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Congress is on spring break through the end of the week, having balanced our budget, ended partisan bickering once and for all and forged compromise to solve all of our Nation’s problems.
Okay, only the part about “spring break” is true.
But with Congress out of the way and a quarter of 2013 already in the books, it’s a good time to take a look at the mood of our Nation. And with spring finally in the air, you might think that the national mood is ticking up. You’d be wrong.
With Frank Francisco on the disabled list yet again, Mets Manager Terry Collins gave fire-balling Bobby Parnell the closer job early in spring training. Is Parnell ready for this? Rich Coutinho goes one on one with the newly appointed Mets closer to talk about the challenges ahead as he enters the most pressurized of all assignments in the fishbowl that is New York City.
The New York Mets cruised to an 11-2 Opening Day Victory over the San Diego Padres giving the Amazins their 34th Opening Day win in their last 44 tries but the story of the game was Collin Cowgill who crushed a Grand Slam homer to seal the victory. Rich Coutinho had a chance to talk to Cowgill after the game about his Met debut.
Yahoo! scored big with the mobile start-up, Summly, freshly acquired from a U.K. programming wunderkind. The announcement ignited immediate buzz between tech and social networking circles around the globe, and for good reason. At 17, Nick D’Aloisio now faces balancing his last year of high school studies with a new dream job worth millions.
Opening Day is one of my favorite days of the sport year--the slate is clean, everyone is in first place and it is a day to dream. For Met fans, it has been tough sledding the past few years. But in 2013, with the Madoff scandal clearly in the rear view mirror, Sandy Alderson is assembling a core of young players that will lead the Mets out of the wilderness. We all got a taste of Matt Harvey who showed he has great stuff coupled with a work ethic that will make him a top of the line starting pitcher.
Ever wonder what happened to reel-to-reel tape recorders? What about sound boards like the Neve 8028 analog mixing console, used by Nirvana to record that life-altering marvel of an album, Nevermind? Say all you want about today's digital darlings like Pro Tools, but there's no denying the "warmth" of analog production. Dave Grohl felt so strongly about it he spearheaded a cinematic cause salvaging a key component of Americana's rock history.
Barack Obama is in Israel this week, doing his best to convince a skeptical public and a more skeptical government that he has their best interests in mind as he crafts America’s policy in the Middle East.
He’s got a lot of work to do. One recent Jerusalem Post/Smith Poll found that only 12% of Israelis consider Obama to be pro-Israel.
We’ve all acknowledged that we’re living in the era of the permanent campaign, but the general public is just catching onto the fact that, for Barack Obama, campaigning is the default setting.
Over the past several weeks, Obama has devoted his energy less to negotiating with House Republicans than to casting them as stubborn trolls bent on destroying the Nation via the sequester, a measure that Obama proposed in the first place.
New York City is quickly becoming the destination of choice for emerging tech companies, and countless young tech entrepreneurs are moving here every year. And while the economic growth in the tech sector has been significant, it’s important to recognize that other, smaller towns are trying to take some of that business away from us.
Students performing in Purelements’ Rhythm Stories say experience with the urban dance company prepares them for the real world as young artists, helping them tap into their talent and inner strength while balancing homework, social life and other after-school activities. Hard work pays off as the cast illuminates on stage while sharing a strong bond and dedication to the creative process.