September 16, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday called on Christians and Muslims to forge a common front against warfare, even as battles raged in neighboring Syria and the new U.N. peace envoy to that country conceded that the situation there was deteriorating. "It is time for Muslims and Christians to come together so as to put an end to violence and war," Benedict, 85, told an enthusiastic youth gathering on the second day of his three-day visit to Lebanon. The pontiff spoke directly to young Syrians who were in attendance, singling them out for praise.
September 13, 2012 |
The patriot-packaged "Last Ounce of Courage" has been made with the conviction of true zealots, but also the competence of amateurs. What starts as the forced but sincere tale of a small-town mayor (Marshall Teague) barely coping with his son's death in combat segues into the oddest of issue movies: a pitched harangue about that yearly yuletide culture-war controversy that Fox News likes to call "the war on Christmas. " Teague's eyes fairly burn with despair at the thought of Christmas decorations outlawed, a student with a Bible chastised by the principal and "Happy Holidays" replacing "Merry Christmas.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It was an important moment in Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, and it involved a betrayal of sorts: The Kennedys, America's most storied political dynasty, turned their backs on their longtime alliance with the America's other political dynasty, the Clintons, and endorsed the young U.S. senator from Illinois. The charge was led by Caroline Kennedy, who early on, announced her support in the pages of the New York Times, in an essay called “A President Like My Father.” On Thursday evening, Kennedy, 54, reprised that theme at the Democratic National Convention, drawing a straight line between Obama, the unfinished work of her father, John F. Kennedy, and the lifelong goals of her uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
August 26, 2012
The classroom and the home aren't the only places where young people learn lessons about growing up: For many, those lessons happen on the field or court. This fall, many of the most notable sports titles are from bestselling authors and star athletes. STAT: Double Team By Amar'e Stoudemire and Tim Jessell Scholastic, 144 pp.: $5.99, for ages 8 and up In the second book based on NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire's youth, 11-year-old Amar'e plays on a basketball team with his best friends but is soon courted by more elite players, making him question whether basketball or true friendship is more important.
August 19, 2012 |
The Distance Between Us A Memoir Reyna Grande Atria: 325 pp., $25 Reyna Grande's umbilical cord is buried under the ground of her grandmother's home in Iguala, Mexico. We learn this fact early in Grande's unforgettable new memoir, "The Distance Between Us. " Grande is a girl of about 6 when her big sister shows her the spot. Their mother, the woman once linked to Reyna by that cord, has set off for the U.S. to join their father, leaving three kids behind with their severe and cruel grandmother.
August 3, 2012 |
LONDON — She was still shaking when they led her off the mat, her giant hand trembling in the tiny palm of her Olympic escort. "I was a scared a lot," said Wojdan Shaherkani, who may be the toughest woman at these Olympics. She was still crying when they led her toward the locker room, wrapped in her brother's arms, trying vainly to pinch the tears from her large, dark eyes. Yet the sobs of defeat settled on her cheeks in pools of victory. She had lost a heavyweight judo match in less than two minutes but may have helped alter a course of centuries.
July 30, 2012 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - For some of the families recovering from the July 20 shooting rampage at a movie theater, Monday's court proceeding was a chance to show suspect James E. Holmes that they were still strong and weren't going to be intimidated. Prosecutors charged Holmes with 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of criminal intent to commit murder in connection with the rampage at an Aurora, Colo. movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises.” Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured in the attack.
June 23, 2012 |
On the steps of the courthouse where a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing young boys, Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly thanked the victims who faced a packed courthouse -- and their attacker - to tell their stories. “The victims… have shown great strength and courage, candidly and sometimes chillingly telling their stories,” Kelly said. “Not only to the jury in a packed courtroom… but also to the entire world.” After 21 hours of deliberation at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., a jury of seven women and five men on Friday night convicted the former Penn State coach of 45 charges related to the sexual assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
June 22, 2012 |
The Wizard gave Dick Cheney a new heart in March. If only he'd gotten courage as part of the deal. On Friday, Cheney's daughter, Mary, married her longtime partner , Heather Poe. The couple have two children. And how did the staunchly conservative Lynne and Dick Cheney, bastions of the Republican right, react? "Mary and Heather have been in a committed relationship for many years, and we are delighted that they were able to take advantage of the opportunity to have that relationship recognized," the Cheney family said in a statement.
May 8, 2012
Maybe it was another example of the irrepressible Joe Biden failing to repress an impolitic comment. Or perhaps the vice president's statement on a Sunday talk show that he is "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage was part of an orchestrated attempt by the Obama administration to inch further toward an official endorsement of marriage equality. Either way, Biden's expansive remarks on "Meet the Press" are a reminder that his boss has been trying to have it both ways: supporting equal legal rights for gay couples while stopping short of embracing the "M-word.