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'At the Fights' puts you inside the world of boxing

12/20/12 05:59PM

As soon as you hit the stairwell you can smell it. The air in Gleason's boxing gym isn't so much pungent, as it is heavy. Heavy with sweat, heavy with breath, and heavy with years of people beating the crap out of each other. I'm sorry, that was less poetic than I'd hoped it would be. read more

Traci Oshiro

Apocalypse arias

12/20/12 04:50PM

Can it be? Will this be it for The Cycle's website? Be still my heart, say it will not be so! Ok, just to clarify, with all the talk of the world ending tonight, even though we don't buy into any predictions from the Mayan calendar. But, just in case we are proven wrong, we thought it best to arm you with some solid tunes to add onto... read more

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Fiscal cliff trumps GOP's Plan B

12/20/12 04:04PM

Does Nov. 6 feel like a lifetime ago to you? Or is it just me? You remember Nov. 6. That was the day that President Obama won 332 electoral votes, besting Mitt Romney in every swing state except North Carolina on a message of raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 per year and protecting Social Security and Medicare from the... read more

Howard Schatz talking with Toure
(Photo by Traci Oshiro)

Photo Finish: In the ring

12/20/12 11:22AM

This past Wednesday I was given an incredible opportunity to meet the legendary photographer Howard Schatz. As a photographer myself the honor was all mine to meet Schatz and his partner Beverly Ornstein at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, the site of many photographs from his newly release book At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional... read more

Plan B

Will a compromise be reached in 12 days?

12/20/12 10:57AM

Today, the rivalry between President Obama and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has taken over Washington. Yesterday, Speaker Boehner held a 48 second press conference where he announced he would hold a vote today in the House on his “Plan B” bill that would lock tax rates on households earning less than $1 million a year. President Obama announced... read more

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Cupcakes and the decline of Western Civilization

12/19/12 09:25PM

The most intensely gluttonous part of the holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a quantity of baked, sugary goods deviating from what God intended by an order of magnitude.  I would say that I’m as guilty as the next person, but that would be a lie: I’m worse. I’m the type of dude that licks the spoon, scrapes the bowl, and shovels down... read more

File Photo: Former U.S. President George W. Bush waves while signing copies of his new memoir "Decision Points" at Borders Books on November 9, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/File)

Winning! George W. Bush's tax cut

12/19/12 05:25PM

That tax deal that was supposedly taking shape earlier this week no longer seems so inevitable. But there’s still time before the end of the year, and if there does end up being a deal, we at least know roughly what it will look like now–and there are two ways of looking at it. read more

US President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joe Biden looks on as he delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on December 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama will appoint Vice President Joe Biden to lead a panel tasked...

Sheriff Biden will spearhead the new task force

12/19/12 04:36PM

Three more children and teacher Victoria Soto were laid to rest in Connecticut on Wednesday, as President Obama named Vice President Biden to spearhead the White House’s response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. "I will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said President... read more

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Fiscal Cliff talks continue

12/18/12 10:49AM

While both sides may not see eye to eye on the latest fiscal cliff talks we may be closer to a deal than we think. With only 14 days until we go over the fiscal cliff Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama have been meeting at the White House to try and get their two proposals closer together. On Monday the White proposed what they call... read more


School drop-off felt different this morning

12/17/12 05:25PM

The usual school drop-off routine didn't feel usual this morning. I dropped my son off at Kindergarten in Brooklyn and after I kissed him goodbye and walked out of the room, I felt a sense of dread. I'm sure a lot of parents did this morning. It was a tough morning. read more