December 19, 2004 |
A treasure-trove of nearly 500 artifacts will fill Pirate Soul, a museum about the oft-romanticized robbers who terrorized commerce on the high seas. Aided by an animatronic Blackbeard, simulated ship battles and interactive displays, entrepreneur Pat Croce hopes to offer "the most outrageous pirate museum in the world" when it opens Jan. 5 in Key West, Fla. Think Smithsonian wed to Disney.
November 14, 2004 |
Phineas Banning is back in Wilmington, and not a minute too soon. Good times continue to elude the plucky but down-at-heels harbor community named for the Delaware hometown of the Gold Rush-era transportation tyro, who installed Southern California's first railroad and more or less dreamed up the Port of Los Angeles. L.A.'
February 24, 2004 |
On Friday, the day after a Washington-based highway lobbying group put five Southern California freeway intersections on its list of the top 15 bottlenecks in the country, I found myself doing about 5 mph on the Santa Monica Freeway. I wanted to go from Santa Monica to Silver Lake. But 35 minutes after entering the freeway at Lincoln, I had only reached the 405 overpass. According to the American Highway Users Alliance, the 405-10 junction is the second-worst in the region.
October 3, 2003 |
He didn't wear gloves and he wasn't in the ring, but nobody took more damaging blows in last month's Oscar De La Hoya-Shane Mosley title fight than Marc Ratner. Ratner, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, selected the three judges for the rematch, held at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. And Ratner found fingers pointed in his direction after all three judges had scored the fight for Mosley, 115-113. De La Hoya threatened to launch "an investigation" of the decision.
August 19, 2003 |
Fan Ye spoke no English, but her smile said it all Monday after her spectacular balance beam routine helped propel China to the top of the women's preliminary team standings at the World Gymnastics Championships. "I feel very confident, very good," she said through a translator. "I'm not the best one on the team."
June 18, 2003
Re "The Zeus of the House," editorial, June 15: In Greek mythology, the heroes are exemplary, while the gods are all too human. Zeus was known more for descending upon innocent young women (as a swan with Leda, as golden rain with Danae, as a bull with Europa). I do not think that Helen of Troy, Perseus, Minos, Rhadamanthys or Sarpedon ever played ball or went fishing with their biological father. Zeus would be the last entity one would choose as a poster father. After all, his father, Cronus, did not treat him too well, either.
October 13, 2002 |
Even a downpour could not dampen the din Friday night along Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, a block singled out by city sound enforcement officers as one of the noisiest in this cacophony capital.
April 8, 2002 |
"You put on this shirt and you feel like such a man," says Curt Rowley, showing off a rather blousy garment that matches his equally blousy cotton knickers. Rowley's ensemble also includes a feathered cap, leather boots laced to the knees and a handmade leather sheath hanging off his hip. Manly? Yes, in a Robin Hood-meets-"Braveheart" sort of way.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2002 |
In his purple velvet coat, stockings and frilly white lace, Redmond O'Connell stood on the steps of City Hall in this Bay Area bedroom community and did what he does best: attract attention. He clanged a large bell and read from a script he prepared himself, singing the praises of the town where he has lived for a decade. "Oyez. Oyez. Oyez. A warm welcome awaits visitors to Martinez, California," he cried.