September 9, 2014 |
Her son did not want her to do it. The ice-bucket challenge might be too much for someone with ALS. But Mariah Fenton Gladis was tired of seeing everybody else have all the fun - and the satisfaction of raising money to combat a devastating disease for which there is no cure. So, late last month, the award-winning Malvern psychotherapist sat in the backyard of her Chester County home as her husband, Ron, flipped a bucket of ice water over her head. "No problem," Gladis says slowly in an online video.
September 6, 2014 |
Most years, a theme emerges from what's being called "Presented Fringe," the hand-picked segment of Philadelphia's FringeArts festival, and "Neighborhood Fringe," the anything-goes assortment of works by local and itinerant arts groups and individuals. Last year's theme - lots and lots of naked bodies - didn't translate so well to family-friendly entertainment. But this year, everything's coming up interdisciplinary, and that's good news for children, who will probably like the concept better if it's presented as a game of connect-the-dots they play with their minds.
September 5, 2014 |
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't linger long on the Midshipmen's hard-fought 34-17 loss to Ohio State in the season opener Saturday. "We played a great team that we couldn't afford to make mistakes against," Niumatalolo said Wednesday by telephone. "We had to be perfect against them and we weren't. But we feel good moving forward. " The Midshipmen will face Temple (1-0) in the Owls' home opener Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Against Ohio State, they saw a fumble returned 61 yards for a touchdown.
August 29, 2014 |
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
August 27, 2014 |
A YEAR AGO, for Matt Rhule's coaching debut, Temple's football team opened at Notre Dame. Enough said. This time the Owls will start Thursday night at Vanderbilt, which has a new coach in former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason. It's the first game on the SEC Network. While nothing else is South Bend, this one's a bigger deal than many. The Owls also closed last season in Tennessee, with a win at Memphis. Trouble was, that was their second victory. They haven't played an SEC opponent since 2002 (42-21 loss at South Carolina)
August 23, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Ryan Howard arrived in Williamsport on Thursday morning, flying into the quaint Central Pennsylvania town on a private plane. The Phillies first baseman spent the early part of the day at the Little League World Series, meeting each of the tournament's 16 teams. And one of the tournaments players - Taney slugger Zion Spearman - issued Howard a challenge. "He challenged me to a home run derby," Howard said. "I had to stand my ground on him a little bit. " Howard asked North Philadelphia's Spearman if he wanted to have the contest at Citizens Bank Park or a Little League field.
August 20, 2014
NOW THAT the fundraising gimmick for Lou Gehrig's disease involving people dumping ice water on their heads has gone viral, similar causes around the country are wondering how they can capitalize on the idea for their own benefit. Frankly, we are not big fans of the "ice bucket challenge" that comprised about 80 percent of our Facebook feed this weekend. The idea works like this: Someone challenges you, you have the option of pouring a bucket of ice water over your head or writing a $100 check to the ALS Association.
August 18, 2014 |
As Atlantic City braces for a wave of casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 out of work, Gov. Christie, who once prophesied a promising future for the Shore resort, is again contemplating how to steer the city away from its woes. Over the last four years, the governor pushed for change in Atlantic City, including the completion of the lavish Revel Casino Hotel, which last week became the fourth casino to announce its closure this year. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in bankruptcy court.
August 17, 2014 |
New Jersey's game of high-profile aqua-tag started this week with a video of the New Jersey Devils mascot hoisting an orange cooler of ice water onto team executive Scott O'Neil as the 1990 hit "Ice, Ice Baby" played in the background. O'Neil, who is also CEO of the 76ers, then drafted Gov. Christie for a dousing. From there, it took off: Christie nominated U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who challenged the mayors of Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, and Camden. The governor also called out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who brought in company executive Sheryl Sandberg.
August 17, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - There will come a point, Ryne Sandberg said, when the Phillies manager can discuss a playing-time strategy with his boss, Ruben Amaro Jr. At least, that is what Sandberg expects. The Phillies entered Friday on pace for 71 wins; their odds at a postseason berth were calculated at 0.2 percent, according to FanGraphs.com, but not small enough to force Amaro into a conversation about the future. "Not yet," Sandberg said. He laughed. "So the challenge continues. " The manager's position is not an enviable one. He must balance expensive contracts with sensitive personalities and executives' wishes.