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REAL_ESTATE
June 28, 2015 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
Jen Cohen knew what she wanted: "a house with character. " She and husband Brett liked the family-friendly Wynnewood neighborhood they had lived in for six years, but their 1960s home was a hodgepodge of styles. They were ready for a change, but "there was nothing for sale," Jen says. Then, last year, she saw a Facebook posting by a former neighbor who had moved to Boston. She had been renting out her house and was ready to sell. The Cohens promptly purchased the charming 1928 stone Colonial.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 68-year-old actor who made a career playing Irish characters on stage in Philadelphia and New York City was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Center City early Tuesday. The accident forced doctors to amputate his right leg. Police know little about the accident on Market Street between 11th and 12th Streets. It happened before 1 a.m., when a passerby found Michael Toner and alerted authorities. No one reported witnessing the crash. No parts of the vehicle were found at the scene.
NEWS
June 8, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
'I am the new normal. " That's how Caitlyn Jenner ends the first trailer for her forthcoming E! docu-series, I Am Cait , set for a July 26 premiere. In the July issue of Vanity Fair, Jenner told former Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger she would like I Am Cait to focus on issues such as the rates of suicide in the transgender community. There will also be a segment in which Jenner sees whether she can still hit a golf ball 300 yards with the addition of newly acquired "ample breasts," as Vanity Fair calls them.
REAL_ESTATE
June 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Holidays are special in small towns. Some go all out for Fourth of July, with fireworks. In some, Thanksgiving is a favorite, with Santa arriving by fire truck. In West Grove, Memorial Day gets the attention. "There's a big parade and speeches, and the whole community joins in," says Jill Callahan, an agent with Coldwell Banker Preferred in Media, who has lived in the southern Chester County borough for 18 years.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
THOUGH Greg Horn has been a fixture at Wizard World Philly for years now, the one constant is that Horn remains one of the rare artists whose art on the cover alone moves comics off shelves. So much else has changed, though, in the industry and for Horn personally. "There's a lot more business to comics than I thought there was when I was a fan," he said. "You'd come in here and draw and if you drew the best, everything [was] going to go your way. "There's a lot of politics.
SPORTS
April 29, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
For all the ways Chip Kelly monitors his players' health, the Eagles coach doesn't want to babysit them when they're away from the NovaCare Complex. For all the ways he has simplified instruction and play-calling, Kelly wants players who are smart and studious. It's difficult to say for certain how much more emphasis he places upon character and intellect than other teams, but Kelly has spoken volumes about the kinds of men he wants on his roster both in word - "That's what trying to get, a bunch of guys who are good people," he has said - and actions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN AN INDUSTRY that preaches the importance of social media over ratings or ad sales to demonstrate star power, one would think that Comedy Central, in making the most important hire in its history, would somehow remember to check its hire's Twitter feed. Whether you think new "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a self-hating biracial man, a mocker of fat women or just painfully unfunny, based on a series of tweets pulled from his Twitter account, it's difficult to think that Comedy Central seriously vetted the South African comedian.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Though few corners of the classical music world have the cultivated dignity of song recitals, they're also places where a singer's emotions of the moment can't hide behind characters, plots, or costumes. Only an hour or so before singing his all-Schubert joint recital with soprano Susanna Phillips, bass-baritone Eric Owens learned that Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps had killed his fellow Metropolitan Opera Wagnerite contralto Maria Radner, who sang Erda to his Alberich in Das Rheingold . Not until after intermission did he mention it and explain he was so tearful - by way of explaining his need to use a music stand to stay better focused on the program at hand.
NEWS
February 11, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL to see someone reading a book while chowing down at Reading Terminal Market. Now, two is a whole different story - Milton Barham's story. Just as he does most every day at lunch, Barham recently sat at a table inside the bustling market reading two books at once. In his right hand, Barham held John Piper's What Jesus Demands From the World . In his left, Joyce Meyer's Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind . If the two-fisted reader felt the judgmental stares of passers-by, he didn't let on. Same with the snickering and drive-by psychological assessments.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
"Without it, we're animals. " In Patrick Marber's 1997 play Closer , you can take your pick of the qualities his four characters lack: honesty, conscientiousness, or any semblance of kindness as the quartet swap partners in an evening-long daisy chain of lies, betrayal and humiliation. By contrast, Luna Theater's intense, brutal production leaves little to be desired theatrically. The simmering chemistry between Gina Martino and Sam Henderson (as Alice and Dan) is at first adorable, complicated later by Dan's infatuation with Anna (Kirsten Quinn)
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