March 27, 2015 |
It was near midnight Tuesday, the election results clear and surprising, when her former college professor sent her a text message: Congratulations Representative White. At 26, an age when many are still living at home with their parents, trying to sort out jobs and careers, Martina White knows exactly where she's headed - to Harrisburg, and a seat in the state House of Representatives. White won a commanding victory in a special election in Northeast Philadelphia's 170th District, becoming the second GOP House member from Philadelphia and the first Republican candidate to win an open seat in 25 years.
October 29, 2014 |
ANY DISCUSSION of popular and influential Philadelphians in the media has to include Terry Gross. For 39 years, the 63-year-old Brooklyn native has presided over "Fresh Air," the weekday afternoon talk-and-commentary show (3 p.m.; repeats at 7 p.m.) anchored by Gross' chats with A-listers from the arts, show business, journalism, business and politics. Produced at its Independence Mall studios by WHYY (90.9-FM) - it was WUHY when Gross began - the hourlong program has been syndicated by National Public Radio for 27 years.
February 16, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - Michael Carter-Williams looked refreshed. His face was lit up, his hair freshly cut. The eight straight losses and 18 of the last 21 that his 76ers have incurred were a distant thought, as the rookie talked with the throng of media that has swarmed into NOLA for All-Star Weekend. Carter-Williams spoke before his Rising Stars Challenge team took the court for a light morning workout. "Yeah, it's nice to get a break [from the regular season]," Carter-Williams said.
September 13, 2013 |
YOU CAN TALK fast when you're telling the truth. Chip Kelly talks fast. When you do not lie and you do not spin, the words just roll off the tongue. Even before his NFL debut Monday night, Kelly offered glimpses of his candor. Afterward, and the next day, the Eagles coach delivered two football news conference the likes of which Philadelphia had not seen since before Andy Reid's awkward introduction in 1999. Kelly was honest. Concise. Guileless. This might change.
June 25, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - A combination of heat and sun could make a breath of fresh air hard to come by Tuesday for the very young, the old, and people with respiratory problems, the state Department of Environmental Protection warns. DEP and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have issued an "orange" air-quality alert for unhealthy ozone concentrations for the vulnerable populations in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties. Ground-level ozone -- not to be confused with upper-atmospheric ozone -- forms when the sun's heat combines with pollution from vehicles, industry, households, and power plants.
March 19, 2013 |
WHYY has awarded Terry Gross of Fresh Air with its 12th annual Lifelong Earning Award. At the May 2 gala at WHYY, NPR's Scott Simon will chat with Terry. Oz the Great and Powerful led weekend box office again, earning $42.2 mil, outdistancing Halle Berry's The Call, at $17.1 mils. Lil Wayne remains in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. after multiple seizures last week. More tax liens for O.J. Simpson. State and local, his bill's now at $580,000.
December 26, 2012 |
IT WAS fascinating to listen to the passion of Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey last week. He wondered, after the Sandy Hook school shootings, why we, as a country, can't find the wisdom to craft a solution to what has become an epidemic. He was speaking as a father of young children. He could have been speaking for all of us. What was especially impressive about Kelsey is that in our politically correct environment, he had something to lose. Yet, he chose to speak from the heart, anyway.
May 16, 2012 |
They look like they could be brothers, a couple of 6-foot-4 towheads with high cheekbones and, on this afternoon, big country smiles. Hunter Pence and Jake Diekman went through a whirlwind of emotions on Tuesday afternoon. Pence drew boos for a costly error, his second defensive misadventure of this homestand, then cranked the game-winning home run in the 10th inning. The homer - which for added delight came at the expense of old pal Brett Myers - earned a victory for Diekman in the young lefthander's major-league debut.
May 12, 2012
Howard Stern is in such a good mood, he got all touchy-feely with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday on live TV, jumping into Matt's lap and gifting him with a big wet smooch. Stern, 58, later said he's dead serious about his new job as a judge on America's Got Talent, which returns Monday. Stern, who reportedly pockets $15 mil a year for the gig, joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel at the judge's table. "You know I love playing God," Stern told the crowd at a recent New York audition.
March 16, 2012 |
It's not just about the story, it's also about the way you tell it. The French playwright Edmond Rostand gave us the story of Cyrano de Bergerac 115 years ago, and he told it in French rhyme - this great tale of unrequited passion, beauty, and ugliness, and the virtues and dangers of being larger than life. The play itself, about a cocky, eloquent swordsman whose Renaissance-man flair competes with his ungainly nose, sprawls, beginning in a theater, eventually moving to a theater of war, and finishing in a convent 15 years later.