Julia Levy



All-star cast and a dated script make for a one-star film

Name any random theme off the top of your head and you can most likely find it in the twisted semi-surreal romantic comedy "Town and Country." The movie touches on sexual orientation, extramarital affairs, child-parent relationships, premarital sex, mystery seductresses, the daily life of wealthy New Yorkers, alcoholism, coincidence, fate and stereotypes, among others. But instead of appealing to the gay rights types, the New York-aholics and the romantics all at once, "Town and Country" is more likely to lose its audience somewhere between Long Island and the Upper East side. The guy exiting the theater muttering "That was terrible, just terrible," might have been reacting a little too harshly, but this movie was no "When Harry met Sally." The story is set in the circle of posh New Yorkers who own designer houses in the Hamptons and uptown apartments in the city (thus the not-so-inventive title of the movie). Plot nuances make it tough to explain the story line in a condensed form, but it starts by presenting two "perfect" long-married couples.

Campus religious leaders wait to assess Bush's plan

George W. Bush's idea of giving federal subsidies to faith-based organizations probably would not affect Dartmouth, but that doesn't mean that campus religious leaders aren't analyzing the plan and forming their initial impressions. Most of the religious leaders who talked to The Dartmouth indicated that they wouldn't fully form their opinions until they knew what Bush's plan entailed. "This idea is an exciting idea but it needs a lot of careful thinking," the Tucker Foundation's Program Coordinator for Religious Life Suzanne Semmes explained.

Climbing accident shaped Half's life

Two men were several hundred feet above the ground, scaling a vertical peak in Yosemite National Park. Suddenly, the man leading the ascent lost his grasp and fell from the rock face.

Lawyer rejects River Valley Club connection between Zantops and alleged killers

Yesterday's report that a local fitness club could be a link between the Zantops and the two accused teenagers may seem to be an interesting theory, but it might not be such a viable connection, according to a lawyer for the club. Hanover lawyer Ned Whittington confirmed that the two suspects were present at the River Valley Club for a special one-day visit on Oct.

Chelsea has mixed reaction to arrests

Chelsea Constable Carol Olsen was in Connecticut when she heard that two teenagers from her town, Robert Tulloch and James Parker, were wanted for the Zantop murders. She tuned the television to New England Cable News to find out what was going on in the tiny Vermont town where she has lived for nearly 30 years. Olsen told The Dartmouth yesterday, "Everyone that was questioned about this from town responded, 'These kids were O.K.'" But Olsen said she believes the town's comments about Tulloch and Parker were misleading.

Parker described as funny, talented

Although a detailed illustration of his older best friend has begun to emerge, insight into what James "Jimmy" Parker was like before news spread of the teenagers' murder charges has been far more difficult to discern. Parker, 16, and Robert Tulloch, 17, have both been charged in the stabbing deaths of Half and Susanne Zantop, but it seems those close to Parker are keeping quiet, leaving the picture of him to be described primarily by friends of Tulloch. According to Tulloch's longtime friend, Kip Battey, Parker and Tulloch moved together as a virtual unit over the past year. Battey described Parker as "really funny and crazy a lot of the time," and said classmates used to compare him to comic actor Jim Carrey. "He could make pouring noodles into a pot funny if he wanted to," Battey said. Together, Parker and Tulloch traveled through a laundry list of hobbies since becoming close friends last year.

Chelsea resident pained by Zantop murders

For Chelsea, Vt., resident Robert Childs, news that teenagers Robert Tulloch and James Parker were wanted for murder brought back memories of another murder that hit even closer to home. Twenty-two years ago, Childs was the last person to see Wayland Austin, of Tunbridge, Vt., alive before Massachusetts teenager, Gerald Doucette, shot three bullets through his head. And Childs, who called Austin his "best friend" was the person who found the body after the heinous murder. The crime was premeditated, even though Doucette had only met his 71-year-old victim once, about a week and a half before the brutal killing.

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