October 28, 2009 |
Last year, as the economy reeled and the auto industry teetered on the brink of collapse, Ford Motor Co. earned a dubious distinction: It was the only U.S. automaker that decided it could survive without a government bailout. Yesterday, Ford won a more straightforward honor. Consumer Reports announced its latest survey of more than a million subscribers, and said its data demonstrated that Ford had "secured its position as the only Detroit automaker with world-class reliability.
July 8, 2009 |
United States defender Oguchi Onyewu joined AC Milan yesterday, and will become one of the few Americans to play in Italy's top league. Milan signed Onyewu to a 3-year deal, after his contract with Standard Liege in Belgium expired. Onyewu, who played four seasons in Belgium and parts of others in France and England (Newcastle United), gained notice with superb performances in the U.S.' run to the Confederations Cup final. Playing in central defense, he helped the Americans end the 15-game winning streak of European champion Spain with a 2-0 win, an upset that put the U.S. in the final against Brazil where it led 2-0 at the half before falling, 3-2. "It's very exciting.
February 27, 2009 |
You could hop a plane to Rome this very afternoon - $535 round-trip from Philly. Or you could hit the 2009 Philadelphia Flower Show that starts Sunday and runs through March 8 for just $28. The theme - and we need it badly this year - is "Bella Italia," easy to translate even if your name is Smith. This show isn't jumpy like Ireland or funky like New Orleans - two recent themes. It's a classic, romantic treatment of what the U.S. Tour Operators Association consistently identifies as the most popular international destination for Americans on tour.
February 13, 2009 |
Swift and suspenseful, Tom Tykwer's 1999 art-house hit Run Lola Run signaled the arrival of a smart, inventive new filmmaker. But the German director's subsequent entries - The Princess and the Warrior; Heaven; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and now The International - have been uneven at best. (Of the bunch, I vote for Heaven, even if the guy opposite Cate Blanchett is that genuinely annoying Giovanni Ribisi.) The International, coming in the midst of our epic financial crisis, should have been a winner.
October 23, 2008 |
AC Milan is close to signing David Beckham in a loan deal that would allow the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder and former England captain to play in Italy for a few months starting in January. "We're discussing it with his agent," Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said yesterday on the club's Web site. With the MLS season nearly over, Beckham is eager to join another club in Europe so he can remain in shape and keep his place on England's team for World Cup qualifying. England coach Fabio Capello has said he will not pick players who are not active.
February 2, 2006 |
Former University of Pennsylvania professor Tracy McIntosh has returned to Philadelphia after an Italian medical clinic revoked a six-month research appointment after learning of his no-contest plea to sexually assaulting a Penn graduate student. Christopher Mallios, chief of the District Attorney's Office's Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit, said he confirmed McIntosh's return yesterday with defense attorney Thomas A. Bergstrom. Bergstrom confirmed last evening that McIntosh had returned to Philadelphia on Tuesday.
January 26, 2006 |
Renee Bumb, the corruption-busting assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted then-Camden Mayor Milton Milan, was nominated by President Bush yesterday to the federal bench in Camden. The President named three others to U.S. District Court in New Jersey: Noel Hillman, who led the federal investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff; federal Magistrate Judge Susan Wigenton; and prominent GOP lawyer Peter Sheridan. He selected Michael A. Chagares, a protege of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's, to fill his onetime boss' place on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
January 26, 2006 |
A Philadelphia judge yesterday postponed a hearing on whether a former University of Pennsylvania professor, on parole here for sexual assault, can remain in Italy for a temporary assignment with a Milan hospital. Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means said too many questions surrounded the employment status of Tracy McIntosh, 52, an expert in head-trauma research. Last March, McIntosh pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a graduate student who is the niece of an old friend.
January 25, 2006 |
Former University of Pennsylvania professor Tracy McIntosh's effort to resume his career in Italy as one of the world's preeminent brain-trauma researchers is in jeopardy. A newspaper in Milan, Il Giornale, on Sunday quoted officials of the Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico in Milan saying they will revoke McIntosh's six-month research appointment at their anesthesia and critical-care units. Hospital officials, the newspaper reported, said they knew nothing of McIntosh's no-contest plea and sentence in the Sept.
January 21, 2006 |
A former University of Pennsylvania professor - sentenced in March to house arrest after admitting he sexually assaulted a graduate student who was the niece of an old friend - will be allowed to take a six-month research job in Milan, Italy. The ruling drew vigorous protests from prosecutors, who told Common Pleas Court Judge Rayford A. Means at an emergency hearing yesterday that they were never notified of November's request by Tracy McIntosh, 52, to leave the country and did not know of the judge's Jan. 10 verbal order granting the request.