June 25, 2016 |
He is past president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and during a career of more than 40 years has represented accused killers Ira Einhorn, Amanda Knox, and Robert Durst. But on Thursday, Center City lawyer Theodore Simon, 65, was in a Philadelphia courtroom as the accuser. The case was Commonwealth v. Rico Clark - the defendant being a 27-year-old Norristown man accused of picking a rubber-banded wad of cash from the pocket of Simon's suit jacket and leading him on a foot chase that ended with Clark's arrest several blocks away.
June 20, 2016
On May 26, the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame hosted its 19th annual induction ceremony at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. The event, in the Rose Levis Museum, included a cocktail reception, dinner, and an induction ceremony. More than 225 in attendance saw several sports stars honored, including Lexie Gerson (basketball), the late boxing manager Phil Gassman, Amy Gross (squash), Art Jacoby (golf), sports media host Glen Macnow, Ira Meyers (track), Michael Tabas (water skiing)
June 13, 2016 |
The little girl appeared out of nowhere, materializing at Tawanda Jones' side so suddenly that she drew Jones' attention away from the members of her drill team, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters, as they rehearsed in the low-ceilinged union hall. "Hi, honey," Jones said, startled. "Did your mom bring you? Did she come in?" "She just dropped me off," the girl said softly. "OK," Jones said, resting her hand on the child's shoulder. "Well, let's take off your jacket. " Jones had not seen her in eight months.
May 27, 2016 |
A number of high-profile members of the city's community are being inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame this week. The inductees will join a list of illustrious athletes, coaches, and more, such as two-time world boxing champion Benny Bass or four-time Super Bowl winner Randy Grossman. One of the best-known inductees in this year's class, though, is not an athlete, or even a coach. Glen Macnow's voice has filled the rooms and cars of millions of Philadelphians for three decades.
May 15, 2016
THE PENNSYLVANIA Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its induction dinner at 4 p.m. Sunday at Romano's Caterers, Castor Avenue and Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia. Lightweight Charles "Chucky T" Tschorniawsky, a popoular fighter at the Blue Horizon, heads the class of inductees. Tschorniawsky, 39, was 25-10-1, with 14 knockouts in a 14-year career. Other living fighters to be inducted are featherweight Benny Amparo (12-3-5, 5 KOs), lightweight Monty Sherrick (10-0, 2 KOs), welterweight Hugh "Buttons" Kearney (18-2-1, 5 KOs)
May 4, 2016 |
It's been more than 35 years since the launch of Black Barbie, but Black Barbie was just a browner version of white Barbie - vapid, concerned only about her clothes and her hair. But as society has changed, Barbie has changed. Monday Mattel unveiled its new Barbie Shero (not to be confused with Fred Shero ). She's Misty Copeland , American Ballet Theatre's first female African-American principal dancer whose doll is the latest addition to Team Barbie. "I always dreamed of becoming an ABT ballerina and through Barbie I was able to play out those dreams early on," Copeland said in a statement.
May 1, 2016
* 2016 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY. 8 p.m. Saturday, HBO. Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, N.W.A. (pictured), Steve Miller, and late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun are this year's inductees. Special includes tributes to David Bowie and Glenn Frey and recalls Prince's 2004 induction. * WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER. 6 p.m. Saturday, C-SPAN. Comedy Central's Larry Wilmore hosts. CNN covers it, too, but no one reports on the arrivals with the deadpan sincerity of C-SPAN.
April 28, 2016 |
No musician who gained renown in the late '80s playing "glam" or "hair metal" loves those descriptions. The skilled musicians and singers who made heavy metal with contagious pop hooks (and big hair, be honest) find it as off-putting as "neo-soul" is to R&B players of the 2000s. "Not a fan of the term, but considering what most bands looked like at the time, I totally understand," Mark Evans says with a laugh. "There were a lot bands not taken seriously because of how they looked vs. their level of talent.
April 18, 2016 |
Six brothers, one coach. That's the shorthand on one of the more remarkable stories in the history of South Jersey football. But that hardly begins to tell the tale of the half-dozen Selverian siblings and late, great Pennsauken High School football coach Vince McAneney and the heyday of the Indians program. "A golden time," Rich Selverian, the eldest brother and helmet-less trailblazer, said of the era in Pennsauken football from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. The six Selverians - Rich, Jeff, Mark, Greg, Arthur, and Kurk - along with their parents, Stephen and Sandra, will be honored at the South Jersey Football Coaches Association's annual Hall of Fame banquet on the eve of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation's all-star football game June 29 at Rowan University.
April 15, 2016 |
James Levine, leader of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City since 1976, has announced his retirement, according to a statement from the opera company. The statement said Levine would retire after the current season because of health reasons. Levine, 72, was to have conducted a series of concerts in Philadelphia in February - his first such appearances here in 20 years - but had to cancel them. He has been battling Parkinson's disease and seeking to adjust his medications so he could continue to conduct.