December 20, 2002 |
Alexander Payne is to Omaha, Neb., what M. Night Shyamalan is to Philadelphia: a director who likes to keep his movies close to home. Like Shyamalan, Payne has set all three of his movies in his hometown, motivated by familiarity and a desire to show life outside the sound stages of New York and Los Angeles. "I'm not a big fan of the Anytown U.S.A. feel," Payne said. In "About Schmidt," opening today, Jack Nicholson plays a retired Omaha insurance actuary who embarks on a road trip to make sense of his life and ends up at the wedding of his daughter (Hope Davis)
August 30, 2002 |
An insurance dispute won't derail Neil Parry's dreams of playing football for San Jose State nearly 2 years after losing part of his right leg. Two days after notifying Parry that the lifetime insurance coverage for his prosthetic legs could be canceled if he returned to football, Mutual of Omaha - the NCAA's catastrophic insurance carrier - made a special modification to the NCAA's policy yesterday that will keep Parry covered. The news left Parry overjoyed as he prepared to continue workouts with his teammates at the Spartans' training complex.
July 2, 2001 |
David Justice's return to the New York Yankees lasted about one trip around the bases yesterday, and the question now is whether the designated hitter's next stop will be another stay on the 15-day disabled list. Justice returned in Saturday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay, but he went 0 for 3 and never had an opportunity to test his left groin. Yesterday, the chance came quickly. He doubled to lead off the second, slicing a Tanyon Sturtze fastball down the line in left. Justice rolled into second with a clear hobble.
August 6, 1998 |
As Frank L. Davis watched the movie Saving Private Ryan, he felt the pain of 54 years being peeled from his life. Suddenly he was 21 again, a sergeant in the 101st Airborne dodging bullets near Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The first time around, he had been too busy fighting to absorb the horrors of battle or to let terror grip him. The reliving was, in its way, worse. Virtually from the film's start, the bloody panorama of the Normandy invasion produced "one hell of a tightening in my chest, and I couldn't breathe and I shed a lot of tears," said a shaken Davis, of Stanton, Del. "It felt like I was right there again.
August 25, 1997 |
With antics and rapping less entertaining than the Beastie Boys, and reggae/punk/metal less skilled and varied than the Red Hot Chili Peppers, what's behind the phenomenal success of the band 311, which played to a packed, enthusiastic crowd at the Waterfront Entertainment Centre on Friday night? It's probably that the band is raucous enough to annoy parents without being angsty, and its high-energy shows include a lot of pogoing. The band's two vocalists, Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez, did a heck of a lot of jumping up and down, while somehow still delivering their word-heavy raps and harmonies (which were unintelligible through the P.A. system)
March 2, 1997 |
Wiping the sweat from my brow, I ducked cautiously under the low-hanging palm fronds and stepped across the stream. Discovering a winding dirt trail on the other side, I followed it through the forest to the base of a cliff, where a narrow stone stairway coaxed me upward, through a cleft in the rocks, to an overlook. The view was spectacular. A 50-foot waterfall cascaded majestically down rocks, splashing into a deep pool below. In the dense rain forest beyond, a monkey swung gracefully through the branches of a massive tree.
June 11, 1996 |
For Scott Graham, it was a dream 15 years in the making. And when it happened, it was even better than he dreamed possible. Graham, a West Chester resident, was selected as one of the six umpires to officiate this spring's College World Series in Omaha, Neb. To top it off, Graham had the honor of working behind the plate for the championship game between Louisiana State and Miami on Saturday. It was a rare assignment for an umpire working his first College World Series. "I'm told that I was only the second one to ever do it," said Graham, still trying to absorb all that happened in Omaha.
November 27, 1995 |
Beyond the glass wall of the Galba Titus Room at Caesars Palace, the Strip was a silent showoff, spraying neon across the carnival sky. Past ersatz volcanoes and pirate ships, past no-wait marriage parlors and big names on big marquees (Paul Anka! Johnny Mathis!), the polyestered hordes chased the American dream to the next dollar slot. Inside, a couple of dozen earnest teenagers sat with their backs to the glitz. A slide projector hummed over tipsy music leaking in from a party nearby.
September 5, 1995 |
Bob Hamelin, the 1994 American League rookie of the year who was a big disappointment this season, was among four players called up by the Kansas City Royals yesterday as major-league rosters expanded. Hamelin, who hit 24 homers while batting .282 and driving in 82 runs in his rookie season, was sent to triple-A Omaha on July 29 while in a 1-for-28 slump. He batted .294 in 36 games at Omaha, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 36 runs. San Francisco's ninth-inning win yesterday gave the Giants a 17-1 mark in one-run games at home this season.
June 2, 1995 |
When David Miller returned to his hotel room in Omaha, Neb., the only message he received was that the Cleveland Indians had picked him in baseball's amateur draft. Then he called home to speak with his father, Ronn. Dad's information was more complete: Miller, a 6-4, 200-pound junior first baseman at Clemson University by way of Chestnut Hill Academy, was a first- round selection (No. 23 overall) yesterday. "He was so excited," Ronn Miller said. "David is very understated.