January 21, 2014 |
WHEN HIS SON was caught allegedly shoplifting at the Burlington Coat Factory in Upper Darby on Friday, Marvin Francis didn't just sweep it under the rug. Instead, police say, he grabbed a broom from a sales display as he walked to the security office. Once there, he beat his son repeatedly with the broom before dragging him to the sidewalk and knocking him unconscious. Now it's Francis who's being punished, as he sits in the Delaware County Prison on $100,000 bail, charged with aggravated assault and related offenses.
July 23, 2013 |
TERRELLE GREENE isn't ashamed to tell about his run-in with a raccoon that gave him a stare-down one day in his North Philadelphia neighborhood: "I ran!" Greene, 19, said the raccoons are so bold and unafraid, they practically stand up on their rear legs, hold their front paws up, at the ready, and "look at you as if to say, 'Bring it on!' "If you go up to 19th and York around 11 p.m., I guarantee you a raccoon is going to grab your leg," he said. Greene was one of several residents on 18th Street near Susquehanna who said roving packs of raccoons have taken over.
June 14, 2013 |
Read the U.S. Open's players guide closely and you can learn a lot. Very often more than you really wanted to know. Brandt Jobe, for example, lost parts of two fingers in a garage accident. Not just any garage accident. He was sweeping its floor with a broom. Jobe apparently is a very vigorous sweeper, because the broom shattered and he lost the tips of his left index finger and thumb, and much of his desire to help out around the house. Fortunately, employing the "lift, clean, and play" rule with which he is so familiar, he scooped up the digital bits, put them in a baggie, and proceeded to the hospital.
June 12, 2013 |
If the U.S. Golf Association truly wanted to make this a throwback Open, they should have had the golfers dress the way their predecessors at Merion did. People would pay good money, after all, to see Angel Cabrera in plus-fours. If inspiration was required, the golfers need only to have looked at the huge photos of previous champions festooning this tournament's commercial areas. Bobby Jones wore knickers, a long-sleeved white shirt, and a tie for many of his Merion moments, which may explain why he also needed several corn-whiskey highballs after each of his Prohibition-era rounds.
September 7, 2012 |
IT'S A BIG DEAL, this retiring as an Eagle. Brian Dawkins, worn out and regal, did it. Brian Westbrook, bless his heart, took his knees out of the game in green, too. In fact, at the ceremony to officially mark the end of Tra Thomas' career, the running joke was: "When is Donovan's retirement as an Eagle going to come?" Sooner than later, it appears. The NFL Network announced Wednesday that McNabb will join the network this season. As an analyst. Not as a quarterback.
July 20, 2011 |
The new pseudo-sports keep flying at us, as fast as Phillies injury updates, major winners from Northern Ireland, and altered Flyers philosophies. Rugby sevens, twenty20 cricket, mega-ramp skateboarding, netball, disc golf, stunt-pogoing, BMX, UFL, UFC, MLL . . . S-T-O-P! It's time we whittled them to a more manageable number. Here are some simple tips for doing just that: We can do without any sport . . . that has "synchronized" in its name. This stuff should be confined to dinner theaters.
June 24, 2011 |
Just when the Washington Nationals were showing signs of success and stability, and just as the players were starting to talk about the growing respect for the franchise around the league, along came the surprise announcement that manager Jim Riggleman was quitting because he wasn't happy with his contract. The Nationals completed a sweep of the Seattle Mariners yesterday afternoon, winning, 1-0, in the bottom of the ninth on Laynce Nix's sacrifice fly. They have won 11 of 12 and have moved above .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2005.
June 21, 2011 |
My husband and I jumped the broom on Juneteenth 1983. Translated, that means my husband and I wed on June 19, 28 years ago. It also means both of us are old, but that's probably fodder for an AARP column. The point is, both Juneteenth and the broom hold important cultural and historical significance among American Americans. The centuries-old tradition of jumping the broom stems back to slavery, when enslaved African Americans, whose masters often prohibited them from marrying, ceremoniously jumped over broom, symbolizing settling into a new life together.
May 6, 2011 |
No offense Big Momma and Madea, but Jumping the Broom offers the distinction of being the first predominantly black movie this year where the leading lady isn't a man in a housecoat. This buoyant, multigenerational comedy that takes its title from the African American wedding ritual has other distinctions as well. It's relatively raunch-free, it has a sparkling cast that reunites Waiting to Exhale stars Angela Bassett and Loretta Devine as combative matriarchs, and it likes its characters well enough to forgive them their faults.
May 6, 2011 |
"Jumping the Broom" is like a Tyler Perry movie with polish. An ensemble comedy about a wedding that joins a wealthy, Martha's Vineyard family of African-American professionals with the groom's more down-to-earth, working-class Brooklynites, it is well-cast, well-played, passably written and filmed in the warm glow only the top-drawer cinematographers can achieve. And if this T.D. Jakes project (he produced it) lacks the scruffy, hit-or-miss outrageousness of Perry's down-home Atlanta farces, it compensates with heart, smarts and a confident air that Perry's pictures lack.