February 27, 2013 |
AVON, N.J. - This Jersey Shore town, facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rain forest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, isn't backing down. Avon, in Monmouth County, says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood. At a meeting Monday night, several environmental groups asked the Borough Commission to reconsider but were rebuffed. "There is a consensus to move ahead," Commissioner Frank Gorman said after hearing nearly two hours of objections from residents and out-of-town environmentalists.
December 1, 2012
Film New this week: Killing Them Softly (***1/2 out of four stars) Brad Pitt is a hit man called in to clean up after the messy robbery of a mob-protected card game in Andrew Dominik's jolting, suspenseful, bloody, and bloody entertaining, crime pic, adapted from a vintage George V. Higgins novel. - Steven Rea Music Nightlands The one-man band of War on Drugs bassist Dave Hartley, Nightlands will perform Hartley's original score for Stanley Kubrick's far-seeing 1968 sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey on Tuesday night at PhilaMOCA.
November 28, 2012
Beauty queen a human shield? CULIACAN, Mexico - A Mexican beauty queen killed over the weekend in a shootout between suspected drug traffickers and soldiers likely was being used as a human shield, a federal official said Tuesday. Maria Susana Flores Gamez, crowned 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in February, came out of the car first with a gun in her hands during the confrontation, with the other gunmen hiding behind her, according to the official from the attorney general's office. He spoke on condition of anonymity.
October 12, 2012 |
Explore the rain forests of South America at Delaware Museum of Natural History's "Rain Forest Adventure" exhibition through Jan. 6. The exhibition will allow visitors to learn though activities such as becoming a research assistant, wearing a lab coat, and using microscopes and slides to examine bugs from the rain forest, including a blue iridescent butterfly and other creatures. Via video display, families will meet children who live in the rain forest as they discuss the challenges they face.
October 11, 2011
Diane Cilento, 78, an Oscar-nominated Australian actress who was once married to Sean Connery, died Thursday in northern Australia. The Queensland-born actress rose to fame in the 1950s and 1960s, starring alongside such screen giants as Charlton Heston and Paul Newman. In 1956, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Helen of Troy in the play Tiger at the Gates . She received an Academy Award nomination in 1963 for best supporting actress for her work in the film Tom Jones . Her celebrity grew after she married Connery - her second husband - in 1962.
October 9, 2011 |
MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica - The afternoon rains long gone, the beach crowd at Playa Espadilla sits back to watch the liquid golds and purples of the Pacific sunset spread across the sky. Surfers catch the last curls of the day breaking toward the crescent-shaped cove. The snowbirds who flock to this resort along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast won't be here for months. There's plenty of room - and plenty of bargains - in local hotels, inns, and restaurants for travelers who don't mind dodging a shower or two during the region's May-to-December rainy season.
September 18, 2011 |
It's breakfast time at the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica, and that means not only fabulous food but also exotic entertainment. Hannah, my 7-year-old daughter, is enjoying tropical banana pancakes, while I savor the tipico breakfast of beans, rice, eggs, tortillas, and plantains. Perched on the back of the third chair at our table is a white-throated magpie-jay. The thunder of Pacific Ocean waves breaking 90 feet away bothers neither us nor the bird. Adjacent to the patio restaurant where we sit, a large spiny-tailed iguana ambles across the lawn.
July 20, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Around 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Roy Oswalt climbed onto a bullpen mound at Wrigley Field and went back to work. Earlier in the day, Roy Halladay did the same after arriving at the ballpark from the team hotel off Michigan Avenue. The reports on both men were positive. Halladay, who left a 6-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday night in the fifth inning because of heat exhaustion and dehydration, tapered down his usual day-after workout program but expects to resume his usual routine today.
May 31, 2011 |
NEW YORK - A new, posthumous story of science gone wrong is coming in November from the late Michael Crichton, with help by Richard Preston. Crichton, author of such blockbusters as Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain , died in 2008 having written one-third of Micro , a thriller about a biotech company in Hawaii and the graduate students who end up stranded and endangered in a rain forest. Preston, known for his best-selling nonfiction work about the Ebola virus, The Hot Zone , used Crichton's outline, reference materials, and notes to finish the book.
May 23, 2011 |
AS IT'S two days since the rapture occurred Saturday at 6 p.m., just minutes before Shackleford won the Preakness amid the thunderous sound of hoofbeats that some of you thought was the sign of a far greater longshot, Tattle is pleased to once again quote Barry Manilow : "Looks like we made it. . . . " But that doesn't mean that there weren't some heavenly occurrences. At the Waterford Mott High School prom, in Michigan, for instance, Kayla Staskiewicz got to wear Christina Ricci 's Oscars dress, a sparkling, pale gray, floor-length piece from Versace Couture valued in the un-prom-like neighborhood of $25,000.