July 23, 2016 |
Deep in the forest, by a rippling creek, ringed by the song of birds and the soft crush of animals moving across pine needles and moss, the Cash family reside. It's an idyllic life, but a rigorous one: The father, Ben (Viggo Mortensen), rules over his six kids, testing them on the books they've read ( Middlemarch, The Brothers Karamazov , Karl Marx, Noam Chomsky), leading them on rock climbs and long runs, training them to use a knife to kill and skin deer. Ben teaches his sons and daughters hand-to-hand combat, too - how to use a long, serrated blade on another human.
September 29, 1995 |
While visiting a friend who had recently been adopted, Ben, 11, was astonished to hear her complaining about something that he considered small and insignificant. "What's in your head, girl?" he asked. "You have a permanent home, a bed, and nice clothes. " Then, he added quietly, "I don't have a family. " But recently Ben was moved into a foster home, where he finally has something else he has always wanted - his own room. The first day, he spent the whole day in his room, enjoying his surroundings.
May 27, 2003 |
SO MUCH Ben and J.Lo news for a soggy holiday weekend: Imdb.com reports that the "Sexiest Man Alive" is going to promote L'Oreal shampoo. Affleck's sudsational deal is worth approximately $1.5 million. Why? Because he's worth it. As if their constant cooing wasn't indication enough, the New York Post's Page Six says the twice-married Lopez is finally happy. And J.Lo mom Guadalupe loves her future son-in-law. "Ben is like Jennifer," Guadalupe said. "Generous to a fault.
February 27, 2013 |
The Sons of Ben are many things: Loud. Brash. Passionate. Always loyal, totally dedicated, and occasionally soused. Now they're about to be something else: movie stars. Seriously. A New York filmmaker is deep into shooting a feature-length documentary about the rise of the rabid Philadelphia Union fan club, exploring its pivotal role in redefining the local soccer landscape. Director Jeffrey C. Bell, though not a big soccer fan, became fascinated with the idea of how a supporters group could develop for a team that did not then exist - and that the group's months of rallying, lobbying, and cajoling actually paid off, when Major League Soccer named Philadelphia as its 16th club in 2008.
April 15, 2011
By William C. Kashatus Ben is a mischievous 10-year-old with a contagious smile. When he's happy, he spontaneously skips around the house. He can also be disarmingly affectionate, offering a big hug after stirring up trouble with his older brothers. But Ben can be difficult to understand, speaking only in sentence fragments. He's shy outside the family. And his frustration with crowded places can lead to a "meltdown. " In case you haven't already guessed, Ben is among as many as 1.5 million Americans with autism-spectrum disorders, a population that has risen in recent years to one in every 110 births.
December 16, 1993 |
When USX Corp. decided this year to pay a $1.8 million penalty for polluting the air and water around its Clairton Coke Works, the steel manufacturer became BEN's latest victim. BEN is not the Environmental Protection Agency's stripe-suited enforcer, a man with pitiless eyes and a suspicious bulge just above the spot where his heart ought to be. But it might as well be. BEN is a formula the agency uses to determine how much companies or municipal agencies, universities and others have to cough up if they have failed to install pollution-control equipment - and it has proven to be as effective as any sociopathic enforcer could ever hope to be. In EPA's view, BEN - short for benefit - is the epitome of economically fair enforcement.
January 24, 2011 |
Four-thirty in the morning, John Alessi was asleep in a Syracuse, N.Y., hotel room, away on business, when the phone rang. It was his son's best friend, Tyler. "Mr. Alessi, I'm real sorry, but I think Ben's dead. " Ben wasn't dead, but he was badly hurt. A car had hit him as he and several friends crossed Delaware Avenue outside the Roxxy nightclub. The impact - he went through the windshield, then into the air and onto the pavement - broke his jaw and several ribs and vertebrae, and left a deep gash in his scalp.
April 3, 1991 |
Ben and Charlene Warley were driving through Lower Merion Township last month when they decided to take a detour. They were close to the home of Hal and Mayme Greer - the Warleys' great friends since the mid-'60s, when Ben and Hal were teammates with the Syracuse Nationals, who then became the 76ers - and they figured they would drop in for a surprise visit. "As we got near the house," Ben said, "my wife noticed a 'for-sale' sign. We were saying, 'What's this? What's wrong?
September 7, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My son's girlfriend is pregnant. I think there is a chance it may not be his, although she claims it is. "Ben" met "Christy," and a little over a week later she announced she was pregnant. She's now at 34 weeks. I have asked him repeatedly if he is sure the baby is his and he says yes, but the math doesn't seem right to me. I have suggested Ben seek a paternity test, but I don't think he's going to take my advice. He has asked Christy to marry him and she accepted.
April 12, 1991 |
As he was helping to put up the tents, Ben kept anxiously asking, "Are we really gonna sleep there?" He had never gone camping in the woods, and he was pretty sure a bear lurked behind every tree, waiting for him to have breakfast. In the morning, Ben, who is 11, marveled at the way the food was cooked, with a grill rack and holes punched in aluminum foil. He ran to get more wood and then sat eating the fried potatoes, bacon and eggs as if they were a feast for the gods. When the squirrels started throwing nuts on his head, his laughter brought happy smiles to his foster parents' faces.