May 15, 2011
Movies Cost of a Soul See Steven Rea's preview on H2. The First Grader An 84-year-old village elder jumps at the opportunity to get the education he's always wanted when the Kenyan government offers a free primary school education to all citizens. Forks Over Knives This documentary examines the claim that all degenerative diseases plaguing humans can be controlled with a radical change in diet. Hobo With a Shotgun Rutger Hauer stars as a homeless drifter who takes on corrupt cops and a variety of criminals with his weapon of choice.
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.
September 30, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actor Anthony Hopkins; Pete Yorn performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Aging beauties confess: why Teri Hatcher, Cybill Shepherd, and Linda Evans are coming forward. The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS3) - Sheldon resolves to extend his natural life span after he realizes he won't live long enough for technology to allow him to download his consciousness into a robot body. Bones (8 p.m., Fox29) - A couple's remains are found in a national park cave.
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.
May 6, 2010
UNLESS you've been living in a Waziristan cave, you've heard about the misdemeanor-breaking dude who got Tasered at the Phillies game Monday night. A police officer used excessive force in sending 50,000 volts of electricity through the body of 17-year-old suburban high-school senior Steve Consalvi. In these cases of field-jumping, the fan isn't trying to do harm - he just wants attention. (Story, Page 69.) People might have been amused watching the spectacle, but Tasers are no joke to the loved ones of the estimated 50 people who have died from their use, including a Michigan teen.
February 19, 2010 |
Just a few steps past the kitchen door of the home of Tom?s S?nchez and Maria Qui?ones S?nchez, a male kingdom beckons. While no scrawled signs proclaim it an all-male bastion, there is no mistaking that this is a grown-up clubhouse designed for a guy and his pals. Tomas S?nchez's "man cave" in the Norris Square section of Philadelphia, a few blocks north of Northern Liberties, is what springs to mind when a guy imagines a retreat, a haven, a guy-place. But this one has taste, style, and an elegance that has nothing to do with grandeur.