September 10, 2013 |
The Italian film Sacro GRA , a documentary by director Francesco Rosi about life on the highway encircling Rome has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. This was the first year documentaries were included in the main competition. The Silver Lion for best director went to Alexandros Avranas of Greece for Miss Violence , a disturbing look at sexual violence and abuse perpetrated by a grandfather. During Saturday's ceremony, Greek actor Themis Panou won the best actor prize for his leading role in Miss Violence , and Elena Cotta of Italy won the best actress award for her role in Emma Dante 's A Street in Palermo . Bruno Mars drafted Grammy winner Bruno Mars will highlight halftime at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the NFL announced Sunday.
August 30, 2013 |
When running back Andrew Pierce was a freshman at Delaware, he participated in the Football Championship Subdivision national title game. And even though the Blue Hens lost to Eastern Washington, 20-19, Pierce thought that it was only the beginning of many postseason runs. Now a senior, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound former walk-on and high school standout at South Jersey's Cumberland Regional has yet to return to the postseason. That is his No. 1 objective. The fact that Pierce is close to several records at Delaware and could be an NFL draft pick are topics he'd rather think about after the season.
August 23, 2013 |
WEI CHEN is at a crossroads, the kind that anyone old enough realizes can define a life. Chen, a soft-spoken young man who exhibited a natural ability to lead during an especially dark chapter at South Philly High School, is caught between family expectations and a deep desire to continue the kind of work that helped change a school's culture. His parents, hardworking Chinese immigrants, want him to get a job. He wants to pursue his passion. Chen is one of 50 finalists up for the inaugural Peace First Prize, a national two-year, $50,000 fellowship for young people working to improve their schools and communities.
August 20, 2013 |
If anyone were to support an era of parenting that rewards even the most underwhelming children's efforts, it would be Keith Baldwin. He is majority owner and president of Spike's, a Northeast Philadelphia manufacturer of trophies and other objects of commendation. Yet this is Baldwin's philosophy on indiscriminate praise: "You don't get a trophy just for showing up. It should mean something. " Then again, perhaps that's precisely the way you'd expect a trophy-business veteran to think.
August 1, 2013 |
IT APPEARS that Patricia Chandler hit the lottery and hightailed it out of Upper Darby. No one answered the door at Chandler's home on Wingate Road near Shirley last night - or a few weeks ago - when a Daily News reporter came knocking in search of the new millionaire. Lottery officials said yesterday that Chandler finally came forward to claim the June 22 $131.5 million annuity Powerball jackpot. Chandler opted for the $77.4 million cash lump sum. "She's probably already out of the neighborhood.
June 20, 2013 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The World Food Prize Foundation on Wednesday took the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops. The private nonprofit foundation, which is in part funded by biotechnology companies, refused to shy away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops that organic-food advocates say are harmful to people and the environment. "If we were to be deterred by a controversy, that would diminish our prize," said the foundation's president, Kenneth Quinn, a retired diplomat.
May 30, 2013 |
In a non-Olympic year, two favorites at the Devon Horse Show agreed on what Thursday's $100,000 Grand Prix is all about. "Some good prize money," Beezie Madden said with a laugh. Todd Minikus didn't laugh. "Money," he said. "Some guys throw baseballs for money, some guys throw footballs for money, some guys write for the newspaper for money. I ride horses for money. That's what it's about. "This year there's no championship or anything for me, and so it's [about] winning Grand Prix and trying to just make enough money so you can keep going to the next shows.
May 28, 2013 |
CANNES, France - In the end, it was all very civil, according to Steven Spielberg, president of the 66th Cannes Film Festival jury, characterizing the decision to award the Palme d'Or to the French love story Blue is the Warmest Color : The Life of Adele over the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis . The latter took the Grand Prix, a runner-up prize, for the Coens, who were not present for the ceremony but whose long shadow has been...
May 27, 2013
Haynes Johnson, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who migrated from newspapers to television, books, and teaching, died Friday. In a statement to the Washington Post newsroom, managing editor Kevin Merida said Mr. Johnson died of a heart attack. Mr. Johnson was awarded a Pulitzer in 1966 for reporting on the civil rights struggle in Selma, Ala., while with the Washington Star. He spent about 12 years at the Star before joining the Washington Post in 1969. He was a columnist for the Post from 1977 to 1994.
May 25, 2013 |
"My Best Day Ever" was the theme of this year's national Doodle 4 Google contest, and when Sewell seventh grader Maria Iannone heard back in April that her artwork had been selected as her state's winner, that was a very good day indeed. This week was even better. On Tuesday, at a fete for the state finalists at Google's Manhattan offices, Maria learned she was one of five national winners. "I was kind of overwhelmed, but I wasn't really freaking out or anything," Maria said Wednesday, remembering her name being called as the winner in the sixth-and-seventh-grade age group.