June 5, 2015
LET'S BE clear: I am not retiring from the Daily News . Malcolm Forbes said, "Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did. " I am not suicidal. But this year's 25th edition of the Stu Bykofsky's Candidates Comedy Night will be the last. Since it has become (in the words of the Inquirer ) "a rite of city politics," its demise deserves an explanation, an epitaph. Let's start with the truism that all good things must come to an end. It is an immutable fact I cannot do it forever, and 25 years is a mark often used in retirements, not to discount the Forbes quote above.
December 8, 2014 |
Gold has moved beyond deck-the-halls festive into the glitzy realm of must-have fashion. It's the season for gleaming flecks to sparkle on fluttering eyelids and glisten on mistletoe-ready lips. A bronzy link chain, instead of a ribbon, on tuxedo-style trousers is happy-hour sultry. And shimmering, silky pantsuits are both retro and relevant. Once civilization's most sought-after metal, gold shines brightest this year in classic yellow. But copper and rose blends, especially on sequined blouses, are trending chic, too. Unlike in decades past, however, the granddaddy of precious metals no longer feels arrogant or garish.
March 31, 2014 |
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams never liked Tyron Ali. It was a gut instinct, based on what he saw and how the lobbyist approached him at political events. "He was one of those braggadocio guys, showing money and checks," Williams said. " 'I can help you. I'm helping people.' I told him, 'No, man.' " Five Philadelphia Democrats did not share Williams' distaste and eventually were recorded on tape by Ali as they accepted cash or gifts from the lobbyist-turned-government informant, sources say. Today the roiling controversy triggered by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to quash the undercover investigation has focused attention on the man at its center.
August 8, 2013 |
The custom-suit comeback - replete with cuff links, pocket squares, suspenders, and gingham-checked dress shirts - has arrived in the City of Brotherly Love. Within the last two years, three companies offering made-to-measure services hit the Philly streets: Indochino, Robbini Bespoke, and Suitsupply. Before those, Henry A. Davidsen Master Tailors & Image Consultants and Commonwealth Proper started making inroads as a new generation of tailors. And don't forget the established haberdasheries we've come to know and love - Ron Wilch Custom Tailoring and Boyds Philadelphia.
December 3, 2012 |
"You won't hear me talking about this during the season. . . . I don't like situations to become sideshows. It's just not my style. I'll reflect and analyze afterwards, and that's what I've always done. " - Jeffrey Lurie, Aug. 30, 2012 One man's situation is another's sideshow it would seem, but after what took place Monday night in Lincoln Financial Field, the Eagles' season is officially only one bearded lady and one sword swallower from any given summer night in Wildwood.
October 16, 2012 |
When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship. My memories span campaigns, Senate hearings, radio broadcasts, martinis, dinners, birthdays, and bat mitzvahs. They include a night in Havana when I watched him debate Fidel Castro at the dinner table, a donnybrook I dubbed "the D.A. vs. the Dictator. " And our time together is evidenced in campaign buttons, ticket stubs to Supreme Court confirmation hearings, tapes of radio broadcasts, manuscripts he wrote, and countless photographs.
November 25, 2011 |
There are two compelling reasons for attending Wiederseim Associates' Thanksgiving weekend auction, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Many of the 700 lots in the sale at the Ludwig's Corner firehouse in Glenmoore will make attractive - and affordable - holiday gifts. And many of those come from one of Chester County's most famous - if ill-fated - estates: the late John E. du Pont's Foxcatcher Farm in Newtown Square. "It's a big sale for Christmas," Ted Wiederseim said this week. Wiederseim's sales have always appealed to the gentry of Chester County and their fondness for fox hunting and associated equestrian themes.
March 17, 2010 |
Have you watched an episode of your favorite product lately? As advertising has grown more pervasive, advertisers have had to get more cunning about reaching potential customers. While commercials once paid for television entertainment, the popularity of the digital video recorder and other technologies has forced entertainment to become the commercial. We can't fast-forward through advertising that's part of the show. CBS' Survivor was a TV pioneer in many ways, not least its use of product placement.
December 28, 2008 |
A half-dozen trailers rolled up to Eckenhoff Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC in Jenkintown bright and early and wiped the lot clean of $8.4 million in inventory - Hummers, Cadillacs and all. "Load up, leave. Load up, leave. . . . " The funereal rhythm of repossession transfixed the sales guys next door at Hopkins Ford Lincoln Mercury, who watched through their showroom window as the devastating news descended on their neighbor. GMAC, the beleaguered financing arm of General Motors Corp.
November 5, 2004 |
Ronald A. White's long journey from North Philadelphia street tough to influential lawyer to, finally, the central figure in the current federal probe into corruption at City Hall is over. He died of complications of pancreatic cancer yesterday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital at the age of 55. In a lengthy statement released last night, Mayor Street said: "Ron achieved up to and beyond the limits of his potential. I knew Ron for most of my public career; he has been a longtime friend and staunch supporter.