, in particular, a verdict from the nine battleground states whose votes will determine which man can piece together the 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

Sports

Defending champion U.S.O. gets ‘the boot’ from Perry; Game-winning field goal in overtime gives Commodores City League crown

A little over two weeks ago, senior Cornelio Coates was only focused on becoming a better wide receiver for his Commodores that were preparing for the playoffs. But he’d begun to work on something that Perry hadn’t worked into its game plan since the 2009 season. 2012 CITY LEAGUE CHAMPS—Perry team members celebrate after winning the City League Championship with a 9-6 overtime win over USO on Nov. 3. (Courier Photo/William McBride)

National

Gay marriage, marijuana highlight ballot measures

by David Crary (AP)—Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt have weighed in on one side, evangelist icon Billy Graham on the other as the four-state showdown over same-sex marriage reaches its Election Day conclusion with the potential for a historic breakthrough. SUPPORTING THE PRESIDENT—In this May 10, photo, Trenton Garris, right, joins other demonstrators showing their support for President Barack Obama as he visits the Paramount Theater one day after announcing his support for same sex marriage, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

National

Bob Dylan predicts Obama ‘in a landslide’

MADISON, Wis. (AP)—Bob Dylan says he thinks President Barack Obama is going to win a landslide. Dylan made the prediction Monday night midway through the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” during a concert in the battleground state of Wisconsin. MEDAL OF FREEDOM HONOREE—In this May 29, photo, President Barack Obama stands with Bob Dylan before awarding Dylan the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Dylan spoke to the Madison audience as he was wrapping up his concert that came just hours after Obama appeared at a morning rally in the same city with rocker Bruce Springsteen.

National

A decade on, Fla. missing girl trial to begin

by Curt Anderson MIAMI (AP)—More than a decade after foster child Rilya Wilson’s disappearance shook up the state’s child welfare system, the caregiver accused of killing the girl is finally set to go on trial in a highly circumstantial case hinging on jail inmates who say they heard the woman confess. REMEMBERING RILYA—In this Sept. 29, 2005, file photo, children hold posters of missing child, Rilya Wilson, at the Caleb Center in Miami, during a birthday party thrown by community leaders from Rilya’s old neighborhood to remember what would have been her ninth birthday. (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Marice Cohn Band)

Entertainment

Foxx, Wonder among stars honoring Eddie Murphy

by Sandy Cohen LOS ANGELES (AP)—However riotous the Eddie Murphy stories from Arsenio Hall, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler and Russell Brand, the highlight of Spike TV’s tribute to Murphy was the comedian’s duet with Stevie Wonder. MURPHY FETED—Eddie Murphy arrives with his date Paige Butcher at “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” a celebration of Murphy’s career at the Saban Theater Nov. 3, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision) Murphy joined the subject of one of his most classic impressions for a rousing rendition of Wonder’s 1973 hit “Higher Ground” during the taping of the Spike TV special “Eddie Murphy: One Night Only,” which is set to air Nov. 14. The Roots served as the house band.

Opinion

The conservative alternate universe: A primer

by Mark Williams If we are to believe the theories of Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow then we must consider the possibility that parallel worlds must exist. In their book the “The Grand Design” they argue that “no single mathematical model or theory can describe every aspect of the universe.” MARK WILLIAMS Quantum Physics models mathematically seem to prove the existence of parallel worlds even though such notions cannot be proven with the naked eye. I think if physicists studied the political world more they would realize that indeed the notions of alternate universes in fact can be proven definitively. I pose to you that many Americans defected to such a place over the course of the last decade.