April 18, 2014 |
BLESS ME, Father, for I have sinned. I lied to a cop. On Holy Thursday. At least I desecrated the Lenten season for a good reason: Chocolates. Not just any chocolates, but silken wonders by Blasius' Own Make. Including a solid, dark-chocolate bunny for a co-worker and a hollow, white-chocolate one for my boss. Two pounds of cherry cordials for a fellow reporter's sweet tooth. Big coconut eggs - the kind you slice into sticky slabs - for the editor. And for the rest of my Daily News family, shiny white boxes of thickly dipped chocolate pretzels, nuts, caramels and jellies.
February 19, 2014 |
JACK LAVERY, a freshman at West Chester University, thought he'd won $10,000 by making a shot from halfcourt during a halftime contest of a game against Shippensburg on Saturday. Until he saw the fine print. Lavery, who was randomly selected for the challenge, had 25 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a shot from halfcourt. He easily made the first three. He then missed on his first attempt from midcourt, raced to get the rebound, and while the announcer was counting down the seconds, hit a one-handed buzzer-beater.
January 28, 2014 |
CONGRATS TO 6ABC's afternoon anchor Alicia Vitarelli, who gave birth to a baby girl, with husband Matthew Pantaleno . The baby, who was born Friday morning, is named Priscilla Isabelle . Vitarelli announced she was pregnant on-air back in August, surprising co-anchor Brian Taff in the process. Vitarelli, a Villanova grad, has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. This is the couple's first child. Vitarelli is part of the 6ABC baby boom.
November 27, 2013
WHEN NINE high school students were arrested because of a brawl recently, the assumption made by many - including the school district spokesman - was that this was a matter of youth simply making poor choices. Little attention went to the fact that a lack of funding has caused youth to endure serious changes with deep consequences, including school closures, school changes, new peer surroundings and the absence of much-needed counselors and support staff. To effectively keep our schools safe and to prevent violence, we must address the dearth of resources that our students need to do well in school.
November 14, 2013 |
E RIN O'HEARN fans, get excited. The former 6ABC personality is back in rotation for the time being. "Erin O'Hearn is committed to being a mom first, but truly enjoys spending time with her Action News family as well," a 6ABC spokesman told me. "She will be contributing to 6ABC on a part-time basis in the weeks to come. " O'Hearn officially returned Monday night to Action News at 5 p.m. O'Hearn took a leave from the station to focus on her family in 2010 and was back to fill in for Nydia Han when she went on maternity leave last year.
August 23, 2013 |
Al Jazeera has come to America, and that includes Philadelphia - a wonderful city, but not always the most congenial and cosmopolitan. Philly can be picky. So how does a new news outlet - one with a name that doesn't roll off the tongue in South Philly - position itself here? "They could give away Frisbees on Penn's Landing," joked Peter Jaroff, an assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple University, and a longtime 6ABC news producer. On Tuesday, Al Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. cable news outlet, Al Jazeera America, promising a contrast to the "news-talk" format of U.S. networks.
August 20, 2013 |
6ABC's Alicia Vitarelli had some excellent news of her own to report last Friday. She and hubby Matthew Pantaleno are expecting their first child. Vitarelli, co-anchor of Action News at 4, surprised a shocked Brian Taff during the newscast with the sonogram picture. Villanova grad Vitarelli has been married to Pantaleno since 2007. She's been with 6ABC since 2010. Jim joins NBC Veteran newsman Jim Rosenfield will join NBC10's weeknight anchor desk with Renee Chenault-Fattah , Vai Sikahema and Jacqueline London starting Sept.
July 27, 2013 |
Let us begin with that most beautiful event, birth - which, we are assured, happens not only to royal families and celebrities, but also to all humans. Jimmy Fallon , 38, has revealed that the baby girl his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon delivered on Tuesday has been named Winnie Rose Fallon . "I'm the father of a beautiful baby girl," he said during his Late Night monologue Wednesday, "and she's so cute. She's 5 pounds, 9 ounces. " Facts of Life alum Kim Fields , 44, and hub Christopher Morgan , 37, are expecting a boy in early December.
June 25, 2013 |
BURIED DEEP in the bowels of the 6ABC complex, at City Avenue and Monument Road, is a heavily guarded room that contains the mounted heads of the dozens (if not scores) of executives who, during the past 35 years, have come to Philadelphia determined to knock that station from its perch as the market's dominant provider of television news. OK, that isn't true. But the point is, even if it were, that wouldn't keep Anzio Williams from being the latest to challenge "Action News," whose decades-long death grip on the hearts, minds and eyeballs of local residents is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry.
May 23, 2013 |
After more than 36 years, Rob Jennings is retiring from 6ABC at the end of July, closing out a broadcasting career of more than four decades. He joined Action News in July 1977, starting as an announcer and director, before moving on to produce Action News Crime Fighters for 16 years. It profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects. Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003. Dancing queen Kellie Pickler was the winner on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars . The 26-year-old country singer and her professional partner, Derek Hough , finished ahead of Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya , football pro Jacoby Jones , and gymnast Aly Raisman . Very funny Carol Burnett has been named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - the nation's highest humor prize.