September 5, 2014
THE SOCIAL-MEDIA craze that was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has slowed to a trickle. But instead of letting the viral fundraiser, which had everyone from Oprah Winfrey to former President George W. Bush dumping buckets of icy water on their heads, fade into a summer memory, District Attorney Seth Williams has a plan to keep donations pouring in. He wants Philadelphians to pledge $1 or maybe $5 for every pound he loses between now and December....
August 15, 2014 |
THEY GATHERED in twilight in the shadow of the letters "LOVE" in the heart of Center City - hundreds of them, carrying signs with smiling, haunting images of the dead or written pleas like "Please Mr. Police Officer, Don't Murder My Sons. " At 7:15, they began chanting names, finding a cadence. "Mike Brown! Rekia Boyd! Sheron Jackson! Ervin Jefferson!" At the back of last night's LOVE Park vigil sat Joyce Hall, 55, a retired corrections officer and grandmother from Upper Darby, who had just asked a reporter, "How many times do we have to protest - how many times do we have to sing sad songs . . . 'We Shall Overcome?
August 4, 2014 |
A SPLIT-SECOND decision likely saved the life of a Philadelphia police officer and two Northeast Philly residents - and cost a gun-toting burglar his. The tense scene played out in the middle of the night on Wakeling Street near Castor Avenue in Frankford. A 15th District patrol cop thumped on the front door of a property on the block after receiving a report of a burglar alarm going off about 12:45 a.m. yesterday, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said. A man appeared at the door and assured the officer that nothing was wrong, Stanford said.
August 1, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Three hours after the trade deadline came and went, the Phillies' best hope at adding some new, young pieces to their roster before the end of the 2014 season took the mound at Nationals Park. Cliff Lee has long been admired by many a major league team. He's been one of baseball's best pitchers over the last half-dozen years and he's a proven playoff performer to boot. In order to move to a contender in August, when players can still be traded if they clear through waivers, which most players with hefty contracts are able to do, all Lee had to do was take the mound a few times and show that he was both healthy and effective.
August 1, 2014 |
To survive in the cutthroat world of Hollywood for any considerable amount of time, you have to be a fighter. And it helps, when you're in those Tinseltown battles, to be able to look over your shoulder and see some familiar faces. "My mother always told us, 'If they fight one of you, they're fighting 10,' " said comedian Damon Wayans, 53, recalling his upbringing in New York City's Fulton housing projects. " 'So, none of you should ever lose a fight because it should always be one on 10.' " Much to the delight of millions of fans, Keenen, Damon, Shawn, and Marlon Wayans all adopted that unified-front mentality and built illustrious comedy careers together.
July 17, 2014 |
POLICE ARRESTED a SEPTA passenger and confiscated four BB guns, ammunition, two large butcher knives and a meat cleaver he carried with him Monday night as he rode the Broad Street Line. Darryl Donahue, 52, of Germantown, told officers he had the weapons for protection, SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said. He was riding the Broad Street Line north when a passenger noticed the "telltale bulge" of a gun in his waistband, took his photo with her smartphone and alerted police, Nestel said.
June 19, 2014 |
If the play is executed properly, there is little a cornerback can do to defend a 20-yard "out. " But the pass is one of the more difficult for quarterbacks because of the arm strength, timing, and accuracy required to complete the pattern in which an outside receiver runs upfield before angling toward the sideline. Every NFL quarterback has the ability to pull off such a throw. But those with the strongest arms don't have to anticipate as much, and when push comes to shove, evaluators generally go with the big gun over the quick trigger.
June 12, 2014 |
Joey Pasko is a hugger. The 24-year-old illustrator from Fairmount just isn't into the stiff handshake or the feeble wave. "I like to hug people a lot. Like my guy friends, I'll give them a big bear hug," he said. "I'm not going to shake hands with somebody I've known for a long time. That feels too formal. I'm just not that formal of a guy. " Pasko, it turns out, has wrapped his arms around a long-term trend: In a broad range of social settings, more men are embracing, well, embracing.
June 10, 2014
IT IS a comfort, albeit one of small caliber, to learn that there are actions people can take in the cause of gun rights that are so extreme they give pause to some poor soul within the headquarters of the National Rifle Association. Recent demonstrations in Texas in which proponents of open-carry gun laws have toted rifles into fast food outlets en masse got a written reprimand from the NRA - until a spokesman apologized for the criticism. Got that? NRA says don't go so far, gun demonstrators, then apologizes because, well, somebody went too far in suggesting that scary tactics are ill-advised.
June 6, 2014 |
A LITTLE hard news from Tattle: After throwing a first pitch that would have shamed an uncoordinated toddler, 50 Cent (a/k/a Curtis Jackson) revealed in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" the reason for his horrible toss. "I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder from excessive masturbation. " Maybe instead of pitching, 50 Cent should try batting practice. He obviously has a nice stroke. * The Los Angeles Times reports that 50 Cent will accept bitcoin for his newest album, "Animal Ambition.