December 23, 2011 |
CAVES: THEY'RE not just for spelunkers or spineless Beltway Democrats anymore. In a move that packed the political punch of a Rudolph-the-Red-nosed-Reindeer-ready blizzard, House Republicans caved in to an avalanche of pressure last night and agreed to extend both a payroll-tax holiday and unemployment benefits for the next two months. The conservative lawmakers, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, collapsed under attack from everyone from President Obama to right-wing icons like Karl Rove and the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
July 14, 2011
The wife of the winner of a Phillies' fan man cave was misidentified in a caption accompanying a July 7 article in the Magazine section. Her name is Tiffany McDonald. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357) at The Inquirer, Box 8263, Philadelphia 19101, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
July 7, 2011 |
With his Lugz work boots and T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Mitch Williams looked like a construction guy. Turns out he is. "My father taught me, you never pay someone to do something you can do yourself," the legendary Phillies closer said. Hard to believe, but one of the living symbols of Philadelphia sports history was only a small part of the package when cable's DIY channel came to town to shoot an episode of House Crashers that will be seen in the fall. As crazy construction and reality television swirled all around last week, Wild Thing was anything but. He lent a hand wherever needed, working to transform part of the home of Johnny McDonald, whom the show had decided was one of the world's biggest Phillies fans, into the ultimate baseball spectator environment.
May 22, 2011
Movies The Hangover Part II See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Opens Thursday Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom See Steven Rea's preview on H2. Opens Thursday L'amour Fou Documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge. French with subtitles. The Robber See Steven Rea's preview on H2. German with subtitles. Reviewed by critics Carrie Rickey (C.R.), Steven Rea (S.R.)
May 15, 2011 |
VITRAC, France - As we paddled our red plastic canoe along the tree-lined Dordogne River, my husband groused that we could as well be on the lazy Delaware back home. It was nice, but nothing all that special. A few moments later, he would take back his words and then some. As we rounded a bend, we faced one of the most dramatic views we'd seen - one we would never encounter Stateside. On our right, a caramel-colored medieval village with dark-tiled, peaked roofs clung to the towering cliff.
April 25, 2011
THE MOST important thing to know about raising the debt ceiling is this: The federal budget is not anything like your family budget. Dealing with the federal debt is not the same as cutting up your credit cards and vowing to pay cash going forward. Many people apparently do not understand this: That's the only explanation for why seven out of 10 say they don't want Congress to raise the "debt ceiling. " Framing the question as if it's about "fiscal responsibility" is heinous fiscal irresponsibility.
April 7, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Nathan Myhrvold didn't just go to school; he worked on the quantum theory of gravity with Stephen Hawking. He didn't just get a job; he became Microsoft's first chief technology officer. As a hobbyist, he didn't just get into grilling; he copped several top prizes in the World Championship of Barbecue. So it's unsurprising that when Myhrvold decided to write a cookbook, he didn't just write a cookbook. He outfitted his kitchen laboratory in Bellevue, Wash., with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of whiz-bang equipment, including a centrifuge, freeze-driers, humidity-controlled smokers, and special evaporators.
February 4, 2011 |
Sanctum begins with the nowadays ubiquitous "inspired by a true story" prefatory note. The true story here, however - harrowing, but with a happy ending - has been transformed by the filmmakers into an elimination-round spelunking nightmare. Set in a huge and largely unexplored cave system in Papua New Guinea ("the mother of all caves," we're told - cut to an aerial shot of her vulvic maw, ringed by rain forest green), Sanctum follows a team of underwater cavers who become trapped when a flash flood blocks their escape route.