January 29, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Kevin Davis knew he could not beat 19-year-old aspiring boxer Jahmeer Alphonso Jett with fists, so, police said, the 26-year-old former convict got a gun instead. To settle a dispute over a car, police say, Davis ran up behind Jett - an accomplished amateur boxer and the son of a Philadelphia police officer - and shot him point-blank in the back on Jan. 17 just steps from his mother's front door in Southwest Philadelphia. Police said Davis kept squeezing the trigger of his .45-caliber handgun, the bullets striking Jett six times.
January 23, 2014 |
Ronald P. Greenley Sr., 69, of Bensalem, a well-known boxing judge in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of lung cancer at his home. Mr. Greenley judged 25 world- or regional-level title bouts, including those of Philadelphia fighters Bernard Hopkins and Meldrick Taylor. In Pennsylvania, he served as a boxing judge from 1991 to 2006 and earned a reputation as one of the state's best judges, said Gregory Sirb, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.
December 30, 2013 |
The pay-TV industry, threatened with federal regulations, has plunged a stake into the electric "vampire" in your living room. After a year of negotiating, Comcast Corp., DirecTV and other TV operators agreed last week to energy-efficiency standards for set-top boxes, which can suck more electricity off the grid than wide-screen TVs. The reason: Set-top boxes don't turn off - even when a subscriber turns off the TV, or the boxes themselves....
December 14, 2013 |
There are only 11 shopping days left, folks. Need a gift for your favorite sci-fi nerd? Two boxed sets, one American, the other British, should do the trick. They went where no man (or woman) has gone before on TV. Then the cast of late-'60s classic Star Trek came back a decade later to make the 1979 feature Star Trek: The Motion Picture . Five sequels followed. Paramount has gathered all six films and the four films made by the cast of the spinoff series, Star Trek: Next Generation , in the 12-disc boxed set Star Trek: Stardate Collection . Each film comes with a healthy dose of extras, including commentary tracks and making-of documentaries.
December 7, 2013 |
It can be maddening trying to find the right holiday gift for cinephiles. But it's hard to go wrong with compilations, especially one as extensive as the Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection (Blu-ray) , a 52-disc boxed set featuring some of the studio's best films, on Blu-ray and UltraViolet digital copy. Titles range from the 1932 Oscar-winner Grand Hotel starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore to Singin' in the Rain , Dirty Harry , Amadeus , the Lord of the Rings trilogy, through to 2010's sci-fi hit Inception . Warner's online store has been offering the boxed set for less than half the list price ( www.wbshop.com ; $597.92 list price; various ratings)
December 1, 2013 |
'Catching Fire' torches turkey Did the gang clear out post-turkey, as they did at our place, to go see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ? So did the whole world! The Jennifer Lawrence vehicle set an all-time record for the gratitudinous holiday, with a $14.9 million take, beating the $13.1 mils of 1999's Toy Story 2. Fire may earn $100 mils total through Sunday! Whaaaat? The only flick anywhere near was Frozen, with $11.1 mils. Snoopy obliterates Gaga!
November 21, 2013 |
THE FLORIDA Panthers are naming their press box after the late Roger Neilson, the franchise's first coach who also spent parts of three seasons behind the Flyers bench. A dedication will be held at the Panthers' arena on Monday afternoon. The Flyers play at Florida later that night. Neilson was known for his curly hair, loud ties and for occasionally getting lost on the way to the arena. His innovation with game tape earned him the nickname "Captain Video. " Neilson coached eight teams from 1977-02.
November 15, 2013 |
The Kimmel Center is shining a light on its black box. The center's Innovation Studio has long been a forgotten space, a rehearsal room turned into a no-frills performance space that hosted second-rank touring productions. All that is changing. On Thursday, the Kimmel will unveil an inviting glass entrance on Spruce Street for a re-branded SEI Innovation Studio, and show off improvements made to the 200-seat black-box theater with funding support from SEI, the financial-services firm based in Oaks.
November 7, 2013 |
Wearing a dark sport coat and a checkered shirt, Roy Jones Jr. sat in the back corner of a dimly lit Center City blues club and waited for the news conference to begin. Just a lone camera and a handful of reporters were on hand last week for the former pound-for-pound best boxer in the world. He once was a superstar, bright enough to transcend his sport. Jones starred in Hollywood films and graced video-game covers. But the 44-year-old was in town to announce that he will fight on a weeknight boxing card in December at the 3,500-capacity Northeast Philadelphia Armory.
October 10, 2013 |
MEDIA The officers who gathered Tuesday in Media told a familiar story. A patient undergoes a medical procedure and comes home with a bottle of painkillers. He takes a few to recuperate, then leaves the rest untouched. His teenage son finds the pills and tries one. He gets hooked. The pills run at least $30 apiece, so the new abuser seeks a cheaper alternative - heroin. "Getting medications off the street is the first step in combatting abuse," said Marple Township Police Chief Tom Murray, "and protecting our children from the horrors of addictions.