May 24, 2013 |
YORBA LINDA, Calif. - U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Doug Burns was on a night reconnaissance mission searching for enemy trucks when he was shot down by antiaircraft fire and taken prisoner during the Vietnam War. Burns broke three vertebrae when he ejected into a rice paddy and spent the first weeks of his captivity strapped to a concrete pallet and then months at a time in solitary confinement. His wife and three children didn't know for years whether he was alive or dead - and when he arrived home 61/2 years later, Burns learned his wife had left him for another man. "It was hard to take, but that's what it was," said Burns, who is now 78 and remarried.
May 23, 2013 |
SERGIO GARCIA apologized for saying he would "serve fried chicken" while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner. The British newspaper The Guardian reports Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour's awards dinner last night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open. The Guardian reports Garcia said: "We will have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken. " In the statement in which he apologized, Garcia said: "I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.
May 21, 2013 |
William Williams Keen Butcher, 97, of Chestnut Hill, CEO of the former Philadelphia brokerage firm Butcher & Singer and former chair of the Committee of Seventy public watchdog group, died at home Wednesday, May 15. A U.S. Army major who served in World War II, Mr. Butcher - who went by W.W. Keen - was a philanthropist and active member of the Republican Party at the national level who had U.S. presidents to his home for dinner. "I can think of several instances when we'd come home for dinner and the president would be there," said Noel Butcher Hanley, a daughter who lives in Bryn Mawr.
May 6, 2013 |
Criticism of this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner was served even before the filet and flounder. Broadcast legend Tom Brokaw told Politico that "the breaking point for me was Lindsay Lohan," a reference to the appearance last year of the troubled actress, who came as a guest of Fox's Greta Van Susteren. "She became a big star at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, give me a break. " Mark Leibovich of the New York Times was next. He told C-Span, "There's a level of self-congratulation and self-celebration and so forth that can be very, you know, somewhat at odds with the mood of the country and how people view the media.
May 4, 2013 |
When Vice President Biden arrives in South Carolina on Friday to headline a sold-out dinner for state Democrats, here's what you can expect to go down: Biden will stoke speculation that he wants to run for president in 2016 by pressing the flesh in the first-in-the-South primary state. He will show himself to be on a first-name basis with many of the local politicians and county activists who will line up to greet him. They will gush over his attributes - genuine, down-to-earth, rock solid on the issues.
April 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama joked Saturday about his plans for a radical second-term evolution from a "strapping young Muslim Socialist" to retiree golfer, all with a new hairstyle like first lady Michelle's. Obama used this year's annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner to poke fun at himself and some of his political adversaries, asking if it was still possible to be brought down a peg after 41/2 years as commander-in-chief. Entering to the rap track "All I Do Is Win" by DJ Khaled, Obama joked about how re-election would allow him to unleash a radical agenda.
April 26, 2013
* Eating well to fight hunger is also the theme for a six-course dinner "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga is putting together at his restaurant Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, Sbraga.com ) with a stellar lineup of local chefs May 14. Nicholas Elmi, Walter Abrams, Shola Olunloyo, Jonathan Adams and Dave Katz will join him in support of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Tix are $150 each. * Food-truck operators stake their claim to be the city's best at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards' third-annual competition from 2 to 6 p.m. June 8. A limited number of early discount tix, $45, are available now at eventbrite.com . The event raises funds for the nonprofit Food Trust.
April 19, 2013
TV COOKING shows, am I right? They're everywhere, with red meat literal and metaphoric. Front-burner flare-ups and meltdowns, knife-edge competitions, violent outbursts, fireworks, car chases - you name it. Their "green" counterparts tend to be nonviolent, collaborative, animal-free, veggie-rich and . . . well, not exactly everywhere. And they don't have car chases. Which, on second thought, neither do the mainstream ones. Point is, however they might have languished in obscurity, plant-based shows are stepping into the limelight.
April 14, 2013
No outsourcing of quality time I feel sorry for Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who says that, even with all her wealth and fame, she and her husband cannot get away from work for dinner with their two young children ("Women urged to push for equality at work," April 5). The same applies to all of us trapped in our hurried, crazy American culture. Rather than heed Sandberg's prescription to "lean in" to our ambition, we should be home for dinner. Women do deserve equal pay and greater access to leadership opportunities, and more support at home.
March 11, 2013
BEN STANGO's mom made the right call when he was in middle school. He'd gotten hooked on the Food Network. She let the boy cook. "I went big with my first meal," Stango says in his Center City kitchen. "A whole salmon. " It was tasty. Subsequent meals, less so. Regardless, now Stango's mother, Deb Weinstein, gets to cash in. He's cooking her a birthday dinner that he'll take to her home in Merion Station: Homemade beet tagliatelle with pine nuts and arugula, and pan-seared scallops with lemon and garlic.