June 14, 2015 |
Jim Nichols came to the auction ready to spend. But his $6,000 limit - more than twice the advertised opening bid for the vacant lot at 2646 Ritter St. in Kensington - never stood a chance. "Wow," he said, his auction card wrapped tightly in his hand, where it would remain as a man in the front bid $10,000. "It's because they're building over that whole street. " The number swelled higher, then stopped - "Sold!" - at $25,000. Nichols hadn't seen that coming. And neither had the auction's organizer, City Councilman Mark Squilla, who had hoped Friday's modest sale of city-owned lots in his district would bring in $1 million.
June 8, 2015 |
BOGOR, Indonesia - In front of the functionally named Gong Factory, a painter was carefully putting the final touches on a long-overdue sign identifying this otherwise difficult-to-find, characterless complex of small buildings along a bustling side street. Even if I had signaled my arrival by banging on one of their largest instruments, it's doubtful anyone would have heard it above the rhythmic clanging of hammers and abrasive din of filed metal that reverberates from the factory seven days a week.
May 15, 2015 |
There will be no shortage of laughs this summer in Atlantic City casinos, along with other nonmusical attractions. As always, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa leads the chuckle chase with a diverse slate of funny people, from Jerry Seinfeld and Howie Mandel to George Lopez, part-time Media resident Wanda Sykes, and Margaret Cho. Elsewhere in town, the offerings include Bill Maher at Caesars, Chris Tucker (Trump Taj Mahal), Dom Irrera and WIP overnight host Big Daddy Graham (Tropicana)
March 12, 2015 |
Pussy Riot at Penn! Next Tuesday, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum's Harrison Auditorium, 3260 South St., two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot , cofounders Nadya Tolokkonnikova and Masha Alyokhina , will be on hand for "A Conversation with Pussy Riot. " They'll screen their film I Can't Breathe , followed by a discussion. Free. 'Got to Give It Up,' indeed A lot of people think "Blurred Lines," the 2013 smash hit for Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , and rapper T.I. , sounds like Marvin Gaye 's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up. " Gaye's family did, which is why they sued for $25 million.
January 24, 2015 |
Pete Rose was painful for opponents during his 24 Major League Baseball seasons, including five with the Phillies, because no one played harder and no one collected more hits. The less physical but more significant pain, of course, for Rose, baseball, and its fans was Rose's gambling habits, which led to his banishment from the game in 1989. Now, nearing his 74th birthday, Rose will be paid to promote a pain reliever. He signed a one-year contract to appear in advertisements for Myoflex, an older brand-name, over-the-counter cream used to treat sore muscles and joints.
October 19, 2014 |
Urban Outfitters Inc. shares fell as much as 15 percent Friday after the apparel retailer warned investors that third-quarter earnings would be hurt by declining sales. The stock fell to its lowest since July 2012, closing down $4.94, or 14.29 percent, to $29.62. The Philadelphia-based owner of Anthropologie, Free People, and Urban Outfitters stores said in early September that quarterly comparable sales had declined. The sales slump has continued, and the company said in an update Thursday after the market closed that because of lower than expected sales, "its gross profit margin may deleverage for the third quarter at a rate greater than during the first half of the year.
September 17, 2014 |
Soggy conditions last weekend did not discourage crowds from gathering in New Hope and Doylestown to watch the Thompson Bucks County Classic on Saturday and the Criterium of Doylestown on Sunday. If anything, the rain underscored the events' success, according to John Eustice, the event director. "It was raining . . . and we still had a big crowd," Eustice said. "It's great that it rained, because it's proof that people loved the race. " On Saturday, about 200 men competed in a 100-mile race from Doylestown to New Hope for the international title of UCI Champion of the Americas.
August 17, 2014 |
Mo'ne Davis entered Friday's game to considerable hype. Her dominant performance on the pitcher's mound justified the attention. After firing a shutout, Davis was the talk of Twitter Friday afternoon. Her name was trending on the site in Philadelphia, and one social media tracking site, TwazzUp, said Friday night that more than 4,000 tweets per hour mentioned her. The Phillies, who changed their Twitter logo to that of the Taney Dragons, wrote "Mo'ne Davis was dealing on the mound again today!
August 12, 2014 |
JEROME WILLIAMS has two arms and can throw a ball 60 feet, 6 inches, which makes him a perfect fit for the Phillies rotation. As to his efficacy, well, the team isn't in a position to be picky, which is why they claimed the 32-year-old righthander off waivers yesterday and are planning on pitching him against the Angels tomorrow. "We needed another arm, and he's a guy who has pitched in the big leagues, so we want to take a look at him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. Williams already has been released by two teams this season.
December 17, 2013 |
BIG 5 GAMES are supposed to be scrum-like. It's right there in the bylaws. Well, maybe it's time someone let this Villanova team in on the history lesson. On Dec. 4, the Wildcats beat Penn at home by 23 points. Last weekend they went to Saint Joseph's and won by 30. Good thing they were trailing late in the first half. Yesterday afternoon at the Pavilion, the nation's 10th-ranked club remained unbeaten with a 73-52 victory over La Salle. They still have to go to Temple on Feb. 1, for those who like to plan ahead.