October 6, 2005
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED / / Elijah Wood is a young Jew who travels to the Ukraine and enlists some eccentric locals to help him find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. PG-13. THE GOSPEL / / A successful R&B singer who has abandoned his father's church returns years later to try and make things right -- and discovers the congregation has a lot more to overcome than his youthful fecklessness. PG. IN HER SHOES / / Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette are squabbling, mismatched sisters in this comic melodrama from writer-director Curtis Hanson.
November 2, 2003
Kamato Hongo, 116, a Japanese woman believed to have been the world's oldest person, died of pneumonia Friday. Born in 1887, Ms. Hongo was recognized as the world's oldest person by the Guinness Book of Records after an American woman -- Maude Farris-Luse -- died in March at age 115. Ms. Hongo was known throughout Japan for her habit of sleeping for two days and then staying awake for two days. Raised on a small, rural island on Japan's southern fringe, Ms. Hongo grew up tending cows and farming potatoes.
May 1, 2003
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Matchbox Twenty, Sugar Ray and Maroon 5 will perform at the MCI Center May 16. Mix Fest, featuring Uncle Cracker, O.A.R., Macy Gray, Sixpence None the Richer, Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachel Farris, Ike and guest host Lisa Marie Presley, will be held at Pier Six Concert Pavilion June 7. 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous play Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va., July 6. David Sanborn performs at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Oct. 5. Also, Arlo Guthrie is there Nov. 18-19.
December 3, 1995
NORFOLK, Va. -- Eight years ago, he spurned the Republican Party and voted against Robert H. Bork for the Supreme Court. Two years ago, he rejected the party nominee for lieutenant governor, Michael P. Farris, who lost. And in last year's Senate race, he supported an independent, rather than the Republican nominee, Oliver L. North. Mr. North lost, too.To be sure, Sen. John W. Warner of Virginia is no longer the favorite son of many state Republicans. But this year, as he gears up to run for a fourth term in 1996, antipathy toward him has reached new heights, threatening to fracture the state party and deliver the seat to a Democrat for the first time in 30 years.
October 23, 1993
RICHMOND, Va. -- The issue is change and the name of the game is albatross-hanging as the campaign to elect a new governor of Virginia on Nov. 2 comes down to the wire.With Democratic Gov. L. Douglas Wilder stepping aside under a state law that bars two consecutive terms, both Mary Sue Terry, the Democratic state attorney general, and George F. Allen, a former Republican congressman, are telling voters they represent the change that polls say the voters want.After 12 years of Democratic control of the governor's mansion, Mr. Allen, son of the late Washington Redskins football coach, has the much easier sales job. But Ms. Terry is warning that his election would deliver the state into the hands of "extremists" of the religious right.
March 31, 1992
William E. Wright Jr., an Army officer captured by the Germans in World War II and a civilian military intelligence specialist for the Army, died Saturday of cancer at his home on Stonewall Road in Catonsville.Services for Mr. Wright, 70, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow in a chapel at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1966.He had enlisted in 1940. After completing Officers Candidate School, he was an infantry officer in Italy and Southern France before being captured by the Germans in 1944.
March 26, 2000
ON THURSDAY a score of leaders from evangelical and family values groups are scheduled to gather in Dallas for a day of intense talks and planning for this year's elections. The expected guests include such prominent veterans of the evangelical movement -- the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who has just started a campaign called People of Faith 2000; Mike Farris, who runs the Madison Project; Donald Hodel, a former top official of the Christian Coalition; James Kennedy, a prominent Florida evangelical; Tim LaHaye, who heads Family Life Seminars; and the Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, the leader of the Traditional Values Coalition.
March 19, 1991
WASHINGTON -- They weigh up to 134,000 pounds, ride on 28 wheels and stretch 110 feet, more than one-third the length of a football field.Thirteen states allow them on the highway, and the American Trucking Association wants Congress to clear the way for them nationwide.They're triple trailers, and they'll be the subject of a bitter and expensive congressional lobbying battle that pits trucking interests against safety advocates and the railroad industry.The trucking industry argues that bigger trucks will increase efficiency, cut costs for consumers and pose little safety hazard.
December 17, 1998
Flora Roberts, 77, a play agent who worked with Stephen Sondheim, Tina Howe, Alfred Uhry and others, died Saturday in New York of congestive heart failure. She was known for her critical reading of scripts and analysis of plays.Pradeep, 83, a master of Hindi poetry and a favorite of Indian prime ministers and paupers alike, died Friday in New Delhi after suffering from acute bronchitis. Pradeep, who used only one name, was the favorite poet of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who this year conferred on him India's highest honor for lifetime contribution to cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.