December 24, 2011
Robert Easton, 81, a character actor whose command of a vast array of foreign and American regional accents led to a flourishing second career as a dialect coach to Hollywood stars such as Charlton Heston and Anne Hathaway, died Dec. 16 at his home in Los Angeles. He was often called the Henry Higgins of Hollywood. A consummate phoneticist like Higgins, the exacting speech tutor in the musical My Fair Lady , Mr. Easton taught Forest Whitaker the African inflections of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and Ben Kingsley the gruff tones of a New York mobster.
June 17, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Larry Holmes has been recognized during his lifetime, by the Jaycees and the International Boxing Hall of Fame, with various mayoral citations and keys and honorary degrees. His office, on a street bearing his name, is replete with awards, honors, mementos, and remembrances. The former heavyweight champion isn't wanting for accolades - with the exception, perhaps, of his own hometown, he says. Well, no longer. Holmes, who grew up in public housing on Easton's South Side and dropped out of junior high school, went on to become a champion fighter and millionaire businessman.
April 15, 2011
WHENEVER we talk about freedom of speech, you might as well just cue the violins. It's a principle so precious, so intrinsic to our sense of democracy. Invoking the right to express your views without interference from the government is akin to praying. (Apologies to atheists, agnostics and opponents of Philadelphia's Christmas Village.) To protect that right, we pretty much let everything into the marketplace of ideas, except fighting words, certain cries of "Fire!" and obscenity (of which we know it when we see it, except when it's covered by brown wrapping paper)
December 6, 2010 |
It's a good thing Tim Wade has never developed a mental block about performing his primary duty for La Salle High's football team. If so, Jamal Abdur-Rahman would not be such a productive rusher. And who knows? Perhaps he would not have scored the clinching touchdown Saturday at blustery Northeast High as La Salle bested Easton, 19-7, in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal. How did it happen? On an interception return. Who delivered a teeth-rattling block? Good, ol' Tim Wade. Yes, even while playing defense, on which the 5-9, 185-pound junior serves only four to six plays per game as a blitzing outside linebacker, the starting fullback can't put aside his path-clearing passion.
December 5, 2010 |
Last season, Connor Daly, after blowing out his left knee in an early nonleague game against West Catholic, was not on the field for the latter portion of La Salle's drive to the PIAA Class AAAA state football championship. So, the senior middle linebacker, trying to make up for lost playing time, is especially immersed in this year's repeat bid. And that certainly showed in Saturday's quarterfinal rematch with Easton. With Daly registering a team-high 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, the slow-starting Explorers rallied for a 19-7 victory at chilly Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium, again sending the rugged and hard-hitting Red Rovers packing.
November 21, 2010 |
Like do-everything teammate Kevin Forster, La Salle's Mark DiFrangia soon will say goodbye to football and enter lacrosse-only mode. For now, though, DiFrangia, bound for St. John's as a stick-wielding defenseman, is thoroughly enjoying his last go-round on the gridiron. Saturday, the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder played a leading role on defense as the Explorers earned their second straight PIAA District 12 Class AAAA title. DiFrangia, an outside linebacker/strong safety, registered eight tackles, including six solos, as the defending state champions held overmatched Northeast to 74 yards and romped to their 10th straight victory, 35-0, at Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
July 24, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Eighty teachers and staff members in the Easton Area School District are out of a job. More than 60 teachers were among those who lost their jobs to close a budget gap. - AP
December 21, 2009 |
When the clock struck all zeroes, La Salle's Mike Bennett ripped off his helmet and dove head-first into the snow-covered field at HersheyPark Stadium. The Explorers' senior kicker said he doesn't mind playing in the snow. Actually, he quite enjoys it. "I got a lot of confidence after the Easton game," Bennett said. "It's not that bad as long as you're balanced. " Easier said than done. When Bennett attempted a field goal in the first quarter of La Salle's 24-7 victory over State College in Saturday's PIAA Class AAAA championship, he fell flat on his butt after kicking the ball.
December 18, 2009 |
La Salle earned a spot against State College in tomorrow night's PIAA Class AAAA football championship at Hersheypark Stadium with an impressive 35-7 romp over Ridley in a state semifinal Saturday. The Explorers' road to the title contest went through interesting twists and turns in the previous 13 games. Today, we conclude our look at six important games and how they helped form the team that will end its season Saturday. Wednesday: Sept. 11 vs. Malvern Prep and Sept.
December 6, 2009 |
With the snow beginning to cover the turf, La Salle, whose vaunted passing attack would eventually be all but wiped out by the heavy white stuff, was staring at a two-touchdown deficit late in the first quarter against Easton. Time to panic? Maybe, but the Explorers buckled down and went to work after yielding two quick scores. They survived the dismal start and the foul weather by rallying for a 17-14 victory over the Red Rovers yesterday in a PIAA Class AAAA state quarterfinal playoff at Bethlehem Area School District's Frank Banko Field.