Daily Archive: June 30, 2013



The Gospel of Tony Soprano

“Sopranos” star James Gandolfini visits with service members and civilians on Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, March 29, 2010 during a USO tour. (VPhoto Credit: U.S. Military/SSG Ian M. Terry) by Father Edward L. BeckCNN Faith and Religion Commentator (CNN) — The only time I met James Gandolfini, we talked about God. It was a chance meeting at the Broadway play “God of Carnage,” in which he was acting. I went backstage to see someone else but was introduced to James. When he heard that I was a priest he laughed and said, “Gee, Father, I hope you didn’t think this was a play about God.”



Drake leads at BET Awards with 12 nominations

Drake greets fans during the 2013 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday June 16, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim) by Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer The BET Awards should be called the Drake Awards. The rapper-singer is up for 12 honors, including five nominations for video of the year, which has 10 nominees.



WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Tutu welcomes Obama ‘home’

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, with Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu, left, visits with a student at the Demond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Center on Sunday, June 30, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) by Nedra Pickler CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu locked eyes with President Barack Obama on Sunday in an emotional moment between two men who have been pioneers for racial progress a world apart. Tutu greeted Obama with a “welcome home” to the continent where his father was born, and pleaded with the U.S. president to be a leader for peace, especially in the Middle East, who can make all Africans proud. Obama was visiting the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, an after-school program in a community where many young people are infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Obama praised Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who helped bring an end to South Africa’s racist apartheid rule, as “an unrelenting champion of justice and human dignity.” Tutu then spoke of Obama’s re-election last fall as America’s first African-American president. “You don’t know what you did for our psyche,” Tutu said. “You won, and we won.”



NFL doesn’t have answers on Hernandez

by Donald McPherson (CNN) — Many were shocked this week when New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and linked to an unsolved double-homicide case from 2012. The tone in the sports community has been muted because this is occurring during the off-season and the impact on the “game” is minimal. There are many unanswered questions about the Hernandez case. What does it tell us about the intersection of sports and the violent and sometimes criminal behavior of athletes off the field?



Indian airline recruits women to save fuel

Women require less fuel than men, says GoAir by James Durston (CNN) — An Indian airline has hit on possibly the worthiest excuse yet for hiring slim women as cabin crew — it saves fuel and therefore money. While some airlines admit to hiring women for their sex appeal, budget carrier GoAir has implemented a female-only flight attendant recruitment policy because they are 15-20 kilos lighter on average than men, it claims.



Marijuana’s march toward mainstream confounds feds

This Aug. 17, 1969 black-and-white file photo shows music fans seeking shelter is a grass hut at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, N.Y. where the sign above reads “Have a Marijuana.” (AP Photo, File) by Alicia A. Caldwell and Nancy Benac WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 50 years for American attitudes about marijuana to zigzag from the paranoia of “Reefer Madness” to the excesses of Woodstock back to the hard line of “Just Say No.” The next 25 years took the nation from Bill Clinton, who famously “didn’t inhale,” to Barack Obama, who most emphatically did.



‘The Heat’ soars at box office but ‘Monsters’ rule

This publicity photo released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Sandra Bullock, left, as FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn, and Melissa McCarthy, as Boston Detective Shannon Mullins, in a scene from the film, “The Heat.” (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox, Gemma La Mana) by Derrik J. LangAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy brought “The Heat” against Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx at the box office.



Steel Sensations…Can Cortez Allen replace Keenan Lewis?

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) runs between drills during the NFL football practice on June 5 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Mike Pelaia One of the big questions of the Steelers off season has been whether or not Cortez Allen can step in and replace Keenan Lewis as the number two cornerback. It’s something the Steelers desperately desire and need at the same time.



Paris Jackson ‘better’ but misses tribute to dad

The Jacksons, from left, Marlon Jackson, Tito Jackson and Jackie Jackson arrive at the world premiere of “Michael Jackson ONE” at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on June 29 in Las Vegas. (Photo by David Becker/Invision/AP) by Michael Cidoni LennoxAP Entertainment Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Once was not enough. Less than 20 months after the debut of the first Cirque du Soliel show paying tribute Michael Jackson comes the second: “Michael Jackson ONE” Cirque president Daniel Lamarre said he’d planned two Jackson-inspired shows “from the first day we got the rights from the (Jackson) estate,” with the first production, “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL WORLD TOUR,” delivering a stadium-sized concert-type presentation and “ONE” a more intimate affair. The new show is something closer to what Cirque du Soliel usually serves up. It’s a multimedia extravaganza that often flies high, but never loses sight of its inspiration.