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October 21, 2011 | By Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers
A search for a husband, the American dream, and a pirate's quest for the Fountain of Youth are subjects of this week's DVD releases. Bad Teacher, Grade B-minus: Cameron Diaz plays a foulmouthed, husband-hunting teacher who is more concerned with getting high than dealing with her students. The film is like a student who can't fully make sense of a subject the first half of the year, then suddenly has an epiphany, after which everything becomes clear. That awakening in the second half is enough to bring up the grade.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1986 | By ROBIN PALLEY, Daily News Staff Writer
It's an American Dream story. They met as struggling young artists trying to get a start. They were selling leather goods and jewelry to a few boutiques, working other jobs to make ends meet. Four years later, their jewelry is sold at Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Their raw materials are no longer scavenged, low-budget bits, but sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Their products sell for $80 to $400, and their merger has also become their marriage. Annual sales haven't neared the $100,000 mark yet, but that goal no longer seems out of reach to Sheldon Rossi and Kittura Dior.
NEWS
October 19, 1993 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
Harry Butera, who fulfilled his father's dream, died Saturday. He was 94 and lived in Worcester Township, Montgomery County. And because his father's dream was the American Dream, Harry Butera's achievements fulfilled the dreams of many, many others. Harry Butera was a man who made friends, made money and made a difference. In 1912, Harry was a teen-age immigrant boy watching wide-eyed from the curb as Norristown held its centennial parade. Fifty years later, he was grand marshal in the town's sesquicentennial parade.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that one can achieve success through hard work. In 1995, 62 percent of Americans with high school diplomas had jobs. Today, only 54 percent do. That's 5.7 million jobless high school graduates who, 20 years ago, would have had jobs.
NEWS
August 20, 1996 | BY MOLLY IVINS
When I took Theories of Communication in journalism school, they made us learn about cognitive dissonance and narcotizing dysfunction. There was a lot of that going around at the Republican convention last week. As a rather frazzled press corps kept trying to explain, the Republican Party on the television screen was not the Republican Party here in person (cognitive dissonance). But none of the Republicans much cared, since the Republican Party on TV was nice and pretty and they all liked it (narcotizing dysfunction)
NEWS
February 26, 2016
I AM an Uber driver. I am one of the hundreds of people who circled City Hall to demand Mayor Kenney up hold the law and ensure a fair playing field for all drivers. No doubt this surprises some. Why would Uber and Lyft drivers follow the disabled community, taxi cab drivers and consumer advocates in protesting Uber? The answer isn't that hard to understand once you learn Uber operates different services in Philadelphia and only one of them, Uber Black, is required to follow the law. The others, UberX, Uber pool and Lyft are operating illegally.
NEWS
April 22, 1988 | BY LINDA WRIGHT AVERY
"Jesse Jackson can win. If we Americans are the people we tell ourselves we are and can listen to the message rather than focusing on the color of messenger, he's a lock . . . But even if he loses, he will have put his dreams in front of the American people and made us think about reality and the dreams that can change it . . . " Philadelphia Daily News, April 21, 1988 The People Paper's endorsement of the nation's first "serious" black contender...
NEWS
March 8, 2011
IHAVE UNION representation in the private sector and I barely keep my head above water with the everyday expenses of life. I know times are brutally tough right now, and I want no sympathy. I just want to know what has happened to the American dream. It seems everywhere you turn, every workplace and all of goverment are trying to take that dream from us. Why? I guess I'm asking a question that nobody will be able to answer, so in the meantime, I'll work ungodly numbers of hours to pay the bills of everyday life, miss anything my kids may have going on (I'm working)
NEWS
July 13, 1992 | By RICHARD REEVES
Six elementary school students held up one of the banners in the Pacific Palisades, Calif., big Fourth of July parade: "Essay Winners. " For the last three years, a local real estate office has sponsored a contest open to kids there in the third through the sixth grades - and the subjects and winning entries have said something about the mood of America on our national holiday. "Sharing the American Dream" was this year's theme, which produced entries a bit more somber than last year's "My American Hero.
NEWS
January 18, 2011 | By WENDY RUDERMAN & BARBARA LAKER, rudermw@phillynews.com 215-854-2860
TWO-AND-A-HALF years have passed since Robert N. Coyle Sr. defaulted on bank loans on nearly 300 Kensington homes that he rented to the city's poorest in search of the American dream. Dozens of tenants who had poured money into decrepit homes believing that they'd one day own them found themselves in the eye of a massive foreclosure storm, and one step from homelessness. That's when they dubbed Coyle "a dream killer" and a "slumlord millionaire. " Since the Daily News chronicled Coyle's shattered empire in October 2009, some tenants still fear they'll be evicted.
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August 13, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Imagine being sandwiched between Beyoncé and Adele. That's where Todrick Hall found himself when he released Straight Outta Oz in June on YouTube. His visual album reached No. 2 on the pop charts after garnering more than one million views in its first week. For Straight Outta Oz , Hall molded L. Frank Baum's classic to fit his own narrative as a queer, African American man from Texas trying to navigate the entertainment industry. Now, he's on the road touring the record, plus eight new songs.
NEWS
August 8, 2016
I'm still kvelling more than a week later about how good Philadelphia looked during the Democratic National Convention. Municipal authorities were well-prepared and city workers went above and beyond. I was nervous as delegates arrived and protesters began marching through Center City on July 24 - what felt like the hottest day of the year at the start of a week that promised to keep getting hotter. By 2 p.m., Philadelphia cops were clustered in groups of four or six under insufficient tree shade near the high-fenced perimeter of the protest zone around FDR Park.
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August 7, 2016 | By Lisa Scottoline, Columnist
You may remember that I wrote recently about wanting to add a little room onto my kitchen so I could look at a blooming garden instead of a stainless steel wall. I went back and forth about whether I was entitled to spend money that was supposed to be for my retirement on a home renovation that I might not even live to see, since I am half-dead already, at 61. Well, thanks to your wonderful, encouraging emails and also my innate selfishness and inability to delay gratification, I am building the garden room, and we just broke ground.
NEWS
August 4, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that one can achieve success through hard work. In 1995, 62 percent of Americans with high school diplomas had jobs. Today, only 54 percent do. That's 5.7 million jobless high school graduates who, 20 years ago, would have had jobs.
NEWS
July 5, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Pipeline policy flawed A commentary about a U.S. House-approved energy bill meant to streamline regulatory approval of natural-gas pipelines suggested that the bureaucratic hoops faced by energy companies are effectively a "backdoor ban" on fossil-fuel production ("Energy bill to boost jobs," June 24). As a Philadelphian worried about the impact of fossil-fuel emissions on our environment, I support legislation that targets our nation's carbon consumption. A policy that places a steadily rising carbon fee on fossil fuels is a good place to start.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2016 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Nearly 30 years ago, I made a promise to my boyfriend/almost fiancé. If we got married and he really missed his native India, I would agree to move there. He had come to America for grad school, with every intention of returning home - until he met me. I was his American-born girlfriend whose parents emigrated from India in the 1950s, a girl who didn't care much for her Indian summers every few years, maybe because she always got humongous welts from mosquito bites, always contracted some sickness or other, always was teased mercilessly about her American accent.
NEWS
April 2, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, STAFF WRITER jterruso@phillynews.com 215-854-5506 @juliaterruso
Two Brooklyn-based artists want to set up an ice sculpture spelling The American Dream during the Democratic National Convention and then let it melt in the hot July sun. "This is art for social change. Our point is to galvanize people and provoke discussion," said Marshall Reese, who, with his wife, Nora Ligorano, submitted a permit for the structure. Theirs is one of four early requests sent to the city for permits to demonstrate during the convention. A pro-Bernie Sanders group, an anti-fracking organization, and an anti-nuclear proliferation group also requested permits.
NEWS
February 26, 2016
I AM an Uber driver. I am one of the hundreds of people who circled City Hall to demand Mayor Kenney up hold the law and ensure a fair playing field for all drivers. No doubt this surprises some. Why would Uber and Lyft drivers follow the disabled community, taxi cab drivers and consumer advocates in protesting Uber? The answer isn't that hard to understand once you learn Uber operates different services in Philadelphia and only one of them, Uber Black, is required to follow the law. The others, UberX, Uber pool and Lyft are operating illegally.
NEWS
December 21, 2015
Robert R. Garnett is a professor of English at Gettysburg College Seventy-five years ago Monday, F. Scott Fitzgerald was sitting in his lover's apartment in Hollywood, nibbling a chocolate bar and studying the Princeton Alumni Weekly. Suddenly he stood, clutched at the mantel, and fell to the floor, dead. He was 44. "The promise of his brilliant career was never fulfilled," the New York Times' obituary chided - meaning, however, the brilliant start of his career. Alcoholic, often drunk, "a cracked plate," Fitzgerald finished only one novel during his last 15 years.
NEWS
December 18, 2015
IF YOU EXAMINE the statistical performance of the American economy at the end of 2015, all looks well. The U.S. is generating solid growth, producing jobs and creating plenty of wealth. But there's more than one way to judge American prosperity, and here's where things get rougher: Assess the public's mindset and you'll find the American psyche still reeling from the Great Recession. We're far too pessimistic. This week should have marked the capstone to recovery from the financial crisis of 2008-09, but it's going to fall short because of how people feel.
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