July 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Secretary of State John Kerry bounded up the steps to his converted Air Force 757 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday night, staffers greeted him with applause. He grabbed a beer and strolled down the aisle to celebrate his most significant achievement yet in his short tenure as America's top diplomat: winning agreement from the Israelis and Palestinians on a framework for resuming stalled peace talks. It was a necessary breakthrough, for sure, yet a modest one, with the lowest bar for success in a process that merely sets the stage for what comes next: difficult and protracted negotiations aimed at a goal that has eluded successive U.S. administrations.
July 18, 2013 |
Philadelphia Deputy Mayor and Commerce Director Alan Greenberger acknowledged Tuesday that he did not alert city building inspectors after he was warned in May of potentially dangerous developments at a Center City demolition site. Within an hour of receiving that warning, Greenberger said, he got another e-mail suggesting the problems were being resolved. In a brief statement released by Mayor Nutter's press office, Greenberger confirmed a report in The Inquirer last weekend that at 4:54 p.m. May 22, he received an e-mail from Thomas J. Simmonds Jr., property manager for STB Investments Corp.
July 5, 2013 |
TRENTON - Six gay couples and their children asked a New Jersey Judge Wednesday to force the state to recognize gay marriage, arguing that the case has become more urgent after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. The plaintiffs say the case is so pressing that no trial is needed to weigh the arguments that the civil unions now recognized in the state fall short. The filing is no surprise as the ruling to strike down key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last week brought new intensity and urgency to both legal and political action over gay marriage in New Jersey.
July 3, 2013 |
THE PGA TOUR said yesterday it would follow a new rule that bans the anchored putting stroke used by four of the last six major champions, asking yesterday for a temporary reprieve for those who play the game for fun. The announcement after a PGA Tour board meeting is the final piece of confirmation from a major golf organization for Rule 14-1b, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2016, when the next "Rules of Golf" is published. The rule makes it illegal for players to attach the end of the club to their body while making a stroke.
July 1, 2013
By Cristina García Scribner. 235 pp. $25 Reviewed by Luis A. Gómez The tyrant is now in the sunset of his life, riddled by infirmities and bitter about a revolution disintegrating in front of his eyes. The many attempts against his life and the crumbling of the facade he struggled to maintain for more than 50 years have resulted in paranoia ("in any given twenty-four hours, somebody, somewhere, was plotting to kill him"). He was always an impulsive man, but now he lashes out at everything and everyone around him, including his brother Fernando, a perpetual lackey of the tyrant whom, in his paranoia, he has occasionally suspected of potential "counterrevolutionary thinking.
June 26, 2013 |
The Federal Reserve under Ben Bernanke has committed itself to a monetary strategy for this year and beyond that will be difficult to undo under a new chairman. Under Bernanke's leadership, the Fed has set out clear markers for the conditions that need to be met to moderate and eventually end its $85 million-a-month asset-purchase program and then begin increasing interest rates. As a consequence, the identity of the chairman next year is unlikely to matter as much as it has in the past.
June 20, 2013 |
That's a LOT of handbags!! Wednesday, a Milan court convicted designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (but not the ampersand) of kind of, like, well, hiding $1.3 billion in income from tax authorities. There was sweaty/shady stuff with this Luxembourg holding company, Gado. D&G got 20 months suspended sentence and have to cough up 500,000 euros (about $670,000) to authorities. They also, by law, have to be crime-free for five years, or they could do jail time. D&G's lawyer says they'll appeal.
June 18, 2013 |
Brittany Cozzens grew tired of the Pinterest e-mails notifying her of new followers, about 10 a day, so she turned them off. A year later, a marketing company let her know: she had more than three million followers, putting her among the most followed people on the site. "I was like, 'That's not right.' Then I went to look and was like, 'Oh . . ..' " Cozzens' self-described "procrastination" on the popular photo-organizing website landed the rising Temple University sophomore a paying job as one of more than 250 influencers for Pinterest marketing company HelloSociety.
June 17, 2013 |
PHIL MICKELSON stood in the hallowed halls of Merion's clubhouse, just feet from where he teed off 4 hours earlier, and was asked to describe the feeling of finishing second in the U.S. Open for the sixth time. "It's very heartbreaking," Mickelson said. "I feel like this was my best chance on a course I loved. " Merion loved Mickelson back. But it was his putter that betrayed him. Here's a look at walking all 18 holes with Lefty, during a round that was as sideways as it was up and down: 3:14 p.m.: With well more than $1 billion net worth serenading Mickelson with "Happy Birthday" from Merion's members' tent off the first tee, Phil plants his tee in the ground as the only player in the U.S. Open under par for the tournament.
June 17, 2013 |
DeSean Jackson, who has built a career on creating highlights, has lived much of his life in front of a camera. The by-product is a new documentary, DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream, compiled from thousands of hours of footage taken by his brother, Byron Jackson, since Jackson was a child. "At first, being young, I used to always tell him to stop filming me," Jackson said. "But [Bryon] used to tell me, 'One day, this is all going to be needed.' " Available Sunday for Father's Day on inDemand, the film is ostensibly about DeSean Jackson.