YOU THINK the world is screwed up now? Try to imagine boxing's alphabet organizations running things, and cringe in terror. The WBC would create a furor by stripping the United States of its superpower status for taking a discretionary bout against Iraq and failing to fulfill its mandatory against the WBC's No. 1-rated country, say, Lithuania.
Imagine a different April 1945. Red Army troops pull a bedraggled Adolf Hitler out of his bunker rabbit hole. Before long the dentist is yanking back Hitler's head to inspect his teeth. For several years the former Führer alternately rants and ruminates to world media, his trial for crimes against humanity lumbering to its inevitable verdict.
Today Jazz jam The Bucks County Performing Arts Center launches its Winter Jazz Series with a performance by the All Star Band, headed by Tony Miceli. Bring an instrument and jam on stage with the ensemble. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students. Yardley Community Centre, 64 S. Main St., Yardley. 2 p.m. www.bcpac.org; 215-493-3010.
At West Chester University, even though we already have jazz on our campus, there is always room for improvement. Every year, the School of Music hosts a jazz week, which includes not only student and faculty performances, but also performances by the Army Blues, the Cab Calloway Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, to name a few.
Fourth-quarter profit at International Business Machines Corp. rose 11 percent and beat Wall Street expectations yesterday, and the company also delivered a blockbuster figure in services contract signings, an important measure of future revenue.
Mace Security International Inc., which owns a chain of car washes and makes the namesake pepper spray, has received an unsolicited $45.8 million bid from a California investor to take the company private.
Bernard Fernandez is a native of New Orleans who was bitten by the journalism bug when he won a citywide Catholic schools essay contest for eighth graders. His first newspaper job was as a copyboy for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans in the summer of 1964. He has also been a sports writer at the Houma Courier (La.), Miami Herald, Jackson Daily News (Miss.) and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bernard has been at the Philadelphia Daily News for 23 years. His primary beats are boxing, which he has covered for nearly 20 years, and Penn State football. During his career, he has served as four-term president of the Boxing Writers Association of America; received the Nat Fleischer Award from the BWAA in April 1999 for lifetime achievement; been inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame (2005), and received 63 local, state, regional and national writing and public-service awards, including two firsts and a second in the APSE (Associated Press Sports Editors) writing contest.