May 6, 2011
Nikki Yancey knew that no pictures had been released of Osama bin Laden after the terrorist leader was killed this week in a lightning raid by U.S. commandos in Pakistan. So she was surprised when a friend reported that Yancey's Facebook account had tried to entice her 600-plus friends to click on a link that allegedly would bring up photographs of the dead al-Qaida leader. In reality, no such images were available. What happened? Yancey's social networking identity had been hijacked.
March 8, 2011
They posed as friendly female employees eager to help older women visiting from out of state, guiding them, police said, into bathroom stalls at rest stops along Interstate 95 in Harford and Cecil counties, and possibly others in New Jersey. But authorities say the good-will ambassadors were conspirators in an elaborate theft scheme. Police said one participant diverted the women's attention while another hid in a neighboring stall and plucked wallets and credit cards from purses hanging on hooks or stuffed behind toilets.
March 9, 2007
The Orioles play at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter a total of six times this spring, which should provide ample opportunity for me to sneak away and visit the Burt Reynolds & Friends Museum. The museum, which is located on U.S. 1 in Jupiter, is a shrine to the television and movie star who had such terrific range that he dated Oscar winner Sally Field and was married to comedienne Judy Carne and television actress Loni Anderson. Burt's a pretty good actor, too, with well-regarded roles in Deliverance and Boogie Nights as well as the lovable rogue he played in several Smokey and the Bandit movies.
January 26, 2007
Never put off until tomorrow what you can easily put off a lot longer than that. Not, perhaps, the wisest words to live by. But they worked out well for Piers Steel. The University of Calgary psychology professor spent 10 years studying procrastination before he finally got around to publishing his findings in this month's Psychological Bulletin. "I had to read a lot of papers," he says. Steel was on a mission. He wanted to figure out what the reams of past procrastination research really added up to. Now, after pooling the data from 216 earlier studies - and incorporating results from hundreds more - he has compiled a comprehensive report that includes, among other things, findings about the damage procrastination can do to health, happiness and bank accounts.
June 25, 2006
Cephas Richardson wanted to refinance a house along Lorraine Avenue in Charles Village. But instead of calling a bank, he called a number he saw on one of the "We Buy Houses" signs in the neighborhood. Richardson was told he could get a $100,000 refinance. All he had to do was show up at a building on Mulberry Street with $5,000 in cash. "I never went," said the vice bishop of Greater Jerusalem Church in Waverly. Richardson eventually got a $65,000 loan from a reputable lender and didn't let his house slip through his fingers.
March 9, 2006
Culture Bandit is Vanessa Hidary's self-portrait of the artist as a racially envious young woman. Growing up Jewish in a mixed section of New York's Upper West Side, Hidary finds herself drawn to the Hispanic and African-American cultures of her friends and classmates. She is, in her own words, "young, gifted and bat mitzvahed," at the same time that she's a fan of salsa, pork and Michael Jackson. A veteran of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and a grand slam finalist at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Hidary tells her story in the form of a series of spoken-word riffs, directed by Mariana Hellmund.