September 2, 2005 |
THE INTELLECTUAL crank is a familiar character. He produces lengthy manifestos explaining the world according to some completely novel and intricate theory, and claims to have completely overturned settled thinking on one or many subjects. He is almost invariably a loon. Jude Wanniski, who passed away this week, was a crank. The difference between him and the overwhelming majority of cranks is that Wanniski's crankery caught on. Wanniski's idea is called supply-side economics.
August 30, 2005 |
The phone call lasted just long enough to break Bridgette Medley's heart. Medley, her husband and her 3-year-old daughter had sought shelter from Hurricane Katrina at a downtown hotel. Water seeped through the ceiling and wind made the building shudder as they slept on the hard floor of a ballroom. But they were safe. Her siblings and parents were not.
August 14, 2005 |
Buyers, have I got a bridge for you! Cheap! No? Well, then, how about a doorbell fashioned from a deer's rear end? Come on! You know you'll love it. As ever, there's no end to the silly items to be found on EBay, and you can credit two enterprising San Francisco-based Web designers, Drue Miller and Shauna Wright, for cruising the listings and posting them on their hilarious website whowouldbuythat.com.
July 31, 2005 |
As a longtime engineer for Grumman Corp., Joel Schachter helped design parts for the space vehicle that landed man on the moon. Today, the 65-year-old aerospace expert earns a more down-to-earth living, climbing onto roofs and slithering into crawl spaces as surely the most overqualified home inspector in the Poconos.
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January 14, 2005 |
A man violated a restraining order by climbing into his ex-wife's attic in Glen Avon, authorities said Thursday. After he crashed through into her garage, he fled from Riverside County sheriff's deputies, was shot at and captured, authorities said. Antonio Martinez, 43, was arrested near the home he entered Wednesday in the 9200 block of Melissa Circle, officials said. Martinez's ex-wife reported noise in her attic, where deputies say they found Martinez.
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September 23, 2004 |
Firefighters battled high winds and temperatures Wednesday to extinguish an attic blaze before it could spread to the wood shake roofs of two nearby homes. Those homes, in the 10 block of Rock Wren, were "pummeled by embers," but firefighters were able to save them, said Capt. Stephen Miller, Orange County Fire Authority spokesman. The fire, which broke out about 3 p.m., caused about $300,000 in damage, Miller said.
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May 31, 2004 |
Gene Lore had no idea that the images of desperation tucked away in his Thousand Oaks attic could be so enriching. There were photographs of pea pickers and cotton pickers, caved-in men with hung-down heads, women with worried eyes, children clinging to their skirts. Families stood in fields and sat by shacks, looking as worn out as the cars that had carried them from nowhere good to someplace worse.
November 15, 2003 |
A pair of antiques experts filming an episode of their new television series made an exceptional find when they discovered a previously unknown work of art worth hundreds of thousands of dollars tucked away in an attic. The century-old painting by Martin Johnson Heade was discovered by Leigh and Leslie Keno as they sifted through varied treasures at a home in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Boston. The Kenos, tipped off by a local appraiser, were filming an episode of their PBS series, "Find!"
October 27, 2003 |
A family renovating a rural home they had lived in for three years found an old trash bag in an attic crawl space containing the mummified bodies of three infants. Brown County authorities said they were investigating the deaths as homicides. Chief Deputy Mike McCoy of the sheriff's department said authorities were searching for the home's prior occupants and that no arrests had been made. The infants' ages and genders had not been determined because of deterioration.
August 19, 2003 |
"Toys in the Attic," which opened on Broadway in 1960, is widely considered Lillian Hellman's last major work for the theater. Set in New Orleans, the play concerns two self-sacrificing "old maids" whose ne'er-do-well younger brother, whom they have long been accustomed to supporting, blows into town with a child bride on his arm and a new fortune in his pocket. Long-winded, with a heavy quotient of melodrama, the play is a creaky relic that presents obvious problems to present-day interpreters.