June 10, 2010
Dutch may face coalition struggle THE HAGUE - In the first election in a euro-zone country since the European economic crisis, Dutch voters punished the incumbent party in parliamentary elections Wednesday while seeming to split between opposite poles of the political spectrum. With no party coming close to winning a majority in the 150-seat parliament, the result is likely to mean a long and difficult negotiation over a new governing coalition. The center-right Dutch Liberal Party had been expected to win the election after promising severe cuts in government spending.
August 21, 1992 |
For years, the state of the art of miniature golf was Hans Brinker's windmill. Beyond the mill's whirling fan lay the hole. The idea was to hit the ball at just the right moment so it would go between the blades. Today, Dutch windmills, the twitching tail of the Big Bad Wolf, even moving duck decoys are quaint symbols of '50s putt-putt. Nothing wrong with them, but the standard of the '90s is golf au naturel. Consider the new Jungle Falls Adventure Golf at 1132 Boardwalk in Ocean City.
April 26, 2013 |
THE DOCUMENTARY "No Place on Earth" doesn't seem as if it should work quite as well as it does. A History Channel production, the tale of Ukrainian Jews who survived in underground caves for 511 days while hiding from the Nazis during World War II is structured around lengthy, foreign-language re-enactments of the events featuring costumed performers. Why not just commit to the undeniably thrilling theatricality of the story and make a fictionalized dramatic feature? Instead, Emmy-winning documentarian Janet Tobias ("Life 360")
March 19, 2012 |
When the Franklin Institute opens its "Dead Sea Scrolls" exhibit May 12, visitors will catch a glimpse of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Centerpiece of the exhibit will be 20 scroll fragments found in the 1940s in Palestine near the Dead Sea. They are part of an extraordinary trove of nearly 1,000 parchments that include the oldest surviving texts of the Jewish Bible, several of which will be on display in Philadelphia. Penned between 150 B.C. and A.D. 70 and sealed in urns, the scrolls make no mention of Jesus of Nazareth.
November 22, 2001 |
To: The Foreign Policy Therapist From: The United States of America Date: Nov. 12, 2001 Dear Foreign Policy Therapist: I don't know what to do. I want to be safe. I want safety. But I have a terrible problem: It all began several weeks ago when I lost several thousand loved ones to a horrible terrorist crime. I feel an overwhelming need to apprehend and punish those who committed this unbearably cruel act, but they designed their crime in such a diabolical fashion that I cannot do so, because they arranged to be killed themselves while committing the crime, and they are now all dead.
October 1, 1996 |
Although The Illusion ultimately seems to mock its audience, the play and the production at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts at first provide a good measure of enjoyment. The play, adapted by Tony Kushner (before he achieved literary stardom with Angels in America) from Pierre Corneille's 1636 L'Illusion Comique, mixes 17th-century convention and sharp, humorous contemporary writing that comes together with theatrical flair in director Ken Marini's lively, nicely overstated production.
October 17, 2003 |
Crickets have invaded my home. It's not unusual at this time of year for various critters - heretofore content to live in the great outdoors, where they belong - to descend on homes throughout New Jersey. At least furry wild animals are usually cute. And unless you're goofy enough to leave a trail of peanuts from your yard to your living room, they will not enter your home. But if you want to meet something annoying and freaky, let me introduce you to the cave cricket, better known as the camel-backed cave cricket.
April 17, 1986 |
The three-story facade of the Church of New Hope and Faith stood facing 39th Street a block south of Fairmount Avenue yesterday, but much of the building lay caved in, tumbled into a side street, open to the driving rain. Yesterday, Bishop James McNeal Jr., the New Hope pastor, said he expected "before the end of the year" to rebuild the church on the same site, in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, where the church collapsed just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All 60 people who were in the church during the collapse escaped safely.
May 12, 2002 |
Say "choi sum" to your server in a Chinese restaurant, and your choices expand from cashew chicken and moo shu pork to the authentic dishes hiding in the kitchen for native speakers. Say "We're planning to stay in Hana" to a Hawaiian on Maui, and native stolidity turns to friendliness. We said it to the waitress at Vi's Hawaiian Restaurant in Kahului, and her face lit up. "I was born there," she said. "Say hello to my sister Wiloris at Hasegawa's General Store. " She gave us directions to our bed-and-breakfast, wrote her sister's name on a scrap of paper, and sent us off with many good wishes.
July 4, 1993 |
The Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel has a new face. And a new cave room with animal wall paintings, and a new Indian suite, as well. From its pastel interior to its newly refurbished fantasy suites, the $8.5 million renovation has been officially completed. "It's outstanding," said Fran Adamson, office manager of Siemen's Medical Systems in King of Prussia, who uses the hotel exclusively for housing business associates. "Even the people inside have a whole different attitude about how they present themselves.