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.
October 9, 2013
What: New coach of Flyers, the 18th coach in team history Born: Dec. 17, 1965, in Calahoo, Alberta Age: 47 Family: Berube and wife, Rebecca, have three children, sons Jake and Nashota and daughter Charlotte COACHING CAREER: * Berube had started his seventh season as assistant coach with the Flyers before being promoted yesterday. He was head coach of the Phantoms for six games in 2006-07 before being promoted to the Flyers as an assistant. He coached the Phantoms in 2007-08 (46-24-4-3 record with Phantoms)
October 7, 2013 |
When Gary Graffman was director of the Curtis Institute of Music, he used to tell students that the recorded legacy was a distortion. The act of saving some recordings and discarding others - the natural selection of that business - means that all available evidence is not necessarily an accurate portrait of the artist. That might not apply in Graffman's own case. On his 85th birthday, he is getting a gift from Sony Classical: a 24-CD boxed set of recordings from the 1950s on. I can't say for sure, not having been alive during the late-mid-century shank of Graffman's career, but based on his performances during the last 25 years, it seems the pianist you hear in these testaments - Rachmaninoff from 1964, Schubert from 1956 - is unshakably true to form.
October 4, 2013 |
Carolyn Stewart, a mother of five, has lived all of her life in rough neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. "This is what we live around - shootings every day," said Stewart, 32, as she stood outside the Sumo Steaks restaurant Wednesday afternoon. She joined neighbors who gathered in front of the steak house at 22d and Somerset Streets with music blasting as boxer-turned-promoter Damon Feldman and local boxing legend Meldrick Taylor called for an end to the city's crime and bloodshed.
September 24, 2013 |
Public WiFi hot spots. TVs that retrieve voice mail. Wireless-based home-alarm systems. Cloud-based channel guides. Streamed TV. Comcast Corp., which has lost millions of cable-TV subscribers in recent years, is seeking to grow revenue and subscriber loyalty in its core cable business with new products based on the convergence of services. Marcien Jenckes, a self-described "Internet guy," is the man now assigned with taking this new-product development to a higher level.
September 19, 2013 |
Mayor Nutter has a program for giving out tickets to the city's luxury boxes at sports events to deserving schoolchildren, nonprofits, and charities. He also has a strict policy for how the rest of the tickets can be used, after his predecessor was criticized for using the tickets to the "mayor's box" to reward political allies and campaign donors. City Councilman James F. Kenney said Tuesday that the luxury boxes could be put to even better use: leased to raise money for school supplies.
September 18, 2013 |
At Harrowgate Boxing Club on Monday afternoon, the seasoned amateur fighters went into their usual routines - one stretched, another jogged while throwing punches, a third boxed the air - and the new ones fussed with jump ropes. At the Rivera Rec Center, trainers spoke in Spanish about forthcoming fights. At nearby Freddy & Tony's Restaurant on West Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia, waitresses brought out pork, rice, and beans to Spanish-speaking customers. A routine day for all - except, that is, when asked about Danny Garcia.
August 17, 2013 |
Comcast Corp. is seeking to expand licensing of the cutting-edge software that runs its new cloud-based X1 channel guide, which could be the future of cable TV. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the nation's two largest cable-TV companies, formed a joint venture to license the X1 software to cable companies, computer-chip manufacturers, set-top box makers, software developers, and others. Comcast says about 100 companies have licensed the software, referred to as the Reference Design Kit (RDK)
July 29, 2013 |
DURING LAST week's heat wave, the compact boxing gym in Roxborough's Kendrick Recreation Center was sweltering. Despite the heat, Aaron Traister, 35, Dianna Cute, 33, and a handful of other boxing devotees were still there shadowboxing and sparring. "There's no fresh air when people are working out. It disappears quickly," said Traister, a seven-year Roxborough resident who joined the boxing program at Kendrick, on Ridge Avenue near Rector Street, a few months ago. The issue, Traister and Cute said, is that the city promised the boxers that the gym would be in good condition by the time the summer heat hit. The gym had to be moved downstairs from a spacious auditorium upstairs in the rec center, city officials said, to utilize the space better.