December 10, 2013
I'VE OUTDONE myself this year, if I do say so myself, lining up fabulous merchandise and experiences for our annual My Favorite Things holiday gift giveaway. As in years past, I'm taking a cue from Oprah Winfrey, making a list of things I love and giving them away to 10 lucky Daily News readers. That's right. Each winner gets everything on the list - not only premium seats to see a Flyers home game but a free overnight stay in Atlantic City and a $100 gift card to spend while you're there.
December 10, 2013 |
MY JOB sucks. It's worse than cleaning backed-up toilets, picking up rotting garbage and driving around busloads of grumpy riders. At least that's what CareerCast.com thinks: The jobs website ranked newspaper reporter as dead last out of 200 jobs for 2013. Look, I'm not some nostalgic, delusional print dinosaur hearkening back to the good old days. There is much - sooo much - that's wrong with newspapers these days. (Note to online commenters: We know. No need to repeat yourselves.)
December 6, 2013
EVEN IF none of the City Six teams makes it to the 2014 NCAA Final Four, Philadelphia will still have a winner in Arlington, Texas. That is because the Daily News' Dick Jerardi will be inducted that weekend into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame. Jerardi has written for the Daily News since 1985, primarily covering college basketball and horse racing. A past president of the USBWA, Jerardi has won numerous awards for his writing in both sports, including national awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, as well as the past two first-place Keystone Press Awards for sports beat coverage from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.
December 3, 2013 |
IS THERE ANYTHING Will Ferrell won't do to promote his upcoming sequel to "Anchorman"? He and his franchise are pitching Dodge Durangos in a series of goofy commercials, Jockey underwear and a new flavor of Ben & Jerry's ice cream ("Scotchy Scotch Scotch"). On Saturday, Ferrell, as Ron Burgundy, went on the air at KXMB-TV Bismarck, N.D., to read the news. The actual news. Dressed in his signature three-piece suit and a striped tie, Ferrell punctuated the news with exaggerated eye blinks and engaged in witty banter with weekend anchor Amber Schatz and the rest of the Bismarck news team.
November 22, 2013 |
BECAUSE NOV. 22, 1963 is one of the truly epochal dates in American history, it's difficult to think of it in terms of anything but the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But scanning the eight-star final edition of that day's Daily News vividly illustrates how Philadelphia was a very different place 50 years ago. * Among the most notable changes is the Daily News itself. It was almost 50 percent longer than today (15 inches versus 10 7/8 inches) and cost 8 cents.
November 20, 2013 |
AMONG THE memories left behind by Mildred Cooney, there was a beat-up pair of bowling shoes that still make her kids laugh. She was in her 50s and competing in the Queen of Heaven bowling league, named for the defunct Catholic grade school in Cherry Hill where her children attended. At some point during a match, she must have dropped a ball on her right foot and broken the outside toe. Rather than quit playing, she grabbed some scissors and a knife and carved up her shoe as if it were a Thanksgiving turkey.
November 15, 2013 |
A JUDGE YESTERDAY rejected a request to remove Robert J. Hall from his post as publisher of the company that owns the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Patricia McInerney is still considering a request to reinstate Inquirer editor Bill Marimow, whom Hall fired on Oct. 7. Both requests were made by Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, two of the six men who started Interstate General Media last year to buy the media brands. Katz and Lenfest filed suit three days after Marimow's firing, claiming Katz has veto power over such a business decision since he and George Norcross III are a two-man management committee for the company.
November 12, 2013 |
IT WAS about 3 1/2 years ago that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said famously that "we have to pass the [health-care bill] so that you can find out what's in it. " The remark was ridiculed at the time, but Pelosi appears to have been on to something. In 2013, the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act - a/k/a "Obamacare" - are finally taking effect, and it appears as if Americans are just now learning what's in the bill. Some like what they're finding, while many particularly vocal folks do not. What's really going on with Obamacare?
November 12, 2013 |
TORONTO - It was early in the morning on Aug. 9, 1988 - usually a quiet time in the hockey world. Not so for Jay Greenberg, then the Daily News ' Flyers beat writer. Greenberg was one of the few sports writers in the world to sniff out "The Trade," which sent the greatest hockey player ever from Edmonton to Los Angeles. In fact, with the help of sources, Greenberg nearly nailed the exact specifications of the deal in that day's paper, hours before it was even consummated.