January 28, 2014 |
The phrase "water by the spoonful" has particular reference in Quiara Alegria Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same title, currently at the Arden Theatre. But before I saw it, I imagined it might be about the global water crisis. Consider the recent chemical tainting of residential water in West Virginia. Consider the drought and raging wildfires in California. Consider that more than 1.2 billion people on Earth now live without a reliable source of fresh water. Then consider that this play is about a bunch of crack addicts who do awful things and are, with the exception of Hudes' recurring character Elliot, utterly boring and unsympathetic.
April 14, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya - The U.S. official who oversees American efforts to counter al-Qaeda and other militants in the online battlefield keeps a quote on his desk from a "Most Wanted" jihadi from America's South. The Alabama native wrote that "the war of narratives has become even more important than the war of navies, napalm and knives. " "I keep that on my desk because that is true," Alberto Fernandez, the top official at the State Department's Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, told the Associated Press.
October 10, 2012 |
AFORMER Philadelphia police detective admitted in federal district court Tuesday that he operated an anabolic-steroid and human-growth-hormone distribution ring from September 2009 to April 2011. Keith Gidelson, 36, of Bensalem, could face up to 37 months in a federal lockup when he is sentenced in January. Prosecutors said that Gidelson obtained monthly shipments from Europe and China, then sold the drugs to customers in his house and in fitness clubs, and to people he met in online weightlifting chat rooms through websites such as steroids.com and inject.com.
September 24, 2012 |
BARRE, Mass. - Working from a beige house at the end of a dirt road, Jeff Bardin switches on a laptop, boots up a program that obscures his location, and pecks in a passkey to an Internet forum run by an Iraqi branch of al-Qaeda. Soon the screen displays battle flags and AK-47 rifles, plus palm-lined beaches to conjure up a martyr's paradise. "I do believe we are in," says Bardin, 54, a computer security consultant. Barefoot in his bedroom, Bardin pretends to be a 20-something Canadian who wants to train in a militant camp in Pakistan.
June 25, 2012
Ala., Fla. coasts warned on storm NEW ORLEANS - Parts of two states were under a tropical storm warning Sunday as Debby churned off the Gulf Coast, leaving wary residents to closely watch a storm whose path has so far been difficult to forecast. Warnings were issued for coastal Alabama and parts of Florida, including the Panhandle. Debby already had dumped heavy rain on parts of Florida and spawned isolated tornadoes, causing damage to homes and knocking down power lines. It was not completely clear when or where the storm would make landfall.
June 4, 2012
The Cost of Hope A Memoir By Amanda Bennett Random House. 240 pp. $26 Reviewed by Rachel Hadas Like many memoirs, Amanda Bennett's The Cost of Hope braids several narrative strands together. For starters, there is an unusual and piquant courtship story. Bennett and Terence Foley, a charming, impulsive, and mysterious character, meet in 1983 in the city then still known as Peking. Bennett's a journalist; Foley is not quite who he claims to be. Bennett is winningly frank to admit that the couple' s relationship is tempestuous from the start, but their connection, however stormy, proves strong and enduring.
August 18, 2011
THE PHILLIES needed a righthanded hitter. Everybody agreed it was true. So general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. backed up the truck to the minor league system one more time and, next thing anybody knew, Hunter Pence was putting on a red-pinstriped jersey and talking about the dizzying leap from the worst record in baseball with the Houston Astros to the best with his new teammates. So here we are, less than 3 weeks later, and doggone if it doesn't look like the days when manager Charlie Manuel would grumble that teams would all but grab lefthanded pitchers off the nearest street corner to face them have been tucked safely into the past.
December 13, 2007 |
IN the blink of an eye or, more precisely, the click of a mouse - a family was destroyed. Last year, 13-year-old Megan Meier made friends online with a boy named Josh Evans. He seemed to like her - a very big deal to Megan. The, one day, Josh turned on her. "I don't know if I want to be friends with you anymore because I've heard that you are not very nice to your friends. " Soon, "Josh" was spreading rumors and people were posting online notices calling her fat, and a slut, the Associated Press reported.
June 25, 2007 |
Bruce Willis shoots into the hotel suite like a blue-eyed bullet, head shaved, T white, jeans pale as his orbs. The wiry actor is trim, more like a spokesmodel for the imaginary health supplement Diet Hard than an aging action hero flogging a movie franchise last seen during Clinton's first term. After an absence of 12 years, Willis' alter ego John McClane returns to theaters Wednesday in Live Free or Die Hard - or Die Hard 4.0 , as it's called in Europe. Willis, 52, reprises the role of the battle-scarred NYPD detective who shoots from the hip and the lip, this time taking aim at cyberterrorists.
February 24, 2006 |
An animal-rights activist said yesterday that she hopes to mount some sort of legal challenge after being banned from the Philadelphia Zoo for comments she made about the facility's chief executive. Marianne Bessey, leader of Friends of Philly Zoo Elephants, incurred the zoo's wrath after making strongly worded remarks last week about zoo director Alexander L. "Pete" Hoskins in an Internet chat room called the Elephant Connection. In a posting dated Feb. 16 and addressed to Hoskins, Bessey discussed the zoo's treatment of Dulary, an injured, 42-year-old elephant that has been kept in a concrete barn since August.