April 9, 1998
Drivers who play "park shark," prowling the lot for the closest empty space, should just give up and park it, a new study suggests.A paper in Transportation Science shows the quickest way to get inside is to pick the first available space. In the study, Richard Cassady of Mississippi State University and John Kobza of Virginia Tech set up a hypothetical parking lot, then calculated the probability of hypothetical drivers finding a space quickly.The scientists looked at three factors that constitute a good space: how close it is to the front entrance, how long it takes to find and how long it takes the driver to reach the front door after entering the parking lot.They modeled two kinds of drivers.
June 14, 1998
"Threads of Time: Recollections," by Peter Brook. Counterpoint. 198 pages. $25.From 1946 through the late 1980s, Peter Brook was the English-speaking world's greatest theater director. His productions ranged from King Lear (with Paul Scofield) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (the set was an all-white squash court with trapezes) to projects developed by Brook's International Center of Theater Research that included "The Conference of the Birds," "Mahabharata" (10 years in the making with an international group of artists)
December 28, 1993
THEY'RE home now.They come from college carrying bags filled with dirty laundry and wearing new-found philosophies. We listen, their father and I, and we watch.We listen to their ideas on the environment, nutrition, psychology, and yes, raising a family. We watch an earring appear and then disappear and a full head of hair turn to a shiny pate.We wonder what happened to the wardrobe they packed when they left for college and why they prefer wearing a roommate's clothes. But it's OK, we say.They're home now, and the Oriental lamp in the living room is wearing a baseball cap. There are always sneakers in the hall and an empty milk carton on the kitchen counter.
June 13, 1993
STONINGTON, Conn. -- It sounds so simple: "Creating a Beautiful Home."But the subject and title of the most recent book by the interior designer and writer Alexandra Stoddard can be more than a little intimidating to those who think they lack the flair -- or the funds -- for home decorating.That need not be the case, insists Ms. Stoddard, arguing that the tools of interior design are at everyone's fingertips.A sort of self-help home-decorating guide, her latest book (published by William Morrow last year)
July 17, 1993
LONG POND, Pa. -- The Winston Cup Series has come to the Pocono Mountains to mourn.The faces in the garages are somber and pale. They buried Winston Cup star Davey Allison in Hueytown, Ala., on Thursday. The funeral procession was eight miles long, and mourners lined both sides of the road from church to cemetery."The only thing that rivaled the outpouring of sympathy was Bear Bryant's funeral," Allison's close friend Neil Bonnett said. "To see that much sympathy and caring, it made me glad that I live in Alabama."
August 28, 2001
Business has been so good in the two years since Lee Cohen and Patricia Lobel bought Avenue Gourmet that the Owings Mills specialty food distributor twice asked for more space from its landlord. "To grow we needed space to add items," said Cohen, a vice president. "We needed certain things, and our landlord found us space and is getting it ready for us now." The latest lease was for 11,000 square feet, which real estate brokers consider modest. But the landlord, MIE Properties Inc., was happy for the business.