June 25, 2012 |
For most of my life, when each college basketball season began, I was always comforted with the knowledge that I could name every team in every conference, from the Atlantic 10 to the WAC. That comfort began to ebb a few years ago. It has now evaporated. The problem comes not because some basketball Oz thought confusing the public (and me) made sense. It is not because all the conference musical chairs made sense. No, it is because of football. So why does college football essentially decide who plays college basketball in what league?
May 24, 2012 |
"America's Got Talent" is off to a slow start this summer and reasons why abound. Is it because Howard Stern's presence has turned off a portion of the show's fan base wary of the shock jock's radio persona? Because the first-run competition is much tougher so far than last year's rerun competition, and the show's ratings will rise as it gets deeper into summer? Or have people realized that the show is, to put it simply ... worse? While Tattle has long been a fan of the cheerful, low-key, "Britain's Got Talent," this year's "AGT" has given short shrift to variety-show charm (and quality acts)
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
April 10, 2012 |
The ballpark was funereal Monday, and Ryan Howard leaned against the railing, seven feet from the Phillies on-deck circle. It was the sixth inning, and a 6-2 Marlins victory in the 2012 opening of Citizens Bank Park was long decided. Charlie Manuel saw his sidelined slugger standing alone, arms crossed and his head resting on them. So the manager joined him. An inning later, with the crack of a bat, both looked up. Now Manuel was closer to Howard, with his left foot on the warning-track dirt.
March 5, 2012 |
HENRYVILLE, Ind. - St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church has always been a gathering point for Henryville, never more so than now. Under a roof with a patched-up six-foot hole, dozens gathered Sunday not just to worship but to check on neighbors and get updates on the devastation from last week's tornadoes. Along the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky, where small towns were nearly wiped from the map, the damage is clear from a trail of smashed homes, downed trees, and lost lives.
February 23, 2012 |
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - As families of the 185 people killed in the Christchurch earthquake marked Wednesday's one-year anniversary of the disaster, signs of a city still broken were all around them. Hundreds of wrecked buildings downtown are waiting to be torn down so reconstruction can begin in earnest - many of them within sight of the morning ceremony at Latimer Square. The slow pace of recovery is drawing criticism from residents and developers as it wears at the reputation of Mayor Bob Parker, who was praised in the days after the quake for his leadership and for calmly articulating the pain and frustration many were feeling.
February 12, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - When neighbors in the hills east of Mexico City saw backhoes ripping up pre-Hispanic relics for a highway, they did something unexpected in a country where building projects often bulldoze through ruins: They launched protests to stop the digging and demanded an accounting of what is there. Dozens of residents set up a protest camp and filed complaints with state and federal officials, demanding the highway be rerouted, hoping that studies of the site could help solve an age-old riddle.
January 30, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My wife, "Kate," and her sister, "Judy," do not get along, to the point that my wife refuses to be in the same room with her. I have a class reunion coming up, and Judy is in my class. Because we're not sure Judy will show up, Kate has said she will attend - but she'll leave if Judy arrives. We had planned on going in separate cars so Kate could escape if necessary. But now she says if Judy puts in an appearance, she'll be upset with me if I don't leave with her. I don't get along with Judy either, but I'd like the chance to catch up with other classmates.
December 16, 2011 |
OVERWHELMED, depressed, frustrated - no one ever said that being a Catholic schoolteacher, parent or student these days would be a cakewalk. Looming over the Catholic-school hallways, faculty lounges, households and blogs is talk of school closings by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and endless "what if" scenarios. Archbishop Charles Chaput met Tuesday with an advisory panel assigned to develop a plan for Catholic education, which has been plagued by dropping enrollment and rising tuition.