July 10, 2006 |
TALK ABOUT strange bedfellows. Who woulda thunk that when R&B producer Dallas Austin received a pardon and his release from a Dubai prison last week after being convicted of cocaine possession, it would be due, in part, to intervention from conservative Utah senator Orrin Hatch. Hatch said via a statement that he was contacted by Austin's attorneys, then called the ambassador and consul of the United Arab Emirates in Washington on Austin's behalf. Beyond saying Hatch has "good relations with the ambassador and other good people in Dubai," his office gave no specifics about his dealings with the Dubai government - but Hatch did support the Dubai-based DP World in its bid to manage American ports.
May 13, 2000 |
One shopping mall is shaped like the pyramids with violet neon lighting running along the roof. The mall is so posh that the ladies' room has private bidets in each of the stalls. Instead of the usual fast food, young sheiks in the traditional Arab dress of dishdashas feast on lobster bisque and tarte tatin at the Hediard's of Paris in the food court. It is not for nothing that Dubai has earned a reputation as the Middle East's capital of conspicuous consumerism. Spending money is the favored pastime of tourists and locals alike, a sport carried out unabashedly, without the slightest shame.
August 19, 2014 |
NEARLY 80 YEARS ago, Groucho Marx sang of "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. " Here's a sample of the lyric by E.Y. Harburg , better know for the songs he wrote for "The Wizard of Oz" a few years later. "When her robe is unfurled, she will show you the world, If you step up and tell her where. For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree, Or Washington crossing the Delaware. " Well, being heavily tattooed was no laughing matter for Rolf Buchholz , whom the Guinness Book of World Records says is also the person with the greatest number of piercings (453)
November 16, 2010 |
SIMON PRIOLEAU knew he had it made. "I wanted the smartest girl I could find," he said. And he got her when he met and married Maude Howell. "She was not only smart; she was kind and loving," Simon said. "She was one hell of a woman!" Maude Howell Prioleau, a pharmacist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for 40 years and a bright, talented woman who discovered a knack for photography and whose slide shows were a big hit among family and friends, died Nov. 9. She was 74 and lived in Germantown.
December 10, 2014 |
An overseas supplier of food and water to U.S. troops in the deserts of Afghanistan on Monday pleaded guilty in what a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia called a case of "war profiteering," and paid $389 million in fines, damages, and penalties. From July 2005 until April 2009, Supreme Foodservice GmbH and an affiliated company in the United Arab Emirates overcharged the U.S. military by $48 million for water and fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to bases in Afghanistan, according to charges by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2013 |
He likes the ambience of Savona in Gulph Mills, enjoys the food at Alma de Cuba in Center City and Fleming's Steakhouse in St. Davids, and appreciates the views from the Water Works overlooking the Schuylkill. Craig LaBan? No, Pervez Musharraf. The former (and maybe future) leader of Pakistan has become a fixture in Philadelphia in the last few years, a fact I first learned through a rather surreal encounter. A few years after 9/11, I grew disenchanted with the way the Bush administration was pursuing Osama bin Laden, convinced that we'd placed too much responsibility in Musharraf's hands.
March 21, 1989 |
Margo Adams, who has made a career out of a defunct affair with baseball star Wade Boggs, has been arrested and charged with trying to shoplift a $258 coat from a department store in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was charged on Sunday, then released on her own recognizance after signing an agreement to appear in court later. In January, Adams, 33, pleaded guilty to running up $4,871 in bills at several stores with a charge card that wasn't hers. She was ordered to pay restitution and was put on three years informal probation.
February 26, 2012
The ShermansTravel.com editorial staff has compiled this list of the Top 10 Airports for Shopping. "Whether killing time or scrambling to find last-minute souvenirs, most of us are at one time or another saved by airport shopping," the website says as it lists the travel hubs around the world that take retail seriously. 1. Amsterdam 2. Dubai 3. Frankfurt, Germany 4. Hong Kong 5. Johannesburg, S. Africa 6. London 7. Portland, Ore. 8. San Francisco 9. Singapore 10. Tokyo
May 7, 2013 |
In the 1970s, when he was in his 40s, Jack Rosenberg decided to give up swimming and start running every day. The kind of man who "never did anything in a mediocre fashion," in the words of his daughter, Anne, the surgeon ran eight miles each morning along Route 130 from his Mount Laurel home to his office, at what was then Rancocas Valley Hospital in Willingboro. Each morning his wife, Sylvia, to whom he was married for 57 years, would be waiting at his office with his suit.
August 28, 1990 |
The long, sun-baked quays at Port Rashid were silent yesterday. Only one small French container ship was tied up under the port's six giant overhead cranes, waiting to be unloaded. With U.S. warships prowling the Persian Gulf to enforce the U.N. trade embargo against Iraq, the tensions in the region are beginning to take a toll on business here at the largest port in the Middle East. Here and throughout the Persian Gulf, shipping sources say, commercial traffic has dropped and is expected to slow even more.