February 4, 2011 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - It is so much simpler and safer out there, where the biggest threat is a helmeted 300-pound sociopath who spent all week preparing to hurt you. "I'm always trying to get better," Ben Roethlisberger said. "I'm trying to make better decisions, smarter decisions that help this team. I try not to put us in a bad situation. " The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback was talking about out there, on the field. He was talking about throwing a football. But his words would resonate all the more when applied to the rest of Roethlisberger's life, the part that takes place away from the controlled chaos of the football field.
July 16, 2010 |
A long-running scam spearheaded by a group of grifters who bilked a Lawncrest man out of $87,000 finally came to an end earlier this week. It's a convoluted tale, one that police say hinged on the ability of three con artists to charm and manipulate an unsuspecting 80-year-old man. The sweet ride ended on Tuesday for two of the thieves, Tiffany Mitchell, 21, and George Wallace, 22. The married crooks, who live in an apartment on Spruce...
November 18, 2009 |
Someone says "piano bar," and you'll likely conjure up an image of something romantically Old World. Dark, smoky room. Tuxedo-clad musician. Sinatra, Sondheim and Styne fans heartily singing old, boozy songs and stuffing dollars into a giant snifter. Yet lately there's another kind of piano scene playing: This one has hipsters in pricey jeans, guys with names like "Tony T" and "Wildman Joe" pounding eighty-eights and belting "Rich Girl" and "Stray Cat Strut. " It has waitstaff hula-dancing on stage.
May 5, 2009 |
When Condoleezza Rice was 3, she could read music before she could read words. "It was always clear in my mind that I was going to be a great concert musician," the former secretary of state told students yesterday at Bodine High School for International Affairs in North Philadelphia. "I studied and worked hard at piano. " But as a sophomore at the Aspen Institute, surrounded by music proteges, Rice had a "crisis of confidence. " "I met 12-year-olds who could play from sight everything it took me all year to learn.
February 27, 2008 |
Oscar De La Hoya plans to fight three times this year, then retire. "I'm at that stage of my career now where I can't take it further," the 35-year-old De La Hoya said yesterday. "I can't go on for the next two years, three years. It's just time to hang up the gloves. "This is the year. " De La Hoya was speaking with a small group of reporters after a New York news conference to discuss his May 3 bout against Steve Forbes, a runner-up on television's Tournament of Contenders.
January 11, 2008 |
Christopher Bowman, the former U.S. figure skating champion called "Bowman the Showman" for his flare on the ice, died yesterday of a possible drug overdose, authorities said. He was 40. Bowman was pronounced dead at 12:06 p.m., said Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale, who was not immediately able to provide more details on the overdose. Bowman's body was found at a motel in North Hills, and an autopsy is planned for this weekend, Bale said. Bowman's mother, Joyce, confirmed to the Detroit Free Press that her son had died.
June 19, 2005 |
Culinary landmarks often have quirky traditions. But the Black Bass Hotel, a charming pre-Revolutionary War restaurant in Lumberville, is the only place I know that features such disparate elements as a pet cemetery and homemade biscuits, along with pictures of Princess Diana. You might not notice the cemetery, at the far end of the hotel parking lot, but I can almost guarantee that you'll find something to amuse you. As for the biscuits, they are part of the culinary thrills here, especially because they are served piping hot and in a wooden bowl at lunch.
April 1, 2005 |
Few artists have rocketed to international fame as successfully as Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, the idol of many who would never dream of visiting an opera house but who will pay big bucks to attend his rare personal appearances. Most know the story: Bocelli lost his sight through a soccer accident at age 12, became a lawyer in Pisa while singing American pop songs at a piano bar, studied with the great tenor Franco Corelli, then sang a demo of a Zucchero song that was heard by Luciano Pavarotti.
July 18, 2004 |
If there's one thing the landmark restaurant Odette's will never be excused of having, it's an identity crisis. A lot of places have brunch and serve the kind of Continental comfort food that Odette's does, but few restaurants have been the life of the party, so to speak. Give or take a few years, this charming restaurant that sits like a barge along the Delaware River has been a mainstay of old-time Bucks County entertainment since the 1960s. Back then, the place was run by Odette Myrtil Logan, a Parisian and former film and Broadway actress whose buoyant personality was said to reflect her years in the Ziegfeld Follies.
May 30, 2004 |
Eating at Jenny's Bistro, one of six restaurants owned and managed by Peddler's Village here, is a lot like dining in any other upscale establishment. The place is billed as having a French country setting, but there is also a modish piano bar circa 1980, and a family-friendly Sunday brunch. Entrees range from dinner salads and homemade soups to grilled sirloin and portabella ravioli. The food is attractively presented and plated with sauces and al dente vegetables. Still, with menu descriptions such as mustard beurre blanc, haricots verts, balsamic reduction and portabella demi, you might feel compelled to order a bottle of Beaujolais.