June 1, 2005
THE FRENCH are fed up. The world has been changing fast, and not in a way that thrills everyone living in it. To take just one example, the forces that shut down the GM plant on Broening Highway are battering - or will be battering - at the gates of the Renault factory in Le Mans. Everybody knows that, and though most people know that change is bound to occur, the uneasiness in France (and in Europe and in the rest of the developed world) is deeply rooted in the feeling that ordinary people (call them voters)
April 14, 2003
THERE'S REALLY nothing like the power of a big wave, all that water rising, cresting, crashing down and churning across dangerous shallows, like a building collapsing. The sound alone can be riveting, terrifying and unforgettable. And among big-wave aficionados, certain beaches - particularly in Hawaii and California - are renowned for reliably producing these giant walls of water, swells 60 feet tall or more. As such, they are just about holy places, luring world-class surfers on high-risk quests that they tend to describe in spiritual terms.
April 24, 2002
FOR THE NEXT two weeks, France, and the world, will witness the spectacle of an extreme nationalist right-winger as one of two candidates for president. Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose National Front party is built on poisonous resentments, shocked the nation by coming in second in Sunday's first round of balloting, edging out the Socialist prime minister, Lionel Jospin. Mr. Le Pen stands virtually no chance of winning in his face-off with Jacques Chirac, the incumbent, on May 5. But simply by getting to the second round, and muscling the left out of the race entirely, he has set off alarm bells throughout European politics.
April 16, 2010
"Kirikou and the Sorceress" (1998) Michel Ocelot's splendid animated feature tells a sensual, guilt-free fairy tale — a West African fable about the power of original innocence. A tiny baby boy named Kirikou pushes himself out of his mother at birth and rarely stops moving until he defeats the sorceress Karaba, who has laid waste to his village. Most of Kirikou's powers are simple, not super: the bravery of someone who doesn't know his limits, the forceful logic of untainted intelligence, a knack for healing rather than for revenge.
September 14, 2003
On September 12, 2003, STEVEN THOMAS FRENCH, 45, of Stevensville, MD; beloved husband of Michele French, of Stevensville, MD; step-father of Damon Costa and Lauren Costa, both of Stevensville, MD; son of Stanley French and Helen Mankins, of Wisconsin; brother of Sonny French, of PA, Mike French, of TX, Donald French, of PA and Joseph Mankin, of WV; step-brother of Ronald Hankel, of Brookville, MD and Carol Lueandowski, of Chicago, IL. A Memorial Service...