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May 5, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Before the mid-'70s, a psychiatrist would have been mad to admit he was gay. Quite literally. At the time, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . Philadelphia psychiatrist John Ercel Fryer, however, did just that in 1972 - and of all places at the American Psychiatric Association's annual conference in Dallas. "I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist," he said, opening a now-famous speech. To protect himself - he already had lost a job at the University of Pennsylvania because he was gay - he wore a rubber Halloween mask, calling himself Dr. H. Anonymous.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Andrew Maykuth, Staff Writer
Any number of defense lawyers, not to mention adversaries in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, might have welcomed the opportunity to lace up 16-ounce gloves to go mano a mano with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Alas, the task of stepping into the ring Saturday night at Temple University's Liacouras Center for three 90-second rounds with the prosecutor fell to Tariq El-Shabazz, a defense lawyer who is an old friend of Williams. El-Shabazz emerged the winner by decision, despite Williams earlier confident predictions.
SPORTS
April 22, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, Staff Writer
JARED GOFF Quarterback, University of California Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Age: 21. Born: Oct. 14, 1994, in Novato, Calif. Arm length: 32 3/4 inches. Hands: 9 inches. 40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds. Wonderlic score: 36. Twitter: @jaredgoff16. Instagram: jaredgoff In college: Started all 37 possible games at Cal, coming out after his junior year . . . The Bears went 14-23 overall, but 13-12 after Goff's miserable freshman year, when the Bears went 1-11 . . . Cal was 8-5 this past season, with a win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl . . . Goff threw for 467 yards and six TDs in the bowl game . . . Set 26 school records, including career passing yards (12,220)
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
The latest version of The Jungle Book had a lot more than the bare necessities at the box office. The movie opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing Disney's streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics ( Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland , Maleficent ). Jon Favreau 's update of the 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling 's 1894 book tells the tale of Mowgli with computer-generated imagery and big-screen bombast.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
The weekend box office for Batman v Superman decreased faster than a speeding bullet. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks . The Zack Snyder -directed movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
NEWS
March 30, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A photo of a singed-but-standing box of Frosted Flakes helped reveal the three-decade-old circumstances of a fatal rowhouse fire in Oxford Circle, a prosecution expert testified Monday. The condition of the box and its position in the kitchen helped determine the fire's path, consultant and former Philadelphia Fire Marshal Thomas Schneiders said, among factors that proved investigators got it right in 1985 when they said the blaze that killed brothers Daniel Dougherty Jr., 4, and John Dougherty, 3, was deliberately set. Their father, Daniel Dougherty, was convicted and sentenced to death for murder and arson in 2000.
NEWS
March 28, 2016
Numerous organizations and individuals supported the Underground Railroad. The daring escape of Henry "Box" Brown relied on the help of an unlikely ally: the mail. Born in the early 1800s at a plantation near Yanceyville, Va., Brown was sent to Richmond at age 15 to work on a tobacco farm. He married Nancy, a slave owned by a different master, and the couple had three children and were expecting their fourth when Nancy was sent to work in North Carolina. Brown stood powerless as his pregnant wife and children shuffled past in a coffle gang.
NEWS
March 19, 2016 | By Jason Nark, Staff Writer
Sometimes you're just born with a powerful punch, that straight-off-the-street sledgehammer that can send an opponent's brain bouncing around his skull like a pinball. Mike Rafferty, the youngest and skinniest of four boys growing up in a Grays Ferry rowhouse, had to work for it. He built himself up in the old Augie's Gym at Ninth and Passyunk under the tutelage of Jimmy Arthur, a man who could teach a mouse to drop a cat. Rafferty harnessed power in his hips, found the footwork to drive his fist home, and pounded on his hands just the right way, so that at age 44 his knuckles still rise like a mountain range.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Moviegoers didn't have much to go on with the mysterious "10 Cloverfield Lane," but the words "Cloverfield," " J.J. Abrams " and "Temple alum Dan Trachtenberg " were enough. The Trachtenberg-directed, Abrams-produced monster movie, a so-called "spiritual successor" to 2008's found-footage hit "Cloverfield," opened with a better-than-expected $25.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was good enough for second place to the Disney animated hit "Zootopia," which stayed on top with $50 million in its second week, a slide of only 33 percent from its opening weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
"DEADPOOL'S" three-week reign atop the box office has ended thanks to "Zootopia" and "London Has Fallen. " The top spot went to "Zootopia" (not to be confused in any way with "Zoolander") which staged a box office stampede in its first weekend in North American theaters with $73.7 million, according to comScore estimates Sunday. It's the fourth highest March opening ever and a best for a Disney Animation three-day debut. The studio's previous record-holder? A little snowflake called "Frozen" ($67.4 million)
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