June 8, 2013 |
Linda Davidson The Washington Post Mark and Jackie Barden hug their 11-year-old daughter, Natalie, before she goes to school in Newtown, Conn., in May. T hey had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother's Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of politicians across the country. "A difference-maker," the...
March 8, 2009 |
The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had...
May 31, 2013 |
CORNWALL, N.Y. — Most compact sedans with small four-cylinder engines stumble up Mine Hill Road here, which rises nearly 1,500 feet above sea level. It matters not the manufacturer. Small cars that might have zoomed along the nearby Palisades Interstate Parkway or adjacent Interstate 87 suddenly turn timid when beginning the climb up winding, twisting Mine Hill Road. They cough, stutter and stumble, a motorized whining that becomes especially evident if they are carrying cargo weighing 200...
May 16, 2013 |
We've gotten a lot of questions from readers lately about chip-and-PIN credit cards, also known as EMV cards (for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the originators of the technology). Although they're almost universal in Europe, credit card companies have yet to widely offer them to American customers. For travelers headed around the globe, here are the basics: What is a chip-and-PIN card? A chip-and-PIN card looks pretty much like the plastic you're used to. But it's embedded with a special chip that contains the same...
June 8, 2013 |
The agreement between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday to wind down the production and consumption of a class of chemicals commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners could mark a key step toward eliminating some of the most potent greenhouse gases. The United States and roughly 100 other countries have already pledged to seek substitutes. For the first time, the United States and China will work together...
May 23, 2013 |
The Renoir alluded to in the title of French director Gilles Bourdos's latest film could be either the famous impressionist painter or his almost equally famous filmmaker son, Jean ("La Grande Illusion"). Both men appear in the story, a seemingly desultory yet methodical meditation on art, war, love, life and death that takes place on the painter's country estate in 1915, four years before his death. World War I rages, just off camera. But all is, for the most part, calm in the sleepy Cote d'Azur town where the movie's action takes place.