April 19, 2013 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was arrested and placed in police custody Friday, a day after commandos whisked him away from an Islamabad courthouse where he faces charges of illegally detaining dozens of judges while in power. Musharraf, who only a few weeks ago presented himself as a patriotic savior returning to his homeland from self-imposed exile, was being held at police headquarters at least until his next court appearance, which was expected within 48 hours.
April 8, 2013 |
LONDON - Indifference was not an option. In death as in life, at home and abroad, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was lionized and lambasted - sometimes both in the same breath - as news of her passing Monday spread across the world. Whether she was lauded as a savior or loathed as a destroyer, no one could deny the indelible imprint left on Britain by its first female prime minister, whose free-market revolution in the 1980s shook this country to its core. "We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton," said Prime Minister David Cameron, one of Thatcher's heirs as leader of the Conservative Party.
February 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- To his family, Ed Koch was "Uncle Eddie. " To New Yorkers, he was "hizzoner," the omnipresent three-term mayor who was remembered Monday as the man who lifted a grim city to glory but who always had time for his nieces, nephews, and a dizzying array of friends ranging from his Greenwich Village neighborhood to the White House. Koch died Friday at 88 of congestive heart failure, 23 years after leaving City Hall, but anyone who doubted his pull after so many years out of office had to look only at the faces inside Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
December 15, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - His life has already been one of amazing accomplishment on and off the court. So it's a thrill to meet him. I don't get the opportunity often to talk to someone who is almost my age and still playing professional basketball, with plans following retirement to make motion pictures. How inspiring to know it's never too late in life; Steve Nash is now considered the savior to pull the Lakers out of a nose dive. Putting it that way, Nash says, "Hey, if I was in your shoes I know I wouldn't want to bet the ranch on this guy either.
September 20, 2012 |
In "Unconditional," the inspirational tale of a chance, life-altering reunion between grade school friends Samantha "Sam" Crawford (Lynn Collins), a children's author haunted by her husband's senseless murder, and Joe Bradford (Michael Ealy), a kind of Pied Piper of the housing projects, writer-director-editor Brent McCorkle works so hard at being authentic that the results often prove anything but. The filmmaker is clearly well-intended but, along with a rather knee-jerk portrayal of race and racism, his on-the-nose script can't escape the "white savior" trap as the better-off Sam brings light and largesse (she has a horse!
August 9, 2012 |
The favelas of Brazil are a familiar screen subject, and one not readily associated with showbiz whimsy. But a Rio neighborhood's unlikely big top is front and center in the effectively straightforward "Without a Net. " Kelly Richardson's debut film benefits from her considerable access to four young acrobats, each finding new purpose in the circus and envisioning a life beyond poverty. Social activist Junior claimed an abandoned lot in the city's Praça Onze section to illegally set up a circus school, aiming to break the drugs-and-crime pattern for local kids.