April 26, 2013 |
WACO, Texas - President Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer-plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday that they would have the nation's support to rebuild. "This small town's family is bigger now," Obama said during a memorial service at Baylor University for victims of last week's explosion in nearby West, Texas, that killed 14 and injured 200. Nearly 10,000 gathered to remember the first responders killed in the blast, a crowd more than triple the size of West's population of 2,700.
April 12, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Michelle Obama, with tears in her eyes and her voice cracking, spoke out for the first time here Wednesday about the gun violence afflicting young people in cities across the nation. She took a rare step for any first lady into the legislative fight of the hour, saying her husband, President Obama, is "fighting as hard as he can, and engaging as many people as he can, to pass commonsense reforms to protect our children from gun violence. " "These reforms deserve a vote in Congress," she said, drawing loud applause from hundreds of Chicago's business executives and civic leaders who were gathered at a luncheon to raise money for a new antiviolence initiative.
March 15, 2013 |
Michelle Obama will appear on Vogue's cover in the April issue; it's her second time. But when it comes to the inside pages, she doesn't appear alone: President Obama joins his wife in the interview. The couple say their values and focus in life haven't changed since they moved to the White House with daughters Malia and Sasha , now 14 and 11. "Our job is, first and foremost, to make sure our family is whole," says the first lady. "You know, we have small kids; they're growing every day. But I think we were both pretty straightforward when we said, 'Our No. 1 priority is making sure that our family is whole.' " Adds Mrs. Obama, "The stresses and the pressures of this job are so real that when you get a minute, you want to give that extra energy" to the kids.
March 15, 2013 |
HOLLYWOOD celebrities: Lock your cars! Or, at least, don't stash $100,000 worth of jewelry in your Mercedes, and leave the doors open. That's what dancing actress Julianne Hough , star of "Safe Haven," seems to have done after parking outside a pal's apartment building. Not surprisingly, when she came back to the Benz, the driver's-side door was wide open, the car's interior was trashed and the bling was long gone. The jewels were gifts from the prince of E! himself, Hough's long-term (yet still short)
March 13, 2013 |
New word: doxxing , the practice of piecing together detailed personal information from initial stuff you glean from Internet-available sources - such as when you find an e-mail address, then burrow through that to find phone numbers, addresses, info on chat rooms. It's a form of stalking. Hacker(s?) on the website exposed.su have either doxxed or hacked directly into celebrity private info, publishing photos, credit reports, mortgage details, Social Security numbers, etc. And now, says the FBI, the louts are "using" the info.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - About 15 years ago, designer Thom Browne had his own ideas about how a suit should fit. So he shortened the arms and the pant legs, opted for a flat-front trouser, and shrank everything else. The rest of the fashion world jumped on Browne's exaggerated proportions, and by 2003, he opened a bespoke tailoring shop in New York's Meatpacking District. Browne was on his way to becoming the most influential menswear designer the world had seen in 20 years, his contributions to suiting as significant as Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.
February 28, 2013
I CAN'T BELIEVE what I'm reading! ("Acquittal for cop caught on tape," Daily News , Feb. 27.) If a cop can get away with that, then there is nothing to stop them. All citizens beware of the blue uniform. The video clearly shows Lt. Josey coming from behind her. That judge, what were you thinking? You can spin it and flop it, but in the court of public opinion you blew it. Don't pull your cellphones out to take an abusive cop doing something because nothing will happen to them. Bobby LaVelle, Philadelphia The envelope, please Here's how we'll learn that a new pope has been chosen: Television and radio programming will be interrupted by Michelle Obama in the White House, saying: "And the winner is, Cardinal . . . " Jim Acton, Collegeville
February 17, 2013 |
CHICAGO - President Obama's support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings - a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. Obama told a Chicago audience that high-profile mass shootings were one part of a national tragedy created not just by guns, but by communities where there was too little hope. As a result, he said, "too many of our children are being taking away from us. " It was an emotional return to a city whose recent shooting victims have included Hadiya Pendleton, 15, a drum majorette gunned down a mile from Obama's Chicago home just days after she performed at the president's inauguration in Washington.