January 28, 2016 |
While Josh Sharkey handled the Archbishop Carroll offense, Miks Antoms anchored its defense, which gave up 98 points last week. The 6-foot-7 senior from Latvia blocked four shots as the Patriots overwhelmed visiting La Salle, 66-52, in the lone Catholic League contest Tuesday night. Last week, Neumann-Goretti skewered Carroll's defense for nearly 100 points. In the fourth quarter Tuesday, however, Antoms' defense started a sequence that illustrated vast improvement. "Play of the game," Carroll coach Paul Romanczuk said.
June 1, 2015 |
The children sat impatiently waiting for school to begin, until one of their classmates called them to the window. Crowded around the pane, they watched as KGB men arrested their teacher outside. They never saw him again. Andris told me this story as we stood in the same spot. He was one of those kids. It was after World War II, and Latvia was under Soviet occupation. My grandfather had gone to that school, too, as did his brother, Andris' father. I was traveling with my wife and kids.
January 7, 2015 |
Jules R. Lippert, 83, of Newtown Square, who worked to help Jews blocked by the Soviet Union from immigrating to Israel, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of natural causes at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Lippert co-owned a prefabricated-house company, Hilton Lifetime Homes, in Blackwood. Beginning in the 1980s, he and his wife, Louise, began collecting and selling antiques. They specialized in small Victorian English items, particularly sewing tools used for fine needlework. Starting in the 1970s, the couple developed a passion for helping Jews who were forbidden to leave the Soviet Union for Israel.
May 13, 2014 |
Sell us your Pennsylvania gas, please, said the prime minister. And thanks for the American troops, she added. All 150 of them, newly arrived in her country. Plus their NATO friends from Europe. Send more, if you can, added Her Excellency Mrs. Laimdota Straujuma , prime minister of the Republic of Latvia, who was in Philadelphia recently, meeting with energy leaders and other business people, trying to find her nation's way in a tough neighborhood. Could her need, and the needs of other ex-Soviet republics scared by Russia's partial invasion of Ukraine, work to Philadelphia's advantage?
February 21, 2014 |
Shea Weber scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 6 minutes, 54 seconds to play, and Canada survived a scare from Latvia to advance to the Olympic men's hockey semifinals with a 2-1 win Wednesday night. Carey Price made 15 saves for the Canadians, who were stretched to the limit by Latvia goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. The 21-year-old Tampa Bay prospect, who has played mostly for the Lightning's AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., made 55 saves in a spectacular performance, nearly pulling off one of the biggest upsets in hockey history largely by himself.
October 23, 2011 |
Somewhere down there in the darkness, a runway has to exist. The view from the Baltic Air commuter flight during the lingering summer twilight (which lasts until 11 p.m. in July) suggests that the ground is near. But where are the lights? The terminal? Once on the ground in the Latvian capital of Riga, only a dollhouse-size building off in the distance is seen on the flat terrain. How can there be so much open space in a micro-country? This puzzling prelude to one of Europe's most storied capitals became typical over my 10 days in the Baltic republics of Latvia and Estonia, where cities are like avocados: mundane and crusty on the outside, rich and exotic on the inside - and all eerily uncrowded by northeastern U.S. standards.
August 5, 2011 |
SO, DO YOU KNOW where Latvia is located? Well, neither did Villanova's James Bell. But since he was heading there, he consulted a map to find out. "I knew it was somewhere in [Eastern] Europe," said the 6-5 sophomore wing guard, a member of the U.S. National Team that competed in last month's Under-19 World Championships. "It's like right under Russia. When I found out, the first thing I thought about was it's a long flight. " And for the guy who's better known by his middle name of Taj, it turned out to be a rewarding one. He started all nine games for former Villanova assistant and new George Mason coach Paul Hewitt, averaging 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16 minutes for a squad that went 7-2. The Americans finished fifth, after losing in the quarterfinals to eventual bronze-medal winner Russia.
July 3, 2011 |
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The Russians are back. Twenty years after Soviet troops left to the delight of a liberated nation, Russian schools, businesses, newspapers, and communities are thriving in and around Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. But while many Czechs seem to be leaving decades of bad blood behind them, there's alarm in Russia at the economic impact of a new wave of middle-class emigration to Eastern Europe, where life seems far simpler and where European Union membership brings dynamism.
June 3, 2011
Japan's premier survives a vote SEOUL, South Korea - Vowing to stay in office only a few more months to guide the response to the nation's nuclear crisis, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Thursday survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote aimed at driving him from power. Kan, who assumed his job last June, cut a backroom political deal with members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan only hours before the parliamentary vote. "I want the younger generation to take over my duties after I fulfill the role I should play in handling the disaster," a somber Kan, 64, told legislators.
April 24, 2011
By David Bezmozgis Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 356 pp. $26 Reviewed by Mike Fischer The Free World , David Bezmozgis' first novel, begins its journey in much the same way as the Krasnansky family it features: with the promise of good things ahead. We first meet the Krasnanskys in a crowded train station in Vienna, Austria, where three generations of them are midway in their journey from Latvia to the West. It is 1978. The Soviet refusenik Natan Sharansky is about to be convicted of spying and treason, and Leonid I. Brezhnev is in power.