March 7, 2014 |
THE BACK ROOM on the second floor at Tattooed Mom, a bar on South Street near 5th, was perfectly equipped for a collision of Philadelphia's political generations. Members of Philly for Change, which styles itself as "reform-minded progressive Democrats," sat in old bumper cars while three politicians asked for their support and bashed one another. The bumper cars, like everything else in the room, were covered in graffiti, a Thunderdome decor for Wednesday evening's grudge match among state Reps.
September 18, 2012 |
BRENT CELEK is a runaway truck of a tight end. He is more physical than sleek, more rambunctious than anything. His most memorable plays are not when he runs away from defenders after catching a pass but when he drags them places against their will. This time, though, in the third quarter of the Eagles' latest festival of excruciation, Celek chose a different route. He played Edwin Moses and Ravens all-everything safety Ed Reed played the hurdle. "I'm not the most athletic tight end, to say the least," Celek was saying.
April 23, 2012 |
WILKES-BARRE - At one time, several amusement parks were within a short drive for Wyoming Valley residents. Now, it takes at least an hour to reach a roller coaster, and the local parks are just memories. Local enthusiasts and historians are working to make sure those memories - of days spent at Angela Park in southern Luzerne County, Hanson's Amusement Park in Harveys Lake, and others - are preserved. Jim Fichter has mint-condition Angela Park memorabilia that he sells to those looking to hold on to a piece of history.
June 4, 2011 |
Two weeks in, and already this season of The Bachelorette should be rebranded Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places . How can Ashley Hebert actually be falling for the supremely caddish Bentley? The guy is so vile and villainous, all he needs is a waxed handlebar mustache to twirl. Yet she seems drawn to him, like a moth to a bugzapper. She's been warned both by the show's producers and by texting friends that Bentley is toxic. I half expected to see Jim Lange, host of the old Dating Game , run onto the set waving his arms to put an end to this ghastly charade.
April 5, 2009 |
At first glance, Thaddeus Young's sprained right ankle - requiring two to three weeks of rehabilitation - appeared to create a gap in the 76ers' lineup they could neither fill nor hurdle. As word came that Young would not pop right up, as he has done this season after many spinning, off-balance drives to the hoop, the Sixers seemed to walk toward the void and peer into the darkness. They have faced this before, just not on the last bend of the race, not two weeks before the finish line, not while racing, nip-and-tuck, for the crucial fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
January 16, 2006
ROTAN LEE'S recent op-ed piece defending Carl Singley struck a chord. Like Messrs. Singley and Lee, I am an attorney. I do not know if Mr. Lee tries cases before juries, but, like Mr. Singley, I do. Both Mr. Singley and I share the experience of working hard to prepare a case for trial and working hard to represent our clients zealously within the bounds of the law. I, too, have experienced the sinking feeling when a jury has returned a verdict...
December 22, 2004 |
Vicki McNeal told her husband not to plan on seeing her much yesterday - it was the day the new Cherry Hill Public Library opened, and there was no place the township resident would rather be. "I found this beautiful fireplace, and this lovely niche, and I sat down to read the newspaper," McNeal, 56, said from a puffy, sueded armchair. "This is just great. " It was a common theme as the often-delayed, much-heralded and sometimes-controversial $21.6 million building swung open its doors to the public.
January 7, 2004
JOHN ELLIS writes in his letter (Dec. 30) that it took a lot of "chutzpah" on our part to go to war based on weapons that we gave to Saddam. Well, John, you're right - we do have a lot of chutzpah. The same kind that enabled us to break away from England and their unjust behavior. The same that Winston Churchill had when he stood against Hitler when Neville Chamberlain and most of England wouldn't back him. If you gave your neighbor a gun because he told you he had been threatened, and then find out later that he had used the gun to commit a crime, does that mean you're a lying hypocrite because you report him to police?
January 2, 2004
REMEMBER bumper cars? And the great fun you had crashing into each other? Lotsa fun - no injuries! With the technology we have today, automobiles could be made entirely out of rubber, body and chassis. Properly painted, you could not tell it from metal or fiberglass. If you crash into someone, you just smile (like the bumper cars) and say, "Excuse me," and go your way. So why aren't we building safe rubber autos, especially when you consider the tens of thousands of deaths each year?
October 23, 2002 |
Sometimes I watch television to be entertained, sometimes to be informed. Mostly, I watch television to escape, to crowd out my thoughts with whatever's on the tube. Escape was my goal when I sat down to watch an action-adventure movie not long ago. I can't remember the title - something snappy like Big Mistake. The movie featured dazzling visuals and big stars modeling the latest in body armor while firing handguns, discharging automatic weapons, and lobbing incendiary devices.