May 9, 2016 |
It's 4:50 a.m., the time our driver, Pino, is to pick up my daughter and me at our B&B in Tropea, in the toe of Italy's "boot," to take us to the airport. We've already carried our suitcases down the three flights of stairs and we're standing inside the front door, but the massive wooden doors are locked and we haven't a clue how to open them. We stare up at the eight-foot double doors, looking for a handle or knob to turn, but all we see is a big red button that looks like an alarm.
April 17, 2016
Who Do You Think You Are? Katey Sagal ( Sons of Anarchy ) discovers her Amish ancestry in an episode of the genealogy series that brings her to Philadelphia to visit the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 9 p.m. Sunday on TLC. The Story of God . Host Morgan Freeman also comes to Philadelphia - for a brain scan - in the latest episode of his series about faith and its meaning for people around the world and throughout history. 9 p.m. Sunday on National Geographic Channel. Containment.
April 4, 2016 |
He has played God - twice - and beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday, he will lead National Geographic Channel viewers on a globe-spanning search for The Story of God , but don't, whatever you do, call Morgan Freeman an expert. "I'm nowhere near an expert on anything, except, maybe, me," Freeman said in an interview in January. Still, the Oscar-winning actor's curiosity had already led him to some big questions as host and narrator of the Science Channel's Through the Wormhole , whose first episode, six seasons ago, asked, "Is There a Creator?"
March 23, 2016 |
The three veteran investigators were speechless. For just a few months, they had waded into a probe of clergy sex abuse in central Pennsylvania. They didn't yet know much. But they had heard about a man near Altoona named George Foster. Foster, they were told, had long been "making noise" about eliminating abusive priests in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown - writing letters in the local papers, meeting with church leaders. Daniel Dye, the deputy attorney general leading the investigation, knew he was someone worth meeting.
March 20, 2016
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March 12, 2016 |
Deliverance came in the form of a wide load Thursday afternoon, and it crawled west on Norris Street with its flashers on until its police escort peeled off and it was greeted with a hail of hallelujahs and arms raised toward the blue heavens. To strangers pausing at all the fuss at a North Philly traffic light, the caravan looked like two nondescript modular buildings on flatbeds, hauled by Freightliner semis that blocked traffic. The lot full of gravel and heavy machinery at the corner seemed like any other.
February 28, 2016 |
Thank God. Help is here. I know, you've been worried. You thought the world was going to hell in a handbasket. You thought nobody cared about the serious problems we face, women in particular. But you needn't have worried. Because now there is a neck and chest cream. Thank God, right? I saw the commercial on TV a few minutes ago, and I was like, they are talking to me. Specifically, my dry neck. Which the ad called "crepey. " Like Death. You would think we'd met!
February 27, 2016 |
Ancient Egypt, where the gods were white and spoke with British accents - or so Gods of Egypt will have you believe. The movie has rightfully taken quite the public drubbing for its whitewashing of a story with roots ostensibly in North African history. But truthfully, it's so ridiculously outlandish that the film couldn't possibly be tied to anything in reality, so it's unfortunate that it borrowed a real place as a loose setting. Written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Gods of Egypt has a much lighter tone and clear willingness to embrace obvious campiness than their previous script, the Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter . Taking place in some random ancient time when mortals and gods coexisted, the film starts with the coronation of god Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
January 29, 2016 |
Japanese playwright Toshiki Okada may or may not like baseball, but he holds a soft spot for millennials. His sinister, slightly funny, and intelligent God Bless Baseball , which played Jan. 22-23 at Fringe Arts, teems with insights in its allegorical look at a game that's as American as apple pie and global economic domination. Okada's play starts innocently enough. On Tadasu Takamine's set, two twenty-something women (Aoi Nozu and Sung Hee Wi) stand inside a baseball diamond. One Japanese, one Korean, their words appear in English on a pair of short screens that flank a giant, imposing white disc that resembles the inside of an umbrella.
January 28, 2016 |
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa - Ted Cruz continued a weeklong sprint toward Monday's Iowa caucuses, traveling the state with high-profile conservatives who helped him frame the election as a moral choice between two candidates: the Texas senator, a self-described consistent conservative, and Donald Trump, portrayed as a con artist who shouldn't be trusted. The case for Cruz, pitched by the candidate, as well as by Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, boiled down to this: his respect for the Constitution and his faith in God. "It's a binary decision now," King told a few dozen people at a church here, about 100 miles southeast of Des Moines.