July 19, 2013 |
GALMPTON, England - The final push to the top of his personal Everest consisted of about 50 dainty steps, in the precise and idiosyncratic gait he has perfected over 25 years. David Suchet paced up to the door of the house, glanced around, gave a tip of his hat and the ghost of a smile, and disappeared inside. When the cameras stopped rolling, he emerged and raised his arms in triumph as a crew member called a wrap on one of the most remarkable achievements in recent British television history.
June 27, 2013 |
At a dinner party last weekend, my host served a Simi Cabernet Sauvignon purchased at Trader Joe's. On second thought, maybe he should have held onto that bottle for a few years. (Just joking,) A bottle of the 1935 Simi Cabernet is estimated to fetch $400 to $600 in a Christie's auction which starts today. The international auction house's “ Signature Cellars: the All-American Sale ” is online-only and includes more than 250 lots of classic and cult wines from American producers.
June 19, 2013 |
Chris Christie might have committed political suicide Tuesday. Luckily the members of his audience were all well under voting age. While admitting “is not the smartest thing for the governor of New Jersey to be,” Christie told a group of students at a school in central New Jersey his favorite football team is the Dallas Cowboys. His announcement was met with a resounding chorus of boos, with maybe a few cheers scattered in there. The Cowboys are NFC East division rivals of the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, both of which have large fan bases in New Jersey.
June 19, 2013 |
A painting by Wassily Kandinsky has sold for $21.2 million at a Christie's auction of Impressionist and Modern works of art in London. The auction on Tuesday brought in a hefty total of $100.4 million, but the sale lacked any major surprises. Kandinsky's "Study for Improvisation 3," created in 1909, was the top seller of the evening. The price was in the middle of the auction house's expectation range. The brightly colored landscape painting sold for $16.8 million in 2008. Tuesday's auction also featured Picasso's 1960 painting "Woman Seated in an Armchair," which sold for $9.6 million, slightly surpassing expectations.
June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday said he would appoint state Atty. Gen. Jeffrey Chiesa, a fellow Republican, as the state's interim U.S. senator, replacing Democrat Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday. Christie said Chiesa would not be a candidate in the special election this fall to serve the remainder of Lautenberg's unexpired term, which runs through January of 2015. Chiesa has long ties to the Republican governor, having served as his chief counsel when Christie became governor in January 2010 and then as attorney general, an appointed position, since January 2012.
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June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving, died Monday at age 89. Lautenberg, who was the Senate's oldest member and his state's longest-serving senator (28 years, 5 months and 8 days), died of complications from viral pneumonia at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, his office announced.
June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led fights to ban smoking on airplanes and to crack down on drunk driving, died Monday at age 89. His death opens the way for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, to appoint a replacement who could serve until Lautenberg's term ends in January 2015 unless Christie calls a special election for this November....
May 10, 2013 |
“The Great Gatsby's” leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, is using his current screen sway for environmental good -- again. Together with Christie's next week, DiCaprio will co-host “the most important environmental charity ever staged,” the auction house's Brett Gorvy said in a statement. The 11th Hour charity auction, to be held in New York Monday evening, will benefit environmental and wildlife conservation efforts supported by the now 15-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.
May 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who recently described himself as “the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen,” revealed Tuesday that he's taken a major step toward slimming down. The Republican told the New York Post that he underwent lap-band stomach surgery over the Presidents Day holiday -- auspicious timing given that news of the procedure is seen as the latest indication that he's eyeing a White House run in 2016. Christie, however, denied that the procedure had any political implications, saying the decision was made after pleas from his family to shape up after a milestone birthday.