November 25, 2011 |
COS ECHO, Iraq - American troops marked their last Thanksgiving in Iraq yesterday with turkey, stuffing and a rocket-fire alarm. Fewer than 20,000 American troops remain in Iraq at eight bases across the country. All of the forces must be out of Iraq by the end of this year, and American soldiers have been busily packing up their equipment and heading south. Many of the bases no longer have civilian contractors making meals for them, so the troops have been eating prepackaged meals.
November 25, 2011 |
Some people deck the halls before the Halloween candy's been devoured and the Thanksgiving turkey's been thawed. Some might question why they drag out the tree so early, but they know why they do it - to get in the Christmas spirit for their favorite time of the year. Maureen O'Connell and Mid Reed have been putting up Christmas decorations early for years. "I can't get enough of Christmas," says O'Connell, who started decorating her Allegheny Township home on the first Monday in November.
November 11, 2011 |
AVALON, N.J. - A thick wave of fog washed over the beach yesterday, spilling onto the dunes and scrubby pines, right to the deck of Joe Paterno's oceanfront home. You could almost imagine the fallen legend out on the deck alone, staring off into the mist. He will have more time for that, now that he has been deposed as Penn State's football coach. This town's motto is "Cooler by a Mile," and for 25 years Paterno and his family have traveled more than 250 miles to chill out inside a comparatively modest two-story house nestled between certifiable mansions on the dunes.
September 24, 2011
The Phillies, who have clinched the National League's top record, do not know who their opponent will be in the NL division series. If the Braves win the wild card, the Phils would play the division winner with the worst record. (Milwaukee at 92-65 has won the Central, and Arizona leads the West at 90-66.) If the Braves miss the playoffs, the Phils would play the wild-card winner. W L GB REMAINING Atlanta 89 68 - 2 at Nationals, 3 vs. Phillies St. Louis 86 71 3 2 vs. Cubs, 3 at Astros *San Francisco 84 72 41/2 3 at D'backs, 3 vs. Rockies * – not including Friday's game
September 13, 2011
Excerpts from the blog of Inquirer movie critic Steven Rea, who is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. Brad Pitt talks baseball. Jason Patric works with a stuffed wolverine. Brad Pitt is in Toronto with Moneyball, his inside-baseball bio of the Oakland Athletics' Billy Beane, the maverick general manager who took a motley crew of rejects, has-beens, and problem cases and led them on a historic run to the playoffs - thanks in large part to the counsel of a nerd-boy statistician.
September 2, 2011 |
An underage man denied entry to a Manayunk bar Thursday night tried to sneak in by climbing up a back deck bordering the Schuylkill, but fell more than 15 feet and injured himself, officials say. Initial reports had indicated that he was a patron who fell from a deck at the bar into the river, but police and fire officials said that was not the case. Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman, said the 19-year-old man had tried to get into the Mad River Bar and Grille on Main Street sometime after 11:30 p.m. but was denied entry.
August 19, 2011 |
Reader Alden Smith of Wayne offers some words of wisdom on deck care and maintenance: "My cedar-plank deck is 19 years old and is in very good condition. Each year, I apply Olympic semi-transparent, oil-based product. I use a sponge-mop applicator with a roller pan to apply. This is an easy and quick method. "I have had to replace a few boards ... from time to time. ... I only replace the bad section by using a sabre saw to cut it out. Then I attach a new cleat to the deck frame and drop it in place.
August 14, 2011
Playmobil's newest travel toy for tots is a Noah's Ark of animals. No, really. My Take Along 1.2.3 Noah's Ark is a sturdy plastic tub shaped like an ark, filled with two each of colorful plastic elephants, zebras, lions, giraffes, doves, and people. The brood can be arranged ascending an included plank or hanging out on the removable deck, which doubles as a latched cover for storage. An attached deck-top plastic "shelter" with portholes has a handle for toting around. And as you might expect from any respectable Noah's Ark, the whole thing floats.
July 29, 2011 |
THE LINK BETWEEN film school and Sundance is famous (and often lamented), but there's something different about the students who made fest fave "Another Earth. " They went to Georgetown University, and they didn't study movies - they made them. "Another Earth" star (and co-writer) Brit Marling made short movies with her GU pals while working on her economics degree and interning at Goldman Sachs. In due time, Marling becomes, I suspect, the first actress in history to turn down an offer at Goldman Sachs to go to work in movies.
July 29, 2011 |
I'll let my faithful and informed readers have a go at this week's column, since they've offered some useful insight into problems for which I've requested feedback in the last few weeks. A reader had asked why his cedar deck rotted after eight seasons. He had waited several months after the deck was built to paint it with a semitransparent stain. Several months after that, the paint began to peel, and in the years since, he has repeatedly repainted it with the same result.