June 6, 2016
Charles C. McCurdy is a writer in Glenside In a Greek seaport town just south of Athens, a row of tents zigzags down the sidewalk outside a terminal building that once served as a tourist way-station. Many have blue tarps draped over them to keep out the rain. A young girl with bangs holds what looks like a Tastykake and stares out of the open flap of a low gray tent. I pull my mobile phone out of my pocket, wave, and take her picture. It's mid-March, and I'm in Athens for a week of meetings.
October 19, 2015 |
ATHENS, Greece - I am a paper guy, always have been. I read this newspaper in its paper version, the dead-tree form you can hold in your hand, fold, use to swat flies, clean glass, and line birdcages. I work for the other newspaper in town. I am a paper guy. Similarly, I've always liked, and used, paper maps. I know how to perfectly fold them. Not bragging, just saying. I love their look, their feel, their smell. Still - it's a new age, the machines have arisen. There are new ways.
September 18, 2015 |
When the world is introduced to a talent as bold as Brittany Howard, things happen fast. That was the case when the Alabama Shakes first came to music fans' attention. The Athens, Ala., rock and soul band, fronted by the powerhouse vocalist, headline the Mann Center for the Performing Arts Thursday night behind its stellar new album, Sound & Color . After being spotted and talked up in 2011 by Patterson Hood of roots-rock band Drive-By Truckers - who are opening up for the Shakes at the Mann - the Shakes became an instant blog buzz act and the first band to be featured on Austin City Limits before their debut album, Boys & Girls , was even released.
December 21, 2014 |
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
July 16, 2014 |
Members of a Coatesville family seeking to learn how their son's heart disappeared after his death in Greece two years ago will have to find answers outside of a courtroom, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Stewart Dalzell tossed out the family's claims against Greece and an Athens hospital, saying they had not met the high burden required to sue a foreign government in U.S. courts. In a ruling Thursday, the judge did, however, clear the way for the parents of Marine Sgt. Brian LaLoup to pursue a claim of negligent infliction of emotional distress against the U.S. government, which the family says withheld information about his incomplete remains.
January 22, 2014 |
COATESVILLE The mystery surrounding the missing heart of a Chester County Marine has already drawn two nations into a Philadelphia federal court battle. Now, it also threatens to play a part in the confirmation of President Obama's pick to lead the State Department's intelligence arm. Daniel Bennett Smith, poised to become the department's assistant secretary for intelligence and research, was recently questioned about his role in the autopsy of Brian LaLoup, a Marine sergeant from Coatesville whose heart disappeared after he killed himself while stationed in Athens, Greece, in 2012.
April 12, 2013 |
Back in 1994, Bill Mallonee and his Athens, Ga., band, Vigilantes of Love, attempted to introduce themselves to a national audience with their fourth album, and their first with major-label distribution. Its title, Welcome to Struggleville , was apt, even prophetic. For Mallonee is a cult artist who's never found a wide audience despite consistent critical acclaim. In 2006, he was ranked the world's 65th best living songwriter by Paste magazine - ahead of Michael Jackson, Merle Haggard, and Allen Toussaint, among others.
April 7, 2013 |
The Philadelphia Artists Collective shows its collective courage once again. In choosing to give us a rare production of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens , it undertakes what few theater companies dare to do. It's a tough play, full of unlikable characters and difficult language; it hammers home the same idea over and over again, and this requires power and subtlety of delivery. So, I'm torn between admiration for the valiant attempt, and disappointment in the production. Written (probably)
March 13, 2013 |
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's cash-strapped government detailed Monday its plans to sell 28 state-owned buildings on long-term lease, including tax offices, ministry buildings, and the main police headquarters in Athens. A government privatization fund said it hoped to make 30 million euros - $39 million - annually from the lease agreements lasting 20 to 25 years. Included on the list of buildings for sale are the main properties used by the ministries of justice, education and culture, 12 tax offices, and the greater Athens police headquarters.
February 24, 2013 |
ATHENS, Greece - Torrential rainfall in Greece's capital Friday crippled traffic, inundated basements and streets, and was blamed for the death of a woman whose car was trapped in floodwater, authorities said. The overnight storm swept across greater Athens, flooding hundreds of homes, causing blackouts in parts of the city, and forcing authorities to close major roads and a central subway station in Athens. "We have many, many problems - it's hard to know where to begin describing it," Deputy Fire Chief Vassilis Papageorgiou said.