April 25, 2009
An insidious kind of organized crime has infiltrated the neighborhoods of New Jersey. It's not what you're thinking. This crime is flourishing in - of all the seemingly innocuous places - your local bowling alley. And it's not the offense against fashion committed by two-toned, Velcro-fastened rental shoes and vertically striped shirts advertising transmission shops. It's gambling. And it's roundly frowned upon in New Jersey - except in Atlantic City, the state-run lottery, the racetracks, and constant legislative efforts to legalize slot machines and sports betting.
December 24, 2008 |
Even though ModSpace's holiday party has some of the trappings of your typical company-sponsored event - buffet line, free-flowing drinks, and employees dressed in red and green - the setting is anything but the same old, same old. There are pool tables, techno music, big-screen TVs playing How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and bowling. As companies tighten belts while trying to keep up employee morale, unconventional, interactive parties are giving employers more bang for their holiday-party buck.
September 8, 2008 |
'Bangkok' tops slow box-office weekend The critically panned thriller Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicholas Cage needed just $7.8 million to win top spot at the box office last weekend, the slowest movie weekend in five years, according to studio estimates. The total weekend box-office gross was expected to reach $66 million, slightly less than the $66.7 million for the same weekend in September 2003. "We had no strong holdover from Labor Day weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media by Numbers.
February 24, 2008 |
A fever is sweeping through America's retirement communities. Bowling fever. Few are spared. It strikes even the infirm. Mary Mortenson, 89, has it bad. When her turn came to bowl on Thursday, she stood, leaning on a metal chair for support. "My legs won't hold me," she said. She slid the chair out into the center aisle of her retirement community's auditorium. As she braced herself on the chair with her left hand, she concentrated on the projector screen in front of her, which displayed a virtual bowling lane.
January 22, 2008 |
Two men who have confessed in the beating death of a teenager argued after the killing about what to do with her 5-week-old girl, authorities said yesterday. Douglas Mandichak and Christopher Mikels considered throwing the baby into the icy waters of Pennsauken Creek, but in the end abandoned her in the front yard of a Cherry Hill home, acting Camden County Prosecutor Joshua Ottenberg said. After finding the baby's stroller in the water, police yesterday continued to comb the banks of the creek in Cinnaminson for the body of her mother, 17-year-old Felicia Mikels of Pennsauken, which the men said they dumped into the water.
January 13, 2008 |
This year will be chock-full of 1968 commemorations. Deservedly so, because that was a pivotal year in which the convulsions of a decade converged and the country slouched over the edge of a precipice. It was, after all, the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam; Walter Cronkite's televised farewell to victory in that wretched war; the My Lai massacre (unknown until the next year); Eugene McCarthy's presidential run; Columbia University's uprising; President Johnson's decision not to run for a second full term; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination; scores of subsequent riots; Robert F. Kennedy's assassination; the Chicago Democratic Convention riot; the Miss America protest in Atlantic City; Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and election; and, for good measure, the first manned voyages in the Apollo program - not to mention Prague Spring, the French student uprising, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and, in Mexico City, the massacre of protesting students and the black power salutes of Olympic athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.
July 8, 2007 |
The folks at 20th Century Fox are holding a contest to finally resolve a mystery that has perplexed TV viewers for nearly two decades: Where does Homer Simpson live? In Springfield. Right. But which one? About 55 are scattered from Maine to California. More puzzling: Why is Fox wasting its time? We know the Simpsons' hometown is near water, far enough north to get snow, close to a nuclear power plant. Mrs. Van Houten, Milhouse's mom, mentions Mechanicsburg, and Barney, the town drunk, has been a lecturer at Villanova University.
June 4, 2007 |
When Michael, 12, grows up, he wants to be a police officer, so "I can help people get safe," he says. Handsome and likable, he has a variety of interests, including playing basketball, reading, listening to rap music and watching cartoons. He also enjoys challenging his friends at computer games, as well as trying to raise his own scores. Not long ago, he started playing football and already has made a couple of interceptions. He recently visited a bowling alley for the first time and soon was skilled enough to knock down almost all the pins with one ball.
March 12, 2007 |
A man was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after police said he threatened troubled Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones with a knife at a Franklin, Tenn., bowling alley Friday night. Franklin Police Detective Stephanie Cisco told the Tennessean newspaper that Jones was bowling at the Franklin Family Entertainment Center when Clayton Smith, 33, instigated the confrontation, brandishing a small pocket knife. Smith "threatened to beat up Mr. Jones and to use the knife on him," Cisco said.
January 24, 2007 |
You can't hear the shots being fired, but surveillance videos released by police yesterday offered a view to what happens when gunfire erupts in a crowded bowling alley. People dash for the doors, a panicked mass on the run for their lives. Parents grab children and flee. Young men dive over counters and crouch. Others duck and squeeze behind video machines for cover. A gunman kneels and peers around the corner. One suspect holds his head where he was grazed by a bullet. Hardly any time passes before a police officer arrives, gun drawn.