September 21, 2016 |
What I remember most about the 1989 movie The War of the Roses is the spiteful glee with which two people destroyed a house full of possessions that took a lifetime to build. Delaware Theatre Company's North American premiere of the stage adaptation deprives us of much of that destructive impulse, though much of the story holds the same. Warren Adler adapted his original novel for the stage, and 30 years on, this tale reveals more about our culture than it did in the late 1980s. The War of the Roses chronicles the unraveling of a seemingly perfect marriage between lobbyist Jonathan Rose (Jack Noseworthy)
September 18, 2016 |
Gone are the comic-book blockbusters, replaced for fall by Big Dramas About Big Issues: Snowden , about NSA surveillance; Deepwater Horizon , on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster; Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk , about an Iraq war hero. There's Serious History, too, including Denial , about Holocaust deniers; Mel Gibson's WWII epic, Hacksaw Ridge ; and the Nat Turner biopic The Birth of a Nation . Add a bit of horror, with Blair Witch and Rings , and a brooding time will be had by all. But Hollywood wouldn't be Hollywood without the tinsel, so there are cowboys in this year's fall mix, as well - in a reboot of The Magnificent Seven - plus the aliens of Arrival , the animated beasties of Trolls and Storks , the hoofers of the old-fashioned musical La La Land , and Benedict Cumberbatch as superhero Dr. Strange . Snowden (opened Friday)
September 13, 2016 |
Paul B. Schimmel, 91, a World War II veteran who served as an infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge and was twice awarded a Purple Heart, died Thursday at the Sunrise Senior Living Facility in Haverford. Mr. Schimmel served in the Battle of the Bulge from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945, and spent some of his time in the Army helping refugees in camps in France. Although he "saw some real atrocities there," said his oldest son, Rob Schimmel, "one of his great pleasures was reliving the war, because it gave him an appreciation" for what he had in peace time.
September 12, 2016 |
For Max Cohen, a ninth grader at Penncrest High School in Media, the Twin Towers have always been down. The nation has always been at war. He's always felt the threat of terrorism. And, for that matter, he's always had to take off his shoes at security checkpoints before getting on an airplane. "It's kind of weird," the 14-year-old said, recalling a trip to New York to see the towers' footprint. "Like two ghosts standing there. " For Max and other teens who were born after or close to Sept.
September 4, 2016 |
A Chester County school district's controversial plan to tear down a Civil War-era barn on land it recently acquired has been put on hold, as administrators consider possible uses for the two-story structure. The Phoenixville Area School District had applied for a demolition permit because the barn needs repairs to its foundation, among other fixes, and officials were concerned it could be a liability. This week, however, the district's insurance provider confirmed that the building is covered by liability insurance.
September 1, 2016
ISSUE | WORLD WAR II Honor vets while we can As the son of a World War II veteran, and a retired Navy officer, I read with great pleasure the article about the last formal reunion of the remaining members of "Merrill's Marauders," a volunteer band of 2,750 soldiers and officers who marched into a Burmese jungle in 1944 on a secret mission they were not expected to survive ("70th reunion for vets," Saturday). It is sad to think this could be the last time these courageous men might see each other and even sadder that the members of the greatest generation ever are quickly dwindling.
August 26, 2016
ISSUE | WAR HEROES Worthy of tributes The Navy is naming a ship in honor of Sgt. John Basilone, who grew up in Raritan, N.J., and was killed at Iwo Jima ("Destroyer to bear name of Medal of Honor recipient," Aug. 17). I am glad our government is not forgetting our heroes. The article described Basilone as the only enlisted Marine from World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. Marine Sgt. Robert A. Owens, of Spartanburg, S.C., also received those honors.
August 15, 2016 |
After two years of pledging to fight, of promising to air the truth in the face of all those bent on railroading her, the opportunity had finally arisen for Kathleen Kane to stand up in court and tell her side under oath. The time had finally come for the state's top law enforcement official to speak in her own defense. She chose silence. An attorney general on trial for perjury and official oppression for allegedly leaking secret grand jury material and lying about it, crimes that could cost her her law license and freedom, decided now that she had nothing to say. After hearing the prosecution's evidence, her lead attorney, famed mob lawyer Gerald Shargel, thought it best that Kane stay mum. The attorney general agreed with the mob lawyer.
August 15, 2016 |
So maybe you kept up with the weeds in the spring. But now? How on earth did they get to be so numerous, and so big? If you're thinking that it might be time for an herbicide, but you're confused about whether that's safe, you have plenty of company. The most commonly used herbicide, glyphosate - a major ingredient in many products, perhaps most notably Monsanto's RoundUp - has been the subject of debate for years. The industry says it is safe. Critics, pointing out that residues are found in some of our food, warn of potential health effects and environmental woes, including the development of "superweeds" that are resistant to it, necessitating stronger chemicals.
August 12, 2016
A THIN WALL separates warring rowhouse neighbors on a block of North Warnock Street in the Fern Rock section of the city. Two intelligent but belligerent retirees argue about almost everything, from when their war started to what the issues are. What they share? A feeling of dissatisfaction with the service they got from the oft-called 35th Police District, and that each is living in hell. When next-door neighbors are at war, a reset button is often impossible. One of the women, Deborah Young, is so angry about the neighbor - and with the police and the district attorney - that she's put up a large sign on her front lawn to complain.