July 7, 1994
WE print the following with no editorial comment other than an admonition to let sleeping spirits sleep.KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Reuter) -- Malaysia has approved a new national research center to study the supernatural, the New Straits Times reported, amid complaints that agitated spirits are increasingly wrecking people's lives."
April 16, 1992
WEEPING CHURCH statues and portraits? Priests suffering from stigmata? Esoteric messages from saints and the supernatural? Granted, this makes great copy, but media attention to such phenomena only serves to bestow undeserved legitimacy on so-called "supernatural occurances" and feed irrational beliefs.The fact is, all the reported phenomena can be explained entirely in physical or natural terms -- if the observers are objective, rational and analytical. For example, paint solvents are known to leach out of surfaces under certain conditions of humidity and temperature.
October 23, 2002
Now that Carlos Santana has rewritten the book on late-career comebacks, what does he do for an encore? The answer arrived yesterday with Shaman, the follow-up to the 1999 pop landmark Supernatural, which sold 25 million copies, spent two years on the Billboard 200 album chart (12 weeks at No. 1) and hauled in nine Grammy Awards. Supernatural was masterminded by longtime Santana mentor Clive Davis, who signed the guitarist to his original deal at Columbia Records more than 30 years ago. The album was designed to get Santana back on the charts by pairing him with a batch of contemporary hitmakers, regardless of how little they had in common with the guitarist's Latin-rock heritage: Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Everlast, Dave Matthews.
July 31, 2007
Yesterday, Ingmar Bergman finally confronted the great antagonist of his epic moviemaking career. The writer-director who created indelible images of mortality came face to face with Death. At the age of 89, he died at his Faro Island home off the coast of Sweden. Perhaps, like Max von Sydow's knight in The Seventh Seal, he cried out to a god "who must be somewhere." But one prefers to see him as the artist-juggler sees the knight in the haunting climax of that movie, dancing "away from the dawn" with a string of fellow travelers "while the rain washes their faces and clears the salt of the tears from their cheeks."
August 4, 2007
ALICE BORCHARDT, 67 Wrote romance novels Alice Borchardt, who began a second career writing historical romance novels after she worked as a nurse for many years, died July 24 at her home in Houston. The cause was cancer, said her husband, Clifford. "Alice loved to write," Anne Rice said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. "She had a natural ear for beautiful language and was a natural storyteller." Ms. Borchardt was in her mid-50s when the first of her seven novels was published.
December 4, 1990
RICHMOND, Va. -- Boston College's Doug Able swears that he is not supernatural, that he only looked that way last night against Maryland."If I was supernatural, I would be starting," he said with a laugh.Perhaps, but his finish helped spark the Eagles in their comeback win.Able, a 6-foot-6 senior forward who was a co-captain at Calvert Hall, scored 20 points, including 12 in the last 10 minutes."It [the comeback] was a combination of myself trying hard along with [freshman center] Billy Curley and [senior reserve guard]