November 5, 2004
Former college roommates Miles and Jack, both firmly ensconced in middle age and enduring the myriad crises that station in life inevitably entails, have embarked on a tour of California's wine country. For reluctant divorcee Miles, the trip is a chance to maybe finally move past his failed marriage and a present to his longtime bud, an opportunity for last-chance bonding before Jack's impending nuptials. For veteran bachelor Jack, it's a chance to sow some final wild oats. For audiences, Sideways is a voyage of rediscovery, a chance to revel in the simple pleasures - too often forgotten in this age of cinematic blockbusters - of a film that celebrates the intricacies of life in ways both splendid and mundane, revealing it all with unflinching honesty.
March 17, 2002
Vacationing Survivor-style may seem like an oxymoron, but that hasn't stopped Island Quest Vacations. "Survivor was the inspiration," says company spokeswoman Annesophia Alexander. Island Quest trips will mimic the reality show, she says, but "there's no eating bugs, starving or getting voted off." Although no trips have been scheduled yet, Island Quest's plan is to give vacationers a week of fun in the sun -- on St. Croix or aboard a Royal Caribbean ship -- with daily quests, secret missions and nightly point-earning summits.
September 6, 2004
Body found in July in Kansas City linked to new discoveries KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A body found in July behind a vacant apartment building in Kansas City has been linked to five others discovered since Thursday in the same part of the city, police said yesterday. At a news conference, police Capt. Rich Lockhart said three of the victims had been identified, while the other three bodies were so decomposed that police have not been able to determine their race or sex. Two bodies were found Thursday in a detached garage after someone notified police of a foul odor.
August 24, 1997
RECENTLY I SPENT several days touring the California wine country, and I must say that it was a wonderful experience that I will remember until long after I get this mud out of my ears.I'll explain the mud in a moment, but first I should explain that the wine country is an area near San Francisco that is abundantly blessed with the crucial natural ingredient that you need to have a successful wine country: tourists. There are thousands and thousands of them, forming a dense, continuous stream of rental cars creeping up and down the Napa Valley, where you apparently cannot be a legal resident unless you own a winery named after yourself.
September 12, 2010
In Sally Thorner's living room, a sprawling rattan loveseat beckons from a corner. A bit fantastical, it's a closer relative of the porch swing than the sofa in mood and purpose. With its oversized downy cushions, this piece is meant for long, lazy mornings, for losing track of time with one's husband, for unabashed relaxation. Needless to say, it's new. As an anchorwoman for 25 years, the omnipresent face of television news in Baltimore, Thorner had little time to herself.
February 27, 2008
Never mind all the naysayers who say newspapers are only good for kitty litter. From Annapolis comes proof that papers are also good for murder investigations, albeit by way of the litter box. On Monday, workers at an Annapolis animal hospital were shredding The Capital to fill kitty boxes - try doing that with the Internet! - when one of them spotted a photo of a missing SUV. Police were looking for it because it belonged to a man found murdered in Davidsonville last week. Looked just like the green Hyundai that had been sitting in the lot for the past week.