February 2, 2014 |
Neutral Milk Hotel has hit upon a winning career strategy. Make a great, heartbreakingly beautiful, ultimately unknowable album - in this case, 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea . Go away for a while - for as long as 15 years, if necessary. Give the people a little time to ponder your compellingly mysterious music, and for a new generation to discover its rare virtues via this thing called the Internet, which had barely gotten rolling when you put down your guitar. Then step back onstage with talent intact - and behold the cult audience that has grown up with your music and is so eager to see their musical heroes in the flesh that your shows this week at the Tower Theater and Union Transfer were immediate sellouts.
January 28, 2014 |
JON MICHAEL O'CONNOR is Father Judge all the way down to his tube socks. After the Crusaders sacked Archbishop Ryan, 56-45, yesterday, the 6-1 senior guard stood shoeless in the locker room clad in Columbia Blue from head to toe. Hell, it's even in his genes. Interestingly, however, he came very close to wearing Raider red. "I was actually going to come here," O'Connor said inside the visitors' locker room at Ryan. "I had all my paperwork ready, but at the last second my family and I decided to come to Judge.
January 17, 2014 |
* THE FOLLOWING. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29. Moves back to 9 p.m. Mondays on Jan. 27. PASADENA, Calif. - There were some things about the first season of "The Following" that even creator Kevin Williamson didn't see coming. How inept its cult of serial killers would sometimes make the FBI look. How distracting a kid in jeopardy could be. How tricky it is wrapping a thriller around commercial breaks. As the drama about former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Philadelphia's Kevin Bacon)
January 8, 2014 |
With Penn State's search for a new head coach cloaked in secrecy, its football program nevertheless made news on Monday with the resignation of eight assistant coaches and staff members who are headed for Houston to work for new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien. A Penn State spokesman said letters of resignation were received, effective Monday, from defensive coordinator John Butler, wide receivers coach Stan Hixon, running backs coach Charles London and safeties coach Anthony Midget.
January 5, 2014 |
In Center City, blowing snow and 18-degree temperatures didn't stop 70 devoted Eagles fans from picking their way across frozen sidewalks to cheer at a midday pep rally. In Camden County, officials pleaded with drivers to stay off dangerously icy roads, as schools closed across New Jersey. In the Pennsylvania suburbs, commerce would not be stopped by harsh weather - the Plymouth Meeting, Willow Grove Park, Exton Square and Springfield malls all managed to open by about noon Friday.
January 3, 2014 |
IT WAS A GOOD New Year's eve and day for sons of a pair of sports greats. Jerry Rice Jr., a fifth-year senior receiver at UNLV and son of, who else but Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, caught his first career touchdown pass yesterday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. And Ken "Trey" Griffey III, a freshman receiver for Arizona and son of probable first-ballot Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., was on the receiving end of his first two collegiate TD catches in something called the Advocare V100 Bowl on Tuesday.
December 16, 2013 |
Your mother or sister has just told you she tested positive for a mutation in one of her BRCA genes, meaning her risk of getting breast or ovarian cancer is much higher than normal. And there is a 50 percent chance you have the same mutation. Do you get yourself tested? All too often, the answer is no, according to a new study by researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The authors interviewed 438 close relatives of 253 women who had shared results of their tests for cancer-causing mutations in the genes, called BRCA1 and BRCA2.
November 22, 2013 |
BOY, I SURE know how to pick 'em - cities, not men. Although if those cities were men, they'd apparently be a couple of big ol' hairy losers. Both Hartford, Conn., whence I came, and Philly made a recent top-10 list of the worst places to live, in part because of their "general malaise that seems to infect the entire population. " Did I not tell you that the Philly Shrug was going to bite us on the . . . well, you know. (Hartford was No. 2, Philly was No. 6. Detroit was No. 3.)
November 21, 2013
THANKSGIVING is next week, and already some people are feeling anxious about gaining unwanted weight. If you're not even a little bit nervous, maybe you should be. On average, the typical American Thanksgiving meal is a 3,000-calorie slog, and some experts say we'll consume a whopping 4,500 calories before the day is done. Your body will need 8 to 12 hours just to digest it all. To burn off all the calories would require 8 to 10 hours of moderate cardiovascular exercise. Yikes!
November 20, 2013 |
THE LITTLE GIRL could coax a smile from Tim Gill even when he had none left. She'd seen Gill, a Philadelphia firefighter who served in Iraq with the Pennsylvania National Guard, sprint to the sink, doubled over with nausea. She whispered when Gill's headaches came and tiptoed during his bad dreams, but he remained the man she adored most. A few days before the funeral, she drew a picture of Gill, a stick figure sticking out its tongue, smiling for her one last time. "DADDY," 4-year-old Amanda Gill wrote above the figure's head.