July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.
July 18, 2014 |
DAVID TORRANCE'S motto was "be ready. " And he was. David meant the saying in a spiritual sense: Be ready to meet your maker. But he also meant it as a code for living the good life: Be ready for both tribulations and joy. David had both in abundance over his 100 years of life. He died Sunday in the Bala Nursing and Retirement Center. He was born in Georgia, but had lived most of his life in South Philadelphia. "He was a comical guy," said his daughter Yvonne Torrance.
June 23, 2014 |
Stephen Berg, 79, of Philadelphia, an acclaimed poet, teacher, and editor and the driving force behind the American Poetry Review, died Thursday, June 12, at Pennsylvania Hospital. The cause of his death was pending, said his daughter Margot Berg. Mr. Berg had battled cancer and complications from a fall, but he told a friend his writing "had never been better. " In 1972, Mr. Berg founded with several friends the American Poetry Review, a widely read poetry magazine published in Philadelphia.
June 16, 2014
The pet political charity is such a hoary Philadelphia tradition that perhaps it was time for an innovation. And so we have the pet political charity that isn't. The innovation in question is Peace Not Guns, long advertised as a nonprofit antiviolence group - and in some cases as a 501(c)3, or tax-exempt charitable organization - founded by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson after the untimely death of a cousin in 1998. As the website AxisPhilly recently revealed, Peace Not Guns was never registered as a charity with the IRS. Johnson now acknowledges that Peace Not Guns is "not a federally tax-exempt nonprofit.
May 18, 2014 |
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - At a picnic area on the Garden State Parkway, Robert Marshall pulled over shortly after midnight to check a tire on his white Cadillac. He was walking to the rear of the car, he said, when he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious. When he came to, Marshall said, he found his wife, Maria, dead in the front seat of the car, with two bullet wounds to her back. She had been shot with a .45-caliber automatic pistol. The story didn't add up, and Marshall would be convicted of hiring his wife's killers.
April 20, 2014 |
The last thing 73-year-old John DeVos wanted was to be thrown out of a graveyard. But he crouched onto his knees a week ago at Greenmount Cemetery, at the very patch of grass where he had watched them bury his 11-year-old brother in 1948. And with a screwdriver and small spade, he began to poke and dig. A flat granite slab with the inscription "MICHEL DEVOS" had gone missing. And if anyone could swear it had been there, in that exact spot, for decades, it was younger brother John.
April 18, 2014 |
Jeanne Faith Coryell, 89, of Philadelphia, a freelance artist, died Friday, March 28, of an infection at Symphony Square, an assisted-living facility in Bala Cynwyd. A well-known figure in the Philadelphia art community, Ms. Coryell was a longtime member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Plastic Club, and Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity. She was a frequent participant in juried exhibitions at the Sketch Club, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show.
April 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - James Franklin failed to reach his first attendance quota as Penn State's head football coach, but he came close. He wanted more than 80,000 to attend the Nittany Lions' annual Blue-White intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, and 72,000 fans filled Beaver Stadium. The game counted as Penn State's 15th and final spring practice. Franklin wasn't demoralized - he joked that his personal counter tallied 82,000. Regardless of the total, the coach fired up the Penn State faithful with his active coaching style.
March 28, 2014 |
HEADS NODDING, eyes rolling and groans of yet another loss - this has become the norm for 76ers fans patiently awaiting the team's first win since Jan. 29 in Boston. Despite the team approaching the NBA record of 27 consecutive losses, fans have still come out in bunches to the Wells Fargo Center to catch a peek of the project general manager Sam Hinkie took over last offseason. "I am going to be excited to say I was there when the team was rebuilt," Sixers fan Patrick Stewart said Friday at the last home game of the season.
March 27, 2014 |
ORLANDO - With Michael Vick's tenure in Philadelphia concluded, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie could not hide his pride when describing Vick's five years in Philadelphia and the risk the organization took in 2009. "It was a leap of faith," Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We hoped that Michael would be the person he professed he really was and wanted to be, and would be that way in the community. He hit all markers at a 100 percent level. " Lurie reflected on the "second chance" the Eagles gave Vick after he served 19 months in prison on a dogfighting conviction and how it paid off though Vick's influence in the locker room.