January 21, 2013 |
Where is a dead Turkish diplomat when you need one? As we approach the midpoint of “Downton Abbey's” third season, I am increasingly concerned the show has lost its ability to surprise. I find myself nostalgic for the long-ago days when you never knew who might slip on an errant bar of soap, die from ingesting rat poison, or carry on a same-sex affair with closeted members of the nobility. What was so seductive about “Downton Abbey” the first time around was how it offered all the usual trappings of British costume drama, while also indulging the more prurient impulses of the contemporary viewer.
April 18, 1985 |
Eddie Watkins, like more than 125 other law enforcement officials scouring this rugged Ozark Mountain terrain, was bone-weary and frustrated Wednesday as the search went on through the hot afternoon. The small army of law officers was looking for David C. Tate, 22, a neo-Nazi survivalist member of a group called The Order, sought for the killing of a Missouri patrolman Monday and by federal officials in Seattle on other charges.
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April 8, 1998 |
The sisters, sipping their soup and picking at their salads, barely resemble the glossy publicity photographs they have dutifully toted along in a battered briefcase. Certainly the pair still look like performers. Still pretty, yes. Still stylishly slim--and then some. Still wearing artfully applied cosmetics that almost conceal dark under-eye circles and the telltale tracks of stress. Almost. The Buckelew sisters--Aleta, 34, and Sonya, 37--still smile on command.
December 11, 2012 |
Delta Air Lines Inc. agreed to buy the 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. held by Singapore Airlines Ltd. for $360 million to boost its share of the lucrative trans-Atlantic travel market. Delta and Virgin Atlantic, the biggest long-haul rival to British Airways at London's Heathrow airport, will also begin a joint venture on 31 roundtrip daily flights between the U.K. and North America, the companies said today in a statement. The deal positions Atlanta-based Delta to grab a bigger slice of the world's biggest market for premium passengers.
April 23, 1999 |
Having built a successful track record challenging established players in the airline, soft drink and music industry, Virgin founder Richard Branson now says he plans to jump into the Internet bookstore fray next month. At the opening of his first Virgin cinema in Japan here in a suburb of Fukuoka, Branson said his most recent brainchild is a book and CD retailer on the Internet to be called, what else, Virgin.Com. "In two weeks' time, we'll be taking on Amazon on the Internet," Branson said.
December 25, 1998 |
British tycoon Richard Branson's hot-air balloon reached the halfway mark in its round-the-world record bid Thursday, with the crew hoping to celebrate Christmas by eating turkey stew over the United States. Branson, American Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden were about 1,500 miles east of Japan. "They are pleased with their progress, but there is still a worry about the weather in the Pacific," ground crew spokeswoman Jackie McQuillan said.