In the end, Saddam Hussein was captured huddled in a dark underground bunker, bearded and unwashed. It was a humiliating end for the man who would rule Iraq with barbaric opulence for nearly 24 years.Saddam Hussein was born on April 28, 1937 to a poor landless peasant family in the village of Ouja, near Tikrit.
Former Vice President Al Gore's endorsement of Howard Dean appears to have hurtled the former Vermont governor into a comfortable lead ahead of the other Democratic contenders for the presidential nomination, according to the latest NEWSWEEK poll."I have come to the conclusion that in a field of great candidates, one candidate clearly now stands out," Gore told a $125-a-plate breakfast at the National Black Theater Institute of Action Art in Harlem on Dec. 9.
Best known, for better or worse, as the frontman of the seminal post-punk band the Talking Heads, David Byrne started out as an art student. Although he dropped out of the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design after just one year, he's been getting back to his roots lately.
For nearly five years William H. Grimes has been the go-to guy for New York foodies. As the restaurant critic for The New York Times, his reviews are deft, witty and occasionally inspire impassioned debate.Devotees will eschew Zagat in favor of Grimes's guidance, and attentive readers will remember his more personal, lighthearted piece about a chicken that mysteriously turned up in his Queens backyard one morning and started laying eggs.
Standing at the heart of New York City's financial district, at the intersection of Liberty Street and Trinity Place, on the southeast corner Ground Zero, Timothy "Speed" Levitch, 33, is gesticulating, pontificating, smirking and speechifying."The joy park that I envision for this property would be a place where people would have permission to be, and permission to mourn out loud in their own way," he says in his distinctive nasal neigh.
We're not sure when online dating went from creepy to cutthroat, but those snarky ads posted by single hipsters are suddenly ubiquitous. How to compete? Easy: a growing cottage industry wants to help you score. "I can't tell you how many profiles I see saying, 'I am just as comfortable in a little black dress as I am in jeans'," says Dave Evans, CEO of profiledoctor.com.
Tom Clancy's fans believe his political plots are visionary. Long before the threat of a dirty bomb taunted the public imagination, the best-selling author had written "The Sum of All Fears," about Palestinian radicals who detonate a nuclear explosive at the Super Bowl.
What is a polynomial? How would you diagram this sentence? Thanks to BrainPOP.com, you'll easily be able to impress your kids with the answers. The site helps you field science, technology and English queries with a mini-movie, a quiz, an experiment and a comic strip.
Sir Martin Rees is not given to histrionics. Britain's Astronomer Royal and longtime Cambridge University professor is responsible for major advances in our understanding of cosmic background radiation, quasars, gamma-ray bursts and galaxy formation.One of the most eminent theoretical astrophysicists alive, Rees's pronouncements carry a certain gravitas.
The "war on terror" ensured that 2002 was a good year for political repression, arbitrary detentions, draconian immigration measures and torture, according to Amnesty International's annual report, released this week.The London-based international human-rights watchdog made its fiercest assault yet on the policies pursued by the United States and Britain since the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The title is the only line in his new memoir that Amitai Etzioni is completely happy with. As a turn of phrase, "My Brother's Keeper" (Rowman & Littlefield, $35) works not only as a succinct summation of his own life, but, he says, as the guiding principle behind the communitarian movement he launched in the early 1990s.Born in Germany in 1929, Etzioni escaped the Nazi regime and dropped out of high school to fight in Israel's war for independence.