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Analysis: Bush on course for second term

WASHINGTON, May 19 (UPI) -- With a year and a half to go before the next presidential election, many things can still go wrong for the Bush administration, but assuming they do not, or do so within reasonable limits, on current projections the outlook is quite clear. George W. Bush
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

Analysis: And the Oscar nominees are ...

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- It's just about time to put an end to speculation about this year's Oscar nominees, so the guessing game about this year's winners can begin in earnest.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

People

Celebrities in the news.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of the weekend's Thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

Joe Bob's America:Crime Lite in Washington

NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Here are some headlines you'll never see in The Washington Post:
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Belmont Park: Faded lady needs crowds

BELMONT, N.Y., June 7 (UPI) -- One summer I lived in a little cottage on the backstretch at Belmont Park --- a place so endlessly fascinating that it was like being Charlie in the chocolate f
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Oscar prospects aside, 'Bedroom' a winner

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (UPI) -- Social critics can slam Hollywood all they like for its reliance on neat, pat and happy endings, and they may have a point, but "In the Bedroom" came out of now
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Vegas Guy: Forgotten mobsters

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Twenty years ago a false report by NBC News claimed that Wayne Newton was owned by the mob. At that crucial time, when mob influence in Vegas was actually dying
JOE BOB BRIGGS, The Vegas Guy

The Vegas Guy: Resorts International

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Most casinos try to hide their past, or get rid of it altogether. Their very design is all about "Now," "Tonight," the promise of the future. They eliminate all
JOE BOB BRIGGS, 'The Vegas Guy'

The Vegas Guy: Aqueduct Race Track

OZONE PARK,QUEENS, N.Y., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- It's a full hour before post time, and I'm alone by the Aqueduct paddock on a chilly gray New York morning. A blanket of fog hangs over the infield lagoons, the
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Book Review: Stork Club

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Café society was not simply a place; it was a mindset that began with the end of prohibition and ended when television became far more interesting than a night out on the town. In the new paperback edition of "Stork Club: America's most famous nightspot a
PETER ROFF, UPI National Political Analyst
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Alfred Damon Runyon (October 4, 1880 – December 10, 1946) was a newspaperman and writer.

He was best known for his short stories celebrating the world of Broadway in New York City that grew out of the Prohibition era. To New Yorkers of his generation, a "Damon Runyon character" evoked a distinctive social type from the Brooklyn or Midtown demi-monde. The adjective "Runyonesque" refers to this type of character as well as to the type of situations and dialog that Runyon depicted. He spun humorous tales of gamblers, hustlers, actors, and gangsters, few of whom go by "square" names, preferring instead colorful monikers such as "Nathan Detroit," "Benny Southstreet," "Big Jule," "Harry the Horse," "Good Time Charley," "Dave the Dude," or "The Seldom Seen Kid." Runyon wrote these stories in a distinctive vernacular style: a mixture of formal speech and colorful slang, almost always in present tense, and always devoid of contractions. A passage from "Tobias the Terrible", collected in More than Somewhat (1937) illustrates Runyon's memorable prose:

If I have all the tears that are shed on Broadway by guys in love, I will have enough salt water to start an opposition ocean to the Atlantic and Pacific, with enough left over to run the Great Salt Lake out of business. But I wish to say I never shed any of these tears personally, because I am never in love, and furthermore, barring a bad break, I never expect to be in love, for the way I look at it love is strictly the old phedinkus, and I tell the little guy as much.

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