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NEWS
June 16, 1988
Common Pleas Judge Lynne Abraham keeps worrying about the upcoming trial of Gary Heidnik turning into a "circus," a "sideshow" or a "media event. " The defendant, his lawyer, the district attorney and other necessary officials had to travel to Pittsburgh because the judge felt publicity had made it impossible for Heidnik to get a fair trial with a Philadelphia jury. Of the potential jurors interviewed in Philadelphia, 180 had heard of the case and 124 had already decided whether Heidnik was guilty.
NEWS
January 13, 2010
LARRY Ceisler's recent op-ed branding a potential constitutional convention as a "political freak show" populated by "crazies" illustrates a stunning lack of research on the issue. As the author of SB340 and HB1929 in 2007 (and a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor), I suggest he review that legislation. It provides ample compensation for delegates and funds a convention from existing legislative surpluses. It designates transparent methods for lobbying, calls for three delegates elected from each senate district and doesn't demand public financing of delegate campaigns.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD. 10 tonight, Syfy. * AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW. 10 p.m. tomorrow, FX.   FOR A TV critic who doesn't live for Halloween horror, October's tough. FX's "American Horror Story" returns tomorrow, with its fourth edition, the creepy - and star-studded - "Freak Show. " AMC's "The Walking Dead" starts Season 5 on Sunday. ABC Family celebrates Halloween for 13 nights, Syfy for a full 31. AMC has Fearfest, the Disney Channel Monstober (though that doesn't scare me - much)
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I HAD THE Mutter Museum all wrong. And I'd bet a jar of human skin - which is apparently stored somewhere inside the museum and smells like Romano cheese - that I'm not alone. Ever since I moved to Philadelphia, the museum has always been a place that people have insisted was a must-see as they gleefully ticked off a long list of macabre displays: a two-headed baby floating in formaldehyde, the corpse of a woman called the "Soap Lady," diseased kidneys and livers and any number of anatomical medical oddities to make you go ewww . Gee, I thought, where do I sign up?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kunis-Kutcher enrich us all Indeed they do. Artists and lovebirds Mila Kunis , 30, and her fiance Ashton Kutcher , 36, are expecting their first baby, says People. The couple, whose child some day will save the Earth, have yet to announce a wedding date. In other baby news, George Clooney 's ex-lover, Stacy Keibler , is pregnant with her first child with her new husband, wrestler-turned-TV personality and entrepreneur Jared Pobre , the Toronto Sun reports. 'American Horror' No. 4 Ryan Murphy , whose American Horror Story serial has reduced so many of us to quivering masses of terrified jelly, has announced that for Season 4 he'll take viewers to a carnival.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Australian trio Silverchair took the stage of the Electric Factory on Saturday night to the sounds of circus music, with a carnival freak-show scene as a backdrop. But to the mostly teenage crowd that packed the Factory, the members of Silverchair are anything but freaks. They're the stars of their high school Battle of the Bands who play grunge hand-me-downs from Pearl Jam and Nirvana even though older brothers and sisters tell them it's not cool anymore. "I don't really know how to put on a cool show," Daniel Johns, the frontman with long blond hair and a babyface, sang in a perfect imitation of Kurt Cobain's anguished yowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN IT comes to Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt , Tattle is torn. We hate to write about them because they're the worst type of publicity whores. On the other hand, the freak show is a very popular carnival attraction. So, here's the latest from the demonic duo. Please shower after. TMZ.com: Spencer is trying to sell a sex tape with him and Heidi. RadarOnline.com: Heidi denies there is a sex tape. TMZ.com: Spencer meets Heidi in Costa Rica and threatens that if she doesn't agree to do another reality show with him - one about her trying to leave him - he will release the tape(s)
SPORTS
March 16, 2010 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Already ticked off about his team's 2-0 loss in a scrimmage Sunday against FC Dallas, Union team manager Peter Nowak yesterday blasted what he called the excessive whining over referees' calls, a problem he said would turn MLS into a "freak show. " Nowak said he despises seeing not only opposing coaches, but players, and even equipment managers and other team employees complaining about one call after another. "It looks bad when a coach is waving his arms on every call," Nowak said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Philadelphian Collette McLafferty has been forced to turn to the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to finance her legal fees after she was sued for $10 million. Her alleged offense: Earning $75 to sing in a tribute band to Doylestown's homegrown pop star, Pink . "I've been a professional singer for 20 years. It's not my first time at the rodeo," said McLafferty, who started her professional career here and was a regular at Old City's Khyber and Manayunk's Grape Street Pub with her band edibleRed in the '90s.
NEWS
August 25, 2004 | By Miriam Hill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is hard to say which of Insectavora's meals is the least appetizing. The pus-colored maggots she dumps on her tongue, then illuminates with a flashlight so the audience can see them wriggle? The glistening earthworm she slurps with a gustatory glee more often associated with children eating spaghetti? The crunchy crickets? Jolting people out of their seats is one of the points of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Before Insectavora, the audience has already watched the Amazing Blazing Tyler Fyre pound nails into his nose and Ravi the Scorpion Swami contort and stretch his body as if it were Silly Putty.
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April 2, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
The moral of "Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical" appears to be: One generation's freak show is another generation's cultural icon/civil-rights crusader. A freak show is how Sylvester - the gender-bending, mono-monikered "Queen of Disco" - was pretty much considered by mainstream America (if it considered him at all) during his late-1970s heyday. The singer, born Sylvester James Jr., wore his sexual orientation as proudly and comfortably as he wore his flamboyant stage threads - which hardly made him an American darling in those still mostly closeted days.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Last spring, Ken Giles was the kid in the back corner of the clubhouse with the filthiest fastball in the Grapefruit League. Since he had never played above Class A, though, Giles was sent to minor league camp midway through March. But then he would become a cult hero in Baseballtown, striking out 51 percent of the batters he faced during a monthlong stay at Double A Reading. And then he moved along to Allentown, where Triple A hitters were sent into fits with his triple-digit heat.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
I HAD THE Mutter Museum all wrong. And I'd bet a jar of human skin - which is apparently stored somewhere inside the museum and smells like Romano cheese - that I'm not alone. Ever since I moved to Philadelphia, the museum has always been a place that people have insisted was a must-see as they gleefully ticked off a long list of macabre displays: a two-headed baby floating in formaldehyde, the corpse of a woman called the "Soap Lady," diseased kidneys and livers and any number of anatomical medical oddities to make you go ewww . Gee, I thought, where do I sign up?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* TOWN OF THE LIVING DEAD. 10 tonight, Syfy. * AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW. 10 p.m. tomorrow, FX.   FOR A TV critic who doesn't live for Halloween horror, October's tough. FX's "American Horror Story" returns tomorrow, with its fourth edition, the creepy - and star-studded - "Freak Show. " AMC's "The Walking Dead" starts Season 5 on Sunday. ABC Family celebrates Halloween for 13 nights, Syfy for a full 31. AMC has Fearfest, the Disney Channel Monstober (though that doesn't scare me - much)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Philadelphian Collette McLafferty has been forced to turn to the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to finance her legal fees after she was sued for $10 million. Her alleged offense: Earning $75 to sing in a tribute band to Doylestown's homegrown pop star, Pink . "I've been a professional singer for 20 years. It's not my first time at the rodeo," said McLafferty, who started her professional career here and was a regular at Old City's Khyber and Manayunk's Grape Street Pub with her band edibleRed in the '90s.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kunis-Kutcher enrich us all Indeed they do. Artists and lovebirds Mila Kunis , 30, and her fiance Ashton Kutcher , 36, are expecting their first baby, says People. The couple, whose child some day will save the Earth, have yet to announce a wedding date. In other baby news, George Clooney 's ex-lover, Stacy Keibler , is pregnant with her first child with her new husband, wrestler-turned-TV personality and entrepreneur Jared Pobre , the Toronto Sun reports. 'American Horror' No. 4 Ryan Murphy , whose American Horror Story serial has reduced so many of us to quivering masses of terrified jelly, has announced that for Season 4 he'll take viewers to a carnival.
NEWS
July 21, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer TV Critic
It's that time of year again when everyone reacts with dismay to the inequities of the Emmy nominations. Your TV favorite didn't get any recognition? Welcome to the world's least exclusive club. Out of the medium's 25 most popular shows this year, exactly two, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family , got any meaningful nominations. But I think the reason people get so exercised about the arbitrariness of the selections is that they don't understand how the process works. The common misconception is that an informed panel of industry experts makes the evaluations after careful consideration.
SPORTS
September 6, 2012
With 27 games left in the regular season, the panic in Gotham appears to be in full bloom. In an interview with the New York Post after his team was mauled by the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday to fall into a first-place tie in the AL East with those upstart Orioles, Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner said he was "frustrated" by the Bombers' swoon. "We're all frustrated," Steinbrenner told the Post. "The fans are frustrated. I know that. We all expect great things out of these guys. . . . The fans and my family, we expect them to push through now. " Steinbrenner then softened his criticism with: "I'm sure they will.
NEWS
February 17, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
After an emotional week that felt more like a year to me, Whitney Houston will be laid to rest Saturday. Her private funeral, which will be televised and streamed live online, is set for New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., the church where she came of age polishing her glorious instrument, that multi-octave marvel critics simply referred to as "the Voice. " Even now, I can't shake my inexplicable sadness over why the legendary artist had to go so soon, at age 48. This one hit hard, even harder than Michael Jackson's death.
NEWS
December 14, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
Some will say Jerry Sandusky showed grace toward his accusers by sparing them the torment of testifying in public about their private hell. I am not so inclined. Sandusky's unorthodox lawyer, Joseph Amendola, has granted interviews to anyone with a pen. He has allowed his client, the former Penn State assistant football coach, to vent on NBC and in the New York Times, with Sandusky spinning a PG version of showers and sleepovers with 10 boys, activities that now encompass more than 50 counts of sexual abuse.
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