December 10, 2011 |
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney dived into his campaign's full-scale critique of rival Newt Gingrich on Friday, standing by top supporters who described the former House speaker as self-serving and mocking some of his ideas about science and technology. In return, top Gingrich backers described Romney's criticism as a sign of panic less than four weeks until the Iowa caucuses begin the 2012 nominating contest. Gingrich has risen to the top of Iowa polls in the last two weeks and is leading in some other states, too. While Gingrich kept to his pledge not to criticize his GOP rivals, he reignited criticism for being a loose cannon by referring to the Palestinians as being an "invented" people.
November 27, 2011
By Kirsten Kaschock Coffee House Press. 286 pp. $16. Reviewed by Alison Barker By the end of Kirsten Kaschock's debut novel Sleight , questions abound. How does she do that - create a novel like a set of Russian nesting dolls, each whimsical creation housing a new wonder? And, can someone please do the performance art she invents - called "sleight" - in the real world? Most important: Why can't more novels use fairy tale to ask big questions? In Sleight we encounter part-living, part-inanimate objects called Needs and Souls; artists who apprentice as "hands" in secluded farmhouses; a girl's imaginary friend who is her late grandfather (as a young child)
October 16, 2011 |
At age 41, Aaron Krause, a husband and father of 6-year-old twins, most certainly is old enough to speak for himself. Yet, it was his father who best explained why his son - frequent wearer of orange sneakers in honor of his beloved Philadelphia Flyers - has 10 patents and three more pending. "He's very clever and creative," Robert Krause, a retired cardiologist from Wynnewood, said of the middle of three children born to him and wife, Marilyn, a retired pediatrician. That's the child who, at 13, rewired telephone lines to get phone service in his bedroom when his parents wouldn't buy it for him. The child who, while still in high school, transformed the family garage into an auto-detailing shop.
October 5, 2011 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - Lee Davenport, a physicist who developed a radar device that helped U.S. and Allied troops win key battles in World War II, has died. He was 95. He died Friday of cancer in Greenwich, his daughter, Carol Davenport, said yesterday. Davenport was among hundreds of scientists who worked at the secret Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory, even before America joined the war in 1941, to develop radar systems that would give the U.S. military an edge.
September 11, 2011 |
Ela I first interviewed Jason Cichonski when he was 24, and brilliantly helming the kitchen at Lacroix. Three years later, he's on the brink of opening his own restaurant, with dishes as inventive as those from his Lacroix days. Smoked french fries with honey malt? Green curry marinated olives? Brioche gnocchi with smoked caviar? Yes, please. His vision for the Queen Village space has exposed brick and raw concrete, warmed up with grainy wood tones. At the full bar, there's a focus on wines by the glass.
August 18, 2011
IF NECESSITY is the mother of invention, beer is its wild-eyed uncle. You know, the one who corners you at family reunions with his latest can't-miss scheme, one that will revolutionize society and earn a bazillion bucks if you want to invest a couple thou. No doubt fueled by a sixpack or two, inventors and assorted crackpots fill the archives of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with off-the-wall ideas to enhance consumption of our favorite beverage. Grand ideas such as: * Party Goggles , application No. 12/927,974, by Bruce Riggs of Helendale, Calif.
July 16, 2011
What makes B.G. Kelley think that halfball is a Philadelphia game ("Halfball was wholly Philadelphia," July 7)? I was raised in New York during the Great Depression some 80 years ago. We depended on our ingenuity for games and playthings. Popular ball games used the pimple ball or the pink rubber ball. Since there were no rowhouses, our "ballparks" were the city canyons lined by six-story apartment buildings. We played halfball, stickball, stoopball, stepball, curbball, wallball, boxball, and punchball.
June 15, 2011 |
It was a weeknight in June, a balmy breeze was blowing in Avalon, and Jen Miller was autographing a slew of copies of her new book. The promotional venue was a bit untraditional - on the front porch of the Princeton Inn, along the Dune Drive bar-and-restaurant strip. But what really stood out was that Miller had gathered her book-buyers with a tweet. "One woman I knew wanted to buy five copies for clients, so I thought that I would meet her at the Princeton and then just send out a Twitter and Facebook message that I would be there at that time," Miller, 30, said of promoting The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, a Great Destination . "You've got to figure out every way to sell your book these days.
April 30, 2011
Hubert J. Schlafly Jr., 91, who with two colleagues invented the first teleprompter in the late 1940s - a rudimentary device that has since evolved into computerized text scrolling across screens - died April 20 at a hospital near his home in Stamford, Conn. On Dec. 4, 1950, actors on the CBS soap opera The First Hundred Years turned their attention to a motorized scroll of paper lined with half-inch letters, mounted inside what looked like a suitcase and controlled by a stagehand.
April 18, 2011
Bob Hoeveler is 80 and has bum knees. In other words, the grandfather of five has excuse enough to quit mowing his lawn. Not that that's happening. "No man that has a tractor will ever give it up," Hoeveler declared during an interview last week, his John Deere LX280 parked nearby. That tractor is not only why he still mows his acre in East Bradford, Chester County, but also why he's still working. Hoeveler has just launched a small business from his basement, peddling a product he invented that he hopes will be considered a must-have by other riding-mower devotees: A stick-on container called the Tractor Holster.