John Dawson

John is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute, the University of Texas at Austin, and previously wrote for The Birmingham News. John resides in Dallas, Texas. Follow him on Twitter @talkdawson.

Power for good

Movie | What's a home with a family when you can be out saving the world?
by John Dawson
Posted 6/30/07, 12:00 am

In the annals of hypotheticals, nothing captures imaginations like superpower questions. But beyond the standard Flight vs. Invisibility conundrum comes an even more vexing question: If you had a superpower, how would you use it? Would you use that power for good or evil? To fight crime or to get to Paris without the hassle of booking a flight?

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Chips off the old blocks

Sports | Bonds, Fielder highlight father-son combinations on the diamond
by John Dawson
Posted 6/23/07, 12:00 am

It's an interesting fact that two of the most well-known hitters in the National League have at least one thing in common: Both Barry Bonds and Prince Fielder started their careers in baseball in a shadow cast by a famous father.

First there was Bonds, who broke in with the Pirates in 1986 about five years after father Bobby Bonds finished his 14-year career. Like his father, Bonds managed five seasons of at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. Unlike his father, who hit 332 home runs, Bonds is now approaching Hank Aaron's all-time career home run record.

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Calm seas

Movie | New Ocean's never gets choppy
by John Dawson
Posted 6/23/07, 12:00 am

At least one thing separates Ocean's Thirteen from its Vegas crime comedy predecessors, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Eleven: suspense. For a movie billed as part comedy, part crime thriller, Ocean's Thirteen (rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and some vulgarity) delivers almost none of the suspense of the first two offerings. What the latest installment in Steve Soderbergh's trilogy does provide is a workmanlike execution of a proven formula.

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