August 18, 2014 |
Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt were at the fabled Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard the other night, where Sylvester Stallone , Arnold Schwarzenegger , Harrison Ford , Mel Gibson , Wesley Snipes , Antonio Banderas , and Jason Statham rolled up in limos and posed for photos before trotting in to The Expendables 3 premiere. Rothenberger and Benedikt were right alongside them. The couple, who moved to Los Angeles from Philadelphia seven years ago to make it in the movie business, share screenplay credit - with Stallone - on the second sequel in the elder-statesmen action romp.
August 16, 2014 |
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has forced a retail chain, USA Discounters, to pay $400,000 and a mortgage lender, Amerisave Mortgage Corp., and its owner to pay more than $20 million in refunds and penalties for deceptive charges imposed on service members and home buyers, the agency said this week. The CFPB said Amerisave used a deceptive "bait-and-switch" scheme, luring customers with mortgage rates available only to people with an unusually high FICO credit score of 800 - even when they had entered a lower score on a referral site that led to Amerisave.
August 9, 2014 |
Richard H. Beltz, 92, of Wynnewood, a carpet manufacturer and decorated World War II veteran, died Friday, Aug. 1, of an artery ailment at his home. Mr. Beltz worked with his father, Clarence, in the family's carpet manufacturing business, Beltz & Son, in Philadelphia. Later, he and his son, Rick, operated the business until it was sold a decade ago. Mr. Beltz retired in 1983. The role that Mr. Beltz most valued was being a provider for his family. "His family's well-being was always of utmost important," his relatives said in a tribute.
August 4, 2014 |
William D. Widerman was a starting pitcher for the Duke University baseball team and a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program intended to produce officers during World War II. There came a time when his North Carolina college team played an exhibition game against a military team, starring no less than the Red Sox leftfielder Ted Williams, who had led the American League in homers in 1941 and 1942. The reason that the major-league star was playing against a college team, likely in 1943, is lost to Widerman family memory, but a Marines website reports that some of Williams' training to become a Marine Corps pilot took place at Chapel Hill, N.C. The Splendid Splinter made the day memorable.
August 1, 2014 |
Richard Schmid, 65, of Cinnaminson, a member of the board of directors of Pemberton Fabricators Inc. in Rancocas, died of lung cancer Saturday, July 26, at home. "He was extremely dedicated, very loyal to the company," said Robert Murnane, president of the firm. Mr. Schmid had been a board member for the last five years, Murnane said, and had been production control and computer systems manager since he joined the firm 19 years ago. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Schmid graduated from Father Judge High School in 1967 and served as a medic in the Army Reserve until 1973.
July 31, 2014 |
In the region's deteriorating bridges and ailing train stations is lucrative opportunity for a niche of businesses also in need of a helping hand: small, minority, and female contractors. SEPTA is trying to play matchmaker. With the agency planning more than $570 million in Philadelphia-area capital projects over the next two years - and more than $6.8 billion by 2026 - the transportation agency made a pitch Tuesday to involve more so-called Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in that work.
July 27, 2014 |
'I want to build beautiful things the world wants to use. " So said an application to an internship program with Girls Who Code, a national group that encourages young women to consider careers in computer science. Lots of women want to code, design, and be part of the communications/Internet/Web/mobile world. So do lots of people from all sorts of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Problem: That world is a male shop. A white male shop. Always has been. As a report released Wednesday by Twitter Inc. makes clear, the tech workplace is not diverse.
July 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia is loaded with small dance companies, as anyone who has ever been to Fringe knows. These troupes rarely get to perform in fancy theaters, and it takes a lot of motivation for audiences to trek out to dingy performance spaces and sit on uncomfortable folding chairs all night. For the second year, Koresh Dance Company invited its colleagues to perform in the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in the Come Together Dance Festival. Over five days, which began Wednesday night, 24 companies have their 15 or so minutes of fame.
July 18, 2014 |
THE LIST OF quarterbacks who played in the United States Football League includes two Hall of Famers (Jim Kelly, Steve Young), a Super Bowl MVP (Doug Williams), an NFL MVP (Brian Sipe) and six Pro Bowlers (Kelly, Young, Sipe, Bobby Hebert, Doug Flutie and Greg Landry). The league's most successful quarterback, though, turned out to be a guy who barely made a ripple in the NFL. Chuck Fusina appeared in just 14 NFL regular-season games as a backup for the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Green Bay Packers.
July 18, 2014 |
Its finances are precarious, the mortgage is in foreclosure. Real estate agents are busily showing its home to potential buyers. A possible savior - Philadelphia's Roberts family - might offer a helping hand, but not yet. As the Philadelphia Theatre Company hangs on by a thread, theater leaders say its loss would be a blow - artistically, and to the city. "It's tragic for them, but also to the entire Philadelphia arts community and the idea of an Avenue of the Arts. You lose something like that and you'll need to take the sign down" on the Avenue of the Arts, said playwright Bruce Graham, who has had two plays produced by PTC. Terrence J. Nolen, the Arden Theatre Company's producing artistic director, said the PTC's abiding interest in American theater has made it a pioneer, and "certainly an important theater here in Philadelphia.