April 11, 1997 |
The idea that a paid assassin might have an ordinary or even dull personal life has been a source of endless amusement to moviemakers. The banal chitchat of two hit men on their way to and from killings made for several funny scenes in "Pulp Fiction," for example, while the difficulties of finding and keeping a boyfriend form the premise of "La Femme Nikita" and its American counterpart, "Point Blank. " The latest variation is "Grosse Pointe Blank," an oddball comedy about a twentysomething killer who, amid something of a career crisis, returns to his home town for his 10-year high school reunion.
June 12, 1990 |
MATERIAL GIRL'S GOT A SCENT TO SPEND Inventor of Blond Ambition or not, Madonna does what most girls do when they're working in a strange city - shop like a maniac. While in Boston recently, she ran into a little trouble at the checkout. At a certain perfumery, the pop princess bought scents for her two bodyguards, some oak moss and jasmine something-or-other for brother Christopher Ciccone, and 2 ounces of African musk for her own pulse points. On the way out, she spotted a $112.
November 24, 1990 |
Alfie is my family's Yorkshire terrier. He is also lord and master of our household, having earned that title through love and 15 years of steadfast support for everyone in the family. In his old age, Alfie's eyes have turned milky white with inoperable cataracts. It is sad to see him patiently blunder arourd his old haunts, getting stuck under chairs or wandering into corners. But he has had a long life, thanks largely to medicines and veterinary procedures developed by researchers.
April 12, 1992 |
Gracie Amber, 9 months old, has her own store. Well, not quite. But she usually spends her days at Gracie's Green Earth in West Chester in her parents' arms or in the fenced play area near the cash register. Before she was born, Robin and Pete Amber decided to work at something that could make a difference in her life. They opened a "green" store a few months ago on East Market Street - one of only 100 or so in the country feeding the demand for items that will soften man's effect on the Earth.
September 28, 1988 |
Q. When I was first married in the '40s, I read in a column such as yours that one leaf of leaf lettuce had far more value than a whole head of iceberg lettuce. I'm also aware that some things we took for gospel back then have been disproved. Could you fill me in with the facts? Mildred Heaton Richmond, Ind. A. Although iceberg lettuce is valuable for its fiber and its wonderful crunchiness in sandwiches, when it comes to vitamins and minerals it doesn't have much to offer.
February 4, 1990 |
About 200 animal rights activists, many wearing pajamas and robes to dramatize their point, demonstrated yesterday against the use of cats in sleep-disorder research at the University of Pennsylvania. Holding aloft signs depicting cats and monkeys they said were disfigured in medical experiments, the protesters denounced animal research as needless and cruel. They called for an end to the work of Adrian R. Morrison, who heads the Laboratories of Anatomy at Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine.
October 29, 2004 |
More than a dozen FBI agents raided the West Philadelphia home of an animal-rights activist yesterday in connection with a federal investigation of a harassment campaign against an animal-testing company. The focus of the raid appeared to be Nick Cooney, 23, a member of a group called Hugs for Puppies who has participated in protests against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a testing firm based near Princeton. The company has been the subject of an international campaign by animal-rights activists who say they want to put it out of business.
March 26, 1992 |
For Anita Roddick, being at Akiba Hebrew Academy was reminiscent of her days as a history and English teacher in England. "Talking to the students here is so much more interesting than talking at a bloody business convention," Roddick said. "I usually speak at universities. This is the first time I have visited a middle school. " Roddick, 49, from England, started the Body Shop, an international company that sells natural cosmetics. She visited the school Tuesday to talk about her company and to receive the Compassion to Animals Award from the school's Animal Rights Club.
June 16, 1995 |
Human testing of the first DNA-based vaccine has begun in Philadelphia, researchers will announce today. The vaccine, being tested at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, is designed to delay, or even halt, the onset of AIDS in people infected with HIV, the virus that causes the deadly disease. DNA is the basic genetic building block of life. So far, just one patient has received the DNA-based vaccine, but doctors plan to expand that to 15. The patients will be placed in three groups of five, with each group getting a different dosage.
February 24, 1991 |
Masjid. Imam. Words that conjure up visions of a minaret or the Koran. These are words the Youth Fellowship group from the First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield will learn about today when they visit a mosque in Philadelphia. A masjid is a mosque. An imam is a leader of prayer. In just a 30-minute trip from Haddonfield, the students will step back through hundreds of years of cultural and religious history and learn about the religion of Islam. Their trip is part of a month-long Youth Fellowship program on Iraq.