February 13, 2015 |
A POLITICAL convention? Or a coronation and a restoration of a family political dynasty of the kind that might have horrified the Founding Fathers who'd drafted the Declaration of Independence just a few miles away? With so little controversy inside the giant South Philly sports arena, most eyes turned instead to the rare sight of Hollywood celebrities circulating like champagne cocktails around Rittenhouse Square - or the hundreds of protesters who faced off with cops on Broad Street.
October 5, 2014 |
Albie Crosby stomped his right heel into the dirt, and a cloud of dust rose from the ground. The Imhotep Charter football coach gave his whistle a few quick blasts. Practice was set to begin, and the dust, which seems to haze over the team's practices, had arrived. The Public League's top team practices in the outfield of a West Oak Lane baseball field, a short walk from the school. The Lonnie Young Recreation Center field does not have goalposts. The team practices kicks by launching balls over the high fence down the third-base line.
September 5, 2014 |
Phil Robertson's wisdom Thanks to reality TV, we are blessed with a surfeit of really wise people! Gurus who graciously educate us on matters too difficult to contemplate on our own. Take the question of what the United States should do about the resurgence of Islamist attacks by ISIS. Give them the Bible and the Constitution, says Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson . And if they don't like it, give 'em lead. "In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible," Phil told Sean Hannity . "I'm not giving up on them, I'm just saying convert them or kill them.
April 17, 2014 |
B.J. Rosenberg retreated early Tuesday morning to his South Jersey residence, turned on the TV, and flipped to A&E. The channel showed two hours of Duck Dynasty repeats. "I stayed away from all the sports networks," the Phillies pitcher said. This was catharsis. Relievers often preach the value of zero short-term memory. That was essential Tuesday for Rosenberg, who, after making two sterling appearances in two days, hurled one of the worst relief outings in baseball history.
February 10, 2014 |
To patients, Praveen Ramakrishnan looks like any other doctor at a busy city medical center, with his white coat and a stethoscope draped around his neck. But come game day, the 31-year-old internal medicine resident transforms into "the human Google. " Ask him a question, and - well, you get it. His teammate Chitra Punjabi, 30, answers to "the black mamba" - a highly venomous snake and code name for Uma Thurman's assassin role in the movie Kill Bill . "She's tiny and very dangerous," a colleague says.
January 17, 2014 |
University of Pennsylvania archaeologists say they have found the tomb of a previously unknown Egyptian pharaoh who ruled more than 3,600 years ago, the first discovery of what they predict could be more than a dozen tombs from a forgotten dynasty. The tomb, found last week, was heavily looted, but hieroglyphs on the chamber walls clearly identified it as belonging to a ruler named Woseribre Senebkay, the Penn team announced Wednesday in conjunction with the Egyptian government. The researchers already have begun excavating several nearby sites that appear to be from the same dynasty, at the site of the ancient city of Abydos, more than 300 miles south of Cairo, said Josef Wegner, a Penn associate professor of Egyptology.
January 3, 2014 |
IN 2014, TATTLE is going to make an attempt to write about more good things, more positive stories, more about how we're all on this floating blue ball together and we need to work together. Thank goodness we're off tomorrow. Maybe this will pass by Monday. But kicking off our year of good vibrations, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson , son of Phil , went on Fox News' "All-American New Year" special Tuesday night and played the role of adult - choosing not to take the bait of hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and rip A&E or evil liberals or even defend daddy Phil's comments about gays, happy pre-civil rights Southern blacks or the marital viability of 15-year-old girls.
December 22, 2013 |
It was the call of the wild. A&E's Duck Dynasty was the unlikely TV megahit no one understood. No one understood how popular it would become, setting records for nonfiction cable shows and becoming the No. 1 nonfiction show on cable, No. 2 overall (to AMC's The Walking Dead ). No one understood how closely audiences would identify with the Robertson family of West Monroe, La., and their conservative Christian values. And no one, evidently, saw the Duck Dynasty disaster coming.
December 20, 2013 |
FEW DAYS AGO, GQ published an interview with Phil Robertson , "Duck Dynasty's" seemingly friendly-to-everyone-but-web-footed-birds grandpa on America's most-watched reality-TV show. Seems Robertson, 67, isn't such a lover after all. The Gentleman's Quarterly story quoted his none-too-gentlemanly ideas about the LGBT community - along with expressions of his overall ignorance of African-Americans' historic struggle for civil rights. Yesterday, "Duck Dynasty" network A&E suspended Robertson indefinitely in rebuke of its star's views.
November 5, 2013 |
Tom Nestel, the top cop at SEPTA, is a natural on Twitter. "Rider complained about loud radio player on Rt66 each night. Tonight, undercover Transit Police pulled the cord on bus DJ," he tweeted on Oct. 23, adding the hash tag #silenceisgolden. It's that dash of snark that makes some of his Twitter updates sparkle. "Spiderman 'forgot' to pay at 46th St. He's paying now. . .#cheesesandwich. Can't outrun the radio and the cameras :-)" Nestel tweeted two days later, adding a photo of the offender's Spider-Man-style hoodie.