August 27, 2006
The Slow Moon By Elizabeth Cox Another Green World By Richard Grant Knopf / 384 pages / $24.95 Turning his attention from science fiction to a World War II thriller, Grant has produced a big, noisy ripsnorter of a novel. Chock-full of Nazis and besotted with the grand tradition of German literature, the book is an odd mix of cheesy cinematic effects and intellectual ruminations, of simple props - stolen documents, shiny leather boots - and high-toned literary evocations of love and loss.
January 7, 2005
Last week, we heard that No. 26 was so important to the Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis that he promised to pay $40,000 to a teammate to give it up. Portis certainly isn't the only athlete playing the numbers. Some math from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: In 1929, the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians made numbers a regular part of their uniforms. Numbers matched spots in the batting order, so Babe Ruth got 3 and Lou Gehrig 4. The Philadelphia Athletics were the last team to go to numbers, holding out until 1937.
August 23, 2004
Paul G. Garrity, 66, the Boston judge whose historic rulings forced sweeping improvements in public housing conditions and a once filthy Boston Harbor, died of a heart attack Saturday in Boston. In 1979, he put the Boston Housing Authority, landlord to 50,000 residents, into receivership. Five years later, noting the improvements made in housing conditions in 67 projects, he ended the receivership. In 1983, he handed down a 10-page finding of fact charging that the Metropolitan District Commission and Boston Water and Sewer Commission were responsible for pollution in Boston Harbor.
August 15, 2004
When Lillian Sonberg and other Czechoslovakians were recruited 65 years ago to teach Marylanders how to make Bata shoes at the company's Belcamp plant, farmland along U.S. 40 stretched to the horizon. It was 1939, a time when people left their doors unlocked and placed money on the dining table for the milkman to pick up Friday mornings. Now the Bata plant -- once the largest private employer in Harford County -- is just about demolished. The last remnant of Bata's existence -- a five-story building used for assembling parts -- was bought by Clark Turner Cos. last week for part of its Water's Edge development, a $150 million luxury waterfront community on 200 acres along the Bush River.
February 4, 2003
ON OCT. 27, 1989, the police in communist Czechoslovakia hauled in a red-headed, chain-smoking, truth-speaking playwright whom they viewed as a threat to the regime. Less than two months later, that playwright was elected president of what had by that time become an ex-communist country. "History has accelerated," Vaclav Havel told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that winter. Mr. Havel -- who entered office as a rumpled dissident, fond of rock music and of making himself intolerable to authority -- stepped down on Sunday.
November 20, 1999
Today in history: Nov. 20In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.In 1910, revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.In 1945, 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.In 1947, Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey.In 1959, the United Nations issued its "Declaration of the Rights of the Child."