April 4, 2010 |
Back in 1993, when Steve James was living in Chicago and working on Hoop Dreams, the acclaimed documentary that tracked two young African American basketball players' hopes of making it to the NBA, the filmmaker kept hearing about a spectacular high school athlete embroiled in a controversy that was racially dividing his hometown of Hampton, Va. "My father was sending me newspaper clips about Allen Iverson," said James. "He said to me, 'I've never seen anything like this kid.' " James' documentary No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson will be screened as part of the Philadelphia Film Festival's Spring Preview next Sunday at the Prince Music Theater.
February 23, 2010 |
A Maple Shade man who admitted luring a teenage mother to her 2008 death while she had her baby with her pleaded guilty yesterday to murder. Douglas Mandichak, 27, admitted in Superior Court in Camden County that he fatally struck Felicia Mikels, 17, of Pennsauken, after allegedly plotting the death with the baby's father, who also was her uncle. Christopher Mikels, 28, of Pennsauken, is charged with murder. He faces a possible life sentence in the pending trial. Mandichak could have faced life but is expected to be sentenced to 30 years when he appears April 1 before Judge Anthony Pugliese.
January 21, 2010 |
Staring at his family's bowling alley as it was engulfed in flames last week, Charles Loyle knew. "That building went up so quickly that we knew it had to be an accelerant in there," Loyle, 82, said yesterday in front of the charred Loyle Lanes Bowling Center, a local landmark that would have celebrated its 50th anniversary Feb. 10. Investigators yesterday confirmed Loyle's suspicions about the Jan. 11 blaze and shocked the community with...
June 17, 2009 |
For the love of his father, Jim Teti became a bowler. It started in 2000, when his dad, Al - known as "AT" - was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Teti volunteered to drive nearly an hour after work every Wednesday, making sure his father showed up for bowling. Eventually, a spot serendipitously opened on the "Launchers," giving Teti the opportunity to bowl side by side with his dad. After almost six decades with the league, AT died last year at 90. But his son stayed on. "For me, it was about my father," said Teti, 54, of Lansdowne, a facilities manager at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
April 25, 2009
An insidious kind of organized crime has infiltrated the neighborhoods of New Jersey. It's not what you're thinking. This crime is flourishing in - of all the seemingly innocuous places - your local bowling alley. And it's not the offense against fashion committed by two-toned, Velcro-fastened rental shoes and vertically striped shirts advertising transmission shops. It's gambling. And it's roundly frowned upon in New Jersey - except in Atlantic City, the state-run lottery, the racetracks, and constant legislative efforts to legalize slot machines and sports betting.
December 24, 2008 |
Even though ModSpace's holiday party has some of the trappings of your typical company-sponsored event - buffet line, free-flowing drinks, and employees dressed in red and green - the setting is anything but the same old, same old. There are pool tables, techno music, big-screen TVs playing How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and bowling. As companies tighten belts while trying to keep up employee morale, unconventional, interactive parties are giving employers more bang for their holiday-party buck.
September 8, 2008 |
'Bangkok' tops slow box-office weekend The critically panned thriller Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicholas Cage needed just $7.8 million to win top spot at the box office last weekend, the slowest movie weekend in five years, according to studio estimates. The total weekend box-office gross was expected to reach $66 million, slightly less than the $66.7 million for the same weekend in September 2003. "We had no strong holdover from Labor Day weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media by Numbers.
February 24, 2008 |
A fever is sweeping through America's retirement communities. Bowling fever. Few are spared. It strikes even the infirm. Mary Mortenson, 89, has it bad. When her turn came to bowl on Thursday, she stood, leaning on a metal chair for support. "My legs won't hold me," she said. She slid the chair out into the center aisle of her retirement community's auditorium. As she braced herself on the chair with her left hand, she concentrated on the projector screen in front of her, which displayed a virtual bowling lane.
January 22, 2008 |
Two men who have confessed in the beating death of a teenager argued after the killing about what to do with her 5-week-old girl, authorities said yesterday. Douglas Mandichak and Christopher Mikels considered throwing the baby into the icy waters of Pennsauken Creek, but in the end abandoned her in the front yard of a Cherry Hill home, acting Camden County Prosecutor Joshua Ottenberg said. After finding the baby's stroller in the water, police yesterday continued to comb the banks of the creek in Cinnaminson for the body of her mother, 17-year-old Felicia Mikels of Pennsauken, which the men said they dumped into the water.
January 13, 2008 |
This year will be chock-full of 1968 commemorations. Deservedly so, because that was a pivotal year in which the convulsions of a decade converged and the country slouched over the edge of a precipice. It was, after all, the year of the Tet offensive in Vietnam; Walter Cronkite's televised farewell to victory in that wretched war; the My Lai massacre (unknown until the next year); Eugene McCarthy's presidential run; Columbia University's uprising; President Johnson's decision not to run for a second full term; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination; scores of subsequent riots; Robert F. Kennedy's assassination; the Chicago Democratic Convention riot; the Miss America protest in Atlantic City; Richard Nixon's "Southern Strategy" and election; and, for good measure, the first manned voyages in the Apollo program - not to mention Prague Spring, the French student uprising, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and, in Mexico City, the massacre of protesting students and the black power salutes of Olympic athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.