Patricia Talorico and Esteban Parra Delaware News Journal Published 6:45 AM EDT Apr 3, 2019 The Rev. Bernard Thomas Pagano was a kind, pious man of God, parishioners in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington devoted to the 53-year-old would say. The priest counseled struggling drug abusers and alcoholics. He helped those suffering from depression. He aided physically and mentally challenged children. "For all the good things he's done, he should at least be a bishop by now," said a woman who had known Pagano for 20 years. But a much darker portrait of the controversial clergyman would emerge following his arrest on Feb. 27, 1979, as the Gentleman Bandit. Pagano was a liar and "a con man" with a sketchy past, police said. He fabricated academic credentials, more than once was admonished by church superiors for conduct "inappropriate" for a priest, and mishandled finances from a parish … [Read more...] about The Rev. Bernard Thomas Pagano lived many lives, was one as a thief?
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The art industry changes fast. Spurred on by artists who are bringing forward new ideas and radical aesthetics into the discourse, this is an industry where those who promote, represent, exhibit, sell, critique and generally support art have to stay nimble. For this reason, Observer takes a moment each year to consider the power players impacting the arts. This industry is a complicated ecosystem, but we look to the changemakers both behind the scenes and in the spotlight to see who is building the future zeitgeist.Here, in our second edition of this list, we bring you a group of individuals each working to strengthen the impact, reach, social responsibility or financial stability of a field that is seemingly in a constant state of flux. These are the people you’ll be talking about this year. They are artists and curators, museum directors and gallery owners, auctioneers and government officials, creative thinkers and truly hard workers. Each has been building something new in … [Read more...] about Arts Power 50: The Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019
JAN. 29, 2019 In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure. In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure. By BEN MAUK Photographs and Video by ANDREA FRAZZETTA JAN. 29, 2019 The Eurasian Pole of Inaccessibility is a striking name for an absence. It is the point farthest from a sea or ocean on the planet. Located in China just east of the border with Kazakhstan, the pole gets you a good distance from harbors and coastlines — at least 1,550 miles in any direction — into an expanse of white steppe and blue-beige mountain that is among the least populated places on earth. Here, among some of the last surviving pastoral nomads in Central Asia, nestled between two branches of the Tian Shan range on the edge of Kazakhstan, the largest infrastructure … [Read more...] about Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?
Against this bleak backdrop, I asked Morris a question to which I really didn’t want to hear the answer.“I’m in Sunshine Key,” Morris told me brightly. “It’s about 78, 79 degrees here. Yesterday was 85, and this is a cold front.” There was more. “An average day? Oh, we get up, we go swimming. We ride the motorcycle pretty much every day. It’s beautiful on the Keys. It’s relaxing.” Snowbirds, right? We love them because they are family and friends who worked hard and found ways to winter someplace sunny and warm. And we hate them – at least once in a while – because while we’re all up here shivering and shoveling from October until May, they’re calling us from tiki bars or posting photos on Facebook of palm trees and sun-baked beaches. Morris, spending his winter on the Florida Keys with his wife, Pierrette, is a classic snowbird. After living most of their lives in Auburn, the couple moved away … [Read more...] about Snowbirds! Love ’em or hate ’em, they’ve stopped Maine winters cold
This is an opinion column. I’m not certain how much of what I’m about to tell you is true, only that it happened. Not long before Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a colleague at the newspaper where I worked came to show me a gift Langford had given him. He had been out to Langford’s home in suburban Fairfield for a unique sort of exit interview. He held up a portrait. It was about the size of a tray you’d use for a Mother’s Day breakfast in bed and the frame didn’t look cheap. It was from Langford’s time in the Air Force, the sort of faintly colored photograph that looks touched up with watercolors, common among service members once, and the kind of thing you might leave your children as an heirloom. Langford’s face was smooth, his mustache thin, his narrow, bird-like face framed by his service-issued cap and the fleece lining of his bomber jacket. A life of politics and corruption was still … [Read more...] about The calamitous rise and fall of Larry Langford