February 13, 2015 |
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
February 10, 2015 |
It's a given that any BeauSoleil gig will showcase beaucoup de dizzying instrumental prowess. Friday at the World Café Live, the acclaimed Cajun band from Lafayette, La. - marking four decades together this year - was spinning out plenty of it. During two hours, the legitimacy of their official full name, including "avec Michael Doucet," was on display, with founder Doucet leading via lively fiddle and melodic accordion. And there was no shortage of additional virtuosity on stage, with Doucet's brother David on fleetly flat-picked acoustic guitar, Mitch Reed on bass and second fiddle, drummer Tommy Alessi, and Billy Ware rotating among congas, vest frottoir (the chest-worn rub-board common in zydeco)
February 6, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When he started working on defense issues, Ashton Carter said Wednesday, there was just one big worry: the Cold War and its threat of nuclear disaster. "Those were the good old days," said Sen. James M. Inhofe (R., Okla.). Now, as Carter stands poised to become the civilian head of the U.S. military, the Abington High School graduate faces a much more complex tangle. "We are in a time where the number and severity of risks is not something I've seen before in my life," Carter said during the first hearing on his nomination to become secretary of defense.
February 6, 2015 |
IN A BEAT-UP maroon Toyota Corolla, Carol Rostucher drives slowly up Kensington Avenue, the street of tortured souls lost in heroin's handgrip. She scans the young faces, the ones with the faraway eyes of self-disgust. One of them might be her son, Drew, a handsome 25-year-old. He was her first-born, once an athletic, artistic "social butterfly. " She knows he is out here. "As long as he's breathing, there is hope," she says. Garbage bags filled with blankets, hats, gloves and feet warmers cover the back seat.
January 29, 2015 |
T. Milton Street Sr., the former state senator who ran for mayor in 2011 while on supervised release after doing time in federal prison, wants Philadelphia voters to know he is no felon. Street, a Democrat now mulling another run for mayor, is incensed that Nia Meeks, a regular panelist on 6ABC's Inside Story , referred to him during Sunday's broadcast as a "former felon. " Street spent 26 months in a federal prison and a halfway house after being convicted on three misdemeanor charges of not paying taxes on $3 million in income.
January 28, 2015 |
Through 25 years, the Iguanas have offered a distinct yet variegated sound, carving out their own Latinized niche in the teeming musical landscape of New Orleans. Ending a tour upstairs at the World Café Live on Sunday, the quartet stretched out for two engaging hours of Crescent City cumbias, Tex-Mex, boleros, and more before hitting the road home to Louisiana, ahead of the impending winter storm. New Orleans has long boasted a near-embarrassment of musical riches, one the Iguanas tap. That glorious tangle of cross-fertilized roots has yielded numerous strains of jazz, R&B, rock, and funk, along with the second-line sounds of those strutting brass bands and the earthy Afro-Native American Mardi Gras Indians (who lost a standout figure last week with the death of Bo Dollis, "Big Chief" of his Wild Magnolias ensemble for 50 years)
January 20, 2015 |
David Lowery is an industrious fellow. Only two years after the laid-back singer/songwriter ended his influential, smart-aleck, folk-punk-world music ensemble Camper Van Beethoven in 1989, he started another group, Cracker, whose riff-rocking take on still-sarcastic lyrics inspired indie bands from Gogol Bordello and Pavement to My Morning Jacket and Dr. Dog. Lowery reignited Camper Van Beethoven in the early 2000s and had them open for Cracker...
January 18, 2015 |
Despite a winter-long coming-out party for the polar vortex and the record snows around here, for the planet 2014 was the warmest in 135 years of record-keeping, U.S. climatologists said Friday. Averaged for the entire year, temperatures were 1.24 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average of about 57, according to the National Climatic Data Center, nudging out 2005 and 2010 by a mere 0.07 degrees. At a joint morning briefing, NASA also said that 2014 was the warmest on its database, although its method of calculation is slightly different.
January 15, 2015 |
On the night before he died, 15-year-old Adnan "Ado" Halkic was texting with his dad, excited about the next day's Rose Bowl game between Florida State and Oregon. "He loved the Oregon Ducks," Adam Halkic recalled this week. "He said, 'Dad, let's get some wings. We'll watch it together.' " It was New Year's Eve. His parents and 19-year-old sister were driving to a party in Pennsylvania, but Ado declined, saying he would watch the ball drop at home on TV. He finished his text with "Happy New Year" and "I love you, too, Dad. " When the family returned to its Burlington Township home about 11:30 p.m., he joked with his father that "tomorrow is the Ducks' day," and headed to his room.