For the last four hours, the only thing that has been keeping you going is the Dry Martini that’s fixed at the pinnacle of your brain, emitting brilliant rays of healing light like the Holy Grail in a 14th-century Italian painting. And now, finally, whatever it was that was grinding through your patience like Laurence Olivier with a dental drill is behind you and the only thing in front of you is the bartender, and she’s taking your order. “Gin Martini, please, up with a twist. Dry, but not too dry.” The anticipation is making the ridges and grooves of your cerebrum switch places, but now she’s back and there’s the little napkin and aahhhh, the drink’s down on it and—hold on, is a Dry Martini supposed to be pink? Has to be a trick of the light, has to be. But no, no, no, no, no, no. You’ve taken that first, crucial sip, the sacred one, the one philosophers call “the temporal scimitar” for the way it severs … [Read more...] about When Is a Martini No Longer a Martini?
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Frank Capra Jr., the son of "It's A Wonderful Life" director Frank Capra who followed his father into the movie business and help build the largest television and movie studio on the East Coast, has died. He was 73. Capra Jr. died Wednesday night at a hospital in Philadelphia, said Bill Vassar, the executive vice president of Wilmington-based EUE/Screen Gems Studios, of which Capra was president. Vassar said Capra died following a long fight with prostate cancer, which had spread over the past several months. "With his Hollywood pedigree and extensive experience as a producer, Frank was the perfect ambassador to Hollywood," Chris Cooney, chief operating officer of EUE Screen Gems LTD, said in a statement. "He will be missed as a friend and a colleague." Under Capra's leadership, EUE/Screen Gems' credits include several major motion pictures, including "28 Days," "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," "Domestic Disturbance," "Black Knight" and "A Walk to … [Read more...] about Studio Head Frank Capra Jr., Son of Director Frank Capra, Dies
From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, complete the weekly lawn, bush and tree services on a home owned by Opendoor Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 in Katy, TX. Opendoor has spent over $11 million in the Houston region on outside contractors who repair and maintain homes since it launched in Houston roughly a year ago. less From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, complete the weekly lawn, bush and tree services on a home owned by Opendoor Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 in Katy, ... more Photo: Michael Wyke / Contributor Photo: Michael Wyke / Contributor Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 From left, Antonio Rodriguez and his cousin Bairo Rodriguez, with CLS Landscaping and Maintenance, … [Read more...] about Houston leads the nation in iBuyers market share growth
Westminster Mayor's Cup and Miracle on Main Street parade winners announced On Dec. 9, 2019 Westminster Mayor Dominick announced the winners of the Mayor's Cup contest and the Miracle on Main parade. By Kevin Dayhoff, December 10, 2019 At the Dec. 9, 2019 meeting of the Westminster Mayor and Common Council, Westminster Mayor Joe Dominick announced the winners of the annual Mayor's Cup contest and the annual Miracle on Main Street parade winners. According to a Dec. 5, 2019 press release by Sandy Anderson, the Westminster Main Street manager, "The Mayor's Cup is a long-standing contest to encourage downtown Westminster businesses to decorate their storefronts and office windows for the holiday season. The Mayor's Cup recognizes the best overall display. The winning business' name is engraved on the Cup each year, which is proudly displayed by the winning business. "This year, 17 businesses offered eye-grabbing entries, making it difficult for Mayor Dominick to select a winner from all … [Read more...] about Westminster Mayor’s Cup and Miracle on Main Street parade winners
(CNN)Dave Kelly can still recall the time he glimpsed the biggest pack of pasta he had ever seen. Standing inside a community center in the UK city of Liverpool, Kelly just stood and stared at the packet. Curious about the line of people coming out of the center close to Anfield, home of Liverpool soccer club, Kelly pulled over and asked what was going on. He was told it was a line to use the food bank. Inside, he began to talk to those who had set up the stock room. Dave Kelly (L) and former Everton player Graham Stuart collect donations outside Goodison Park. "I'd never seen anything like it -- it was the biggest bag of pasta I had seen in my life," Kelly told CNN. Read More "To say the shelves were bare was an understatement. The only things left were the pasta and six tins of tuna the food bank was going to have to divide equally so everyone got something. "I knew then we had to do something." Kelly left a changed man and embarked on what he describes as "drastic … [Read more...] about Football and food banks: How UK soccer fans are helping tackle society’s ‘gaping wound’