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UT Fears ... Flower Sabotage

Texas A&M maroon is infiltrating campus' bluebonnets

(Newser) - There's a devious plot afoot, or, as the Houston Chronicle cheekily puts it, "a scandal of potentially epic proportions." The University of Texas in Austin has noticed some maroon bluebonnets popping up in flowerbeds beneath the UT Tower, a place where only traditional bluebonnets (that is, blue... More »

Pepsi Won't Field Super Bowl Ads

Beverage maker focusing on integrated digital campaign instead

(Newser) - Pepsi will end its 23-year advertising presence on the Super Bowl telecast to focus on a cross-platform marketing push with a strong digital component. The company was quick to spin the retreat, which will leave the broadcast wide open to archrival Coca-Cola. “The Super Bowl broadcast can be an... More »

Iraqi Prisoners Taunt Wis. Soldiers Over Favre Defection

Detainees get into the Packers-Vikings rivalry

(Newser) - An allegiance to the Green Bay Packers has come back to haunt Wisconsin National Guardsmen on duty at a prison camp in Iraq, with detainees using quarterback Brett Favre’s defection to the rival Vikings to taunt the soldiers. A Packers-themed paint job sparked curiosity, one officer tells WTMJ-AM , “... More »

Google CEO Leaves Apple Board

Once-friendly companies on the brink of war

(Newser) - Google CEO Eric Schmidt has left Apple’s board of directors because the once-friendly companies are on a collision course, Apple announced today. “As Google enters more of Apple’s core business, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly... More »

Bob Dylan: The Rolling Stones Are So Over

Crooner jabs former rivals

(Newser) - Bob Dylan has stoked the flames of an old rivalry with the Rolling Stones, says the Independent. "They are pretty much finished, aren't they?" the songster observed in a recent MTV interview. Dylan noted that without bassist Bill Wyman, his former duet partners “are a funk band. They'll... More »

Pakistan Admits Mumbai Gunman Is Citizen

Concession comes after India shares 100-page evidence dossier

(Newser) - The Pakistani government finally admitted today that the lone surviving gunman from November’s Mumbai attacks is its citizen, the BBC reports. It’s the first time India’s rival conceded a connection to the terrorist siege, despite weeks of heavy US pressure to comply. The foot-dragging was partly to... More »

The Culture Wars, College Football Style

Michigan-Ohio State rivalry illuminates tale of '60s, '70s upheaval

(Newser) - The cultural disconnect between conservative college football programs and America’s liberalizing culture in the late 1960s and early ‘70s is the theme of War as They Knew It, a book by Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg. The survey of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry (which continues tomorrow) through... More »

Classic Harvard-Yale Tie Gets Documentary Gloss

Crimson comeback was behind headline 'Harvard Beats Yale 29-29'

(Newser) - The 40th anniversary of a classic game in the football rivalry between Harvard and Yale has inspired a documentary, Mark Feeney writes in the Boston Globe. The contest is as notable for “its time-capsule aspect” and rising-star participants (future Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones) as for the underdog Crimson's... More »

Jennifer Calls Out Angelina for 'Uncool' Move

Aniston fires back at Jolie on affair with then-hubby Pitt

(Newser) - Condemning Angelina Jolie’s actions as “very uncool,” Jennifer Aniston broke her years-long silence on the woman who stole husband Brad Pitt. The Vogue interview accompanies sultry photos of toned, tanned, swimsuited Aniston. She's “never been so honest or brave,” an insider tells the Daily Mail,... More »

Sox Fans Drove Joba to Drive Drunk: Report

Pitcher's DUI arrest came after taunts about Yankees' season

(Newser) - Joba Chamberlain nearly got into a fistfight with a Red Sox fan before his alleged DUI, the New York Post reports. Chamberlain began the ill-fated night by pounding a couple Grey Goose drinks at a friend’s bar, before hitting a strip club. There he encountered a heckler. “Too... More »

On Paper, Ohio State-USC Matchup Worthy of the Hype

Fans shelling out $75 for parking passes alone

(Newser) - The hype machine is in overdrive ahead of Saturday’s meeting between Ohio State and Southern Cal, each ranked among college football’s top five teams. Both have seen big-time dramatic matchups in recent years, leading Jon Wilner, in the San Jose Mercury News, to wonder, “will Saturday's showdown... More »

When Good Santas Turn Bad

Father Christmas 'union' erupts in naughty bickering

(Newser) - It may be summertime but things are still pretty frosty within one of the country's biggest organizations of Santa Clauses, the Wall Street Journal reports. Members of the Amalgamated Order of Real-Bearded Santas are accusing each other of profiteering and other naughty behavior. St. Nicks have been departing by the... More »

MC Shaq Rips Kobe in Rap

Suns center renews old rivalry—in rhyme

(Newser) - Even with the Lakers and Celtics matchup over, all is not quiet on the NBA rivalry front. Shaquille O'Neal took the mic at a New York club to perform a freestyle rap suggesting that Kobe Bryant couldn't win a championship without his former teammate: "You know how I be.... More »

Lakers, Celtics Renew Rivalry for Finals

Teams will face each other in reprise of '80s showdowns

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics will revive a historic rivalry in this year’s NBA finals, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Celtics’ defeat of the Detroit Pistons last night will bring the celebrated franchises together for the 11th time in the finals. Lakers coach Phil Jackson will... More »

Yankees-BoSox Rivalry Seen in NH Death

Woman, charged with murder, drove into crowd after NY taunts

(Newser) - The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has officially gotten deadly, the Boston Globe reports: Ivonne Hernandez, a 43-year-old New Hampshire woman, was charged with second-degree murder yesterday after allegedly driving her car into a crowd of jeering Red Sox fans, killing Matthew Beaudoin. Beaudoin, 29, was reportedly among a crowd chanting “... More »

It's Fenway's True Opening Day

Red Sox season doesn't really start until the first Yankees game, and vice versa

(Newser) - This century has seen a drastic reversal of the Red Sox and Yankees' fortunes, but the draw of the teams' storied rivalry is still as strong as ever. Although small-market fans across the country will express derision or disinterest at the meeting of the powerhouses, chances are they will still... More »

Sonoma-Napa Rivalry Escalates

Larger Sonoma frowns upon high-end Valley

(Newser) - The friendly rivalry between California’s two leading wine regions has evolved into an out-and-out marketing duel, reports Reuters. Sonoma winemakers frown upon the more famous—and much pricier—wine made by their neighbors over the hills. Collectors covet Napa Valley’s exclusive vintages, paying from $400-$1,000 a bottle... More »

Christmas Carol Arms Race Hits Chicago Radio

Stations compete to kick off holiday programming earlier and earlier

(Newser) - Apparently not content to subject listeners to "The Little Drummer Boy" in the traditional Thanksgiving-to-Christmas window, two Chicago radio stations switched to the all-fa-la-la-la-la, all-the-time holiday format today. The move is both the latest volley in a hot rivalry and a repeat of a strategy that paid off in... More »

Boeing, Airbus Firefight at Paris Air Show

Rivals for $40 billion Air Force deal bring out big guns

(Newser) - The battle between Boeing and Airbus soared to new levels of rancor this week at the Paris Air Show, where the companies are competing to supply the US Air Force with fuel tankers in a contract worth up to $40 billion. The open crossfire was unusual, the Wall Street  Journal... More »

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