November 25, 2011 |
Zion Spearman tried not to laugh as a costume artist smeared white makeup over his face and painted his lips gold. The 10-year-old noticed a box of red foam clown noses on a table at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City, where participants in the annual Thanksgiving Day parade gathered in the predawn hours to prepare for their march. "Do we get the ones that squeak?" he asked. Zion was one of 22 children who led the first crew of clowns in the city's 92d annual parade Thursday.
October 7, 2011 |
TERRELL OWENS recently told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that he was retiring, then quickly added, "I wish today was April 1st, April Fools, because I just got you. " The funnyman went on to say he expected to be playing in the NFL in "a month or less" and will "be even better next year. " The only problem is he's a free agent without a team. The 37-year-old Owens, who played for the Bengals last season, had surgery on a torn ACL in April. When asked what a team would get if it signed him, Owens replied, "They gonna get the T.O. that they expect.
August 30, 2011
BATAVIA, N.Y. - A Massachusetts man whose colorful golf attire was briefly mistaken for a clown outfit has been charged in New York with driving a golf cart while drunk. The Genesee County sheriff says authorities got a report that someone dressed as a clown was operating a stolen golf cart in the western New York town of Batavia on Sunday night. Deputies found 37-year-old James Straub, of Stoneham, Mass., driving along a road. He wasn't dressed as a clown - just wearing some colorful clothing after an outing at Terry Hills Golf Course.
August 13, 2011
ALLENTOWN - A woman who donned a clown suit and robbed a bank a year ago was ordered Friday to spend two to 10 years in prison. Carolyn Williams, 44, was sentenced in Northampton County Court. She pleaded guilty in June to a felony robbery charge. Williams made off with about $7,000 after wearing a garish outfit, red nose, and rainbow wig into a Bethlehem Township bank last August and saying she had a bomb. - AP
July 8, 2011 |
Florence "Flossie" A. Picariello, 61, known for her work as a volunteer clown, died of brain cancer Tuesday, July 5, at her Bensalem home. Mrs. Picariello donned a blue wig and costume and, using the name Blue, did clown ministry at churches and charity fund-raisers in the Philadelphia area. She was president of the Mid-Atlantic Clown Association for three years, until 2008. In 2009, Mrs. Picariello won the association's Clowntarian Award for organizing the annual conventions of the roughly 300-member group, according to Sandi Smith, the treasurer and a longtime friend.
June 10, 2011 |
There's nothing funny about dressing like a clown to rob a bank, says an Eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor. "I'm going to ask for the maximum sentence," which is 20 years, said Patricia Mulqueen, assistant district attorney for Northampton County. Last Aug. 6, someone with a rainbow wig, a red nose, whiteface, striped socks and a riotously colored frock walked into a KNBT Bank in Bethlehem and, warning of a bomb, demanded cash. Within a couple of hours, police found Carolyn A. Williams in a nearby park, smoking in the getaway car with clown clothes and makeup, more than $7,000, a phony bomb, two real guns, and a big excuse: Men said they'd hurt her kids if she didn't pull off the heist.
May 10, 2011 |
There are indeed parallels to be drawn between training pit bulls for dogfighting and soldiers for war. The Kevin Augustine-helmed Lone Wolf Tribe, in its production of Hobo Grunt Cycle , takes an unusual approach to connecting these dots, while adding a few extra in the form of life-sized puppets and clowns. The results - maddening, touching, manipulative, ridiculous, often all at once - highlight Augustine's considerable artistry, while simultaneously showcasing his equally considerable hubris.
January 19, 2011 |
"Higher, higher!" the kids squealed, peering up from the marble floor of the Franklin Institute at a bumbling clown who had just launched a rotating spool into the air from a tightly pulled string. The students were watching physics in action. "Higher," they pleaded, until the clown launched the prop, known as a diabolo, again, about 50 feet high this time, towards the lofty, ornate glass and stone ceilings of the Ben Franklin Memorial hall. As they applauded, the students yelped and laughed, and with any luck picking up a little science in the process.
October 12, 2010 |
Edward A. Papa, 79, of Somerdale, a Crescent Temple Shrine clown who for more than 30 years put a smile on the faces of handicapped and injured children by performing at area fund-raisers, died on Saturday, Oct. 9, following complications of a stroke, at Vitas Hospice in Stratford. With his signature butterfly glued to his red clown nose, Mr. Papa attracted children of all ages during his appearances. "He knew just how to treat a sick child," his wife, Patricia, said. "He teased them and made them laugh.
October 8, 2010 |
America may still be searching for solutions for high unemployment, the outsourcing of jobs to Asia and our addiction to foreign oil. But we're finally getting to the bottom of "Bozogate" - one of the more bizarre political kerfuffles of a bizarre 2010 midterm election. No joke - the TV clown "scandal" loomed as a new controversy flaring this week over whether GOP Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, under fire for past statements on everything from her college resume to witchcraft, was at it again.