February 11, 2013 |
I peered over the edge of the Queen's Bath, an immaculate, now-empty pool where the ladies of one of India's great empires once bathed. Then my guide, Kumar, pointed outside. "That's the moat," he said, motioning toward a deep trench ringing the building we were in. "The king filled it with crocodiles so that no one could watch the queen in her bath. " The bath was just one of many amazing buildings that I saw during my visit to Hampi, a small town in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka.
August 7, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - India reacted with grief and outrage Monday at the news that at least six Sikhs were killed when a gunman attacked them the day before in their Wisconsin temple as they prayed and prepared food. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, himself a Sikh, said in a statement that he was shocked and saddened by the news and extended his condolences to the families of the victims. "India stands in solidarity with all the peace-loving Americans who have condemned this violence," he said, adding that he hoped "such violent acts are not repeated in the future.
September 24, 2010 |
Alfred Golden stood over the boy he had just knocked out. "Get up," he screamed. "Get up! My father's going to kill me. " Golden was 12 years old, playing in a football game dubbed the Friendship Bowl. It was supposed to be a friendly game between teams in Central Jersey. Nothing at stake, not even bragging rights. Just fun. But Golden didn't have an off button. He was an intense, competitive kid. As the youngest of Al and Toni Golden's three sons, he had to be that way to keep up. So even though his father had warned him to "take it easy" because the game was called the Friendship Bowl for a reason, young Alfred couldn't play at half speed.
November 25, 2009 |
Satisfied? The Temple football team? Just because the Owls (9-2, 7-0 Mid-American Conference) are taking a nine-game winning streak to Ohio University (8-3, 6-1) on Friday morning (ESPNU, 11) to see who will win the conference's East Division and play in next week's title game? "I'm unsatisfied," said coach Al Golden, who inherited a winless team 4 years ago that had just been asked to leave the Big East for a non-BCS affiliate and has taken it from one victory to four, five and now this.
August 8, 2006 |
Temple football coach Al Golden had a staff of assistants up and running on the day he was hired in December. Then along came his two right-hand men: offensive coordinator George DeLeone and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. They will be integral as Golden attempts to turn around a program that hasn't had a winning season since 1990. "I think we have a challenge here at Temple that's unique, but every day in college football is challenging," said DeLeone, who, at 58, is the old man on a staff that, without him, would average 33 years of age. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb credits DeLeone for his development at Syracuse, where DeLeone was offensive coordinator, among other duties, during a 20-year stint with the Orangemen.
August 1, 2006 |
Though the Temple football team won't become a full member of the Mid-American Conference until next season, Owls coach Al Golden and two of his players were in Detroit yesterday for the league's annual media day. With six MAC outings on its schedule - beginning with a season-opening date at Buffalo on Aug. 31 - Temple has the status of an affiliate member this year. And though the Owls can't compete for the league championship, they are eligible to land one of the conference's three bowl berths.
October 10, 1997 |
According to the Sikh religion, those who worship at the temple must sit cross-legged on the floor. In India, where cavernous Sikh temples punctuate the landscape with soaring domes and slender minarets, that provision rarely poses a problem. For Upper Darby's 69th Street congregation, however, fitting 300 supplicants into a storefront temple has meant knocking knees. "We have grown up," said Karnail Gyani, a congregant. "We must move soon. " The answer to the problem seems simple: Find a bigger building.
April 13, 1997 |
As a child in India, Balbir Singh Jeobalhlia celebrated the Sikh holiday of Vaisakhi by making a pre-dawn pilgrimage to the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Surrounded by the echoing, hypnotic prayers of more than one million supplicants, he would bow before a 24-karat-gold altar, feast on sweet amrati cakes, and exult in his spiritual home. Today, as the annual holiday returns, Jeobalhlia, now 57, will park his taxi on South 69th Street and genuflect before the wooden altar in a storefront temple.
July 16, 1990 |
Temple gymnast Bill Roth is just making his entrance onto the international stage, but it has not taken long for the 19-year-old sophomore to leave his mark. Roth captured a record five gold medals and two silvers this weekend at the U.S. Olympic Festival, winning the floor exercise, horizontal bar, the parallel bars and vault during individual finals. He was also a member of the East team that won the team competition. He won silvers in the pommel horse and all-around competition.
January 1, 1989 |
In a solitary confinement cell in Tihar Jail, a 53-year-old Sikh grandfather and former government clerk named Kehar Singh is waiting to be hanged for conspiring to commit the crime of the decade in India - the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Thus he has waited since his conviction and sentencing in 1986. But many Indians believe - and increasingly have come forward to say - that Kehar Singh is an innocent man. They see him not as a killer, but as a symbol of the hard times today for Sikhs living in Hindu-dominated India, and of how difficult it can be for a Sikh to find justice here.