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August 20, 1996 | By Acel Moore
This summer, my old friend Watson, whom I hadn't seen in more than two decades, came back home from California. As he visited family, caught up with old buddies, and enjoyed some local culinary treats, he shared with me some subtle, and some not-so-subtle, changes that those of us who live here have come to take for granted. We had not seen each other since one hot summer day in 1972, when he, along with his wife and two sons - one an infant, the other barely a toddler - headed for Berkeley and the University of California.
NEWS
June 20, 2006 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What do you do with a bunch of vacuous, cocaine-snorting, whiny young college grads who embrace nihilism as a value system and choose to live in New York but are not ing it? If you're author Jay McInerney, you put them into a book and explore their claustrophobic world view, which he did with style and dark humor in the 1984 best-seller Bright Lights, Big City. Four years later, the novel became a movie. In 1999, composer Paul Scott Goodman adapted the story for the stage, creating music, lyrics and script, and it premiered at the New York Theater Workshop.
NEWS
July 10, 2006 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Perhaps some day Angela's smiling, expressive face will light up a Broadway stage or charm a movie audience. She hasn't decided on a career yet, but the 8-year-old loves to act, and isn't shy on stage or in front of a camera. Her favorite memory is of a role in a church play; though she had no lines, she was delighted to be part of the production. Angela also participates in her church ministry and likes attending Sunday school. Even at her young age, Angela takes pride in her appearance.
SPORTS
November 19, 2004 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
With only 400 more miles to race before the winner of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup is decided, stock car racing's top drivers may feel they're spending all their time outside the cars answering reporters' questions. Before they buckle up for their Sunday drive around the tree-lined Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400, NASCAR's stars will be pressed for pithy quotes and intriguing sound bites. The interrogation continues in the track's infield media center this morning when series leader Kurt Busch joins fellow contenders Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.
NEWS
December 7, 1986 | By Beth Gillin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a tradition on the South Philadelphia block: The elders, who have seen many Christmases, scramble up and down a ladder, their arms full of multi-colored lights and electric stars to tie to a central flagpole, then string from home to home to form a glowing tent. The young ones watch from below, knowing that one day the honor will pass to them. So it has been for maybe 50 years - nobody can remember precisely when the custom started - on the 2700 block of Colorado Street, where the light of Christmas is a canopy of 2,000 red, green, yellow and blue bulbs connecting the homes of the 40 families who live there.
NEWS
December 13, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by Dirk Shadd
At the Merriam Theater on South Broad Street yesterday, there was no question which hams were hogging the limelight. The theater hosted 18 potbellied pigs who vied for the title "Most Beautiful Pig in Philadelphia. " The contest was tied in with the Merriam's production of State Fair, which spotlights a prize porker, Blue Boy. Apart from the species of the contestants, the pageant was similar to many: Competitors showed off their skills, donned evening gowns, and faced interview questions before a panel of judges, including Mayor Rendell.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 1987 | Inquirer staff writers Ann Kolson and Carrie Rickey contributed to this report
Director Joyce Chopra, who last year won acclaim for her first independent feature, Smooth Talk, has been replaced by veteran James Bridges (Urban Cowboy, The China Syndrome) on the set of Bright Lights, Big City, shooting in New York. In a carefully worded statement, United Artists Pictures announced that Chopra "steps aside" for Bridges but also praised her work on Bright Lights. Facing a possible Directors Guild strike at the end of next month, United Artists said that it had decided "a more experienced director is needed to assure us of meeting our completion deadline of June 30," said producer Mark Rosenberg.
NEWS
February 6, 2006 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Filisha, 14, is fascinated by anything relating to the entertainment world because she envisions some day being a part of it. She sees herself as an actress, a singer or a model when she grows up. The teenager is involved in a variety of activities. She likes to sing, dance, style hair, watch football and cartoon shows, listen to lectures and read, especially adventure stories. She also likes to eat healthy foods. Filisha has a good sense of humor and can be charming. She responds to adults and respects them "if they respect me. " She also gets along well with children and says she tends to "parent" the younger ones, who frequently come to her for advice.
NEWS
December 25, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / RENEE JACOBS
For some, Christmas decorating is simply stringing lights or putting candles in the window. For others, it is an art form. For those who enjoy looking at displays, some of the more scenic routes are along Springfield Road from Darby to Springfield, and Providence Road from Penn Pines to Secane. In Drexel Hill, the Pflaumer home, in the 500 block of Fairfax Road, has everything from music to Santa and his reindeer traveling on a track around the lawn. The display draws crowds, so parking can be a problem.
NEWS
May 24, 1990 | By Dominic Sama, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Radnor Township auto dealer has won approval to significantly increase the lighting for his new display lot after an array of consultants presented testimony to the Township Zoning Hearing Board. After three hours, the board voted 3-2 last week to permit Paul Mastropieri of Wayne Ford Inc. to make the change. Residents who live near the lot protested. The decision modified a March 15 special exception allowing Mastropieri to renovate the lot at 327 E. Lancaster Ave. to display new cars.
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May 10, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Gloucester Catholic is a small Catholic school in a small, working-class city. Unlike South Jersey's traditional boys' lacrosse powers, the school doesn't have a proper feeder system. The Rams rely mostly on word of mouth spreading through the school's hallways. Players do what they can to draw a spotlight to the team, to persuade friends and classmates to join the program. So consider their 12-8 win over Brick Memorial on Friday night about as perfect an advertisement as they could hope for. The game - played under the lights at Total Turf in Mantua - was senior night for the Rams.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | By Peter Rozovsky, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia missed out on the first wave of hard-boiled American crime writing 90 years ago. Civic corruption was a main concern in many of those stories, and Philadelphia famously did not care about such things. By the time the city made its mark in crime fiction, such social issues had fallen by the wayside, and the individual took center stage. Throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, American crime stories offered up legions of small-timers, desperate men who struggled against long odds and almost always lost.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under the bright lights of Bucks and Montgomery County stadiums over the decades, Charles "Bud" Hollenbach could be found stalking the sidelines as an offensive backfield coach for the Pennridge High Rams and later cheering on the team as a passionate fan. He had reason to be proud. His son Jeff starred as a quarterback at Pennridge and now coaches the team. Hollenbach's grandson Sam also starred as quarterback for the Rams. "Sports were part of his whole being," Dick Yoder, 69, of Green Lane, said Sunday.
SPORTS
April 7, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
The boos of Texas are upon Josh Hamilton. That's OK - the Los Angeles Angels slugger spurned the delights of Arlington for the bright lights of, uh, Orange County. But in yet another sign that we take sports way, way too seriously, Hamilton said his wife had to call for security before his first game back because creeps were shouting obscenities and personal insults at his family. But, remember, those Texas louts didn't ever boo Santa, just threatened a woman and her kids, so Philly fans can keep the rep as the worst in all the land.
SPORTS
March 8, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger insisted he has not given up hope that he can return to the NHL, but his words did not mesh with the news release handed out by the team on Thursday afternoon. In a wide-ranging, candid news conference at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, Pronger, who has been sidelined with post-concussion syndrome for nearly 16 months, talked about battling depression, updated his physical status, and revealed how he misses "going to war every night. " At the same time Pronger was saying his goal was to try to get healthy enough to return to the team, the Flyers gave reporters a release from a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center concussion expert, Michael Collins, who said that the defenseman had "significant vulnerabilities" and that he had advised him to not play hockey again.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
A WEEK AFTER Sandy, electricity was flowing in Manhattan Tuesday night, as CNN lit up the Empire State Building in Romney red and Obama blue and NBC set 30 Rock aglow above "Democracy Plaza. " Presumably, New Yorkers (and some New Jerseyans) who were still without cable - or power - could follow the skyline for their election results. CNN's John King had his "magic wall," Fox News' Bill Hemmer his "BillBoard" and network sets shone as bright as Times Square. Contrast that with footage of people waiting in endless lines or filling out multi-page paper ballots.
SPORTS
September 16, 2012
Back on the wagon I for one am not holding out hope to see a Red October, but I must say I really like what I'm seeing now. After such a long season with my Phils, I was honestly hoping to be completely focused on the Eagles right now. But I find myself glued to all the games watching what I thought the Phillies could be all season long. They're hot, and even if they don't make the postseason, I really believe next year will be another championship. All the pieces are in place.
NEWS
September 14, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer
IN THE HANDS that have helped and hurt so many, Muhammad Ali clasped the Liberty Medal Thursday night, staring at the award as his wife delivered remarks on his behalf. The heavyweight boxing legend and Olympic champion looked up only when songstress Roberta Flack performed a moving rendition of "The Impossible Dream," a fitting tribute to a man who once said: "Impossible is not a fact. It is an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It is a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.
NEWS
May 14, 2012 | Jake Blumgart is a freelance reporter and researcher in Philadelphia
The weather is beautiful again after a stretch of late April awfulness and the streets will be swarming with bicyclists for the next six months. More bikes mean less congestion, fewer pollutants, less wear and tear on the streets, and fewer opportunities to be bisected by a ton of screeching metal. According to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we have more bike commuters per capita than any other major city in the nation. That's great news for bike safety. Studies show that having more cyclists makes cycling safer, allowing drivers to get used to sharing the road and heightening the visibility of cycling as a commuting option.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2011
1. Keep a regular schedule. Try not to vary your sleep time by more than an hour. The brain likes consistency. 2. Allow yourself eight hours. You can't cram a full night's sleep into half a night. 3. Ease into sleep. Relax for awhile (light reading, soft music) before you go to bed. 4. Avoid bright lights (TVs and computers) close to bedtime. Don't expect to turn off the lights and turn off your brain. 5. Get regular exercise. Exercise is one of the best prescriptions for good sleep, but don't exercise too close to bedtime.
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