When Rafa Benitez announced his Inter Milan team before the European champions' Group A Matchday Three fixture at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Oct. 20, the traveling fans could have been forgiven for some optimism. Instead of the Samuel Eto'o-Wesley Sneijder-Goran Pandev attacking trio playing behind Diego Milito that had won the Italians the trophy last season, Benitez picked Coutinho, an 18-year-old Brazilian, to play on the left, Jonathan Biabiany on the right, with Sneijder in the middle and Eto'o upfront.
Flooding and resulting landslides killed 137 people Thursday and Friday in this nation's northern provinces, including Baguio City, Benguet Province and Mountain Province, the Office of Civil Defense in Cordillera said Friday.
Something unusual is going on in the pasta section of the largest supermarket in Parma, Italy, these days. All the pasta is still there, stacked on both sides of a tennis-court-length aisle in the center of the store. The dizzying choice, too, is the same as in many Italian supermarkets: dozens of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from banal penne and rigatoni to lumachine, shaped like tiny snail shells.
Dave Berman of Burlington, Vt., is our E-mailer of the Week, even though he only used his first name, but Andrew, who has a master's degree in detection from the Guadalajara School of Criminology, cleverly fished the entire thing off his e-mail address, and so now ... where was I? Oh yes, now I will answer the question from our award-winner.