September 19, 2014 |
On the signal bridge of the USS Frank E. Evans, Steve Kraus was scanning the ocean about 3 a.m. as the destroyer made a long, sweeping starboard turn through the darkness. The watch was uneventful until - seemingly out of nowhere - the Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne came barreling toward the Evans at 22 knots. Kraus hurried into the ship's signal shack and got on the intercom to warn the pilot house below: "We're going to get hit!" Then came a mighty crash, and the screeching and shrieking of metal.
February 1, 2014 |
Paulina García is on screen for just about every frame of Gloria , Chile's official Academy Awards entry for best foreign-language film. (It didn't make the final cut of five - a shame.) The actress inhabits the title role, bringing this fiftysomething woman alive in ways that are haunting and raw. As a divorced office worker, with a grown son and daughter busy with their own lives, García's Gloria frequents clubs, dancing to disco, drinking and smoking, occasionally meeting a man and spending the night with him. Back in her apartment, she eats and sleeps and shoos out a pesky hairless cat that belongs to a neighbor.
August 26, 2013 |
Katie Hartman and Steve Dunbar knew just what they wanted when they decided to buy a house in Brigantine, the island community near Atlantic City. These year-round Moorestown homeowners were after what Hartman calls "a turnkey operation" - something simple, affordable, low-maintenance, and move-in ready. And back in 2007, they thought they had found it. A simple twin house on the beach block on the south side of the island was small, manageable, and a perfect kick-back place for the family: Hartman, 50, a busy attorney; Dunbar, 60, an attorney who had returned to his media-specialist roots for the Princeton School District, and their then-teenage daughter and son, Molly and Riley.
February 2, 2012 |
The Phillies are heading south. That's not the lead to a spring-training preview. That's the fear that's keeping me up at night. The rational half of my brain tells me this unparalleled run of Phillies success can't last forever. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia half of my brain suggests that if a downturn is inevitable, we might as well get it over with as quickly as possible. That way we'll get a jump-start on the next Phillies renaissance. And there's nothing more exciting in baseball than a team on the rise, with the possible exception of Ryan Howard making a throw.
May 26, 2011 |
Once upon a time, most food was thrown on the grill naked and served unadorned. Unbelievable, I know, but true. Now, of course, "building" or "layering" flavor with marinades, rubs, brines, smoke, sauces, chutneys, and more is where it's at, even for home cooks. But how much is too much? Are there rules that will decrease the number of times this grilling season that you will have to order pizza because of the misapplication of enhancements to expensive cuts of beef? With Memorial Day and grilling season upon us, there's nobody better to answer such pressing questions than two Philadelphia-area food professionals, Andrew Schloss and David Joachim.
March 18, 2011 |
RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan - The elderly couple fled their home on foot as warning sirens blared. But they could not keep up with their neighbors and fell behind as the tsunami rushed in. Nearly a week later, Taeko Kanno, 71, and her husband were still missing. "I think there is no hope," said Katsuo Maiya, Kanno's brother-in-law. "I can't find them. The only thing I can do is wait until the military collects their bodies. " As retrieving bodies increasingly becomes the focus of rescue crews in Japan's northeast, it's clear that last Friday's earthquake and tsunami - believed to have killed 10,000 - took their heaviest toll on the elderly in this fast-aging nation, where nearly one person in four is over 65. Many, unable to flee fast enough, perished.
September 22, 2010 |
DURING THE past 12 months, comedian and WIP sports gabber Big Daddy Graham has: _ Had a burst water pipe destroy a big chunk of his South Jersey home. _ Undergone major back surgery. _ Suffered a serious staph infection. _ Buried his mother after she died of an Alzheimer-related illness. _ And successfully battled throat cancer, although radiation and chemotherapy left him with "burned-out" taste buds, a condition that continues to limit his diet to canned protein shakes.
August 2, 2010
BY EXTENDING unemployment benefits for 2.5 million out-of-work Americans, Congress has demonstrated that they are indeed capable of acting like the big boys and girls we elected them to be. Now how about taking this new-found maturity a step further by passing an extension of Medicaid to the states? Without the $112 billion extension of the Federal Medicaid Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that's set to expire in December, 30 states that built the anticipated funding into their budgets will face financial calamity.
June 17, 2010 |
It was my daily comic relief from an otherwise monotonous strategic update and assessment given to commanding Gen. George Casey each morning in Iraq. As the cavalcade of PowerPoint slides dragged on, highlighting facts and figures on everything from enemy combatants killed to supply trucks coming from Kuwait, the general had few questions. But come the status report on restoration of the power-starved nation's electrical grid, Casey would invariably probe extensively, usually on some arcane metric involving the wattage of this or that generating plant.
May 9, 2010 |
"I didn't want him to marry the ugly girl; I wanted him to marry the pretty one, and I'm much prettier. " - Continental Airlines Inc. chief executive officer Jeffery Smisek, on United Airlines CEO Glenn Tilton's merger talks with US Airways Group Inc. "I believe Jeff was sincere in his apology, have accepted it on behalf of all of us, and am ready to move past it. " - US Airways CEO Doug Parker, after Smisek said he was sorry for the...