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Latest Stories Rushin Index: Top Johansupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 11:05:00

"What's in a name?" asked William Shakespeare, who remains the best William of all time (just ahead of Shatner) and the second best Shakespeare ever (after the late Miami Hurricanes receiver Stanley Shakespeare). Answer: Names contain multitudes. Names connect people (and non-people) of wildly different talents, be they Mickeys (Mantle, Mouse) or Rickys (Rubio, Ricardo). The following power index, which will appear at regular intervals, is a definitive ranking of people who share the same first or last name. It is almost entirely serious and thoroughly pseudo-scientific. It is arbitrary and inarguable and above all fair-weather, reflecting the subjects' status this very week, preferably this very hour.

'Two Gentlemen of Chicago' mixes Shakespeare and Chicago's musicupdated: Tue Mar 20 2012 02:40:00

Off the beaten path of the Los Angeles theater district, troubadours are resurrecting Shakespeare in an adaptation that would make the Bard smile. Steve Rushin: Trade rumors have always been a part of sports cultureupdated: Wed Feb 01 2012 09:10:00

There are rumors going around -- literally going around, on the infinite loop of the ticker -- that Magic center Dwight Howard will be traded to Chicago or Dallas or possibly the Lakers. Rumor likewise has it that Knicks' forward Amare Stoudemire could be traded, as well as Blue Jackets' right wing Rick Nash, though sadly not for each other, no matter how up for it Knicks' management would be.

The stories behind your favorite fashionsupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 07:48:00

Why did women start carrying handbags? Here, the answer to this and other puzzlers.

All the world's a stage as Shakespeare goes to South Sudan updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 07:35:00

A theater company from South Sudan is translating Shakespeare into the local dialect for the first time, before performing the play at London's Globe Theatre.

College education is worth the priceupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 14:33:00

Ali Velshi and Chrsitine Romans, authors of "How to Speak Money" on the value of a college degree.

New film questions Shakespeareupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 08:29:00

A new film is set to re-open one of the most persistent questions in literary history - was William Shakespeare a fraud?

'Anonymous' claims about Shakespeare ignore historyupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 08:29:00

The idea that Shakespeare did not write the works attributed to him didn't surface until 1856, 240 years after he died. Until then no one even suggested he might not have done so.

London theater to stage Shakespeare's plays in 37 languagesupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 15:22:00

It will be Shakespeare as nobody has seen it before. Over six weeks next spring, London's Globe Theatre will present all 37 of the Bard's plays in 37 languages, performed by companies from as many countries.

Digital monkeys with typewriters recreate Shakespeareupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 15:50:00

It's a time-honored adage about the laws of probability: Give 1 million monkeys 1 million typewriters and they'll eventually type the entire works of William Shakespeare.

12 things I've refused to tell my momupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 09:59:00

Between mothers and daughters, there's love -- and a whole lot of other stuff. How do you undo past misunderstandings? One woman gives it a shot with this list.

Would female leaders solve debt crisis?updated: Wed Jul 20 2011 16:28:00

There have been press conferences and secret meetings.

Add variety of love to your lifeupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 14:18:00

Every biologist, botanist, and zoologist will tell you the same thing: Nature loves variety. People may fear it, and some religious or political groups may hate it -- but Nature loves it.

Five can't-miss summer festivalsupdated: Mon May 30 2011 13:45:00

Soak up the summer atmosphere -- along with some sun -- by exploring the culture and creativity that fills these five festivals. Parents of 'Romeo and Juliet' Runaway Couple Speak Outupdated: Tue May 03 2011 15:54:00

"We are happy to announce that both children are home safe," their families say

How I got the courage to tell my storyupdated: Sun May 01 2011 09:46:00

I have always liked coming home and sharing what has happened that day with my loved ones. I like comparing notes. I know other people do, too. I think there is a human instinct to tell stories, no matter who you are or where you live.

Who wrote the lost Shakespeare play?updated: Fri Jan 21 2011 07:57:00

The first production in centuries of a lost Shakespeare play has experts debating who really wrote it. CNN's Nick Glass reports.

How Helen Mirren lives her best lifeupdated: Tue Dec 21 2010 11:54:00

Now starring in Julie Taymor's adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," the Oscar-winning dame shares her thoughts on sad books, holey socks, and the weirdest, most wonderful gift she's ever received.

Three of the web's most awkward phrasesupdated: Wed Sep 15 2010 13:49:00

Back in the day, Shakespeare enriched the English language by pumping out neologisms like a maniac. Fast forward 400-plus years, and we don't really have an official bard, per se -- at least not in corporeal form.

Why GPS voices are so condescendingupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 11:50:00

In this tech-saturated world, few things are more annoying than car navigation systems that yell at you for making a wrong turn.

What's in a name? More than you thinkupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 14:08:00

Shakespeare's opinion aside, for many of us, our names are inextricably tied to who we are.

Verona, Italy: City of romanceupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 07:59:00

About two hours from bustling Milan and touristy Venice is Verona -- a welcome sip of pure, easygoing Italy. Made famous by Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers, Verona is Italy's fourth-most-visited city and second in the Veneto region only to Venice in population and artistic importance. If you don't need world-class sights, this town is a joy.

Money Magazine: Ditching a $500,000 salary to teach litupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 15:22:00

When Gary Buslik graduated from college with a degree in English, his parents were concerned about how he'd earn a decent living. "It worried them to hear me quoting Shakespeare," he jokes.

Was Shakespeare's ghost writer ... Shakespeare?updated: Mon Apr 26 2010 13:46:00

To most people, the literary debate over who wrote the works of William Shakespeare would appear to be much ado about nothing. After all, the play's the thing, right? What does it matter who wrote it?

Experts: 'Hoax' Shakespeare play authenticupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 12:40:00

Shakespearean experts have deemed a play dismissed as an elaborate theatrical hoax by 18th century critics to be the true, albeit heavily diluted, work of the Bard.

Oscar Theory #6: A great name will win Best Pictureupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 15:41:00

Guessing who will win the major awards at Sunday night's Oscars is hardly like picking winning lottery numbers.

Money Magazine: 4 simple steps to savvy investingupdated: Tue Jan 12 2010 10:32:00

I've been writing about investing for nearly a quarter of a century. And if I've learned one thing after counseling Money readers through three recessions, three stock market crashes, and two derivatives debacles (yes, two: 14 years before the recent flare-up with mortgage-backed securities, derivatives tripped up several government income and money-market funds), it's this: Savvy investing need not be complicated. Just focus on what's most important to stay on the path to financial success and filter out all the noise along the way.

TV stokes desperate hunger for fameupdated: Mon Nov 30 2009 15:51:00

All the world's a stage, Shakespeare wrote long before television came into view. REVIEW: Only Fervent Fans Will Believe New Moon Shines Brightlyupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 14:59:00

PEOPLE's movie critic weighs in on the Twilight sequel and finds her interest waning

America's cool college townsupdated: Mon Nov 02 2009 10:04:00

On a recent afternoon along Church Street in Burlington, Vermont, young aspiring actors recited passages from Shakespeare's Henry V as jugglers, break-dancers, and blowers of didgeridoos displayed their skills nearby, creating a visual and aural cacophony. Just another day in a thriving college town -- this one happening to be home to the University of Vermont.

'But what's a Latino?'updated: Sat Oct 24 2009 13:17:00

Let's all pretend to be the astrologer Walter Mercado for a moment. Say we predict that the Obama administration's master plan to engage people of Latino/Hispanic/Spanish origin proves to be effective.

Commentary: 'But what's a Latino?'updated: Thu Oct 22 2009 09:56:00

Let's all pretend to be the astrologer Walter Mercado for a moment. Say we predict that the Obama administration's master plan to engage people of Latino/Hispanic/Spanish origin proves to be effective. Hollywood Stars Smash Broadway Recordsupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 08:47:00

Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Jude Law prove "the play's the thing"

Controlling the jealousy monsterupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 11:32:00

Your sweetheart calls you by another's name. His eyes linger too long on your best friend. He talks with excitement about a girl at work. And the fire catches. POLL: Who Will Make a Better Victoria?updated: Thu Jul 30 2009 12:48:00

Surprise casting news for Twilight's third installment aside, vote for Bryce or Rachelle in Eclipse

London: What to seeupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 04:28:00

Where do you begin in a city of this size? How about at the lively South Bank of the Thames, near Waterloo Station? Start with a spin on the London Eye, a colossal Ferris that will take you up 130 meters for an unmatched view of the city.

Unleash thy inner bard on 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day'updated: Tue Apr 21 2009 08:56:00

Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare?

Unique portrait from Shakespeare's life unveiledupdated: Tue Mar 10 2009 11:12:00

A portrait painted 400 years ago and kept anonymously in an Irish home for much of the time since is now believed to be the only painting of William Shakespeare created during his lifetime.

Iconic book stores of the worldupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 04:23:00

One was a theater, another, a church, and at varying times over the past century all have provided inspiration and refuge to both great literary minds and harried shoppers.

Part 1: Books of the Pastupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 04:23:00

CNN's Business Traveller takes a look at the best books for the road and the history behind the Gideon bible.

Extra: Monster in the makingupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 12:17:00

Myleene Klass takes a closer look at the making of new animated film 'Igor'.

'Harry Potter' composer on new monster movieupdated: Thu Sep 04 2008 12:17:00

Since receiving the Ivor Novello award for best film theme for his work on Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" in 1989, Patrick Doyle's compositions have been a sought after commodity in the film world. Hamlet 2: The First One Was Betterupdated: Thu Aug 21 2008 13:00:00

In this ragged Steve Coogan comedy about a struggling actor's hapless high school production, satire goes south

Six of the best: CNN readers tell us their storiesupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 12:10:00

Writers can be notoriously prickly about new technology. Drugs Scandal Hits Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Jul 17 2008 14:55:00

Italian rider Riccardo RiccÒ is thrown out of the world's most famous cycle race after testing positive for a banned blood booster

Luhrmann brings down Red Curtain with new epicupdated: Mon Jun 30 2008 10:57:00

Baz Luhrmann is the type of director for whom the word innovative was invented. Frank Deford: The Super Bowl as seen through Shakespeare's eyesupdated: Wed Jan 30 2008 14:55:00

The Super Bowl has grown so big that we could think of only one man to cover it: William Shakespeare. The Bard was in Arizona when the two teams met the media yesterday and filed this exclusive play.

Is it love, or a mutual strangulation society? updated: Thu Jan 17 2008 08:56:00

In a folktale that has been retold for centuries in many variations (one of which is Shakespeare's "King Lear"), an elderly king asks his three daughters how much they love him. The two older sisters deliver flowery speeches of filial adoration, but the youngest says only "I love you as meat loves salt." Jim Kelley: Owners suffering from CBA legaleseupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 15:02:00

In a recent interview with The Buffalo News, newly minted NHL Players Association boss Paul Kelly was asked about the 600-plus page Collective Bargaining Agreement, a document forged in the wake of the season-long lockout of 2004-05 and one that both the union and the league are still trying to comprehend fully.

Hotshot monkeys* in scienceupdated: Fri Nov 30 2007 16:00:00

It's a common theory that, given enough time (and food ... and ink ribbon), a million monkeys on a million typewriters will eventually bang out the works of Shakespeare. But that only goes for average monkeys.

Truth of earrings, bikinis and sports brasupdated: Mon Oct 15 2007 13:12:00

Why shoes are called "pumps" and other strange-but-true stories behind the clothes and accessories you know and love. Murder Mystery: Who Killed Sleuth?updated: Fri Oct 12 2007 18:00:00

Hopes were high, with the likes of Kenneth Branagh, Harold Pinter, Michael Caine and Jude Law at the helm. But the result's a disaster.

Money Magazine: Lock in a solid savings rateupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 16:40:00

"Neither a borrower, nor a lender be," Shakespeare advised. But after last week's half-point cut of the federal funds rate, savers are the ones who might be taking a hit.

Fortune: What makes history happen?updated: Tue Sep 25 2007 22:33:00

A ridiculous amount of time and energy has already gone into picking the next President, which would lead you to suppose the matter is of some consequence. Of course the person who serves as leader of the Free World matters (ask anyone in Baghdad), but over the long sweep of history it counts for less than we may think. The Mystery of Shakespeare's Identityupdated: Thu Sep 13 2007 14:00:00

A new initiative revives one of the great literary controversies: that the Bard was not who we think he was The drug gistupdated: Fri Feb 23 2007 18:01:00

EVER since I took my meds this morning, I've felt strangely qualified to serve up some expert opinion on drugs in sports. Of course, that might just be the drugs talking, but it seems to me that for centuries, some of our greatest minds (and apparently bodies) have been influenced by the kinds of herbs and vices that make human growth hormone look like a vitamin supplement. Thou dost take issue with that view? Perhaps thou hast forgotten that Shakespeare, Byron and Shelley were opium fiends, Charlie Parker chased more dragons than St. George, and Elvis went tits-up on the growler because narcotics make you feel like there's a 50-pound pineapple stuck in your doggie-door.

Learning to be creativeupdated: Wed Jan 31 2007 16:36:00

Creativity is the buzzword in many a modern boardroom, yet some in business still complain that too many newly-minted MBAs are competent but uninspired, well-versed in the technical theory but lacking in imagination.

Business meets Shakespearean tragedyupdated: Wed Oct 18 2006 05:42:00

He is a powerful but flawed leader who ignores repeated warnings about his vulnerability and is eventually murdered by plotters including his closest friend.

Shortcuts: Writing a blogupdated: Tue Oct 17 2006 12:05:00

Bloggers are the new opinion-shapers and trendsetters, according to... well, bloggers, mainly. Here's how to set up your own virtual soapbox and get heard amid the cranks and loudmouths of that online Speakers Corner, the "Blogosphere."

Shortcuts: Starting your own countryupdated: Wed Sep 27 2006 03:35:00

(CNN) -- How to start your own country.

A waste of money?updated: Tue Aug 01 2006 03:58:00

Apart from recruiting executives with an MBA or EMBA, companies around the world spend millions every year on management and leadership courses for existing employees.

Fortune: Best places to retireupdated: Thu Jun 08 2006 16:46:00

Once upon a time, retirement meant one thing: uprooting yourself to a warm locale where crime was low and doctors were abundant, and then living happily ever after playing bridge and bacci ball.

Greenfield: Defining the immigration debateupdated: Fri Apr 14 2006 10:02:00

When Shakespeare asked "What's in a name?" he was talking about doomed love, not political debate. But if you look at the argument over immigration, you can see how just about every word we use is packed with powerful meaning.

Review: Genius at workupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 15:50:00

An advertising executive once noted, "People forget how fast you did a job -- but they remember how well you did it." Columbia University professor James Shapiro is reminding us how quickly a certain job was done.

The Quest for dramaupdated: Tue Jan 17 2006 10:18:00

(CNN) -- "The stage is not merely the meeting place of all the arts, but is also the return of art to life," so said Oscar Wilde.

Gray pride alive in the workplaceupdated: Wed May 18 2005 08:20:00

Few are born gray, some achieve grayness and many others have grayness thrust upon them.

CNNMoney: Lead on, Mac-Fed!updated: Tue May 03 2005 08:28:00

As the financial world awaits the Federal Reserve meeting today, and frets over whether or not the Fed will drop the phrase "measured pace" from its policy statement, suddenly it's not the yield curve but Shakespeare that pops into my head.

Fortune: TAKING A BITE OUT OF IDENTITY THEFTupdated: Mon May 02 2005 00:01:00

SHAKESPEARE GOT IT wrong when his Othello said, "Who steals my purse steals trash ... but he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him, and makes me poor indeed." Wer...

EW review: 'Fockers' outtakes goldupdated: Tue Apr 19 2005 10:47:00

If you thought Dustin Hoffman was a riot in "Meet the Fockers," the inevitable sequel to "Meet the Parents," wait till you see him acting even less restrained in the outtakes.

Car bomb hits theater in Qatar's capitalupdated: Sat Mar 19 2005 15:49:00

A car bomb exploded at a theater near a British school in the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday night, killing a British national and wounding 12 others, said the Qatari Interior Ministry.

CNNMoney: Outsourcing the lawyersupdated: Thu Oct 14 2004 09:57:00

Contrary to popular perception, Shakespeare didn't really suggest that killing all the lawyers might be a good thing. But that hasn't stopped some people from wishing they would just go away.

9/11 report nominated for book awardupdated: Wed Oct 13 2004 11:17:00

The 9/11 Commission Report is one of the finalists for the prestigious National Book Awards, a rare appearance for a government report.

CNNMoney: Where the money goesupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 14:42:00

Today's the day for forking over your taxes to the U.S. government, if you haven't already.

Fortune: Chairman of the Bardupdated: Mon Apr 01 2002 00:01:00

Ken and Carol Adelman like nothing more than to see a CEO in tights. They aren't voyeurs; rather, the two former Republican politicos run Movers & Shakespeares, which uses lessons from the Bard to ...

Money Magazine: Wisdom Of The Ancientsupdated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

Ever since Wess Roberts' Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun hit the bestseller lists back in the 1980s, writers have drawn business lessons from an unlikely assortment of historical figures, from...

FSB: The Lost Weekend Online shopping's allure temporarily blinds our author to its many flaws.updated: Sat Apr 01 2000 00:01:00

Hi, my name is Arlyn, and I'm an online shopaholic. My addiction began last year when I, like 30 million other Americans, whittled down my Christmas shopping list mouse click by mouse click. Browsi...

Fortune: Seeking a Jumbly Girl And a Falling Starreupdated: Mon Jan 10 2000 00:01:00

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Fortune: And Perhaps a Furby to Go With Your Fuhrer?updated: Mon May 10 1999 00:01:00

One man's synergy is another man's mirth. To boost its new auction business, has introduced a feature on its Website that suggests auction items whenever you search for a book, CD, or an...

Fortune: Filthy Lucre Is Good for the Soulupdated: Mon Apr 26 1999 00:01:00

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Money Magazine: Plays Around Here are six regional theaters that get rave reviews--but don't charge big-ticket prices.updated: Mon Mar 01 1999 00:01:00

Theater fans may talk about the lullaby of Broadway, but there's nothing soothing about paying as much as $100 for an orchestra seat on the Great White Way, $199 a night for a hotel room in Times S...

Fortune: THE BIGGEST LAW FIRMSupdated: Mon Oct 13 1997 00:01:00

If anyone ever decides to heed that advice in Shakespeare's Henry IV and "kill all the lawyers," a good starting place would be U.S. Business Litigation's annual survey of America's 1,000 largest l...


Looking for stock quotes? Recipes? Tax forms? Sports stats? The latest TV guide? What you hear over and over is "you can find that on the Internet." But how many times have you routed that suggesti...

Money Magazine: HOW TO FIND A LAWYER WORTH YOUR TRUST WITHOUT PAYING A FORTUNEupdated: Sat Jul 01 1995 00:01:00

"THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET'S KILL ALL THE lawyers," Shakespeare wrote. You may be tempted to second that emotion, with the O.J. lawyer madness and the cost of hiring an attorney now ranging $100 t...

Fortune: WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON? THE NEVER- ENDING WAR FOR A MANAGER'S SOULupdated: Mon May 15 1995 00:01:00

One weekend in college, I read Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, getting ready for a lecture that followed a few days later. "Tiny steps for tiny minds" seemed to be the professor's philosophy. O...

Fortune: Addicts in high places, how to order seafood, the disadvantage advantage, and other matters. GREAT MOMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATIONupdated: Mon Mar 07 1994 00:01:00

Madonna may not seem like she belongs in the same halls as Shakespeare and Plato, but in recent years she has become one of the hottest items in academia. In classrooms from Houston to New York and...

Fortune: Why murder is more tempting in New York, look who gets handouts, the line on lines, and other matters. BY GEORGE, THEY'RE GETTINupdated: Mon Feb 21 1994 00:01:00

Staffs at several supermarket stores around Britain have taken to renaming packets of gingerbread men . . . ''gingerbread persons'' in a bid to take away references to gender. The move in branches ...

Money Magazine: FUNDAMENTALS DECIPHERING BOND FUND CATEGORIES What our classifications tell you about fixed-income fundsupdated: Tue Sep 01 1992 00:01:00

Caesar divided all Gaul into just three parts, and Shakespeare summed up a man's life in only seven ages. So how come MONEY needs 11 separate categories to define fixed-income funds? After all, as ...

Fortune: A bold secretary, corruption on the screen, what really happens on dates, and other matters. MODERN ROMANCEupdated: Mon Sep 09 1991 00:01:00

Far more fun than collecting stamps in the present period are noting and cataloguing the succession of dopey ideas that suddenly get to be rated politically correct. For example, the idea that the ...


We have lots of national problems: the plight of blacks and the homeless, AIDS, poverty. But the ignorance of the intellectual class is our greatest problem. Radical egalitarianism and the doctrine...

Fortune: ENGLISH SPOKEN HERE, THERE . . .updated: Mon Jun 19 1989 00:01:00

When Jean-Marie Descarpentries, the burly boss of French packaging group Carnaud, paid $1.4 billion for Britain's Metalbox Packaging last October, he acquired more than just a business. He bought h...

Money Magazine: HOW TO FILL THE GAPS IN AN HEIRLOOM SETupdated: Fri Apr 01 1988 00:01:00

If one of your grandmother's sterling silver forks gets mangled by the garbage disposal, don't despair. The following services can replace anything from a piece of silver to a Model T carburetor. C...

Fortune: ALL THE COUNTRY'S A STAGE In regional theaters you can catch rising talent doing classics, revivals, and even future Broadway hiupdated: Mon Mar 30 1987 00:01:00

Ever since the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opened 25 years ago with a production of Hamlet, regional theater has been a powerful cultural force in America. Such hits as Agnes of God, Crimes of t...

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