Steve Tuttle

Stories by Steve Tuttle

  • In Defense of Fast Food

    It's time to stand with Ronald McDonald and his compatriots against the anti-fast-food assault.
  • Creigh Deeds Tests Obama's Pull at the Polls

    Can dyed-in-the-wool southern Democrat Creigh Deeds beat out his slick Republican rival for the Virginia governor's office? Welcome to the first big electoral test of Barack Obama's presidency.
  • Obama's Election Set Off a Gun-Buying Spree

    What else are we to conclude? His election has been a boon for the hunting industry. Gun and ammo sales have gone through the roof, thanks to the fears of many U.S. gun fanciers that the government will soon be going after their Second Amendment right to bear arms. The good news for hunters is that the sales are yielding a federal windfall via the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which levies an excise tax (about 11 percent) on the sale of firearms and ammunition. That money is handed back to the states each year for habitat and range projects—i.e., the protection of hunting areas, and the promotion of hunting. It can't be diverted to other uses. Ammunition and firearm makers paid about $110 million in excise taxes in the first quarter of 2009, a whopping 43 percent more than they paid during the same period in 2008, according to the Treasury Department's most recent Federal Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report. The deer don't stand a...
  • Why Appalachia Counts in 2008

    A - Are Hicks, B - Are Hillbillies, C - Are Rednecks, D - Don't appreciate where you're going with this
  • In Praise of Wham-O

    Remembering the man who brought us the Hula Hoop, the Frisbee and the SuperBall.
  • Remembering Evel Knievel

    He was a hero to many, but Knievel didn't like that word at all: "It's the most overused, undeserving word. Too many people think the wrong people are heroes. A soldier ... a scientist ... an astronaut ... those are heroes .... I was good at riding a motorcycle and a pretty good businessman. Not a hero." We're going to have to respectfully disagree on that one, EK. And I've got the scar on my wrist to prove it.
  • Candidate McDreamy

    Imagine you're sitting around one night watching TV and a pollster calls. The nice man wants you to participate in a "blind bio" poll, which means he will describe several potential presidential candidates to you and then ask you which person you'd hypothetically support. He won't give you any names, only a brief description of the candidates' biographies. You think, well, "Scrubs" is over, I might as well hear him out.  The pollster starts talking about this one guy, call him "Candidate A," who seems pretty cool:   He's "an experienced candidate from the South who has been Vice President...and a U.S. Senator." Wow!  Sounds great. Who could it be, though? This person has won "several awards, including an Oscar, a Grammy, and an Emmy for his documentary about global climate change."  Man, you're thinking, this guy is amazing! If only someone like that would run in real life. How could I not  vote for such...
  • The NASCAR Brand Takes Over America

    From pacifiers to caskets and nearly everything in between, America's racing fans can show where their true loyalties lie.
  • Crime: Cruel and Unusual

    The man known as "Fat Dog" can't quite understand why people make a fuss about it. A pit-bull breeder from outside Savannah, Ga., Fat Dog says dogfighting is no bloodier than some of the human combat people watch on cable television every day, on shows like the Ultimate Fighting Championship's "Fight Night." And the matches, though staged in secret, can have the trappings of a conventional sporting event. Fat Dog, who did not want his real name revealed, said he's been a spectator at about 50 professional matches over the years. The last one he attended, in rural North Carolina, was held in a structure built just for dogfighting, complete with bleachers and even a concession stand. "There was a great dog [there] named Zebo, who ended up a grand champion," Fat Dog told NEWSWEEK. He said he's seen only two or three dogs die in such matches. "They [the dogs] have every opportunity to quit, just like a boxer does."The indictment last week of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on...
  • Activists: Dogfighting Nothing New

    Michael Vick's indictment on dogfighting charges has brought the cruel activity into the headlines this week. But animal-rights activists say the practice is nothing new, and is, in fact, growing in popularity.
  • Fewer Americans Are Hunting and Fishing

    If you’re a squirrel or a trout, we’ve got some good news for you: Americans are hunting and fishing less. Every five years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service puts together a massive survey of outdoor recreation, and the 2006 preliminary numbers were released today. They show ominous trends, depending on your worldview—or species. The number of anglers has dropped 12 percent since 2001; the hunter count has fallen off by 4 percent during the same five-year period. This doesn’t mean Americans aren’t spending time outdoors or interacting with wild animals; “wildlife watching” is up 8 percent since 2001. They’re just choosing not to kill them so much.Though the final report won’t be available until November of this year, the preliminary findings reveal a downward pattern that worries many sportsmen: over the last 15 years or so, millions fewer people have been hunting and fishing in a country with a rapidly expanding population. There are countless reasons for the trend, chief among...
  • Aloha, President Obama. Do You Have a Hall Pass?

    What do actress Kelly Preston, teen golf phenom Michelle Wie, AOL founder Steve Case and Senator Barack Obama have in common? They all attended the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Founded in 1841 to educate the kids of missionaries, Punahou is one of the largest private schools in the United States, with 3,750 coed students, kindergarten through 12th grade. Other famous alums include two members of the Kingston Trio, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, professional football and baseball players, artists, Broadway producers and a whopping 28 Olympians, including Buster Crabbe. What can account for such a spectacular pool of graduates? Maybe there's something in the water. "Ka Punahou" means "new spring" in Hawaiian.
  • The Elusive Hunter

    It's a way of life that dates to the dawn of the nation. But hunting is on the wane in America. A sportsman's lament.
  • Vietnam: Adding to the Wall

    NEWSWEEK got an early look at plans for the recently approved Vietnam Veterans Memorial Center in D.C. Among the details: after entering the underground museum through a tunnel, visitors will see a huge video wall with larger-than-life photos of the men and women who died in Vietnam, set to fade in and out on their birthdays. From Army boots to baseball gloves to unopened packages addressed to dead soldiers, evocative artifacts from among the 85,000 left at the wall over the years will be displayed on a rotating basis. There will be a bookstore and library, but no movie theater--nor simulated paddy fields, as rumored. Disney consultants have been hired to study crowd flow at the museum, which isexpected to handle 350 at a time. Jan Scruggs, the decorated Vietnam vet who was the force behind the memorial and the museum, disagrees with critics who say the wall should stand alone. "Forty percent of the people who visit the wall are younger than the memorial itself, much less old enough...