January 19, 2015 |
At one point during his fraud trial last week, Don Tollefson wanted to testify about a Skittles-eating contest. The prosecutor objected. The judge sent the jury out of the courtroom. For nearly an hour, the former sportscaster delved into yet another tale about his charity for poor children. Tollefson, who is serving as his own attorney, told a story to the judge that involved kids from his charity catching Skittles in their mouths. Out of nowhere, Tollefson said, one boy spoke a few words and expressed a desire to play professional hockey some day. "It's one of the moments I'll cherish for the rest of my life," he said.
November 25, 2014
AS SOMEONE who grew up in Washington, D.C., I was one of those folks who jokingly called former Mayor Marion Barry Jr. "Mayor for Life.' Sometimes I said it with admiration. Other times with disgust. There were times when I said it with sheer embarrassment. Today, I call him "Mayor for Life" with sadness. News that Barry had died early yesterday at the age of 78 hit me as if he'd been a long-lost relative. I had just seen a photo of Barry on a friend's Facebook page and noticed that Barry looked feeble, grandfatherly even, as he held the hand of the D.C.'s new mayor-elect Muriel Bowser.
November 1, 2014 |
We enter actor-director Mathieu Amalric's startling, challenging, and spectacular postmodern murder mystery The Blue Room in the most intimate place imaginable: in a hotel room, in bed, in the space between two naked bodies. A montage of extreme close-ups - her thighs, his hands, her belly, his shoulders - discloses, piecemeal, the couple whose names we learn much later are Esther Despierre (Stéphanie Cléau) and Julien Gahyde (Amalric). Old friends from high school who haven't seen each other in 20 years, the lovers are married - she to a wealthy pharmacist, he to a pliant housewife eager to please him - when they reconnect for an explosive, passionate affair.
October 17, 2014 |
The title of Norman Lear's new memoir, Even This I Get to Experience , doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. What's this this the visionary creator of All in The Family and The Jeffersons gets to experience? Can we have it, too? The phrase, Lear said, is a sort of mantra. Speaking on the phone from a book-tour stop in Washington, D.C., Lear says he's been able to get through life's challenges, disappointments, and tragedies by remembering that even the worst event is an experience, an opportunity for learning, for growing.
August 22, 2014 |
Mötley Crüe: Mere mention of the name conjures images of hair-metal at its most decadent. The Crüe, which first broke in 1981, had the goods to back up its salacious sex-and-drugs image and gave fans contagious stripper-pole favorites like "Girls Girls Girls," "Dr. Feelgood," and "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away). " "It really was just like, whoa , nonstop," says notorious and best-known Crüe member Tommy Lee. Now, Crüe is going away. It's not because they're mad at each other, as they've been throughout their storied past - so storied that their raunchy autobiography, The Dirt , is being made into a film, which blows even Lee's mind.
October 14, 2013 |
Mary Groce didn't know she had a great-uncle who could be worthy of history books until she opened an old cardboard box. The 63-year-old was rifling through family memorabilia with a relative when she came across the photo of a handsome, crisply dressed man gripping the steering wheel in a cockpit. "That's Uncle Emory?" she said, stunned, to her cousin Aileen Ryan. "He's black. " Groce looks anything but. As she dug deeper, Groce found the outline of a life that had been hidden from her family for a generation.
August 30, 2013 |
Saadiya Ali, Erica Tuttle, and Nancy Manion could not say goodbye. When they reached the screen door of Manion's neat little Bensalem house, they hesitated on the threshold, hugging one another, promising to stay in touch, fighting back tears. The three women had met only in mid-July. They had spoken only a half-dozen times. And Manion had done most of the talking. But in those six weeks, they had given one another the kind of comfort, kindness, and enlightenment that some friends - and many relatives - never achieve in a lifetime.
June 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In a moving ceremony that was also filled with laughter, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg's family and colleagues recalled him Wednesday as a feisty and determined man whose life story shaped his work - and also described a personal side rarely seen in public. Lautenberg's funeral on the Upper East Side drew 41 senators, six members of Congress, Gov. Christie, and former Govs. Jon S. Corzine, Jim McGreevey, and James J. Florio. Vice President Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez delivered eulogies.
May 18, 2013 |
'I been through it all," Charles Bradley says in the rugged, scarred voice that comes so forcefully to life on Victim of Love , his second album on the Daptone label. The raspy-as-he-wants-to-be 66-year-old soul man was just waking up Wednesday in his one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. He had a brief break in a tour that is scheduled to find him headlining the Apollo Theater in Harlem before coming to Philadelphia on Friday night to play at Union Transfer with his band, the Extraordinaires.
March 18, 2013 |
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Behind his sunglasses, Rep. Cyrus Habib is trying to remember the name of a fully blind politician who came before him. This was someone who served many years ago, Habib recalls. In the U.S. Senate. The grandfather of writer Gore Vidal. Habib rattles off a few details before surrendering: "Let me look him up. " Turning to a laptop that provides him constant audio feedback, Habib needs just 23 seconds to launch his Internet browser, run a query, and find the information - a biographical overview of former Oklahoma Sen. Thomas Gore.