August 22, 2012 |
Ayn Rand, the novelist and philosophical thinker whose books have for decades been ignored by literature and philosophy departments, had her revenge earlier this month when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named sometime Randian Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," the Wisconsin congressman told the Randian Atlas Society in 2005. The attention has generated a swell of posthumous popularity for Rand that has boosted sales of her books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead , which jumped 20 percent on Amazon.com in one day last week, according to Bloomberg News Service.
August 17, 2012 |
Tom Kane triumphant! One man, and only one man, was left standing in the season-one finale of Starz's drama Boss , which ended with a pitched battle over Chicago's mayoral office. Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer), the undisputed boss of all of Illinois, was left to survey the harrowing scene of bloody - political, if not corporeal - carnage left in the wake of a coup attempt. It pitted him against virtually every one of his most-trusted allies, including his young protege, Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner)
August 10, 2012
REDEMPTION is the popular word being associated with the United States' 2-1 victory over Japan on Thursday in the gold-medal game of the women's soccer tournament. But the truth is that nothing will ever change the fact that Japan beat the USA in the finals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Besides, does placing second in the world really need to be redeemed? What the United States women got most in front of 80,203 fans at hallowed Wembley Stadium was reestablishment - a bit of revenge for the most disappointing loss in the program's history.
May 1, 2012 |
Theater companies cut Shakespeare to reflect casting, to indulge shortened attention spans, or to center the play on a director's artistic vision or insight, among other reasons. Curio Theatre's current production of The Tempest proves that a bit of risk lies in any of these approaches. And, like any gamble, it also hints at large, if quick, rewards. The Tempest's traditional three-hour run time presents one of Shakespeare's most straightforward plots. Courtly treachery dethroned Duke Prospero (Brian McCann)
April 3, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The mood was light inside the Prudential Center on Monday night as children screamed with delight at a local superhero and well-dressed adults sipped spring water and downed hors d'oeuvres. It was the Boys & Girls Club of Newark's 24th annual Evening of the Stars, and city native Shaquille O'Neal was being honored. The future Hall of Famer also took on some big donors in a free-throw competition. Lewis Katz was one of them, and he wasn't taking the competition lightly.
March 26, 2012
THE WINGS LOSt in sudden-death overtime, 16-15, to the West Division-leading Colorado Mammoth on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings could have clinched a playoff spot with a win or a Washington loss, but were denied when the Stealth earned a victory over Minnesota. Colorado clinched with the win. Mammoth rookie Adam Jones scored the winning goal in the extra session, ruining the Wings' rally. The Wings were trailing, 13-7, early in the second half, but scored six unanswered goals to climb back into the game.
March 16, 2012 |
"SEEKING Justice," this week's movie starring Nicolas Cage, starts intriguingly, turning the "Death Wish"-formula inside out. Will (Nicolas Cage), a high school English teacher, is distraught after his wife, Laura ("Mad Men's" January Jones), is beaten and raped and left clinging to life. In the hospital waiting room, a sharp-dressed man named Simon (Guy Pearce) approaches Will with an offer he can't refuse. Instead of having to wait for the cops to apprehend the perp - if they ever even catch him - and enduring a drawn-out trial that could result in a lenient sentence, Simon offers to track down and dispose of the cretin, completely free of charge.
March 7, 2012 |
THE PUCK rimmed around the boards, a weak clearing attempt by the Flyers' defense after a turnover by the Red Wings deep in the Philadelphia defensive zone. Jakub Voracek glanced once, quickly, to find Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. And then the Wells Fargo Center fell silent. As Voracek turned his head to corral the puck, it was immediately met by a thunderous shoulder from Kronwall - one that sent Voracek into next week. Voracek's helmet was jarred loose as his head slammed into the ice. His hands were frozen in the air for a second until he regained his surroundings and somehow tried to get to the bench.
March 3, 2012 |
Holy Ghost Prep's two keys for gaining redemption against Octorara were handling defensive pressure and limiting second-chance opportunities. The top-seeded Firebirds fared pretty well in both categories, and surprisingly whipped the second-seeded Braves, 56-33, Saturday at Haverford College for their second PIAA District 1 Class AAA boys' basketball crown in three seasons. "We came in with a lot of motivation after losing to them in last year's final," said Tom Heston, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior forward.
February 26, 2012 |
This one was personal. Before last month's game at Temple was over, St. Joseph's guards Carl Jones and Langston Galloway said they were prepared for the rematch. "The way they did us at their place, it wasn't right," said Jones, recalling the 18-point setback. "At the end of the game, they were up probably 20 [points]. They were still throwing [alley]oops, shooting threes, and just disrespecting you. "So we felt really disrespected. So we really felt like we had to win this game.