January 22, 1993 |
"Damage" is the story of a stuffy British aristocrat who jeopardizes his comfy marriage and distinguished career when he falls for his son's sexy girlfriend. They make passionate love, during which he grabs her hair and shouts, "Who are you!" Let me spell it for you, pal. T-R-O-U-B-L-E. "Damage" is a sort of European version of "Fatal Attraction" - tasteful, intelligent and far less squeamish about inflicting permanent misery and destruction on its characters. This is bad news for Stephen Fleming (Jeremy Irons)
February 2, 1998 |
In the dark hours after the Monica Lewinsky furor broke, top White House aides panicked. Archenemy Kenneth Starr seemed on the verge of building a criminal case against President Clinton. Lower-level staffers were privately talking resignation. "It would be fair to say it was a . . . disaster area," said an administration source said. That's when Hillary Rodham Clinton took over. It was the first lady, said a senior adviser, who grabbed the White House staff by its collective collar and organized a strategy to save her husband's presidency.
April 11, 2002 |
I was sitting in City Council's makeshift chambers yesterday, watching members take the preliminary vote to restore the small wage tax cuts that Mayor Street had wanted to take away. And I began thinking how Hizzoner should respond. His ill-advised proposal to freeze the tax as of next year had sparked an energetic and well-organized white-collar rebellion, causing some of his allies in Council to abandon him. He had tried to scare his opponents into submission, by raising the specter of shuttered recreation centers and fire stations, and now he was going to lose.
May 2, 2009 |
The 76ers want you to forget what you saw and heard on Thursday night. They want you focusing instead on the good things that happened this season, of which there are many. They want you to remember they were missing Elton Brand, their big-man extraordinaire. They want you to recognize that the finale was not necessarily indicative of the journey. But forgetting Thursday would be difficult: First, the embarrassing, pathetic, 25-point, season-ending loss, then Theo Ratliff's harsh words against coach Tony DiLeo, and then Andre Iguodala's call for a personnel change, his insinuation that the team had "inner turmoil" throughout the season.
July 17, 2003 |
Eric Dezenhall makes problems go away. Sounds like a job for a hit man, but Dezenhall is a law-abiding, clean-cut, well-spoken, New Jersey-born, Dartmouth-educated, Washington-based consultant who advises business moguls and Hollywood stars. If his name is unfamiliar, perhaps it is because he is behind the scenes, putting out fires before anyone sees the smoke. He is, he insists, never a spin doctor. Call him a crisis manager, a controller of damage. In this time of Kobe Bryant, Martha Stewart and hide-and-seek for weapons of mass destruction, Dezenhall sounds like a man worth talking to. He was in town last week - not to talk about scandals, but to hype Jackie Disaster, his new novel about a low-rent, law- and jaw-breaking damage-controller based in Atlantic City.
January 7, 1990
We'll admit it. We were smirking along with the rest of greater Philadelphia when word came out that Samuel Asbell, Camden County's flamboyant, shotgun-toting prosecutor, had faked the story of his New Year's Day high-speed chase and shootout with a pair of would-be assassins. But this is more than the story of a man who came to believe his own press clippings. Mr. Asbell was not just another citizen, not just another loony-tune who watched one too many Clint Eastwood or Sylvester Stallone movies.
December 25, 2015 |
The player they call Ghost became more interested in hockey because, as a kid, he used to tag along to figure-skating practices attended by his big sister, Felicia Gostisbehere. That same big sister - a one-time Olympic hopeful whose promising skating career was cut short because of hip surgery - is a major reason Shayne Gostisbehere had such a smooth recovery from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. "Her dreams were cut short," said Shayne Gostisbhere, the swift-skating, unassuming Flyers rookie defenseman who has taken the NHL by storm, "but she helped push me toward mine.
February 10, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - The Marine Corps did damage control again Thursday after a photo surfaced of a sniper team in Afghanistan posing in front of a flag with a logo resembling that of the Nazi SS - a special unit that murdered millions of Jews, Gypsies, and others. The Corps said in a statement that using the symbol was not acceptable. However, it was a naive mistake by Marines who believed the SS symbol was meant to represent sniper scouts and never intended to associate themselves with a racist group, said Maj. Gabrielle Chapin, a spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton.
May 14, 2014 |
LAURENT Duvernay-Tardif almost didn't get to hear his name announced on ESPN when he was selected in the sixth round by the Chiefs. The reason? He was helping deliver twins via C-section. Duvernay-Tardif, you see, is a medical student at McGill University in Montreal, which has had just one other player drafted by the NFL - Randy Chevrier, a long snapper taken by the Jaguars in 2001. "I think when you play football, you have to play 100 percent," Duvernay-Tardif, a tackle, told the Associated Press.
December 7, 1997
In the hour it took Interpol Secretary-General Raymond E. Kendall to talk tough about Internet smut and child predators to a gathering of online industry officials in Washington last week, more than 4,000 new Web sites were launched. That's how superheated the Internet's growth is. And it's a good bet that hundreds of those way stations in cyberspace bristle with content unfit for any child's eyes. Already, 60,000-plus adults-only sites exist. It's hard for Mr. Kendall and colleagues to keep up. Which was just his point - that it's imperative to step up law-enforcement efforts globally to safeguard children from cyber-filth and, more important, from sexual predators who lurk around the Internet.