April 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son , a labyrinthine story of a man's travails in North Korea, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, restoring a high literary honor a year after no fiction award was given. Pulitzer judges on Monday praised Johnson's book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " It is the third book by the 45-year-old Johnson, who teaches creative writing at Stanford University.
March 21, 2013 |
TO APPRECIATE THE depth of Jay Wright's accomplishment this season, first consider this: Villanova lost its point guard, Maalik Wayns, as an early entrant to the NBA, after a 13-win season overall, with five wins in the Big East. Wayns' replacement, true freshman Ryan Arcidiacono, will never play in the NBA; in fact, Arch, as he is called, missed his senior season at Neshaminy High last season due to back surgery, so playing in college never was a guarantee. And, while Arch might possess 2 percent of the team's cumulative athletic ability, he possesses about 50 percent of the team's cumulative basketball IQ. Nevertheless, the chief marionette guided by Wright's masterful hand, Arch, as true freshman, led the Wildcats to a 20-win regular season, 10 Big East wins, a win in the Big East Tournament . . . And, Sunday, a berth in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed against No. 8 North Carolina.
February 25, 2013
The Wings won their second game in as many nights with a 14-12 victory over the Colorado Mammoth Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings (4-3) got off to a sluggish start, and trailed by 5-3 after the first quarter before rallying to take a 9-7 lead at the half. Six Wings registered goals, highlighted by forward Drew Westervelt with four, and three each from forward Kevin Ross and transition player Paul Rabil . Kevin Buchanan added five assists for the Wings while goaltender Brandon Miller registered 37 saves.
February 19, 2013 |
Wesley Saintilnord dreamed of becoming a doctor but it wasn't until the 2010 earthquake ravaged his country that he could see a way to make it happen. Saintilnord grew up in rural Haiti, the son of a preacher raising three children and four orphaned family members. They relied on his mother, who sells clothes at a nearby market. His exemplary schoolwork earned him a monthlong program during the summer of 2009 that brought him to a family in South Jersey and gave him the opportunity to fine-tune his English.
February 18, 2013 |
Ryan Snell, 18, racked up almost enough college credits for two associate's degrees before earning his high school diploma. Homeschooled by his parents, the Moorestown teen simultaneously took 30-some classes at Burlington County College for more than 100 credits. He has applied to Wharton and a handful of other prestigious schools. While his accomplishments are impressive, they are not unusual in the Snell family. Both of Ryan's older brothers, Jake and Tom, took dozens of classes at the county college while being homeschooled.
December 7, 2012 |
EVERY SUMMER, Brent Celek and his brother Garrett, now a rookie tight end with the 49ers, get together and talk football. Now in his sixth NFL season, Brent plays the role of mentor. If he is as good a teacher as Garrett says he is, he will probably spare his brother any lessons born of this season of Eagles football. Like many of his Eagles teammates, this year has been one to forget for Celek. Whether dropping passes or absorbing bone-crunching hits, the veteran tight end has not been his reliable self in months.
December 2, 2012
Last year, it was Sister Mary Scullion, Philadelphia's tireless advocate for the homeless. Who should be The Inquirer's 2012 Citizen of the Year? Nominate someone who helped the city, state, or nation in an effective, creative way. E-mail a brief description of his or her achievements to email@example.com , with "Citizen" in the subject line. Or mail it to Citizen of the Year, The Inquirer, 801 Market St., Suite 300, Philadelphia 19107. The deadline is Dec. 7.
November 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My boyfriend, "Rick," is in prison and has been there for two years. He is the father of my 2-year-old son. I got pregnant three months into our relationship. Ten days after our son was born, Rick had to turn himself in for something that happened before my getting pregnant. He was sentenced to five years. He was supposed to serve only two years of it, but another charge caused that to change, and he won't be home for another year and a half. I'm starting to get confused about our relationship because we barely have one anymore.