May 31, 2012 |
THE DIRT-BIKERS and ATV four-wheelers gathered under a tree in Hunting Park one recent Sunday, the roar of their engines as much a part of the sunny scene as the ballplayers and picnickers and the guy selling barbecued chicken on skewers. As more and more riders arrived, they greeted each other with hugs and handshakes, admiring the modifications they made to their bikes and swapping stories about getaways, crashes and infamous rides, like Pupo's legendary 12-mile wheelie up I-95 that helped Philly "defeat" Baltimore in a friendly contest of skills.
April 9, 2012 |
JERMAINE Alexander learned to ride a dirt bike before he could write or tie his shoes. "Maine" was 5, and he would ride his bicycle only if he smashed tin cans in the wheels to mimic the dirt-bike growl. So his uncle took him to the park to teach him to ride the real thing. When he was a teenager and would hear one roar by on the streets outside, he'd stampede to the window to see who was riding what. He became so adept at fixing them that he could transform scraps of junkers into bikes that, though not beautiful, still flew fast as fireworks.
April 6, 2012 |
Would you live in a house made of dirt? The answer, I'm guessing, is no. As a building material, dirt has an image problem. Mud dwellings are practically synonymous with third-world poverty. At best, an earth structure is something you expect to encounter in an old hippie compound. Yet some of the world's most magnificent structures are made of little more than dirt and water, from New Mexico's pueblos to the great Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu. Now, thanks to the effort of several committed architects, dirt is making a comeback, this time as the material of choice for modern buildings, including multistory ones.
February 12, 2012 |
When the driver turned left onto the dirt road, we thought he'd made a mistake. On one corner a group of men stood beside a pile of burning trash; on another, women sold fish from a makeshift stall. The travel agent had booked us into a hotel at least two stars above what we had requested in Thanjavur, a temple city in southern India, but this bumpy road couldn't possibly be the right one. Finally the driver slowed down, and there, on the other side of a metal gate, stood our hotel - an upscale resort with stunning river views, manicured gardens, and a swimming pool.
February 5, 2012 |
NBC Sports, now owned by Comcast Corp., has sold a record $250 million in advertising for Sunday's Super Bowl game and is hoping that audience spillover from the big game will boost two prime-time shows, The Voice and Smash . The best scenario for NBC would be a nail-biter Super Bowl that draws a big audience, delivering for sponsors who shelled out an average $3.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime. Experts say more than 100 million homes could tune in. "They will do very well with the Super Bowl.
January 22, 2012 |
POCATELLO, Idaho - Don Aslett may be more than a half-century into his fight against dirt and clutter, but he still can't take a stroll without bending to pick up litter from the sidewalk. He can remember cringing as a child at the site of spilled coffee grounds and, in high school, finding it strange the other boys didn't like to clean their rooms. Even now - he's 76 - his battle against grit and grime has yet to relent. Those who might not understand his devotion, he reasons, have probably never felt the satisfaction of making a toilet bowl shine.
December 12, 2011
With two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy moved to within one touchdown of Steve Van Buren's team records of 18 touchdowns in a season and 15 rushing touchdowns in a season. Here are the lists: Most touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 18 McCoy 2011 17 Brian Westbrook 2008 14 Terrell Owens 2004 14 W. Montgomery 1979 14 Van Buren 1947 14 Most rushing touchdowns in an Eagles season: Player Year TDs Van Buren 1945 15 McCoy 2011 14 Ricky Watters 1996 13 Van Buren 1947 13
November 23, 2011 |
US WEEKLY KNOWS where its bread is buttered, so it has come out firmly for Team Kim in the tabloid-loving Kim Kardashian - Kris Humphries divorce. Even though Kim has looked like a shallow twit during her over-accessorized, extravagant TV wedding and too-brief marriage, Us quotes Kim K pals as saying Kris is the bad guy. "He belittled her in front of people," one insider said. "He'd call her stupid. It was truly sickening. " Us 's inside source says Kris resented Kim's faux fame and fortune - neither of which should have been a surprise to him when their multimillion-dollar wedding was filmed for TV. Kris also allegedly called Kim "fat ass. " Tattle does acknowledge he could have meant it as a compliment.
October 22, 2011 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - When Mike Napoli was playing for the other team, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler had a serious dislike for him. Sure, a lot of that had to do with Napoli playing for a division opponent for five years before he became part of a World Series team in Texas. There was also the way Napoli flipped his bat after hitting a home run or how the top button of his Angels jersey was often undone. "I would never tell you last year I would probably enjoy having him in the clubhouse," Kinsler said.
August 13, 2011
IN 12 years of tracking murderabilia, Houston victim advocate Andy Kahan, its chief opponent, has seen some wacky stuff. Here's a look at the most grim and gag-worthy: * Ted Bundy's fried hair: A former prison guard scooped up the locks that fell to the floor after the prolific serial killer's 1989 execution in Florida's electric chair. A rapist and necrophile, Bundy confessed to killing 30 women in six states in the mid-1970s. Experts think he killed even more. * Wayne Lo's semen: The school-massacre shooter shot something else all over a pornographic picture.