June 14, 2005
WHOEVER sent Larry Bigbie the green jade Buddha, please stand up. It worked. "There was no note. It just came in the mail," Bigbie said, reaching up to the top shelf of his locker last night. He pulled down the miniature statue, cradling the big-bellied talisman in the palm of his hand. "No offense to all the people who sent me stuff, but I had to take it all down. Except this one. I think I'll keep this one," he said. Homers for Buddha: Bigbie's search for a good-luck charm ended when Bigbie announced himself last night, finally, in grand fashion to Charm City.
November 13, 2003
Armed forces chief is latest to resign in Colombian shake-up BOGOTA, Colombia - The commander of Colombia's armed forces said yesterday that he is resigning, joining three Cabinet ministers who have stepped down in a shake-up marring President Alvaro Uribe's administration. Gen. Jorge Enrique Mora, 58, a hard-nosed soldier with 42 years of army experience and an intense, vocal hatred of Marxist rebels, said in a nationally televised news conference that five years as the military's top commander was enough.
August 24, 2003
A Memorable Place Getting to know all about Bangkok By Peg Silloway SPECIAL TO THE SUN He loomed over me with a fiendish grin and wild eyes above vicious tusks. Immense blue hands grasped an intricately carved staff. I was face to face -- well, face to knee -- with an armored, helmeted and gilded demon. Squinting against the intense Bangkok sun, I braced myself and leaned back to take in the full impact. Until this business trip, what I knew of Thailand came from The King and I. But in Bangkok I saw a city of beauty, noise, smiles, congestion, courtesy, pollution, tradition and surging growth.
May 25, 2003
Even before the house lights come up in the theater, while the final credits for The Matrix Reloaded are still rolling, the arguments begin. Is the character named Neo the Messiah? Will Zion be destroyed? Is the last face seen on the screen supposed to be Judas? The discussions, some of them heated, continue as viewers file from the multiplex and spill out under the marquee. As Matrix mania continues to sweep the country, Americans are debating whether the much anticipated sequel is just another science-fiction action movie, or a spiritually significant film rife with profound religious symbolism.
December 13, 2002
Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, already a significant repository of Asian artworks, announced a gift yesterday of more than 150 works that moves it to the forefront of American museums with such collections. The gift, which includes such items as an accordion-pleated manuscript depicting elephants real and divine, a 6-foot-high Burmese lacquer image of the Buddha and a 19th-century carved wooden pulpit from Thailand, came from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which holds the many works collected by the late heiress and philanthropist.
June 16, 2002
Phil T. Rich, Global Village Idiot, Chef of the Activist Kitchen, or Brother Void -- would the real Andrew Boyd please stand up? Andrew Boyd, a 39-year-old author / political activist / performance artist / street theater producer from New York, brings new meaning to multiple personality. As Phil T. Rich, for instance, he co-chaired the satiric "Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)" campaign in 2000, which offered such slogans as "Corporations are people too" and "Bribery will get you everything."