June 8, 2013 |
MOSCOW - Russian media from all sides of the political spectrum have reacted with unusual compassion to the announcement of President Vladimir Putin's divorce. Putin, 60, and his 55-year-old wife, Lyudmila, announced the end of their marriage less than two months shy of their 30th anniversary in an interview Thursday with Russian television. His spokesman Dmitry Peskov could not say when they would formally divorce. Divorce is common in Russia. Nearly 700,000 Russian couples dissolved their marriages in 2009, according to UNICEF.
May 31, 2013
MY OFFICE is situated in the heart of South Philly, between three funeral homes. Just this morning, I saw a coffin being placed into a hearse with black-clad mourners waiting in patient silence on the sidewalk. That is respect. But there are moments when we lose sight of our better angels and treat certain deaths as fodder for the gossip rags and cable trash bins of Nancy Grace and company. That happened this week when, to my dismay, the big news after Memorial Day was that Chuck Peruto's "girlfriend" had died.
February 2, 2013 |
John Mayer , whose tempestuous relationship with Taylor Swift inspired some of her nicest songs, is offering the same services to another A-list singer, Katy Perry . Mayer tells Rolling Stone he's a misunderstood dude. His love life, he says, has always been as serene as the sweetest spring zephyr ever to grace a John Keats poem. "I haven't had any trouble in my private life at all," John says. His thing with Perry, he insists, is sweet. "It's been . . . I mean, I'm quite happy.
January 2, 2013
Claude-Anne Lopez, 92, an author and scholar of Benjamin Franklin's papers, has died. Mrs. Lopez started her studies of Franklin's papers at Yale University with secretarial-type work and rose to a top editor's job. Her son, Larry Lopez, says she had Alzheimer's disease and died Friday at her New Haven, Conn., home. She spent years working on the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, a project at the university to collect, edit, and publish Franklin's writings. She specialized in Franklin's private life and wrote a handful of books about him. Former Yale colleague Jonathan Dull ranks Mrs. Lopez as one of the 20th century's great Franklin scholars.
December 31, 2012 |
NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Claude-Anne Lopez, author and scholar of Benjamin Franklin's papers, has died at age 92. Lopez started her studies of Franklin's papers at Yale University with secretarial-type work and rose to a top editor's job. Her son, Larry Lopez, said that she had Alzheimer's disease and died Friday at her New Haven home. Lopez spent years working on "The Papers of Benjamin Franklin," a project at the university to collect, edit and publish Franklin's writings. She specialized in the American founding father's private life, and wrote a handful of books about him. Former Yale colleague Jonathan Dull ranks Lopez as one of the 20th century's great Franklin scholars.
December 14, 2012 |
A FEW OF US entertainment writers had just left a Toronto International Film Festival screening of "Hyde Park on Hudson," and we were arguing about the film. How much of the relationship between President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Margaret "Daisy" Suckley was true? Was it fair to take liberties with the parts that weren't? My feeling was that there are countless books that traffic in historical fiction. Why was it so taboo for a movie to play around with a historical event?
December 5, 2012 |
SOME PEOPLE DREAD turning 40 if they've got nothing but wrinkles to show for it. The same might be said for advocacy operations facing that milestone anniversary. Longevity is great, but it's even better if the organization has managed to transform the cause that stirred it to life in the first place. So it is with Women Organized Against Rape on the eve of its 40th birthday. Its advocacy has so changed the way victims of sexual violence are treated by law enforcement, the courts and the medical establishment, it's a shock to realize what life was like for victims before WOAR roared into existence in 1973.
November 21, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My 24-year-old daughter and 21-year-old son work as banquet servers at a local country club. Many of the receptions at which they serve include guests consuming large amounts of alcohol. If an intoxicated male guest made suggestive comments to my daughter or touched her, he would be asked to leave the facility. But what is my son supposed to do when an intoxicated woman, usually much older than he, pinches his backside and makes inappropriate comments or "invitations"?
November 7, 2012 |
At 6-foot-4 and with the physique of a basketball star, Charles Burwell has a presence that has been known to fool clients on occasion. But his passion fills an arena of a very different kind. He lives and breathes abstract art. Burwell, 57, a Pew Fellow and longtime fixture on the Philadelphia art scene, is acclaimed for his vibrant canvasses that translate a cornucopia of colors into carefully orchestrated geometric paintings. His work is cerebral, with systems found in math and science.
July 26, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Pioneering astronaut Sally Ride, who relished privacy as much as she did adventure, chose an appropriately discreet manner of coming out. At the end of an obituary that she cowrote with her partner, Tam O'Shaughnessy, they disclosed to the world their relationship of 27 years. That was it. As details trickled out after Ride's death Monday, it became clear that a circle of family, friends, and coworkers had long known of the relationship and embraced it. For millions of others, who admired Ride as the first American woman in space, it was a revelation - and it sparked a discussion about privacy vs. public candor in regard to sexual orientation.