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July 31, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Summer of '42 - the musical? The well-remembered but not-exactly-classic film would not seem to cry out for song, since so much of it was seashore scenery and long, dialogue-free passages except when its teenage characters berated themselves for all the dopey things they say. Yet the musical exists, and opened over the weekend at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, having originated roughly a decade ago, though its Off-Broadway presence reportedly...
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
"TWO AND A HALF MEN" is so crude now, it's probably not "must see" TV for social conservatives. Next season, however, the sitcom may become a favorite of the Parents Television Council. It's adding a lesbian.   The Los Angeles Times reports that partly as a replacement for half-man Angus T. Jones - who publicly bashed his own show as "filth" last year - the CBS hit is going to add a recurring and possibly permanent lesbian character named Jenny. She's the 21-year-old illegitimate daughter of Charlie Sheen 's character, the late Charlie Harper.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - Several times in six months, neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman called police to report suspicious characters in the gated townhouse community where he lived. Each time, when asked, he reported that the suspects were black males. On Tuesday, the judge at Zimmerman's murder trial in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin listened to those five calls and weighed whether to let the jury hear them, too. Prosecutors want to use them to bolster their argument that Zimmerman was increasingly frustrated with repeated burglaries and had reached a breaking point the night he shot the unarmed teenager.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Jake Pearson, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Jean Stapleton, 90, the stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker's far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy All in the Family , has died. Ms. Stapleton died Friday of natural causes at her home surrounded by friends and family, her children said Saturday. Little known to the public before All In the Family , she costarred with Carroll O'Connor in the top-rated CBS sitcom about an unrepentant bigot, the wife he churlishly but fondly called "Dingbat," their daughter, Gloria (Sally Struthers)
NEWS
April 26, 2013
Allan Arbus, 95, an actor best known for his recurring role as the caring psychiatrist who ministered to shell-shocked surgeons and troops on the TV series M*A*S*H, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, his family said. The cause was complications of congestive heart failure, his daughter Arin said. As psychiatrist Sidney Freedman, a role in which he appeared throughout the long-running series, Mr. Arbus was so believable that M*A*S*H star Alan Alda later said he long assumed the actor had expertise in the field.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
One in a series of articles getting you ready for the U.S. Open at Merion, June 13-16.     SO, 2010 U.S. OPEN champion Graeme McDowell, what did you know about Ardmore's Merion Golf Club before you played it last year? "[Ben] Hogan, 1 iron," he said, with a sheepish smile. "That's it. " He's likely not alone. The Open hasn't been back to Merion - which has hosted more USGA events (18) than any other venue, most recently the 2009 Walker Cup - in 32 years. That means there's an entire generation of players and fans who really don't know much about the course that was ranked sixth (up one spot)
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs. Times Square is crawling with entrepreneurs who dress up as pop-culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with visitors to the big city. But some characters are unlike anything you've seen on Sesame Street or at Disney World. They smoke, they use foul language, and they can be aggressive.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By John Timpane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is a huge day. The Catholic Church of the Dark and Middle Ages printed festival days and saint's days in red ink. Thus the term red-letter day , meaning any day of special import. Well, import this: It's the birthday of Twitter, which first went live on March 21, 2006. Creator Jack Dorsey, who'd thought Twitter up in 2001 but hadn't actually created it until just that day, sent the first self-inputted (that is, nonautomated) tweet message: "inviting coworkers. " OK, it's not "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you" (what Alexander Graham Bell is said to have said in the first telephonic message, to his assistant, Thomas Watson)
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Major League Soccer extends its season, teams must prepare more for the elements than ever before. It tends to snow during early March in Colorado, which the Union discovered firsthand. Having Saturday's game against the Colorado Rapids postponed to Sunday because of the snow would have thrown more than a few teams off their game. Traveling is already no fun when there is inclement weather, and dealing with a day's delay didn't make the situation any better for the Union. They had every excuse imaginable to come out with a flat performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2013 | By Elizabeth Horkley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blanka Zizka may be the artistic director of the Wilma Theater and its new production, Under the Whaleback , but when the time came time to create the interior of a fishing trawler on stage, it was all hands on deck. The play, by British playwright Richard Bean ( One Man, Two Guvnors ), focuses on the perilous occupation of North Sea cod fishing out of the port city of Hull and the industry's decay from the 1960s to present. Sound designer Daniel Perelstein and set designer Matt Saunders worked with Zizka to create staging that depicts both the ship's cramped living quarters and the feel of the open sea, and that frames some of the play's larger themes - fathers and sons, comradeship, danger, death, decline.
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