August 19, 2015 |
Willie Nelson is an extraordinary octogenarian. The 82-year-old Red Headed Stranger - still ponytailed, though now mostly gray - played outdoors Sunday at the Borgata Festival Park in Atlantic City, and he was frisky and inventive all night long. The tour stop with openers Old Crow Medicine Show was billed as a "Willie Nelson & Family" concert, but with Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah off backing up Neil Young this summer, the only family member on stage throughout the briskly paced 90-minute set was his piano-playing older sister Bobbie.
May 6, 2015 |
JIM LAMPE was an outstanding three-letter athlete at William Penn Charter School who went on to a career laying the kind of turf he once trampled with cleats and sneaks. After his athletic career, which included playing baseball in the Mets farm system, Jim became a leader in companies that produce such products as Astroturf for playing fields. James M. Lampe Sr., who tore up the turf at his alma mater Penn Charter in four years as a star football running back and baseball infielder and also starred as a guard on the basketball team, died April 14 of complications of diabetes.
July 19, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Patrick Poulin alternates between sitting and standing in the lobby of Chicago's Briar Street Theatre, nervously flipping back and forth through the pages of his application to join the Blue Man Group alongside dozens of other hopefuls who have come to audition for the theatrical spectacle. "Anything that keeps me performing would be a blessing . . . . If I can be onstage making people laugh or entertained, it would be a dream," said Poulin, 25, who moved to Chicago from Boston to work in the city's comedy scene and theaters.
December 5, 2008 |
EAGLES CAREER: A fourth-round draft pick from Kentucky in 1974, LeMaster played all of his nine NFL seasons (1974-1982) with the Eagles during a span in which the team went from being one of the NFL's worst to its finest. LeMaster was a key part of the 1980 Super Bowl squad in addition to locking up Pro Bowl honors in 1981. A 6-1, 195-pound linebacker, he was always around the ball, and finished his career with seven fumble recoveries, 10 interceptions and two touchdowns. WHERE HE IS NOW: Playing on the Veterans Stadium turf actually inspired LeMaster to find his calling after football.
July 31, 2008 |
A report released yesterday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the normally small amounts of lead found in artificial turf fields are not a safety threat for children. The commission began studying the issue at the request of the New Jersey Department of Health in April after lead was found in decaying AstroTurf fields in Newark and Hoboken at levels that exceeded acceptable amounts. Lead exposure can cause brain and neurological problems in young children.
April 29, 2008 |
The College of New Jersey had a problem. Lead dust had been discovered between the blades of the artificial grass on Lions Field, where football and lacrosse teams had played for 10 years - and where graduation ceremonies were just weeks away. The dust could be hazardous if inhaled or ingested, the state Department of Health and Senior Services said. College officials were shocked. Quickly, they padlocked the arena. Now, two weeks after the state's health alert went out nationally, athletic and recreation directors at colleges, high schools and parks across the country are grappling with what to do about their own synthetic playing surfaces.
March 1, 2008 |
Mike Schmidt played coy recently when asked where he would hit in the current Phillies lineup. Schmidt, 58, said he didn't know, but he was pretty sure he could bat fourth for the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. He probably could bat fourth for the Phillies, too. Can you imagine Schmidt hitting between Chase Utley and Ryan Howard? Manager Charlie Manuel, a man who loves balance in his lineup, would love that. Schmidt, the Hall of Fame third baseman and member of the 500-home-run club, has been in Clearwater for a couple of weeks as an instructor.
August 12, 2007
10 Bill Bergey. It was, even in 1974, costly. For one spectacular linebacker, Bill Bergey, the Eagles gave the Cincinnati Bengals two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder. Imagine. Two first-round picks. So just before the draft, general manager Jim Murray sent Bergey into the Eagles' war room. "I walk in and go, 'Hi, everybody, here's your No. 1 and No. 2 picks,' " Bergey said recently. "And not one person thought it was funny. " But no one laughed at Bergey's performances for the Eagles.
May 26, 2006
Veterans need our help with stress disorder There are servicemen and women returning from the Iraq war with memories that will haunt them. These Americans need help, more help than we gave to Vietnam veterans, some of whom are suffering recurrences of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of exposure to news of the Iraq war. I lost someone to PTSD. No, he wasn't some crazy lost soul. He was a business school graduate, an international finance expert, and eventually a successful minister.
April 4, 2004 |
The Phillies' brand-new, old-time ballpark made its unofficial debut yesterday to vigorous applause and - in the long-standing tradition of Philadelphia sports fans - sonorous boos. The boos were for Mayor Street, whose speech before the first pitch was nearly drowned out by a roar of disapproval. The mayor was followed by Phillies slugger Jim Thome, who received an equally deafening barrage of cheers and a few chants of "Run for Mayor!" But it was Citizens Bank Park itself, which hosted the Phillies game yesterday against the Cleveland Indians, that earned the biggest hurrahs.