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.
January 20, 2010 |
She can't really explain it, but from the time she was a child living in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, Lyn Steinberg always dreamed of a cottage, her own tiny space where she could dream her dreams, think, create, and simply exhale. But her dream was deferred for a long time. She got married. They moved from Boston to Sacramento to Wynnewood for her husband David's medical training. They had five children, and she juggled launching her own Tromp L'Oeil mural company with her career as a sexual assault nurse examiner working with rape victims.
September 2, 2009
Gov. Rendell's decision to back away from his excellent idea to tax the natural gas being extracted from the massive Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania is understandable, but also very disappointing. Rendell has been offering concessions right and left to get Republicans to agree to a state budget, which was due weeks ago. Now, he has bought the sob story that taxing this fledgling enterprise would likely kill it. No doubt the operators of Pennsylvania's spanking new casinos are wondering why they couldn't get an exemption from taxes until they get their sea legs, too. They didn't need it, and it's a dubious argument that the gas drillers need that big of a break.
July 13, 2009 |
Edward Lance Cave, 65, affectionately known as "Caveman," died Friday, a year after he retired from a 39-year career teaching science at Episcopal Academy. His wife, Meg, found him in distress at their home in Pocono Summit, Pa., and he died of heart failure at the Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg, Pa., friends said. "There wasn't a nicer guy on the planet," said Bob Parr, a close friend who worked with Mr. Cave for more than three decades before both retired last year.
May 25, 2009 |
I stood there in the Har Nebo Cemetery on Oxford Avenue and looked out at the gravestones that surrounded me. The high autumn lawn of the cemetery undulated like an ocean in the wind, green grass waves breaking over tombstone shores. I was heading to the section for indigent Jews, searching for the gravesite of a World War II veteran. Although I never met him, I felt that I had to come and pay my respects. I found his grave, marked only by a 4-square-inch plaque bearing his name, and knelt down next to it. I planted a small American flag and said a short prayer.
October 26, 2008 |
I have nothing against extreme heights. Birds, kites, airplanes: Some things are made for those altitudes. But not me. Grabbing onto the mountain, I could have told myself anything to feel better, but there was no turning back. A senior at Villanova, I was on a study-abroad trip last fall to Tibet, Nepal and India with 25 other college students. We had backpacked for two weeks, traveling by foot, donkey, bus, plane, train - even tractor. Finally, we stood only 100 or so feet from the summit of this mountain that, by Tibetan standards, did not deserve a name.
October 17, 2008 |
AL QAEDA'S recent efforts to affect the U.S. presidential election are backfiring, with polls confirming that Osama bin Laden is in trouble. But last night's speech by bin Laden to followers at a cave in a mountain area of Afghanistan interrupted by cries of "McCain" and "Elect him!" might just be the breaking point. Bin Laden's efforts to paint Republican presidential nominee John McCain as a friend of unrepentant billionaires and an enemy of Islam and Allah are blowing up in his face.
October 10, 2008 |
Nick Cave used to be so deathly serious it was hard to bear. But now, along with his dastardly mustache, booming voice, and biblical blues- and rockabilly-infused songs of love and death, the 51-year-old Australian has a crackling sense of humor. "We're all going to come and live here," Cave said of America at the Electric Factory on Tuesday, the last date of his U.S. tour. He gestured toward his six-man band, the Bad Seeds, who included the former Birthday Park guitarist Mick Harvey and the wild man violinist Warren Ellis, of the Dirty Three.