August 30, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- When Pam and Grant Finlayson moved from California to Massachusetts and didn't have a dryer, Mitt Romney helped her fold her laundry. When Pam gave birth to a very sick premature daughter, Kate, he prayed over her in the intensive care unit. “I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back,” Finlayson said. “I could tell immediately that he didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her.” That Thanksgiving, Romney and his sons turned up on her family's doorstep with a home-cooked meal.
March 21, 1992 |
A press release announcing Laguna Playhouse's production of "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" quickly made the connection between Michael Brady's squishy play and "Ghost," that teary movie melodrama that was such a hit in 1990.
April 23, 1989 |
Any Southern California kid who's ventured onto the ocean by boat or Boogie board will love reading about David, an eighth-grader who inherits a 22-foot sloop from his uncle. Gary Paulsen's The Voyage of the Frog (Orchard Books: $12.95; 143 pp., ages 11-13) is a hair-raising adventure that gives new meaning to a day sail. It's about survival and a boy's coming-of-age, similar to Paulsen's Newbery Honor Books "Dogsong" (1985) and "Hatchet" (1987). The first clue of things to come is in Neil Waldman's dramatic jacket painting that shows a sailboat struggling in heavy seas under ominous gray skies.
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March 7, 1988 |
On Jan. 7, Karen and Larry Duncan dropped off their 6-month-old twins, Amanda and David, at the Canyon Country home of Vickie Maas. Maas had been baby-sitting for the twins for only four days, ever since Karen Duncan's maternity leave had ended. The couple had just settled down to breakfast at Patsy's Cafe in Van Nuys when the controller of the company where they both worked ran in, telling them that Maas had called and said one of the babies had stopped breathing.
September 15, 1989 |
David and Doe have gathered the scattered remains of a far-flung flock to their home near Madison, Wis. It's a stormy weekend in 1979 and the low rumble of thunder echoes through Kathleen Tolan's "A Weekend Near Madison" at the Powerhouse Theater. "Madison" is bound by nostalgia to its roots in the late '60s. Its characters are testimony to failed dreams and compromise, and ache with being thirtysomething. Poor kids.
March 5, 2010 |
With his office swirling in scandal and senior staffers walking out on him, New York Gov. David A. Paterson was tossed a life belt late Thursday night by some of the state's most prominent black political and civic leaders, who said he should remain in office. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who last weekend led black leaders in a meeting that ended with a statement of support for Paterson, gathered the same group late Thursday at a Harlem restaurant for what was deemed an "emergency meeting" to decide if they should stand by the state's first black governor.
February 17, 2010 |
David Beckham had warned his AC Milan teammates that if they allowed Wayne Rooney the freedom to operate, the Manchester United striker would punish them. Rooney did just that on Tuesday night in Italy. Playing in his 50th European Champions League game, Rooney headed in two goals to propel Manchester United to a 3-2 victory that leaves the English champions with a distinct upper hand in the two-game, round-of-16 series. A tie when the teams meet again in the return leg in Manchester on March 10 will be enough to put three-time champion United into the quarterfinals and seven-time champion Milan out of the competition.
October 23, 1998 |
Olympic sprint champion Florence Griffith Joyner died after suffering an epileptic seizure, according to autopsy results released Thursday, and her family and friends say they hope the findings will put to rest rumors that drug use contributed to her death. Griffith Joyner died last month in her sleep at age 38. Her husband, Al Joyner, bitterly criticized those who suggested that she took performance-enhancing drugs.