August 14, 2016 |
Joe McGinniss Jr. tells intense, rapid-fire stories about an America that seems permanently down on its luck. The novelist, who grew up in Swarthmore, made his literary debut with 2008's The Delivery Man , about a trio of young Las Vegas natives who get sucked into criminality. Its searing portrait of a lost generation earned it comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero . McGinniss' sophomore effort, Carousel Court , is about the toll the foreclosure crisis takes on a young Southern California couple.
August 7, 2016 |
CANTON, Ohio - It was as if Marvin Harrison couldn't help himself. During 13 NFL seasons, the North Philadelphia native was obsessed with preparation. So on the weekend that spectacular career was being celebrated, he knew only one way to get ready. "Practice," Harrison said Friday. "Practice is my motto. " On Thursday, 48 hours before he'll be one of eight men inducted during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony Saturday night, Harrison conducted a one-man walk-through at 23,000-seat Tom Benson Stadium.
July 26, 2016 |
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It was the Hall of Fame induction ceremony that made the baseball draft look silly, but nobody in the sun-drenched crowd of an estimated 50,000 really cared Sunday. They just wanted to pay tribute to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza for all they did after they were drafted. Griffey, selected by the Seattle Mariners in 1987, became the first No. 1 overall pick in history to land in Cooperstown and if that seemed like an indictment of the draft process, it could not even begin to compare with Piazza's crazy story.
July 1, 2016 |
IT'S THE CLASSIC debate about what constitutes fame, or even whether the various sports halls of fame are aptly named. Good-but-not-great players who accumulated gaudy numbers through the fortune of good health have squeezed through the doors of Cooperstown amid great debate, their statistics belying the impression left on some who watched them play and compete and were not overly impressed. Dave Winfield, Bert Blyleven and Gaylord Perry for starters, for me. Which is a good way of introducing the Hall of Fame discussion this week surrounding Eric Lindros and Mark Recchi, the 12th highest scorer in NHL history.
June 28, 2016 |
Former Flyers forwards Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi and Jeremy Roenick, along with one of the franchise's ex-coaches, Pat Quinn, could be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon. Out of that group, Lindros, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder who redefined the power-forward position, appears to have the best chance in what is considered a weak class of first-time nominees. Lindros has been waiting six years to get into the Hall, and the timing may be right. Once the NHL's most dominating player because of his size and talent, Lindros won one Hart Trophy as the league's MVP and finished in the top 10 five times - once more than 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Peter Forsberg.
June 25, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its new members Thursday, and former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and retired Eagles safety Brian Dawkins highlight the list of 15 individuals and one team. Nine sports were represented on the list that included the 1966-67 76ers, and bowling made the cut for the first time. Sylvia Wene Martin was the first female bowler to roll three perfect games in sanctioned competitions. She is already in both the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Women's International Bowling Hall of Fame.
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.