June 25, 2015 |
ROME - A meeting Tuesday of a Vatican archbishop under investigation for embezzlement with Mayor Nutter and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was nothing but warm and friendly. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, hosted the meeting with about a dozen members of the Philadelphia delegation making final plans for Pope Francis' visit in September. The council is the Vatican office overseeing the World Meeting of Families. Paglia is under investigation by Italian authorities, according to European news reports.
June 23, 2015 |
IT MAY NOT be archeologically accurate to say this, but dinosaurs still rule the Earth. With $102 million, "Jurassic World" kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while "Inside Out" nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut, well above expectations. "Jurassic World" became only the second release to break $100 million in its second week. "The Avengers" took in $103.1 million in its second week. "Inside Out" became the first Pixar release not to open in first place, following 14 straight No. 1s, but it's the largest opening for a wholly original movie (one not based on source material or a sequel)
June 23, 2015 |
Way back when, New Jersey was not the Garden State. It was the Kill or Be Killed State. And at the top of the heap was a fearsome creature called Mosasaurus , currently playing a memorable role in that new dinosaur flick you may have heard about. Mosasaurus was no dinosaur. It was a marine reptile, part of a broader family called the mosasaurs, in an era when much of New Jersey was underwater. While the toothy carnivores were common in much of the world, the first North American fossil specimens were found in New Jersey in the early 1800s, shaping our knowledge of prehistory well before anyone had a good idea what a dinosaur was. Fossil-hunters today continue to find mosasaur vertebrae and horror-movie teeth - some of them 5 inches long - at sites in Gloucester and Monmouth Counties.
June 22, 2015 |
Sunday night, after another grueling journey to another off-the-radar tournament in another remote locale, Alexandra Riley will return to her hotel room and end Father's Day the way she ends most other days, by texting "Good Night!" to her father. The nightly ritual helps ease both her father's concerns and the isolation the Philadelphia-born pro feels as, all alone, she chases her tennis dream across the globe. For seven years now, since she was 17, "Xan" Riley has been a solo tennis nomad.
June 17, 2015 |
VANCOUVER - As Jill Ellis addressed reporters for the last time before the United States' World Cup group stage finale, there were signs that the sting from Friday's scoreless tie with Sweden hasn't fully subsided. "We've got to raise our performance, and I would say that whether we're sitting on six points or one point," Ellis said. "You sometimes think about taking the reins off a little bit, and just letting them out of the gate, letting them play free. " Ellis' team could do with that kind of outing tonight, when more than 51,000 fans are expected to pack BC Place to watch the United States women play Nigeria.
June 17, 2015 |
SHORTLY AFTER the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, LeBron James made a proclamation: "I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world - that simple. " It is a quote that will follow him forever. It is also very un-James-like. You've heard the adage there's no "I" in team? Well there's no "I" in James either. The 11 time All-Star and four-time NBA MVP isn't one to gloat. After the news conference, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com mentioned that very fact to James, who agreed.
June 17, 2015 |
How many times have you looked at news reports from Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, or Syria and thought, "How come they can't keep it together?" How is it the elite in Arab countries can't move beyond repressive regimes? How come they haven't discovered democracy yet? How many of us have fantasized, "If only I were king, I'd figure it all out"? With FX's political soap opera Tyrant , created by Gideon Raff, the Israeli TV wunderkind responsible for Prisoners of War and its American remake, Homeland , we got a chance to do just that: take a struggling, oil- and mineral-rich desert dictatorship and guide her to freedom.
June 16, 2015 |
HOLLYWOOD spends so much time and money on box-office predictions the big studios are usually as accurate as Nate Silver was on national elections. Then along comes "Jurassic World," a fourquel, 14 years from its last installment and directed by a man making his summer tentpole debut. Expectations are for a "World"-ly $125 million. But no. "Jurassic" is the Hollywood version of The Raptor, with all the world's true believers heading to the multiplexes. With nearly $205 million domestic (estimated)
June 15, 2015 |
The small plane banked steeply to give us a better view of the remains of a circular hilltop city rising from the wide plain barely a mile below. "Megiddo," the pilot said, pointing. "This is the Valley of Armageddon. " Israel lies at the meeting point of three continents, but it is also a temporal nexus of past and present, where the ages of settlement can be seen and even touched in the layers of its ancient towns. As a teacher of history, I came to Israel seeking its past but found the current events taking place amid its archaeological sites competed for my interest, and in a few places like Megiddo, steeped in Biblical portent, it was the future that cast the longest shadow.
June 12, 2015 |
THANK GOODNESS. Had another day gone by without major news from the Kardashians (better to offset any news from Caitlyn Jenner ), we all might have withered like the untended Gerberdaisies that once graced Temp Tatt's stoop. (Sorry, flowers.) Luckily, Kim Kardashian didn't limit her week merely to renting out the Staples Center for Kanye West 's 38th birthday so that Justin Bieber , John Legend and other FOKs (that's Friends of Kanye) could pretend to be Lakers.