The retired Venezuelan teacher says he was so desperate for dollars that he wired his life savings to a front company posing as a Margarita Island inn. Almost four months later, all he has to show for it is a menacing e-mail.
In 1780, Benjamin Franklin commissioned a large mahogany box from a London craftsman. His instructions for this custom-made item, intended to house a delicate scientific instrument, were unusually precise. In particular, he urged that special care be taken in selecting the mahogany because, in his words, there was “a great deal of difference in woods that go under that name.” He desired the “finest grained that you can meet with.”
Mike Thomas, a retired salesman for a truck manufacturer, says odds are that he’ll stop driving 45 minutes five days a week from Ohio to play slot machines at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
Lauren Paul, who won a national championship as the women’s lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall College, was fired by the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school after an investigation into a hazing complaint.
In the London mansion where Benjamin Franklin negotiated American independence, British rebels gathered to toast their own fight against the European Union and deliver a warning shot to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Not every economic-development program works out. On a late April morning in 1801, most of Cincinnati’s thousand citizens lined the banks of the Ohio River, eager to watch one of the wonders of the age. A great new sailing ship, St. Clair, was passing downriver from Marietta for its maiden voyage on the high seas.
Tipping at Christmas and New Year’s is a long-standing American custom. We tend to give a little extra around the holidays to those who provide personal, often intimate, services -- the people who deliver our mail, cut our hair, clean our houses, care for our children, and open the doors to our apartment buildings.