September 19, 2014 |
SYMBOLISM AND union anger trumped substance and legislative caution yesterday as City Council overwhelmingly approved a ballot referendum asking voters if the School Reform Commission should be abolished. The question now: Will Mayor Nutter sign that measure into law, allowing the nonbinding referendum to appear on the Nov. 4 general-election ballot? Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, the legislation's sponsor, apologized to a raucous crowd of union members and education activists who were openly disappointed that she did not bring the subject up for a vote last week.
September 12, 2014
A DINA LUO and Molly Liu, both 20, of University City, are Wharton School juniors who co-founded Black Box Denim, a custom jeans brand. Adina, a California native, does pitches, marketing, communications, branding and customer acquisition. Molly, who's from Ohio, designs, works with suppliers and tailors and keeps an eye on financials. The website is expected to go live in a month. I spoke with Adina. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: We met in our freshman year and wanted to do something in fashion.
September 5, 2014
Fordham at Villanova Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Villanova Stadium TV: American Sports Network. Radio: CBS Sports (610-AM). Records: Fordham , 1-0, Villanova 0-1. History: Villanova leads, 20-5-3. But Fordham won last year in New York, 27-24. About Fordham: The Rams are ranked 11th in FCS. They have a lot back from last year's team that lost to eventual national runner-up Towson in the second round of the playoffs . . . They opened with a 52-23 win over visiting St. Francis (Pa.)
September 4, 2014 |
BERNARD HOPKINS doesn't want to be on any pound-for-pound list should he beat Sergey Kovalev. To place him on one of those lists with some of the top fighters in the world would, as he said, make him human. With a 50th birthday approaching in January, Hopkins continues to reaffirm his new nickname of "The Alien. " So there he sat in the Fox Gittis Room inside the Liacouras Center at Temple yesterday, waxing poetic on his age, his upcoming light heavyweight unification bout, boxing history and, of course, pound-for-pound lists.
August 29, 2014
MOLLY HAYWARD, 26, of Swarthmore, is founder of Cora, a startup that distributes customized packages of organic feminine hygiene products to college women in the U.S. and Canada. Part of the proceeds are used to buy sanitary pads for schoolgirls in India. Cora won the Philly Geek Award for Startup of the Year on Aug. 16. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Cora? A: I learned girls were missing school several days of every month in some countries because they couldn't afford sanitary pads.
August 25, 2014 |
Somewhere on the path to immortality, Maria Callas and Leonard Bernstein transcended boxed-set recording anthologies. Now they have shrines. For the price of more votive candles than you can count, La Divina (Callas' canonized name) rises again in the 69-disc Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings , arriving in September with her own artist page on iTunes (a rare tribute in classical circles). And that doesn't include her prized live recordings. Vying with it for shelf space is The Leonard Bernstein Collection, with 60 discs of his later-in-life recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, some overlooked amid the CD frenzy of the 1980s.
August 13, 2014 |
It's been quite a year for Nils Lofgren. In April the guitar virtuoso was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. And now comes a voluminous box set that celebrates his own work. Face the Music (Fantasy ***1/2) is a 10-disc career retrospective - nine CDs of music and one DVD - that presents the cream of Lofgren's output over nearly five decades, starting with his acclaimed but poor-selling band Grin. "Most of this music has been out of print, much to my disappointment," the 63-year-old Lofgren says from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.
August 12, 2014 |
COWABUNGA! "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was the No. 1 movie in the nation this weekend with $65 million at the box office. Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy" slid into second place in its second weekend with $41.5 million, bringing its total domestic haul to $175.9 million. The total worldwide box office for the cosmic romp stands at $313.2 million. Megan Colligan , Paramount's head of domestic marketing and distribution, said that the success of the "Turtles" reboot was mostly derived from a pair of distinctly different audiences: men who fondly remembered the 1980s and '90s franchise that spawned a cartoon series, toy line and a live-action film trilogy, and youngsters familiar with a newer Nickelodeon animated TV series.
August 5, 2014 |
IT LOOKS AS IF the move by Marvel Studios to announce a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" before the movie opened was a winner. The space romp, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana , earned a whopping $94 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday, blowing away its most optimistic preopening estimate of $75 million. The opening crushes the previous record opening for an August release, the $69.2 million debut of 2007's "The Bourne Ultimatum.