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.

Star power

Sports | MVP Nash sits on the All-Star bench while and old and busted Shaq starts.
by John Dawson
Posted 2/24/07, 12:00 am

If political theorists ever wanted to poke holes in the American democratic system, the fan voting for the NBA All-Star game might be the place to start. Even before Phoenix point guard Steve Nash ruled out appearing at the NBA's All-Star game on Feb. 18, the league's fans decided Nash was good enough only to ride pine during the game's tipoff. Why? Fans cast only 1.5 million ballots for Nash, the reigning two-time league MVP.

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City life

Television | The Wire offers a gruesome depiction of urban crime
by John Dawson
Posted 2/24/07, 12:00 am

It may be in some ways the best show on television, but The Wire's gruesome and profane depictions of urban life in Baltimore mean few actually have the stomach for it. The one-hour drama's position on the premium HBO cable channel doesn't help attract an audience, either. Let the warning be clear: The Wire includes gunshot wounds, knife fights, cocaine overdoses, ubiquitous f-bombs, and the occasional stray breast.

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Foot in the door

Sports | Super Bowl XLI is a triumph of pro football's Rooney Rule
by John Dawson
Posted 2/17/07, 12:00 am

It took several moments for Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy and Chicago coach Lovie Smith to find each other after the final whistle officially ended Super Bowl XLI. This time, it was Indianapolis that prevailed in a 29-17 victory that gave the long-suffering Colts a place in the record books.

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