October 10, 2014 |
JUST HOW WELL is Philadelphia prepared for a public-health scare of epidemic proportions? City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. will introduce a bill today calling for hearings to evaluate the city's preparedness in case of an outbreak of an infectious disease like Ebola. "There's a lot of misinformation out there," Jones said. "We need to be assured that at the airports, there is a process by which people are identified [who] may be sick, and then isolated. And that the respective emergency rooms and hospitals are capable of handling these types of situations.
October 10, 2014 |
MUHAMMAD ALI has a big heart, a kind heart, a generous heart. Loves kids, especially his own, which number seven or nine, or more, depending on who is doing the counting. Heavyweight champion in a brutal sport, loves his kids, nice story line, but you can't stretch that into a 2-hour documentary, no matter how many cute-as-a-cupcake phone conversations you include. They try in "I Am Ali," which opens in theaters today. It is no more a complete and honest depiction of Ali than any of the books, magazine articles, films and documentaries that preceded it. Maybe next year.
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
September 27, 2014 |
The sign in the window reads, "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to message-less voice mail. On Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. That marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50 acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
September 25, 2014 |
HE ISN'T a turbocharged, larger-than-life character, like Jerry Blavat. Nor is he a benign presence still embracing the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s, like Pierre Robert. Or an agent provocateur, nonchalantly hurling verbal Molotov cocktails, on the order of Angelo Cataldi or Howard Eskin. Nonetheless, there's no question that Barry Reisman is as much a local radio institution as any of the above-named broadcasters. Since 1965, Reisman has occupied a unique niche on the local airwaves as the Delaware Valley's go-to source for Jewish music, playing records by an eclectic roster of performers, from Yiddish theater icon Molly Picon and mid-20th-century cantor/recording star Jan Peerce to the Klezmatics, a leading act of the contemporary klezmer scene, and Mordechai Ben David, a major Hasidic pop star.
September 24, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
September 24, 2014 |
You think sports crowds in this city are rough on visitors? Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Union, described how he played in an African Nations Cup qualifier earlier this month in the Congo to the accompaniment of a crowd chanting, "Ebola! Ebola!" "For 90 minutes," Lahoud said, "playing away in Africa is the toughest thing to do in the world. " Lahoud was representing his native country, Sierra Leone, which Monday ended a three-day lockdown after government officials had ordered everyone in the country into their homes to try to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.
September 22, 2014 |
Fresh from appearing with the fabled Vienna State Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was at the epicenter recently when shockwaves rippled through the cultural world, as that company's chief conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, abruptly walked out with minimum explanation. "Surreal" and "very quiet" was Nézet-Séguin's report from the belly of the beast. But after his successful debut in the Austrian capital conducting The Flying Dutchman , should Philadelphians worry that Vienna is prowling after the Philadelphia Orchestra's popular and still-newish music director, as the Metropolitan Opera has long been rumored to be doing?
September 20, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.