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February 7, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
THE Divine Lorraine Hotel, at Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue, was once a strikingly beautiful architectural landmark, but for more than a decade the building has been a 10-story boarded-up, graffiti-covered eyesore. At the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's annual mayoral luncheon yesterday, Mayor Nutter said that the city will actively work to change that. "There is renewed interest in the Divine Lorraine with our team - and City Council President [Darrell] Clarke - directly involved in the rebirth of this great Philadelphia building," Nutter said, adding that the city has been in touch with the building's owners.
NEWS
July 18, 1986 | By JOANNE SILLS, Daily News Staff Writer
It's a bad start toward the good things newlyweds envision on their wedding day. It's a miserable weekend for a teen-ager who can't go see a popular rap group. It's spending the day driving a creaky cab on the bumpy streets of Philadelphia. It's prayers for divine intervention to end the city workers' strike that enters its 18th day today. "My wife isn't taking it too well," said one newly married picket outside the Police Administration Building yesterday. "We're in the process of buying a home.
NEWS
March 30, 1989 | BY DON WILLIAMSON
Don't you ever wonder how things got so bad? There must be times when all the killing and corruption and human misery and intolerance and insanity force even the most apathetic observer to wonder where it all comes from and why there seems to be so much of it. No matter which way you look, things seem to be falling apart, no one seems to be doing very much about it, and indications are that it will get worse. Whether it's lack of health care for the poor; crooks in government clothing; drugs; white-collar crime; racial, sexual, religious or age discrimination; fouling of the environment; erosion of public confidence or the breakdown of family and community cohesion - the list is long and getting longer.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2001 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The African American employees of Merck & Co. Inc. involved in a race discrimination suit against the pharmaceutical giant have acquired an unexpected and unusual ally. She is Sister Patricia Marshall, an 80-year-old nun of the Roman Catholic Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The order was founded by St. Katharine Drexel, the Philadelphia heiress who devoted her fortune to educating poor blacks and American Indians. For 20 years, Sister Marshall's mission has been social justice in corporate America, and on Tuesday she will be on the agenda at Merck's annual meeting in North Jersey.
NEWS
October 24, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
IT DOESN'T TAKE a brain surgeon to make a man a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. But it definitely helps. Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI approved the canonization of the Rev. Luigi Guanella after church officials concluded that prayers to the 19th-century Italian priest led to the miraculous recovery of William "Billy" Glisson Jr., who suffered a brutal head injury while rollerblading in Delaware County in 2002. Without the testimony of Dr. Richard Buonocore, the neurosurgeon who operated on Glisson at Crozer Chester Medical Center, the recovery might not have been attributed to Guanella - a requirement for sainthood.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
SPORTS
September 21, 2007 | By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ridley High football coach John Waller called his team's 13-7 road victory over Central League rival Conestoga a case of divine intervention. "I believe in a God of miracles, and I witnessed a miracle out there tonight," Waller said last night, thankful his team was able to hang on for the victory. Unbeaten Ridley, now 3-0 and ranked No. 5 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, took a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter on touchdowns by Andrew Hodges and Rob Lamey. "I just got the doctor's clearance to play Hodges tonight," Waller explained.
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A 75-year-old rape victim swears it was divine intervention that saved her from a fiery death two years ago when her attacker put her in a chair and set it afire. "Whatever it was, it saved her life," the prosecutor agreed. The comments were made Tuesday when Common Pleas Judge Angelo A. Guarino sentenced Donald Henderson to 13 to 29 years in the case. "But for the grace of God, this would have been a homicide," said Assistant DA Mary Bodo. The victim testified that after being knocked unconscious by Henderson inside her home on Nov. 28, 1985: "I was coming out of it and fire was all around me. My Jesus said, 'Fall to your knees!
NEWS
May 15, 2000 | By John ALlen Paulos
Miracles? Miracles here, there and everywhere. Popular discussions of miracles have recently appeared in Time and Newsweek, in newspapers and periodicals of all types, on TV and radio, and in movies such as the Philadelphia-based "The Sixth Sense. " A more significant local example is the case of Katharine Drexel. A Philadelphia heiress, nun and social worker who died in 1955, Mother Drexel is nearing the end of the long process whereby a person is canonized a saint. The process hinged upon the recent official certification of two posthumous miracles attributed to her. That Mother Drexel was an admirable, compassionate and selfless woman who divested herself of her considerable fortune and made the world a better place, I have no doubt.
SPORTS
September 8, 2011
BECAUSE IT'S been way too long without a Fraud Five. And we crave our steady fix. The rest of the way I'll be taking care of that Jones in Monday's weekend wrap. So away we go: Notre Dame: You were expecting maybe Duke? Not the way Irish Nation envisioned the start to such a seemingly promising season. Not even divine intervention was enough to save the day. Georgia: It's OK to lose to Boise State, even in Atlanta. But you shouldn't be giving up 28 consecutive points after taking a 7-0 lead, especially in those "Power Ranger" uniforms.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2015 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Grab your wigs and fake boobs, guys: The glitter is in the audience for Divine/Intervention . The onstage show, which just opened at a nightclub called Voyeur (dark, dark, dark, with gigantic lavender-lit chandeliers), is actually a serious and often moving bio-drama about the counterculture icon known as Divine. Divine's real name was Glenn Milstead, a fat, unhappy kid from a middle-class home in Baltimore. How he wound up starring in John Waters' schlock/shock movies - where he was raped by a giant lobster in Multiple Maniacs , and ate a dog turd in Pink Flamingos , and made it mainstream big in Hairspray - is incidental here.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The last time his friends saw Glenn Milstead, he was waving from the balcony of his Los Angeles hotel room, singing "Arrivederci, Roma. " The next day, March 7, 1988, he was dead at 42 of cardiomegaly. He had died in his sleep; he weighed more than 300 pounds. The obituaries didn't just announce the death of Glenn Milstead; they marked the end of Divine, the larger-than-life "drag queen of the century," the trash goddess at the heart of such notorious films by director John Waters as Pink Flamingos , Female Trouble , and - teetering on the brink of respectability - Hairspray . The division between the queen and the man is at the heart of Divine/Intervention , a new play conceived by Braden Chapman and written by E. Dale Smith.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
CHAIRESE HOLMAN and Patrina Anderson took seats at the end of opposite rows inside Bartram High School's auditorium. The two mothers didn't know one another but almost as soon as Holman and I started talking about her 17-year-old son's struggles to get a good education at the violence-plagued school, Anderson chimed in. Anderson, who lives nearby but whose daughter goes to elementary school, was there to talk about Bartram students wreaking havoc...
NEWS
October 28, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Holly Phares was a mouse click away from becoming the first, and she was psyched. "I want to 'confirm,' " she proclaimed to the three people gathered at the Resources for Human Development office in Roxborough. Everyone stared at the screen bearing the words "Confirm and Save Your Health Care Plan" as Phares positioned the cursor and clicked. Since the health-insurance marketplace opened Oct. 1, RHD has not enrolled one client using the federal Healthcare.gov website. It wasn't for a lack of trying.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
SYLVESTER OUTLEY graced his adopted city of Philadelphia with 30 years of service to the homeless and drug-addicted, saving thousands of souls, but in his youth he had another title: one of Texas' 10 most-wanted criminals. A wild kid, Outley spent his teens and 20s in and out of prison. He was incarcerated more than 85 times, including spells in solitary, and in 1955, at the age of 29, faced life in prison as a habitual criminal. Certainly, as far as the Texas authorities were concerned, Outley was a hopeless case, a man forever locked in the limbo of the lost, to be stashed away out of sight and his name erased from the memory of decent society.
SPORTS
March 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - St Joseph's guard Langston Galloway put his head down and with a small opening made one burst through a slew of bodies. And for the next 1.4 seconds of basketball time, a season was saved after the Hawks survived the most bizarre circumstances. St. Joseph's kept its faint NCAA hopes alive after a free throw that seemed to take forever to go in, and a length-of-the-court pass that almost became the most famous assist in basketball. The 10th-seeded Hawks defeated No. 7 Xavier, 58-57, Thursday night in an Atlantic Ten tournament classic at the Barclays Center.
SPORTS
March 15, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
JORGE BERGOGLIO didn't make an appearance at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night, as he was busy being elected Pope over in Rome. If anyone is going to beat the Miami Heat any time soon, some divine intervention may have to occur. With their exciting, 98-94 win over the 76ers, the Heat has now won 20 games in a row, tying for the third-longest streak in NBA history. It was also the 14th straight regular-season victory over the Sixers by the Heat, who improved to 49-14. The Sixers, who meet Miami one more time this season, fell to 24-40.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) You'll win points and gain favor just as long as you don't let anything restrict the way you feel about yourself. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You'll have two clear choices: play big or play small. It's better to choose big or choose nothing than to go tentatively forward. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Everyone loves a happy ending, but not all happy endings read the same way. Be careful not to settle for the generic version of the story. CANCER (June 22-July 22)
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Elizabeth Horkley, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the Wednesday before 2010's African American Children's Book Fair, director Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati felt a pain in her stomach. The ballet dancer thought she had pulled a muscle while performing. It was appendicitis. Despite the pain, she pleaded with doctors at the hospital to postpone surgery until after the fair. "Ma'am," they said, "If you walk out of here, you might die. " Until she went under anesthesia, and again after she woke up, she was on the phone planning last-minute details.
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