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May 9, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The nerve! If Philadelphia Orchestra audiences get justifiably upset over a program switch from Brahms to Tchaikovsky, think of what fits could be thrown over the bait and switch by Piffaro the Renaissance Band on Friday. Instead of a program devoted to the obscure 16th-century Alexander Agricola (maybe the only such program in Philadelphia history), the audience at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill got Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Isaac. Agricola admirers should be used to such treatment; his often-cerebral music is more discussed than heard.
NEWS
March 24, 2013
The Porsche Santiaga Story Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 432 pp. $26.99 By Sister Souljah Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller It's here! A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story , the long-awaited sequel to Sister Souljah's 1999 debut novel, The Coldest Winter Ever , which sold more than a million copies, is finally here! And it was released with even more fanfare than the 2008 publication of Midnight: A Gangster Love Story , the prequel to The Coldest Winter Ever that centers on the Sudanese immigrant Midnight, who was introduced in Coldest Winter . It's little wonder that this sequel, like the prequel, made an early appearance on the New York Times best-sellers list, especially since fans of The Coldest Winter Ever had to wait 14 years to find out the fate of the characters in that book.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
The skies might not have been, but the consensus among golfers Sunday at the Pennsauken Country Club was clear: The weather forecasters had lied. Through last week, meteorologists predicted a springlike, midwinter gift would descend on the Philadelphia region for the weekend: blue skies, plenty of sun, temperatures in the mid-60s. Accordingly, golfers who hadn't touched their clubs in weeks, if not months, swarmed the Pennsauken course, reserving tee times days in advance. By Friday, it had been booked for Saturday and Sunday through 2 p.m. - "unheard of in January," said Bryan Garrison, an assistant professional at the club.
NEWS
May 28, 1997 | By Douglas Herbert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Wilmington man whose wife was killed when her Plymouth sedan skidded and smashed into a tree is suing Potamkin Toyota's Springfield dealership, saying it duped them into buying a car that had been in a crash. In a civil complaint filed last week in Delaware County Court, Rickey Manuel, the widower of Latayna Manuel, alleges that the dealership used "bait and switch" tactics to sell the couple a repossessed 1995 Plymouth Neon sedan with more than 10,000 miles on it. The sale was in January 1995.
NEWS
December 8, 2004
We had just about become numb to frivolous, hair-brained lawsuits - until David Qualls raised his head from out of a foxhole. Qualls is one of eight active-duty National Guard soldiers who are mad that they must spend more time in the service than they bargained for. That's because in June the Pentagon initiated the "stop-loss" program, which can extend enlistments during national emergencies and war. About 7,000 soldiers have had their service...
NEWS
February 16, 2009
Move to undermine? That Sen. Judd Gregg withdrew from consideration for commerce secretary is another blow to President Obama's overtures of bipartisanship. Gregg must have known the president's agenda when he first accepted the post. Still, his motive for embarrassing Obama was irresolvable conflicts. He suddenly had an epiphany? It appears the Republicans are marching lockstep to undermine this president to improve their untenable position. In these times of national crisis, the Republicans care only about their survival over the country's Anthony J. Frascino Swedesboro artgardenr@aol.
NEWS
July 5, 2010 | By Tim Potts
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Pennsylvania legislature's infamous pay raise of 2005. Enough time has elapsed that some lawmakers are trying to rewrite the event's history and meaning. One legislator, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), recently suggested that the raise couldn't be called a scandal because it didn't involve sex. Whether or not it was a scandal, the pay raise of 2005 was by many definitions an act of theft: Lawmakers took our money for themselves without our knowledge or consent.
REAL_ESTATE
November 21, 2010 | By Al Heavens, Inquirer Columnist
The economic downturn has certainly freed up space in my mailbox. I'm not getting as many credit-card and refinancing offers as I did before the fourth quarter of 2008. My mortgage servicer, hoping to milk another pint from homeowners who aren't in default, makes monthly contributions to my family's recycling efforts with offers for accident and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, and low-interest credit-card balance transfers. My policy is to check the payment data and shred the rest.
NEWS
May 8, 2010 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Lost and 24 , two daring series that may be the decade's defining shows, are headed for the final roundup this month. And both seem intent on going out in a blaze of gory. 24 was gratuitously trigger-happy this week. What did Dana have to gain by shooting that poor banker in the safe deposit vault? He was a terrified, unarmed white collar guy. She could have just commanded him to sit on the floor. At the very least, this was a waste of ammunition. But Dana got hers when Jack cold-bloodedly executed her. Why?
NEWS
August 12, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Hollywood can no longer make guaranteed money banking on a single star, so it's started grouping them together. A movie starring Adam Sandler, or Chris Rock, or Kevin James might be a gamble, but a movie starring all of them - "Grown-Ups" - is $150 million blockbuster. "Valentine's Day" wasn't much of a comedy, but the combined box office mojo of Julia Roberts, Brad Cooper, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Jessicas Alba and Biel made for a nice haul. The ultra-bloody action expression of this trend is "The Expendables," a sort of "Valentine's Day" massacre featuring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarze- negger, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews in a violent, second-rate mercenary adventure yarn.
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March 24, 2013
The Porsche Santiaga Story Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 432 pp. $26.99 By Sister Souljah Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller It's here! A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story , the long-awaited sequel to Sister Souljah's 1999 debut novel, The Coldest Winter Ever , which sold more than a million copies, is finally here! And it was released with even more fanfare than the 2008 publication of Midnight: A Gangster Love Story , the prequel to The Coldest Winter Ever that centers on the Sudanese immigrant Midnight, who was introduced in Coldest Winter . It's little wonder that this sequel, like the prequel, made an early appearance on the New York Times best-sellers list, especially since fans of The Coldest Winter Ever had to wait 14 years to find out the fate of the characters in that book.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman and Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writers
The skies might not have been, but the consensus among golfers Sunday at the Pennsauken Country Club was clear: The weather forecasters had lied. Through last week, meteorologists predicted a springlike, midwinter gift would descend on the Philadelphia region for the weekend: blue skies, plenty of sun, temperatures in the mid-60s. Accordingly, golfers who hadn't touched their clubs in weeks, if not months, swarmed the Pennsauken course, reserving tee times days in advance. By Friday, it had been booked for Saturday and Sunday through 2 p.m. - "unheard of in January," said Bryan Garrison, an assistant professional at the club.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By Michael L. Marlow
THIS PAST MONTH has seen a coordinated PR assault against "junk food" in the name of public health. The Institute of Medicine's 462-page report Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation argues that wide-ranging changes are required, such as promoting physical activity and availability of healthy foods and beverages. The very same week saw publication of a related article funded by the Centers for Disease Control, predicting in two decades 42 percent of Americans will be obese and 11 percent will be severely obese, or 100 pounds overweight.
SPORTS
December 13, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Now that Andy Reid has given us a preview of his sales pitch, the only question left is whether Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will buy it on Jan. 2. That is the day after the Eagles' season ends, the day Reid usually unveils his rationalizations and, not incidentally, the day Lurie presumably will begin reviewing his employees' performances in 2011. Whether he is looking at a record of 6-10, 7-9, or 8-8 won't matter as much as whether he accepts Reid's attempt to spin that record.
SPORTS
September 8, 2011 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
Andy Reid shouldn't worry. Nobody is going to jump to conclusions about first-round pick Danny Watkins just because the rookie isn't ready to start at guard in Week 1 against a blitz-happy Rams defense. Nobody rational, anyway. The decision, after all, says much more about Reid than about Watkins. Two years after an ill-fated attempt to retool his offensive line, Reid is about to start this season of high expectations with the very definition of a patchwork line in front of Michael Vick.
NEWS
May 9, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The nerve! If Philadelphia Orchestra audiences get justifiably upset over a program switch from Brahms to Tchaikovsky, think of what fits could be thrown over the bait and switch by Piffaro the Renaissance Band on Friday. Instead of a program devoted to the obscure 16th-century Alexander Agricola (maybe the only such program in Philadelphia history), the audience at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill got Ludwig Senfl and Heinrich Isaac. Agricola admirers should be used to such treatment; his often-cerebral music is more discussed than heard.
NEWS
March 14, 2011
I HAVE a working theory about Gov. Corbett's apparent assault on higher education. I think it's a politically adroit bait-and-switch. I think it's a way for the conservative Republican to seem like some sort of new-wave Pennsylvania compassionate/populist by being all anti-intellectual in cutting aid to colleges and universities while, on paper at least, increasing funding for welfare programs. Ain't gonna feed them ivory-tower types; gonna feed the needy. I'll grant that this theory's born of abject cynicism regarding almost all things political, and an underlying belief that budgets are driven by efforts to placate political patrons (read: no tax on gas drillers; tax cuts/credits for business)
REAL_ESTATE
November 21, 2010 | By Al Heavens, Inquirer Columnist
The economic downturn has certainly freed up space in my mailbox. I'm not getting as many credit-card and refinancing offers as I did before the fourth quarter of 2008. My mortgage servicer, hoping to milk another pint from homeowners who aren't in default, makes monthly contributions to my family's recycling efforts with offers for accident and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, and low-interest credit-card balance transfers. My policy is to check the payment data and shred the rest.
NEWS
August 12, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
Hollywood can no longer make guaranteed money banking on a single star, so it's started grouping them together. A movie starring Adam Sandler, or Chris Rock, or Kevin James might be a gamble, but a movie starring all of them - "Grown-Ups" - is $150 million blockbuster. "Valentine's Day" wasn't much of a comedy, but the combined box office mojo of Julia Roberts, Brad Cooper, Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, and Jessicas Alba and Biel made for a nice haul. The ultra-bloody action expression of this trend is "The Expendables," a sort of "Valentine's Day" massacre featuring Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarze- negger, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews in a violent, second-rate mercenary adventure yarn.
NEWS
July 5, 2010 | By Tim Potts
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Pennsylvania legislature's infamous pay raise of 2005. Enough time has elapsed that some lawmakers are trying to rewrite the event's history and meaning. One legislator, State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery), recently suggested that the raise couldn't be called a scandal because it didn't involve sex. Whether or not it was a scandal, the pay raise of 2005 was by many definitions an act of theft: Lawmakers took our money for themselves without our knowledge or consent.
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