April 6, 2013 |
Allen R. Collins Jr. sits at his daughter's kitchen table, smiling over a cup of coffee. The 84-year-old Korean War veteran with a flannel shirt and a weathered face is eager to tell his story. Rewind more than 60 years in history and you'll find a young Army corporal Collins. He's fighting in a bunker along the 38th Parallel, carrying a Browning automatic rifle, a Bible, and a few intimate letters from his loved ones. Today, thousands of miles away from home, in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ismael Escobar, 32, relies on Facebook and Skype rather than letters to stay in touch with his wife and children.
March 18, 2014 |
DURING HER early-'90s student days, Melissa Bernard did open-mic nights at the Comedy Cabaret, on Chestnut Street near 2nd, then schmoozed with her fellow stand-ups over postmortem coffee at Nick's Roast Beef. "I would do awful sets that I have no recollection of, just so I could drink Nick's bad coffee afterwards and tell funny stories with other comics," Bernard said. "After a while, I understood that I wasn't really into stand-up, except for the exhilaration of knowing other comics.
September 25, 1996 |
Clint Eastwood flinched first and settled a lawsuit yesterday with ex-live-in Sondra Locke minutes before a jury was to render a verdict in her favor. Neither side was talking how much, but her lawyer said it was a straight cash deal with no future considerations. Locke had sought $2.5 mil for Eastwood's alleged sabotaging of her directing career. A juror said damages were discussed from $15,000 to $10 mil. The lawsuit was over a movie deal he supposedly brokered for her at Warner Bros.
June 14, 1996 |
Interior designer Steven Weixler had long lived in spacious pre-World War II apartments when he decided to buy a small one-bedroom apartment in a newer building in Philadelphia. The two main rooms of the 850-square-foot apartment, the bedroom and living room, were not only tiny, but the biggest window and a balcony were located in the bedroom. The arrangement didn't suit Weixler's furniture, particularly his favorite large oil painting and a valuable English Regency table. "I didn't want to give them up or to cram them into small rooms," Weixler said.
June 29, 2005 |
MUCH TO HER dismay, West Philly native Eve, is the star of the Internet's newest celebrity sex video. The 30-second clip, dated Nov. 20, 1999, shows a man using a sex toy on the naked Martin Luther King High graduate while he pleasures himself. The man has been identified by the New York Daily News as Bad Boy Entertainment producer Stevie J. A spokeswoman for Eve, formally Eve Jihan Jeffers, told the New York tab that the tape was made "years ago with her boyfriend of over two years.
February 20, 1990 |
A man shot and killed his father yesterday afternoon at a busy Montgomery County intersection and then drove to Norristown, where he murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend before shooting himself in the head, police said. Nicholas Malantonio, 25, of Blue Bell, who police said had a history of bad feelings with his father, Matthew Malantonio Sr., 62, arranged to meet his father, a private security guard, shortly before 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Suburban Physical Therapy Associates at Butler and Skippack Pikes in Whitpain Township, police said.
July 24, 1987 |
An early death is almost commonplace among pop stars, but there is surely no more unusual epitaph associated with all of rock's tragedies than the one written on Ritchie Valens' headstone in Los Angeles. His stage name, Ritchie Valens, and his given name, Richard Valenzuela, share equal space on the marker. Beneath them are the title and music to the opening bars of his first hit, "Come On Let's Go. " "That's just the way Connie (Valens' mother) wanted it," said Luis Valdez.
April 8, 1987 |
If it had to happen to any of the TV preachers, it was bound to happen to Jim Bakker. Granted, there are others whom I'd rather it happened to, but if I were taking bets, I would've put on the collapse of the PTL Club. I spent a summer watching TV evangelists, mostly out of curiosity, comparing their approaches. It was fascinating. There was Jimmy Swaggart, who relocated his tent-show revivals into gigantic auditoriums. Oral Roberts and Rex Humbard would trot out their families to sing, pray and generally demonstrate the Wonderful World of Jesus.
June 13, 1990 |
Dear Polly: Could you tell me if milk and powdered eggs have any cholesterol? I have to watch my cholesterol intake. - Tana Dear Tana: If the powdered milk were whole milk, yes, it would contain cholesterol, as do powdered whole eggs. However, powdered non-fat milk, which is the kind normally found in the supermarket, does not contain cholesterol. Powdered egg whites (as opposed to powdered or dried whole eggs) also do not contain cholesterol. Dear Polly: Here's a quick dish: Heat a can of chicken-and-rice soup (don't dilute)
June 26, 1988 |
There's a technique to visiting country stores in rural Maine. Unfortunately, I don't know it. When I walk into a store like Solari's, here in Fryeburg, the chattering stops and it grows unnaturally quiet. People sitting on stools and milk crates sip coffee, eat their powdered-sugar doughnuts and don't say a word. They just look at me like I've stopped in from Mars on my way to the Maine coast. I've tried most tricks. I've worn baseball caps (Red Sox) and tractor caps (John Deere)