October 29, 2014 |
SIGHTINGS of Usher have been flying in fast and furious while he's in Philly rehearsing for his UR Experience Tour, which hits the Wells Fargo Center Nov. 11. While I've let you know where the R&B superstar has been dining, my favorite tip has nothing to do with his culinary choices (such as Parc and Good Stuff Eatery). Outside his rehearsals at Temple's Liacouras Center, Usher opted to get buff(er) at NoLibs' Joe Hand Boxing Gym (543-547 N. 3rd St.), training with Danny Davis , who has worked with the likes of Bernard Hopkins . Turns out, Usher is no wilting flower.
October 22, 2014 |
CHICAGO - Before the puck dropped on the regular season, new Flyers general manager Ron Hextall held a meeting with his team. His message, among others, was simple: "Penalties are killing us," Zac Rinaldo recalled. Hextall pointed out the statistics. The Flyers have finished either last or second-to-last in fewest minor penalties in six of the nine seasons since the game changed after the 2004-05 lockout. He even held a meeting with Rinaldo during the offseason to drive home his point.
October 21, 2014 |
HELL HATH no "Fury" like a "Gone Girl" scorned. Or something like that. War won the box-office battle this weekend as David Ayer's tank drama topped David Fincher's psychodrama. "Gone Girl" had been tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and Co. blasted the film to second place. "Fury" captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Gone Girl" followed with $17.8 million. Both films are rated R. "The fall movie season is all about making the transition from PG-13 world of summer to the R-rated, edgier world of the fall and awards season," said Paul Dergarabedian , senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
October 14, 2014 |
AMY DUNNE is still missing and moviegoers are eager to find out what happened to her. "Gone Girl" stayed atop the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. "Dracula Untold" bit into second place with $23.4 million. "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," debuted in third with $19.1 million, so it was a not so terrible, horrible weekend. "Annabelle" claimed fourth place in its second week of release with $16.3 million, followed by the Robert Downey Jr. - Robert Duvall drama "The Judge," which debuted with $13.3 million.
October 1, 2014 |
Philadelphia high school students equipped with welding torches and steel plates are wielding their tools to build drop boxes for weapons and other contraband. Students at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School in the Allegheny West neighborhood have made waist-high, blue-and-white amnesty boxes as collection receptacles to be placed outside selected city schools. Police said students are unlikely to discard firearms in the boxes, as that doesn't typically happen in other amnesty programs.
October 1, 2014 |
BRIAN AGOSTO and Rafael Sanchez, two students enrolled in the welding program at the A. Philip Randolph Career & Technical High School in Nicetown, worked on a project this summer that they knew had a greater purpose. The two, along with 25 other Randolph welders, built four 36-by-28-inch metal containers known as "amnesty boxes. " The containers will be placed in four district high schools for the safe collection of contraband such as drugs or firearms. The containers were featured during an event at the school, on Henry Avenue near Roberts, along with the school's partnership with locally based Airgas Inc. The district's head of safety, Chief Inspector Carl Holmes, Airgas chief executive officer Michael Molinini and other district and Airgas officials attended.
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.)