November 21, 2011 |
Rihanna goes on Ellen DeGeneres ' show Monday. Poor Ri! "I'm not necessarily happy being single," she tells the world. "It's not really that cool. " So she's not with baseball deity Matt Kemp , or Irish boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy , or Drake . Or, boo-hoo, us. It ain't fair. . . . Jay-Z , to become a parent with Beyoncé in February, says he's "a little paranoid" about it. His dad walked out when Jay-Z was just a kid, and that, he says, makes him want to do better.
November 13, 2011 |
Though he started out as the youngest member of the first British Conceptual Art group in the 1960s, London-based artist John Stezaker quickly gravitated back to picture-making, first appropriating media images and, later, film-derived ones in his collages. He is perhaps best known for his series "Marriage," collage portraits in which he cuts and overlaps two Hollywood publicity shots of two film stars to create one familiar but also strangely distorted face (his closest American counterpart would be Cindy Sherman)
November 11, 2011 |
If you wonder what drives Pat Sutton, come on in. Clues are everywhere inside her 19th-century farmhouse in Goshen, Cape May County, a tiny dot of a place between Delaware Bay and the ocean. The shower curtain is imprinted with butterflies. Owls decorate throws on the sofa. Piles of plant and bird books cover the coffee table. Had you gone around to the backyard, you'd have no need for clues. The key to understanding Sutton is staring you in the face: It's her wildlife garden.
October 30, 2011 |
DALLAS - Pockets of brown, sickly trees mar the traditionally majestic pine woods in East Texas. Leafless oaks can be seen across the state. Even native drought-resistant cedars are dying off in some areas after proliferating during the last century. These are the effects of a historic dry spell that is forecast to grip Texas well into 2012 and could alter the state's landscape for years. Already, extreme heat and the lack of rain have taken a brutal toll on forests and city parks.
October 28, 2011 |
Gene Atwell had his reasons for replacing his turf grass with wildflowers. As an American Airlines pilot who's away from home a lot, he figured a meadow might need less maintenance than a lawn. It also has a smaller carbon footprint, which appeals to a guy who flies to Europe and South America for a living. "And wildflowers are just really, really beautiful," he says. But Atwell's neighbors in Doylestown Crossing, an upscale development with traditional landscaping, complained to Doylestown Township.
October 21, 2011 |
Michael C. O'Sullivan, 83, a landscape company owner and father of 10, died Sunday, Oct. 16, of heart failure at home. Mr. O'Sullivan was born on a farm in County Kerry, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1946 and worked for a dairy in Philadelphia. During the Korean War, he served in the Army for two years in North Carolina and Georgia and then remained in the Army Reserve for several years. After his active military service, he was a trolley driver for Philadelphia Transportation Corp.
August 22, 2011 |
SOMETIMES profound change happens so swiftly, it's unrecognized and unappreciated. Such is the case with the response to the federal Food and Drug Administration advisory committee's decision to withdraw agency approval for using Avastin to treat metastatic breast cancer. After the FDA Oncological Drug Advisory Committee declared Avastin to be unsafe and ineffective for women suffering from that incurable form of the disease, the headlines and pundits spun the decision - and the discussion - as one where science triumphed over emotional and desperate women.
August 9, 2011 |
John F. Collins, 75, a landscape architect, urban planner, nurseryman, and educator, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Friday, Aug. 5, at home. Among Mr. Collins' projects were Schuylkill River Park; the renovation of the Market East corridor with wider sidewalks, bus shelters, trees, and flower boxes; the greenways of Society Hill; and pocket parks throughout Center City. He first drew plans for Schuylkill River Park in 1965. Forty years later, the 1.2-mile riverfront path was finally opened to pedestrians and bicyclists.
August 5, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon got nearly everything it asked for during a decade of two wars shadowed by the Sept. 11 attacks and the rise of al-Qaeda. No more. It's a reality that new Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta acknowledged Thursday, saying he "recognizes the Department of Defense has to do its part" to meet the public clamor for spending cuts. The debt deal that President Obama and congressional leaders struck this week will slice $350 billion from projected military and related spending over the next 10 years, and allows the possibility of up to $500 billion in additional reductions.
July 30, 2011 |
The Chester County woman accused of persuading her young lover to help kill her husband recently told the man that she gave birth to his twins in prison and needed to be released so she could raise them, prosecutors said. The fabrication - she had not given birth - highlights the lengths to which Morgan Marie Mengel, 35, will go to avoid responsibility for the death of Kevin E. Mengel Jr. on June 17, 2010, according to a pretrial motion filed Thursday by First Assistant District Attorney Patrick Carmody and Assistant District Attorney Deborah Ryan.