May 9, 2013 |
IF THERE'S one word that's overused after particularly horrendous events, it's "resiliency. " Without fail, after every awful, life-altering event - 9/11, the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the Boston Marathon bombings - we waste no time throwing the feel-good word around. We need a happy ending - fast. So we tell ourselves that everything will be OK, that this too shall pass, because this city - Boston Strong! - this community - We are Newtown! - this child, is resilient.
March 5, 2013
Bobby Rogers, 73, a founding member of Motown group the Miracles and a collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died Sunday at his home in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich. He had been ill for several years. Mr. Rogers formed the group in 1956 with cousin Claudette Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White, and Robinson. Their hits included "I Second That Emotion" and "The Tears of a Clown. " Mr. Rogers and the Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse," and the Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go.
February 27, 2013
A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening. This week, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is expected to announce plans to start marking up gun bills to send to the Senate floor, proposals that will include ideas put before the country by President Obama.
January 26, 2013
More than a generation after the historic "Miracle On Ice" game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, 58-year-old Mike Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick, and other Olympic paraphernalia. Eruzione's white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million, but some sports memorabilia experts think it could go considerably higher. Eruzione scored the sensational winning goal against the Soviet hockey team in Lake Placid, N.Y., catapulting the Americans toward the gold medal.
January 9, 2013 |
It was only a little hand tremor. That's what the doctors said. All kids shake a bit, get a little clumsy. Maybe 7-year-old Eli Vivian was dehydrated. Maybe his motor skills lagged a little behind those of his two older brothers. Not to worry. Not so easy - for a mother. So Becky Vivian kept watching. Everything Eli did got the mom once-over, even a potato sack race at Oaks Elementary School. While his classmates stepped into their bags and hopped away, Eli was left behind.
December 30, 2012
Orlando R. Barone is a freelance writer in Doylestown I bent down, close to my wife's ear as she lay motionless in the hospital bed. It was her second day out from the surgery that removed a devastating BB-sized tumor from her pituitary gland. "Maida, Maida, I have a question to ask you," I whispered as her eyes fluttered ever so slightly. "Yes?" Her mouth formed the word. I paused, then decided to ask the question. "What is my Apple ID Password?" The query was greeted with amazed disapproval from my four adult children.
December 15, 2012
Film New this week: Hyde Park on Hudson (***1/2 out of four stars) Bill Murray plays FDR during one fascinating summer weekend in 1939 when he and his wife host the king and queen of England, and when a distant cousin (Laura Linney) falls in love with the polio-hobbled commander in chief. A charming, wistful film. - Steven Rea Music Strand of Oaks/Buried Bed Strand of Oaks' Tim Showalter is one of the most affecting singer- songwriters of his generation. Dark Shores, Strand of Oaks' newest album, is no less character-driven, diverse, or emotionally tortured than their last two albums, Leave Ruin and Pope Killdragon.
December 11, 2012 |
TAMPA - Two seconds left, Eagles' ball just inside the Tampa 2-yard line, Bucs call timeout, Nick Foles trots to the sideline. Marty Mornhinweg holds up a list of what he later refers to as "plus-5, red-zone, fourth-down-to-win-the-game" plays. "He called it," Mornhinweg said. "He said, 'I want that one.' I didn't quite hear him. I said, 'Who said that? You say that?' " Indeed, Foles had said that. The offensive coordinator didn't need to hear any more. He high-fived the rookie quarterback.
November 12, 2012 |
As if it wasn't already clear, the Eagles confirmed Sunday that their season is beyond the point of repair. If the last hope of the hopeless, the untested rookie quarterback, can't turn things around and write a storybook ending to the season, then the Eagles will remain locked in the nonfiction aisle. And the facts there aren't pretty. Through no fault of his own, Nick Foles - the 6-foot-6 backup quarterback who had become a favorite for some fans simply because he isn't Michael Vick and because he hadn't yet failed - was forced to take part in the disaster that is the 2012 season.
October 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Aspirin, one of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs, has shown remarkable promise in treating colon cancer in people with mutations in a gene that's thought to play a role in the disease. Among patients with the mutations, those who regularly took aspirin lived longer than those who didn't, a major study found. Five years after their cancers were diagnosed, 97 percent of the aspirin users were still alive versus 74 percent of those not taking the drug. Aspirin seemed to make no difference in patients who did not have the mutations.