Relive Barack Obama's basketball glory days and score a daily fix for your favorite baseball junkie.
Give the baseball junkie in your life a subscription to Bill James’ Web site ($3 a month). Written with nonpareil authority, the site contains a treasure trove of stats and nuggets about your favorite players, past and present. Perfect for punching up while you’re watching a game or when you’re counting down the months until pitchers and catchers report.
Is your sports fan also a political junkie? If so, may we suggest this “Throwback” Barack Obama high school basketball T-shirt ($20)? Launch three-pointers like “the O’Bomber” did when he led his team to the 1979 Hawaiian state finals. Toss it in the wash, throw it back on, then try to solve the global energy crisis, navigate a recession and extricate the country from two wars.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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Kevin Berger is the former features editor for Salon. He oversaw the Environment & Science section, including the popular Atoms & Eden series about science and faith. He has written about John Adams, fruit flies and Danica Patrick. His article "The artist as mad scientist" appeared in "The Best of
Technology Writing, 2007."
A longtime Bay Area journalist, Berger spent a decade as a writer and editor for San Francisco magazine, where he wrote about the San Francisco Bay, homelessness, the opera and how "green" locals really are. He has won awards from the City and Regional Magazine Association and Western Magazine Association. He interviewed novelist Richard Powers for the Paris Review.
With his brother Todd, Berger co-authored the book [OU1] "Zen Driving," still selling after 20 years, thanks to the enthusiastic endorsement of drivers ed teachers. He also wrote "Where the Road and the Sky Collide: America Through the Eyes of Its Drivers," exploring our love-hate relationship with cars and car culture.