April 11, 2015 |
Swift says mom is ill Taylor Swift on Thursday shared grave family news: Her mother Andrea Swift has been diagnosed with cancer. Taylor did not specify the type of cancer or prognosis. "I'd like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private," the singer, 25, writes on Tumblr. The diagnosis came as a result of Taylor's continued appeals that her doctor-phobic mom get a routine check up. "For Christmas . . . I asked my mom that one of her gifts to me be her going to the doctor," Swift says.
April 10, 2015 |
Marvel's Daredevil , Netflix's latest offering, is a well-scripted, beautifully acted superhero saga that is surprisingly impressive. The 13-episode first season will be posted Friday by the streaming-video provider. For someone who's never cared much for the whole comic book and superhero shtick , it is shockingly, alarmingly impressive. Developed by World War Z writer Drew Goddard, Daredevil is the first of four planned series coproduced by Marvel TV and Netflix.
June 24, 2013 |
LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. - Florida aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday. Wallenda performed the stunt on a two-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon. He took just more than 22 minutes, pausing and crouching twice as winds whipped around him so that he could get "the rhythm out of the rope. " "Thank you Lord.
December 5, 2012 |
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.
July 8, 2012 |
PAMPLONA, Spain - One elderly thrill-seeker was gored in a leg and five others slightly injured as thousands of adrenaline-fueled runners raced ahead of six fighting bulls in the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival, officials said Saturday. Runners, in traditional white clothing and red kerchiefs around their necks, tripped over each other or fell in the mad daredevil annual rush along early morning dew-moistened slippery streets to the city's bull ring.
May 14, 2012 |
GET READY GHOULS, ABC is prepping a show for next month in which you'll be able to wait breathlessly for three hours to see if a daredevil plunges to his death. The alphabet network is turning Nik Wallenda's attempted tightrope walk through the mist and wind over Niagara Falls into a prime-time TV event on June 15. As a tie-in, if Nik needs a doctor, the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" will appear. Wallenda is a seventh-generation member of the famous Wallenda daredevil family, whose history as a traveling circus troupe dates to 1780.
February 24, 2012 |
In an industry known for big things - big tents, big animals, big crowds - it might be hard to outdo a show that explores the fiercest creature of mythology in the luckiest year of the Chinese zodiac. The sister-sister partnership behind a new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey production is setting the tent pole high. "Dragons," the circus tour running through Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, may be the most thematic, modern, and inclusive one yet. In coordination with the Chinese Year of the Dragon, the show - conceived by Alana and Nicole Feld - targets a tech-savvy generation of children by blending contemporary with traditional elements, high-tech with human-powered spectacles, and fantasy with reality.
August 17, 2010 |
Barr E. Asplundh was a pilot with what might be called exceeding enthusiasm. "He was flying aerobatics up until about 1980," into his 50s, said his wife, Jeanne. On flybys around his Fort Washington home, he made his presence known with a Pitts Special, a single-engine biplane. "He would come down over the fields where our farmhouse is," she said, "and would pull up to just miss the chimney. " Mr. Asplundh, 82, former president and board chairman of Asplundh Tree Expert Co., died of Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester, Montgomery County, where he had lived for two months.
March 23, 2010 |
We know we're in trouble in the theater when we haven't a clue what the nicely staged metaphors are trying to tell us. It could be the production or it could be the play, or a mix of both. But in the case of Up, I vote for - or more to the point, against - the play. My guess is that if we stopped 10 people on the way out of Bristol Riverside Theatre and asked them a few questions about Up's collection of dreamers and losers, we'd get blank stares. Which probably makes it doubly difficult for the actors in Up, which is being given a heartfelt but beat-too-slow production by Keith Baker, Bristol Riverside's artistic director.
October 9, 2007 |
David B. Allen, 54, of Media, owner of Magical Mystery Flights, a hot-air balloon business in Media, died Thursday of cardiovascular disease at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville. Earlier in the day, he piloted a balloon with passengers over Chester County. He collapsed shortly after the balloon landed, his wife, Janet Weymuller Allen, said. Mr. Allen was a fifth-generation balloonist. An ancestor, Ira Allen, made his own balloon in the 1870s after seeing them in use during the Civil War. Eddie Allen Jr., Mr. Allen's grandfather, performed as a daredevil stunt balloonist for years until he was injured in the 1970s.