October 11, 1991 |
In the hot plains of New Mexico, four men sit cloistered inside an old adobe tower designing a kind of jewelry never seen before. With the colorful sunsets of the Southwest to inspire them, they sketch rings with pink tourmaline, purple amethyst and fire opals that match the colors in the sky. They do not worry whether the stones exist that will fit their designs. They leave that to the 200 or so jewelers who toil in the 150-year-old adobe church below.
January 27, 2002 |
For the first time in a decade, the Army is revising its dress code, allowing more color, style and convenience into all that soldiers can be. Front and center is the issue of hairstyles. For male recruits, the buzz cut has always been de rigueur. Now the Army is permitting shaved heads for men, and cornrows and braids for women. Dyed hair is fine too--as long as the hue isn't blue, fire-engine red, orange, purple, green or some other hair color not found in nature.
February 2, 1995 |
Colored gemstones used to fall into two categories: the big three--emeralds, rubies and sapphires--and everything else, which was classified as semiprecious. Semiprecious stones are no longer treated like poor relations. Colored gemstones such as tourmaline and tanzanite have grown so much in value and prestige in recent years that jewelers say the term "semiprecious" has become outdated. Some semiprecious gems are even more valuable than so-called precious gems.
February 5, 1987 |
The whole village had come to dinner in hall. There had been boar's head and venison and pork and beef and mutton and capons but no turkey, because this bird had not yet been invented. There had been plum pudding and snap - dragon, with blue fire on the tips of one's fingers, and as much mead as anyone could drink. From "The Once and Future King," by T. S. White.
July 17, 2010 |
According to recent surveys, the Danes, with their socialist monarchy, carpe diem atheism and boisterous birth rates, are the happiest people on the planet. Just don't try telling this to Thomas E. Kennedy. His ensnaring, original novel, "In the Company of Angels," looks into the hearts of four ordinary yet emotionally tortured Copenhageners — and confronts them with Nardo, a refugee from Chile whose courage in the face of physical torture points up the lies in their lives. Kennedy scrutinizes Danish experience the way only an expat son can view his adopted country.
July 7, 2009 |
Until its trees started dying, the Colorado ski resort town of Breckenridge stayed out of the business of telling residents how to defend their homes against wildfire. But with trees ravaged by a mountain pine beetle epidemic that has left large rust-tinged swaths of forest vulnerable to a catastrophic fire, town officials decided this year they had to act.
July 6, 2013 |
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
December 20, 1998 |
In the seconds before an F/A-18 Hornet catapults from the carrier deck, the fighter jet is locked in place with twin engines spewing blue fire like giant blowtorches. The flames are several yards long and so hot that they scorch the cool night wind blowing across the bow. An observer can feel the powerful blast of heat more than a hundred yards away.
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August 5, 1989 |
The lights dim, the music swells, and the booming voice of an announcer washes over hundreds of people assembled before a pool of water in a corner of the Disneyland Hotel grounds. Mark Rubin's eyes are on the water, not the people, as he listens for the opening strains of the theme music from "Steamboat Willie," the 1928 cartoon that introduced Mickey Mouse to America.
May 16, 2003 |
It was supposed to have been a routine "close air support operation." A group of U.S. special operations forces aiding a convoy of Kurdish fighters radioed two American fighter jets to strike an enemy tank that was firing at them about a mile away. But instead of striking the Iraqi tank, one of the aircraft dropped a bomb on top of the convoy, killing 18 Kurds and injuring three U.S. soldiers.