June 9, 2011 |
Bill Cosby, one of the world's most well-known comedians, brought his more serious side to address Girard College's Class of 2011 on Thursday. "I'm 74 years old," the native Philadelphian began, "and when I was a kid, this school was known as Girard College and no Negroes, no coloreds, [were] allowed. And so it sat here, in the city of Philadelphia, as a symbol of racist thoughts. " But Cosby reminded the largely African-American graduating class - which also included several Hispanic, Asian and white students - that they were not the first "to have broken that particular barrier.
May 1, 2011 |
Bill Cosby is the go-to celebrity at the Penn Relays - perhaps to the carnival what Jack Nicholson is to the Lakers or Spike Lee is to his Knicks. Each year, Cosby can be found on the Franklin Field infield, and 2011 was no exception. Wearing a gray Penn track suit and a canary yellow Penn Relays official's hat, Cosby posed for pictures, shook hands, and congratulated athletes Friday and Saturday. Cosby, 73, has been coming to the Relays since he was a boy growing up in Philadelphia - for probably 64 years, he said - and says he competed here during his days at Central High School.
April 30, 2011 |
Looking as if he had just experienced some kind of revelation, a wide-eyed Miles Schoedler wasn't pulling any punches. "I [stunk]," the Ocean City senior said bluntly. "That's it. " The Penn Relays hold completely different meanings for different athletes. But for Schoedler, they were a wake-up call. He entered Friday's high school boys' mile run championship as the No. 1 seed. In fact, he was South Jersey's only No. 1 seed this weekend at Franklin Field. But Schoedler's time of 4 minutes, 21.28 seconds placed him 10th in the 15-runner field.
April 29, 2011 |
Looking as if he had just witnessed some kind of revelation, a wide-eyed Miles Schoedler wasn't pulling any punches. "I [stunk]," the Ocean City senior said bluntly. "That's it. " The Penn Relays hold completely different meanings for different athletes. But for Schoedler, they were a wakeup call. He entered Friday's high school boys' mile run championship as the No. 1 seed. In fact, he was South Jersey's only No. 1 seed this weekend at Franklin Field. But Schoedler's time of 4 minutes, 21.28 seconds placed him 10th in the 15-team field.
December 6, 2010 |
BACK IN the bad old days of Philadelphia public housing, high-rise buildings blotted out the sky. Crime was abundant, and the stairs stank of urine and garbage. Elevators rarely worked, and children sometimes plunged to their deaths down the dark shafts. When the elevators were out of service and there was some kind of energency up high, somebody had to climb those smelly stairs, as much as 17-18 stories. This was William E. Parks, Philadelphia Housing Authority cop, who didn't appreciate the aerobic workouts he was getting on those steps as he rushed to help people in trouble.
August 31, 2010 |
MUNICIPAL Judge Karen Simmons got a hug and a kiss from Snoop Dogg last night at the Wine & Spirits store (1218 Chestnut) where the rapper signed bottles of Landy Cognac. Simmons didn't buy the bottle but still got to meet the man she calls "The greatest hip-hop artist of all time. " "I've been his fan since the beginning," Her Honor said. She was less talkative when asked her feelings on Snoop's love of weed and offered "No comment. " Snoop, who played later last night at the TLA (334 South)
August 4, 2010 |
Oh, that cruel harlot, Fortune ! Teen heartthrobs Levi Johnston , 20, and Bristol Palin , 19, proud parents of 19-month-old Tripp , seem incapable of managing a relationship. They've split up weeks after announcing their second engagement on July 14. "It's over," Bristol tells People. "I broke up with him. " When did it go wrong? July 14, to be exact! That's the day Levi told Bristol his ex-gf, Lanesia Garcia , might be carrying his child. (Garcia has since denied Levi's paternity.
August 3, 2010 |
I suppose he could be mistaken, but Bill Cosby has made the startling claim that he is, indeed, alive and well. A perturbed Cosby called into Larry King' s CNN show live on Monday night to refute what seems irrefutable: The Internet. Specifically widely-disseminated Web reports that the Philly native has died. Cosby, who needs to live long enough to make his Aug. 28 date at the Borgata, seemed especially upset at the conspirator(s) who started the rumor. "I don't want this person, or whatever, I don't want them to do this anymore," Cosby, 73, told temporary host, Kyra Phillips . "I found out when my daughter called the house.
June 24, 2010 |
"IT'S ALWAYS Sunny in Philadelphia" fans flocked last night to catch a glimpse of stars Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton outside Mac's Tavern (226 Market), where they attended a grand-opening party. South Philly-raised McElhenney and Olson, his wife and co-star, are expecting a baby boy in August. The couple had a great time shooting in town this week, although McElhenney says he wishes they hadn't picked the hottest week of the year to shoot. Olson said she's become insufferable while pregnant, but she seemed sweet to us. They said the bar won't be too gimmicky, though there are "Sunny" references throughout the place and on the menu.
April 7, 2010 |
Germantown-born Bill Cosby, son of a sailor and a maid, became the 11th recipient of the city's Marian Anderson Award, given to artists noted for their humanitarian work in the name of the Philadelphia-born contralto. Cosby - whose folksy humor has been laced in recent years with stern messages chiding many parents for having fallen down on the job - was feted Tuesday night at a gala concert at the Kimmel Center hosted by the entertainer Chita Rivera, a longtime friend. Cosby, 72, added the Anderson to a slew of honors since he burst onto the entertainment scene in 1963 with an appearance on the Tonight show and two years later became the first African American to costar in a TV series (I Spy on NBC)