November 12, 2014 |
Registration is open for those wishing to attend the Roman Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families, set for next year in Philadelphia, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Monday. While there has been no official confirmation, Pope Francis is expected to attend part of the gathering, set for Sept. 22 to 24 and based at the Convention Center. More than a million people are expected to come to the city for a chance to see the popular and controversial pontiff. The conference will consist of a Youth Congress for ages 6 to 17 and an Adult Congress for those 18 and older, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said.
November 10, 2014 |
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
November 8, 2014 |
Tudo , the title of Bebel Gilberto's new album, means "everything" in Portuguese. That's an apt description of the record, Gilberto's fifth. It's a melange, a seamless and comforting mix of gentle acoustic tracks and percolating electronic ones, of originals and covers, of bossa novas sung in Portuguese and singer-songwriter ballads sung in English, of melancholy and joy. But Tudo has another layer of meaning, says Gilberto, 48, who comes to...
November 4, 2014 |
ROBERT BERGHAIER probably could have been a writer or an artist. He didn't take up either trade, but his son, Robert, said his father, a veteran of two wars, had a discerning eye. "He was very observant," his son said. "He had a very good eye and a gift for being very descriptive. He could process information and tell you exactly what happened. " What happened to Robert Berghaier might have made a good book. He and his son would sit around the kitchen table and the elder Berghaier would regale his son with stories of his adventures, down to the smallest detail.
November 1, 2014 |
When documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was approached by an anonymous whistle-blower calling himself Citizenfour, he warned her to upgrade her computer security substantially if she wanted to evade government surveillance. "Assume your adversary is capable of 3 billion guesses per second," he wrote her. If anyone was familiar with U.S. officials' formidable capabilities for data mining, it was Edward Snowden, the cynosure of Poitras' alarming film, Citizenfour . It's a rather claustrophobic documentary, made up largely of Snowden - whom Poitras had lobbied strenuously to film - holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong for eight days.
October 29, 2014 |
LONGWOOD Gardens has long been known for its pristine topiaries, gorgeous greenhouses, incredible lawns and generally flawless flora. But for several weeks, Pierre S. du Pont's vast and elegant onetime country estate has gleaned international attention for its lush, planted . . . potties. The 1,077-acre site's 4-year-old facilities are among 10 nationwide finalists in an online contest to be crowned (throned?) "America's Best Restroom. " It's no wonder Longwood's loveliest loos caught the eyes of competition organizer Cintas, a Cincinnati-based uniform, restroom and restaurant mega-supplier/cleaner.
October 22, 2014 |
The perennial bottom-feeding Kansas City Royals have run the table through the playoffs thus far in their first postseason appearance since 1985. They start the World Series tonight at home against the San Francisco Giants, who are on a quest to win their third World Series in 5 years and become the defining team of the decade. Take a look at how the teams match up in terms of hitting, pitching, fielding, running and managing: HITTING Royals: Timely hitting and small ball have fueled KC's underdog run to the American League pennant, but the Royals ranged from mediocre to poor offensively in the regular season (23rd in OPS+, which adjusts for ballpark differences)
October 20, 2014 |
I lifted my backpack to my knees, shuffling everything inside it until I found my headphones and sketch pad. I needed these objects to distract me from hearing the man in front of me, belting out the Portuguese song playing on his iPod. Along with the other bewildered passengers at my sides, I couldn't resist releasing a giggle and smiling in the direction of my feet. I could catch a glimpse of the singing man through his reflection in the window. He appeared to be energized, and he sang with his eyes tightly shut.
October 17, 2014 |
Dot-restaurant will debut next month, following on the heels of dot-city, dot-organic, dot-rich, and even - dare we say it? - dot-WTF. So before you suddenly notice how the digital landscape has shifted and utter that bemused (and unprintable) expression yourself, here's an update on what's happening. Yes, there's an Internet land rush underway, pretty much as predicted when the Net's overseers decided three years ago to allow a huge expansion of "generic top-level domains. " The result?
October 13, 2014 |
As even the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged, Ebola is scary. The deadliness of the virus and its sometimes gruesome symptoms helped make it a focus of news reports and Hollywood treatments decades before the current outbreak, even as actual cases remained relatively limited and remote. Now that the contagion has killed nearly 4,000 West Africans and, in a few cases, reached across the globe, the dread surrounding it has gone from theoretical to actual for much more of the world.