November 25, 2009 |
As Thanksgiving approaches, my friends at home are pondering how to endure holiday feasting and still slip into their size 0s, even though the wafer silhouette is overdue to be replaced as an ideal in these dire times. I have been away from Manhattan only five months and, suddenly, I want amplitude. Living in Italy, where all the women seem genetically curvaceous and not so troubled by extra flesh, natural ectomorphs like me seem like wraiths of the financial apocalypse. I just don't fit in among these robust specimens.
September 29, 2004 |
Kidnappers in Iraq freed seven hostages Tuesday, releasing two female Italian aid workers who were abducted from their home three weeks ago, two of the women's Iraqi colleagues and three Egyptian employees of a local cellphone company. The releases, which come after beheadings of several foreign hostages, raised hopes that other captives in Iraq might be freed. At least 18 foreigners, including a Briton, two Frenchmen and 10 Turks, are believed to be in captivity.
June 21, 1990
Italian men's passion for the World Cup is shared by more than 10 million Italian women, and most of the country's children are being allowed to stay up late to watch games, according to television ratings issued today. Viewing figures released by the state television network RAI showed nearly 83% of children aged 4 to 14 watched Italy beat Czechoslovakia on Wednesday. The game ended just before 11 p.m. local time. More than 70% of women viewers, or 10.
September 15, 1989
After reading "For Asians in U.S., a New Focus On Eye Surgery" (by Irene Chang, Aug. 22), I was shocked that UCLA is promoting courses on this trivial surgery. UCLA is a publicly supported institution and I am incensed that my state tax money is being spent on this training. The entire plastic surgery industry has gotten out of line. Physicians trained at taxpayer expense are taking advantage of people's insecurities to fatten their own wallets. They would do better using their skills to treat real illnesses instead of encouraging this needless mutilation.
March 15, 1987 |
Europeans think Italian men and French women are the most seductive in the world, but Americans mostly have eyes for other Americans, according to poll results published Saturday. A survey published in Madame Figaro magazine shows that Europeans rank Italian, French and Spanish men, in that order, as the world's best seducers and French, then Italian, then Swedish women as the most seductive.
September 8, 2004 |
Two Italian women and two Iraqis, all working for a humanitarian group, were kidnapped Tuesday afternoon by gunmen who forced their way into a building in a middle-class neighborhood. The hostages work for an Italian aid group, Bridges to Baghdad, that has been helping Iraqis in some of the most violent corners of this war-torn nation. The Italian women were identified as Simona Torretta and Simona Pari, both 29.