February 10, 2013 |
PARIS - Mud, money, and more security: The U.N.'s cultural agency said Friday that not much more is needed to help rebuild 11 mausoleums that Islamic extremists "totally devastated" in the fabled Malian city of Timbuktu. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said she plans to send experts to Mali to assess the full extent of the damage left by al-Qaeda-linked Islamists who ran Timbuktu and the rest of northeastern Mali for months before being chased out by French-led troops. "We have to make an assessment about what the real situation is," said Bokova, who accompanied French President Francois Hollande to Timbuktu on Feb. 2. Of the mausoleums, "there are 11 that are totally devastated," she said.
January 10, 2013 |
An Ocean County man on Tuesday apparently climbed the Seaside Heights roller coaster that was swept into the ocean by Hurricane Sandy and planted an American flag at its peak. Authorities said they received a report about 9 a.m. of someone on the Jet Star, which has been partially submerged since Sandy swept it off the Funtown amusement pier in late October. The man surrendered to New Jersey state police, who brought him to shore, said Lt. Stephen Jones, a State Police spokesman.
January 6, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Manti Te'o is not Tim Tebow minus a few letters in his last name and a few million sonnets written about his amazing exploits. That's too shallow a description for the inspirational leader of Notre Dame's No. 1 football team. It puts Te'o in competition with another man's legend, which isn't fair, and suggests that there is some kind of blueprint that the purest and most humble of college football heroes must follow. There isn't. Fact is, there has never been anyone like Te'o, who forged a path from Oahu to Notre Dame; a Mormon among Catholics; a Samoan among Hoosiers; and, here at the golden end of his Irish career, a linebacker among Heisman Trophy finalists.
December 4, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas returned triumphantly to the West Bank on Sunday, receiving a boisterous welcome from thousands of cheering supporters at a rally celebrating his people's acceptance to the United Nations. An Israeli decision to cut off a cash transfer to the financially troubled Palestinian Authority, following an earlier decision to build thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, failed to put a damper on the celebrations. But Palestinian officials acknowledged they were undecided on what to do with their newfound status, and were waiting for Israeli elections and new ideas from President Obama before deciding how to proceed.
November 27, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - With the buzz of Boardwalk Hall, the chill in the air and the familiar sound of skate blades carving into the ice, if you closed your eyes for 1 second, it would have been easy to believe you were basking in the glow of the Wells Fargo Center or Madison Square Garden. Forget about the bickering and the billions. Forget about the 72 days of strong-arming and spin. Remember the sounds of the "oohs" and "ahhs" you hear when Simon Gagne or Bobby Ryan dances past another defenseman.
November 14, 2012 |
The American Circus Edited by Susan Weber, Kenneth Ames, and Matthew Wittman Yale University Press. 472 pp. $65 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler In 1835, the citizens of Salem, Mass., assembled en masse on Main Street to watch a parade that marked the start of the unofficial holiday called Circus Day. "One pair of eyes seemed hardly sufficient" to take in all the attractions advertised by the troupe, a reporter...
October 14, 2012 |
Deptford's Mike Blackiston is like all football coaches, not looking too far ahead, taking challenges one week at a time. Yet a bye this weekend gave Blackiston a chance to assess the program. For a coach in his second year at his alma mater, the view shouldn't look too bad. The Spartans were 4-6 in his first season, the beginning of what Blackiston hopes is a return to the glory days, of which he was part. This year, Deptford is 3-2 and clearly in contention to earn a South Jersey Group 3 playoff berth.
August 12, 2012 |
LONDON - The Americans left as champions four years ago and returned thinking they were even better. This U.S. Olympic men's basketball team was an improved model over the 2008 version, players insisted, so versatile, so athletic that not only would they beat those gold medalists, but they also could even take a game from the Dream Team. The stats back them up, and a place in history is awaiting this group of Americans, on one condition. "I thought we had the potential to be really good, better than the '08 team, but the '08 team brought home gold, so we've got some unfinished business still left," LeBron James said Saturday.
June 17, 2012 |
Three weeks ago, after an eight-inning loss in the Catholic League final, it looked as if La Salle might have to settle for a 12-0 showing in the Red Division as the highlight of the 2012 season. But the Explorers rebounded from that deflating setback, beat Frankford for the PIAA District 12 Class AAAA title, and, with a thrilling four-game run that included a pair of come-from-behind victories, captured their first state championship. For his part in steering the senior-dominated squad to statewide glory, Joe Parisi is The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania baseball coach of the year.
June 7, 2012
I expected to hate this new product. I mean, chocolate cream cheese sounds like something we could all live without. But then I tasted the dark chocolate version, and, well, I stand corrected. It's rich and creamy, with a little bitterness from the Belgian chocolate, and a little tang from the cream cheese. Spread it on butter cookies, or use it to dip strawberries. And I'm sure there are baking applications yet to be explored. I can still live without the white chocolate or milk chocolate versions, but the dark chocolate is worth a try. Philadelphia Indulgence, from the makers of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 2.99 for an 8-ounce tub. — Maureen Fitzgerald A smashing souvenir Just in case all the details of the sudsy insanity of Philly Beer Week are beginning to fade before it's over, here's a prime piece of festival swag that's likely to endure: a mini-Hammer of Glory bottle opener that Standard Tap co-owner William Reed had artist Warren Holzman cast in bronze.