March 30, 2008 |
What should a newspaper print about a person's most private life in a story after his death? The Post ran a story March 22 about the burial at Arlington National Cemetery of Army Maj. Alan G. Rogers, a decorated war hero killed in an explosion in Baghdad. The subject of much journalistic soul-searching, the story did not mention that Rogers's friends said that he was gay and was well known in local gay veterans' circles. The Washington Blade, a gay-oriented newspaper, identified him as gay in a story Friday that was critical of The Post.
February 15, 2013 |
‘Life Is but a Dream," Beyonce Knowles's HBO documentary about herself, is billed as a revealing look inside the superstar's world circa 2011-12, as she shifts business gears, reinjects her music with an updated R&B feel and, as you surely know, gives birth to a daughter. The project is mostly just a fleeting glimpse, which is ultimately a disappointment, given the world's desperate and ongoing interest in all things Beyonce. Early in the film, Beyonce relays that special feeling of...
August 6, 2008 |
Robert A. Maheu, who was a powerful aide to reclusive tycoon Howard Hughes and whose cloak-and-dagger exploits included involvement in a CIA and Mafia plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, died Aug. 4 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. He was 90 and had cancer and heart ailments. Mr. Maheu (pronounced MAY-hew) was a onetime FBI agent who ran a Washington company that he said carried out secret missions for the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Maheu's first jobs for Hughes in the 1950s included private-eye snooping...
October 6, 2008 |
In early 1980, John McCain was a man in transition -- and in a hurry. Nine months earlier, at a cocktail reception in Hawaii, he met a glamorous young heiress named Cindy Lou Hensley and, by all accounts, fell instantly in love. McCain spent months flying from Washington to Arizona pursuing this new relationship. Soon, the 43-year-old naval attache and his 25-year-old sweetheart were engaged. There was only one complication: McCain was still married. Carol Shepp McCain, then 42, had endured much in more than 14...
February 20, 2010 |
One of the things that make an athlete great is extraordinary arrogance. The best of the best always believe they will find a way to overcome adversity, to pull off the shot that can't be pulled off, to find a way to win when losing appears inevitable. No one has defined that arrogance more clearly over the past 14 years than Tiger Woods, who has dominated golf since he turned pro in 1996. On Friday morning, Woods came out of hiding. Exactly 12 weeks after the early-morning accident that led to revelations that he had repeatedly...
October 23, 2009 |
An occasional series in which the Post's book critic reconsiders notable and/or neglected books from the past. First published in 1960, reissued in paperback in 1982, now out of print but not at all difficult to find in used copies, Noël Coward 's first and only novel is a small gem. It must have caught everyone by surprise when it appeared. Coward was in his early 60s and really didn't need to go to the trouble. He was one of the world's most famous and beloved entertainers, the author of dozens...