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Home Alone

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.08.2016 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

If Hollywood wants to make another "Home Alone" movie, this time with the Macaulay Culkin character all grown up but no more mature than he was as an 8-year-old in the 1990 original, I would be happy to take the role.

Astoria Characters: The Guy With Smoke in His Eyes

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It is while peering through the smoke that Ibrahim Amer sees things clearly. His cigar, resting in an ashtray like a sunbather in a lounge chair, is s...

Astoria Characters: The Cigar Aficionado

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Every time Tomas Hinojal lights a cigar, he thinks of his father. He's puffing on a Davidoff, savoring the smoke as it covers his face like a ski mask.

Leave Monica Lewinsky Alone!

Lionel | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

Monica Lewinsky reemerged in the media this week and my heart breaks for her over the hell and trauma that a girl of 21 had to endure. And that she must be reliving today.

Phony Doctor Smoked Cigar During Surgery, Flushed Liposuction Fat Down Toilet

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.23.2011 | San Francisco

It was only when a Daly City woman got a severe infection shortly after receiving liposuction surgery that she knew something was fishy with her docto...

Cigar-Smoking Teen Suspected in Canyon Fire | Sharon Cotal | Posted 11.09.2011 | Home

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the fire that burned 40 acres in the Mandeville Canyon and Sepulveda Pass area is under active investigation and ...

Astoria Characters: The Old-School Sculptor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Sculptor Rafael Petrosyan left Armenia nearly four decades ago, but old customs die hard. He's had his morning shot of wine already when I catch up with him.

The Things One Does...

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

This evening, at the end of the business day, I went to the Chicago Cigar Society's bi-weekly event, on this occasion to see and hear the ever enterta...

The Emerging Obama Doctrine

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At Obama's press conference at the Summit of the Americas, the president discussed economics, narco-terrorism, and guns -- and showcased a new direction in American regional partnerships.

Mountain of Snakes

Sean Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Penn

I'm not a socialist. Or at least not entirely so. As an American, I've got a little Al Capone in me. I like the idea of individual achievement -- just not against a background of hopeless oppression.