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.
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.
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.
May 10, 1992 |
The East Caln Township Board of Supervisors has approved a land-use application paving the way for 201 single-family homes and 150 apartments in the township - but only if the developer adheres to a list of 29 conditions. At its meeting Wednesday night, the board unanimously approved developer Timothy Fanning's conditional-use application, a permit that sets a policy of general use for the land. Fanning wants to build the houses and garden apartments on a 108-acre tract west of Bell Tavern Road between Routes 113 and 30. After the supervisors made their decision, they accepted a preliminary plan by the Fitzpatrick-Fanning Corp.
October 7, 1986 |
Right-wing extremist Roy E. Frankhouser of Reading helped potential witnesses flee and advised that documents be burned in an effort to help affiliates of political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche thwart a federal investigation, according to an affidavit. Frankhouser, whose past affiliations have included the American Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan, provided consulting on security and intelligence matters for LaRouche from early 1982 until August 1985, the affidavit stated. It was during this period that a federal grand jury in Boston began probing an alleged nationwide credit-card-fraud scheme in which, according to indictments handed down yesterday, organizations affiliated with LaRouche bilked more than 1,000 individuals out of more than $1 million.