October 12, 2012
* THE WALKING DEAD: 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. WATCHING AMC's "The Walking Dead" always reminds me I was the girl who skimmed over most of the war parts in War and Peace . I slowed down for the love stories, the family drama, the society stuff, much of which is really delicious, but the battles and the military strategy left me cold. Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece is a much shorter read that way, of course, and it's possible that my ideal version of "The Walking Dead" would be shorter, too, with fewer zombies and even fewer scenes in which these unfortunate former human beings are cut down by the only slightly luckier human survivors.
October 1, 2012 |
TORONTO - So why wasn't it Bruce Willis undergoing nearly three hours of makeup and prosthetics every morning during the shoot of Looper to make him look more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt ? Why was it Gordon-Levitt's job to get up at the crack of dawn and submit himself to the nose job and lip curl and eyebrow realignment so that he and Willis could look like the same guy, separated by 30 years? "There was no consideration of that," Gordon-Levitt says, with a laugh. "I think it's only proper that the younger man would defer to his senior.
August 10, 2012 |
At the monthly breakfast meetings of Dining for Dignity, the food is tasty but the subject matter is unappetizing. Human trafficking. Exploitation of women and girls. Online prostitution across the globe and around the corner. "It's happening through your iPad, it's happening through your iPhone," says Kelly Master, leader of the nonprofit group. "Is it happening in America? You bet. " The Collingswood mother of five, a self-described abuse survivor and devout Christian, founded Dining for Dignity in 2011.
May 3, 2012 |
THE WOMAN'S 5-foot-3, 100-pound nude body, beaten and bruised, with her bra strap tightly wrapped around her neck, was found behind her 4th Street building in a lot strewn with rubble and dog waste, a city prosecutor said Tuesday. "Tiny, small, petite but so vulnerable. Perfect prey," Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax said of Sabina Rose O'Donnell during his opening statement. Sax told the jurors that Donte Johnson — the 20-year-old high-school dropout accused of abducting, raping and murdering the popular Northern Liberties waitress — stalked O'Donnell along Girard Avenue, as she rode a borrowed bicycle home in the early morning of June 2, 2010, because "he knew he could dominate, overwhelm and control" her. But as Johnson rode his own bicycle behind hers, Sax said, he was recorded on store video cameras, which the jury will be shown.
March 12, 2012
This is a post by David Murphy on High Cheese, the Daily News' Phillies blog, available at www.philly.com/highcheese . FORGET FOR A second about how transparent the Nationals' attempts at legitimizing their existence have been: It's still fun to have something to talk about, isn't it? While conventional wisdom suggests that a perceived underdog should do everything in its power to maintain its status, Washington realizes that its biggest opponent is still fan apathy.
September 25, 2011
The Story of Economic Genius By Sylvia Nasar Simon & Schuster. 576 pp. $35 Reviewed by Jingwen Hu Sylvia Nasar's Grand Pursuit is not so much a book about economics as it is a book about economists. From Thomas Malthus in the late 1700s to Amartya Sen today, Nasar chronicles the evolution of economic thought by weaving theories into economists' life stories, giving identity to the person behind the name. Among Nasar's nuggets: John Maynard Keynes not only advised the Roosevelt administration on the New Deal, but also recorded his own gay sexual encounters in two diaries.
March 15, 2011
YOU CAN CALL Cappie Pondexter a good basketball player. Just don't call her a compassionate human being. A bit harsh? Not when you consider her tweets concerning the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. On Saturday, Pondexter - a guard on the WNBA's New York Liberty - posted the following tweets on her Twitter account: "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes. " That was pretty bad. But wait, there's more.
May 2, 2010 |
Estimates of the first-quarter gross domestic product were recently reported and discussed as a measure of our progress out of the worst economic downturn in generations. But a country cannot be measured by GDP alone. The late economist Mahbub ul Haq often noted that Vietnam and Pakistan had the same GDP per capita, around $2,000 per year, but Vietnamese, on average, lived eight years longer than Pakistanis and were twice as likely to be able to read. In other words, the same income was buying two dramatically different levels of human well-being.
November 10, 2009
I'M A BLOCK captain in Germantown. There is a house on the corner where I live that needs to be renovated. When the contractors came to inspect the property, they were met with at least 20 raccoons. They asked me if I could get in touch with my local officials and ask if they could have some traps set inside the property. The response was no - there was nothing they could do about it. So I asked if I could use some deadly bait to get rid of them - and they said I would go to jail if I did. Our system seems to take care of animals more than human beings.
October 28, 2007 |
Americans' perceptions of Iraq are molded by scenes of horrendous violence; few get to see the bravery and humanity of Iraqis living under hellish conditions. So I wish millions could have watched the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) present its 2007 Courage in Journalism award last week to six Iraqi women journalists who have risked their lives in the Baghdad bureau of McClatchy Newspapers. (Brave Mexican, Ethiopian and Zimbabwean women journalists were also honored.