August 16, 2009 |
Talk about pirate booty. In a dramatic shift of fortunes on the high seas, 34 Egyptian fishermen kidnapped by Somali pirates four months ago overpowered their captors and were sailing home Saturday with eight marauders locked up in a room and ready to be delivered to police. Usually it's the pirates who get away with bragging rights and ransoms, but the fishermen, whose two vessels had been seized in the notorious waters around the Gulf of Aden, were steaming toward the Egyptian coast with an impressive haul.
June 3, 2009 |
Possession is nine-tenths of the law. That's Mike Campbell's bitter motto. "The moment you move off, you're finished," is how he puts it. The thugs who want his farm almost finished him. They beat the 75-year-old so badly last July that he hasn't been quite the same since. They broke his wife's arm. But the Campbells weren't finished yet. Ignoring their nightmares and their forebodings, they went home to their farm.
July 2, 2007 |
The moral of the story is: Don't judge a pirate by his skull and crossbones. How daffy. How instructive. How sweet. Such a message could be delivered by only one show. No, not "Pirates of the Caribbean." Think back a tad further, to "The Pirates of Penzance," the 1879 operetta by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
March 26, 2007 |
Here we go again: a soundtrack of stringed instruments stirred up like hornets, punctuated by sudden thuds; limbs separated from torsos; anguished screams; congealed brain matter that looks like doughnut discharge; and grown men cavorting around in makeup that looks like.... Never mind. What else is there, really, to say about "The Hills Have Eyes 2," the sequel to last year's remake of the 1977 Wes Craven splatter classic about marauding mutants in the southwestern U.S.?
January 8, 2005 |
Not long after Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World, hordes of viciously stinging ants assailed the island of Hispaniola, pouring into homes and ravaging the Spanish colonists' newly planted crops of oranges, pomegranates and cassia trees. People had to place the legs of their beds in containers of water to avoid being covered in ants during the night. Two centuries later, a different plague of ants laid waste sugar plantations in the islands of Martinique, Barbados and Grenada.
December 5, 2004 |
This remote farming town in northwestern Mexico has tried just about everything to rid itself of rats: cats, poison and even cash rewards for killing the thousands of rodents infesting businesses and destroying the corn harvest. So when retired Massachusetts salesman Stephen Petren called and said he had a foolproof method, local officials took him up on it. Now, Petren, who speaks no Spanish, is using hand signals to teach Mexicans how to exterminate vermin. Petren, 71, from Holliston, Mass.