September 20, 2000
Late night on Olympic Boulevard is a quiet and precious time. There are eerie blue lights shining in the sky, a bunch of security guards fighting sleep and a work crew washing down the street and emptying the trash. It's all in stark contrast to the daytime hustle and bustle, when tens of thousands of fans troop to a dozen venues in hot pursuit of an Olympic moment. Over there, on the right, in the massive Olympic Stadium, quite simply the largest and most stupendous I've ever seen, all is still.
July 5, 2006
DORTMUND, Germany -- Italy has some tremendous soccer players, the sort who never give up, never stop running, never stop seeking ways to win. All of that was evident yesterday when Italy overcame not only Germany and almost 65,000 German fans at the cauldron of noise that is Westfalen Stadium, in a World Cup semifinal that crackled with tension and that was not decided until overtime itself had all but expired. world cup Portugal vs. France, 3 p.m. today, ESPN
December 21, 1995
Radiance Services Co.'s innovative method of "dry-cleaning" semiconductors has been honored by Industry Week magazine as Technology of the Year, the Bethesda-based company said yesterday.The company shared the honors with American Superconductor, Sun Microsystems, Red Pepper Software and Sandia National Laboratories.Radiance said its patented technology employs a pulsed laser and flowing gas to remove microscopic contaminants from computer chips, flat-panel displays, fiber-optic cables and other sensitive surfaces without using water or chemicals.
September 16, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - It was overwrought, but wonderful. Australia can only hope that the Olympics themselves are as spectacular as last night's opening ceremony. In a show bigger than the Outback, Australia displayed the audacity and exuberance that allowed it to land the Games of the XXVII Olympiad. The parade of most of the 10,000 athletes from 200 nations was outnumbered by performers, as a 90-minute display of entertainment ranged from psychedelic fantasy to high-wire act to boardwalk kitsch.
February 28, 1995
ANOTHER view, from the editorial page (Feb. 22) of the Wilmington News Journal:"In her moment of triumph, Myrlie Evers-Williams, the new chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, blew a kiss to a packed ballroom in a New York hotel over the weekend, and it roared its approval."That act probably means far more than the brusque, 'It's time to clean house. Where's my broom?' sound-bite most of us have seen repeatedly on TV."Dr. William F. Gibson, the South Carolina dentist who had been chairman for a decade, represented a class schism that has existed on the board for years.
May 21, 1995
The witch who went to school got kicked out of class.A county book-screening council voted not to allow second-grade teachers to use "The Witch Goes to School," by Norman Bridwell, and will vote over the next week on eight other books objected to by some members.When a high school student who is a member of the screening committee defended the book by saying the witch in it is a good person, the mother behind her said, "This is the problem."For people of faith, a lot of Christians and a lot of Jewish people, they don't want their children thinking of witches as good people, people they should be friends with," said Nita Korn of Pleasant Valley, who has a child at West Middle School."