March 14, 1999 |
Jake Engel won last week's pi memorization contest at South High School in Fargo, N.D., by reciting the never-ending number to 1,001 digits. The number, which equals the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter, is usually rounded off to 3.14. "It really didn't take too much work," said Engel, 16. "I stepped it up a little toward the end and learned 500 digits in the last four days. It kind of became an obsession. It's a wonder I can remember my own phone number. " Arbin Timilsina, recently certified to climb Mount Everest, says he'll make an assault this spring in an attempt to become the youngest person ever to reach the top of the world's tallest mountain.
August 12, 2000 |
The closer that Al Gore and Joe Lieberman get to Los Angeles, the more they back away from Hollywood. The Democratic presidential candidate and his new No. 2 extended the Philadelphia-area run of their faith-and-family-values tour into its second day yesterday. In Montgomery County, Lieberman bashed vulgarity in the mass media even as the uproar over his past Hollywood-bashing, as well as a fund-raiser for Latino Democrats at the Playboy Mansion in Southern California grew more intense.
March 2, 2011 |
All sorts of neat awards are here! President Obama will confer them Wednesday at the White House. National Medal of Arts? Come on up, poet god Donald Hall and sculptor Mark di Suvero ! You there, Meryl Streep , Van Cliburn , Quincy Jones , Sonny Rollins , and James Taylor ! Hey, Harper Lee ( To Kill a Mockingbird )! National Humanities Medals, anyone? How's about you, authors Philip Roth and Joyce Carol Oates ? And you, wonderful poet/conservationist Wendell E. Berry ?
August 31, 2011
I'M NOT QUITE ready to declare Hugh Hefner the new Betty White, but for an 85-year-old guy who spends most of the day in his PJs, he's having an interesting year: * In January, the Playboy founder took his struggling company private, decades after giving up financial control of the empire that now includes a nearly 60-year-old magazine, Playboy TV and other adult entertainment properties and a licensing division responsible for seeing that...
May 12, 2011 |
The Fiesta Bowl will be allowed to remain part of the Bowl Championship Series, though it must pay a $1 million fine for apparent illegal campaign contributions and inappropriate spending. The BCS presidential oversight committee, which made the decision yesterday, also attached several other conditions as it let the Fiesta Bowl remain part of the system for deciding college football's national champion. They included steps to strengthen the Fiesta Bowl's board along with greater supervision of executives to make sure the problems are not repeated.
August 21, 2008 |
FIRST CLAY AIKEN and now this: Ricky Martin is the father of twin boys. The former Latin pop star had the children via a surrogate mother - "She Bangs," but it's still unclear if Martin does - and the babies were born a few weeks ago, according to a statement from his reps. "The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky's full-time care," said the statement. "Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children.
January 9, 2000 |
The following memo was distributed to the Lower Halfwydd School District last Tuesday by Norman Querb, the head of the school board: Dear Fellow Board Members: I don't have to tell you all what a trying period this has been for all of us charged with running the Lower Halfwydd School District. There was that enormous stink over the fact that kindergarten classes were being held in the bus garage in the afternoons. Then came the reports in the Halfwydd Picayune about the Middle School String Ensemble having to use kazoos for half a year.
April 18, 1989 |
No less an authority than Jessica Hahn declared yesterday that religion in this nation is in bed with the government. "You wouldn't believe what I have learned about the political ties with religion," the former church secretary said in Charlotte, N.C., where she gave a closed-door, 2 1/2-hour deposition in a class-action suit against PTL and Jim Bakker. "They have the IRS, the FBI and the CIA all involved. As far as church and state go, there is no separation. That's dead. They work hand-in-hand.
September 3, 2006 |
Oliver Stone, who is at the Venice Film Festival for his Sept. 11 drama, World Trade Center, has accused Hollywood of glorifying war. "Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down - these movies worshiped the machinery of war," Stone said. "And I think America went back to the concept of war too easily. " Unlike previous decades, which also produced antiwar films, Stone said, the '90s were dominated by pictures "that promoted the concept of war. " "I have reasons to be depressed as a Vietnam veteran," said Stone, who made the Vietnam film Platoon.
August 7, 2004 |
Someone doesn't like Tom Brokaw. That would be Steven Koplan, 46, of Staten Island, N.Y., who has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after sending 3,500 e-mails to MSNBC over two months last year, including 13 that threatened Brokaw. According to the Staten Island Advance newspaper, a 66-count indictment alleges that Koplan sent the messages with the "intent to harass, annoy, threaten and alarm" Brokaw. Koplan, who will be arraigned Wednesday, comes off as a bit off-kilter.