July 26, 2013 |
The St. Joseph's men's basketball team has scheduled a 10-day tour of Italy, from Aug. 11 to 21, during which it will play four games in four cities. The Hawks, who also traveled to Italy in 1999, will begin the trip in Rome and proceed to Florence, Venice, and Como. St. Joseph's returns 10 players, including starters Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts Jr., and Halil Kanacevic, from last season's team that went 18-14 and played in the NIT.
July 20, 2013 |
ROME - A former CIA base chief in Italy who was convicted in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a street in Milan has been detained in Panama, the Italian Justice Ministry said Thursday. An Italian official familiar with Italy's investigation and prosecution of Robert Seldon Lady said the former CIA official entered Panama, traveled to Costa Rica, and that officials there sent him back to Panama where he was detained. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because only Italy's Justice Ministry was publicly discussing the case.
July 20, 2013 |
Female TV cops have come a long way since Angie Dickinson's Police Woman and that 1980s staple Cagney & Lacey . Witness Irene Huss, a detective in the Violent Crimes Unit in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. Sure, she's a dependable wife and mom - she's married to a chef and restaurateur with whom she has twin teenage girls. But she's also a former European jujitsu champion who can disarm, take down, and restrain a muscle-bound biker in the blink of an eye. Based on a series of novels by Helene Tursten, Detective Inspector Irene Huss is a brilliant Swedish TV series produced by the same company that brought us Wallander and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo . Each feature-length episode is a mini-saga with several narrative lines, embroiling Huss in complex, sometimes horrific crimes.
June 26, 2013 |
OTTAVIO PARENTI was just a humble tailor, his family said. Yeah, sure. Here was a man whose life was periodically devastated by catastrophe, but through grit and determination wound up in Philly making suits for the likes of Wilt Chamberlain. A remarkable life for a humble tailor just trying to make a living. He had become a master tailor in his native Italy, married a local beauty and was doing just fine when the first disaster struck. World War II, when Italy made the mistake of becoming part of the Axis gang of Nazi Germany and Japan, left the country and its economy in shambles, with its dictator, Benito Mussolini, hung upside down with a meat hook.
June 26, 2013 |
MILAN - Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's flamboyant former premier, was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life Monday for paying an underage prostitute for sex during infamous "bunga bunga" parties and forcing public officials to cover it up. It was the most damaging setback yet for Berlusconi, 76, who has been tried numerous times for his business dealings but never before for his personal conduct. Still, he vowed that his days as a political force are not over.
June 21, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES — James Gandolfini's lumbering, brutish mob boss with the tortured psyche will endure as one of TV's indelible characters. But his portrayal of criminal Tony Soprano in HBO's landmark drama series "The Sopranos" was just one facet of an actor who created a rich legacy of film and stage work in a life cut short. Gandolfini, 51, who died Wednesday while vacationing in Rome, refused to be bound by his star-making role in the HBO series that brought him three Emmy Awards during its six-season run. "He was a genius," said "Sopranos" creator David Chase.
June 5, 2013 |
It is well known that the French did not invent wine - no more than the Colombians invented coffee or the Italians discovered tomatoes - but they elevated it to a high art. Now, after analyzing residue from a hunk of ancient limestone, a University of Pennsylvania scientist said Monday that he had found the earliest chemical evidence of le vin français . The 2,400-year-old stone, apparently a pressing platform with a spout fashioned on...
May 8, 2013 |
ROME - Giulio Andreotti personified the nation he helped shape, the good and the bad. One of Italy's most important postwar figures, he helped draft the country's constitution after World War II, served seven times as premier, and spent 60 years in Parliament. But the Christian Democrat who was friends with popes and cardinals was also a controversial figure who survived corruption scandals and allegations of aiding the Mafia: Mr. Andreotti was accused of exchanging a "kiss of honor" with the mob's longtime No. 1 boss and was indicted in what was called "the trial of the century" in Palermo.
April 29, 2013 |
ROME - In the very moments as Italy's new coalition government was being sworn in, ending months of political paralysis in a country hoping to revive a bleak economy, a middle-aged unemployed bricklayer opened fire Sunday in the square outside the premier's office, seriously wounding two policemen, authorities said. The alleged gunman from Calabria, a southern region plagued by joblessness and organized crime, told investigators he wanted to shoot politicians. But finding none in the square, he shot at Carabinieri paramilitary police.
April 28, 2013 |
ROME - Center-left leader Enrico Letta forged a new Italian government Saturday in a coalition with former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservatives, an unusual alliance of bitter rivals that broke a two-month political stalemate from inconclusive elections in the recession-mired country. The daunting achievement was pulled off by Letta, who will be sworn in as prime minister along with the cabinet Sunday. Letta, 46, is a moderate with a reputation as a political bridge-builder.