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February 12, 2004 | By Michael Vitez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kathy Hee looked up the telephone number, and Terry Cobb called the taxi. Each packed her own bag of goodies for bingo. Each brought a stuffed Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer as a good-luck charm. Terry is color-blind, so Kathy, as usual, picked out their clothes, always identical. "We look like Bobbsey Twins," Terry said. On this day last week, Kathy chose green T-shirts with "BINGO!!" on the front. Terry, 53, and Kathy, 54, met in the laundry room at Elwyn Institute, a Delaware County school for people with disabilities.
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May 24, 1995 | Inquirer photographs by William F. Steinmetz
Curtain's up this week as third and fourth graders from HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy and from Germantown Friends School stage their 12th annual musical. It will happen again tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Taulane Auditorium at HMS.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2000 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
A painting plays a crucial role in Art, but Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy isn't about art. Its concern is male friendship, and the female playwright makes some astute observations about it in this entertaining production at the Playhouse Theatre. For one: If you think a friend might not like something you have just purchased, don't press him for an honest opinion. Serge, one of the play's trio of friends, makes that mistake at the outset. He has paid quite a lot of money for a painting he admires, and asks his longtime pal Marc, played by Judd Hirsch, the star of this touring production, what he thinks of it. Marc studies the minimalist work - an all-white background supposedly marked with some white diagonal lines - and pronounces it a piece of excrement, though, plain-speaking man that he is, he uses a blunter term.
SPORTS
May 9, 1991 | by Bob Klapisch, New York Daily News
From the Los Angeles Dodgers' clubhouse, to a private stairway near the Diamond Club entrance in Shea Stadium, to the executive offices on the second floor, Darryl Strawberry made the longest diplomatic journey of his career yesterday. Strawberry walked into Frank Cashen's office at 5 p.m. and finally restored his friendship with the New York Mets' general manager. "It was a very, very positive meeting," Strawberry said after the 10- minute session. After spending much of the winter criticizing the Mets for "running me out of town," Strawberry was far more conciliatory toward Cashen, who, he said, "has really liked me, deep down, all along.
NEWS
June 11, 1993 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
Never underestimate the role of friendship, both personal and political, when crunch time arrives. Take the case of the two amigos - John Street and Thacher Longstreth. Friendship, rather than issues, explains why moderate Republican Longstreth changed his mind on the police advisory board bill. Longstreth's switch gave supporters the 12th vote they needed to override Mayor Rendell's veto. When Council President Street, Longstreth's personal friend and political ally, asked him to switch, the Chestnut Hill Quaker didn't fight.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2012 | Jenice Armstrong
Q: In 1978, I shared a platonic beer with a young woman whom I'll call "J. " Our friendship was kind of brother-and-sister. Recently, we ran into one another at a Rod Stewart concert. This platonic relationship has gotten very, very close to the next level and it feels so weird on both ends. Do we proceed to enter into a place where there is no turning back or do we keep our incredible platonic friendship? P.S. Her lips are softer than any lips I've ever kissed. Steve: Platonic?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2000 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER FILM CRITIC
Reminiscent of those classic three-girls-three romantic comedies such as How to Marry a Millionaire, the charming Punks is a four-guys-four funfest about a quartet of WeHo (West Hollywood) friends who sometimes cruise for sex when they'd really rather look for love. There's the inhibited romantic, Marcus (Seth Gilliam); the exhibitionist bed-hopper, Hilton (Dwight Ewell); the party boy, Dante (Renaly Santiago); and the transvestite and den mother, Crystal (Jazzmun); three brothers and a Hispanic whose motto would seem to be "sisterhood is powerful.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
The wisdom among surfers is that "life's a beach, then you die. " For all impractical purposes, this is the theme of Beaches, a seriously glib and irresistibly enjoyable portrait of female friendship that offers this soothing moral: Men may come and go, but girlfriends are forever. Let's put it this way: Beaches rates two stars and four hankies. There are times when you would just rather have a good cry than see a good movie, and this is one of them. Beaches (somehow they didn't get the name exactly right)
NEWS
March 16, 2001 | by Carla Anderson Daily News Staff Writer
SEBASTIANO "SAM" Braccia and Anthony "Tony" Watson were unlikely friends. Braccia, 64, silver-maned and stocky, speaks slowly and with a heavy accent. He made millions building houses and shopping centers in Montgomery County after emigrating more than 30 years ago from Abruzzi in central Italy. He seems to take his wealth in stride. He drives a pickup truck and wears an inexpensive Timex watch. Watson, 33, silver-necklaced and tall, speaks rapidly and with a lisp, his speech at times seeming to outrace his thoughts.
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July 7, 2015 | BY BOB STEWART, Daily News Staff Writer
A BOUQUET OF balloons hung above an empty table in a Northeast Philadelphia union hall full of construction workers. A sign reserved the table for "Friends of Fonzie. " The workers, known to occasionally get into heated arguments, were conducting the routine business of reading expense reports and voting on issues with "ayes" or "nays. " Suddenly they grew silent and just smiled: Alfonso "Fonzie" Soglia, 4, and his parents had arrived. The Glaziers Union Local 252 had invited the boy as guest of honor at this monthly closed-door gathering June 17 at Southampton and Townsend roads.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
  Nobody bonds with their audience like Taylor Swift, and on Friday night in South Philadelphia, the 25-year-old pop superstar from Wyomissing spent more than two hours connecting with 50,000 of her closest fans in the first of back-to-back sellout shows at Lincoln Financial Field. This is the tour for 1989 . That's the 2014 album, named for the year of her birth, that is closing in on an astonishing five million copies sold in the United States. It has completed Swift's trajectory from teenage country singer to unabashed pop artist.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
Rob Garfield knows he is fighting an uphill battle. He has written an important book about men, friendship, and emotional intimacy, and he knows most men aren't inclined to buy such books. In fact, most books are bought by women, and unless they are especially concerned about the welfare of the men in their lives, they, too, may not be as responsive as they should to a book with the title Breaking the Male Code - Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life.
NEWS
April 20, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
SALLY GUARIGLIA believes that eyes are portals to a person's true self, so when she first saw Savannah Harvey's sea-green peepers, she knew that the sophomore from Moore College of Art & Design was a kindred soul. "Look at those eyes!" Guariglia, 75, exclaimed while she and Harvey worked on Guariglia's memory book of digital photographs at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, on East Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson Street. Harvey is among Moore College art-education majors teaching digital photography to 16 senior citizens at the center and helping them handcraft memory books with their photos.
NEWS
April 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - What makes a true friend? For Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), it's not just a philosophical question. It's the crux of the argument that could decide his legal fate. Facing 14 federal charges that he delivered official favors for a political donor who lavished him with private jet flights, stays at a Dominican resort and a luxury Paris hotel, and nearly $800,000 in political and legal support, Menendez plans to fight back by arguing that the gifts were the kinds of things one friend gives another, nothing more.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
To cite a generational icon - and there's a lot of that going on in While We're Young - I believe it was Mr. Wizard who used to proclaim, "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot. " OK, maybe that dates me (but hey, King Leonardo cartoons were in reruns for decades). Still, if there's a moral in Noah Baumbach's cuttingly comic and keenly observed new film, surely it's that same message Mr. Wizard gave to Tooter Turtle every time the hapless reptile returned from his latest wish-fulfillment disaster.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Our greatest teachers sometimes appear just when we need them most. So it was for then-twentysomething Angeleno Tavis Smiley, who in 1991 had suffered a loss that ended his career in local L.A. politics. Rudderless, depressed, Smiley found himself, almost despite himself, on a life-altering journey to Africa with one of America's greatest African American artists as his tour guide: Maya Angelou. In his latest book, My Journey with Maya , Smiley, now 50, writes about his 28-year friendship with Angelou.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Responding to one of the longest-awaited indictments in the annals of political skulduggery, Sen. Robert Menendez declared this week that federal prosecutors "don't know the difference between friendship and corruption. " But the charges suggest it's Menendez who has trouble with that distinction. The New Jersey Democrat's indictment on bribery and other counts depicts his relationship with a Florida eye surgeon, Salomon Melgen, as so mutually lucrative that it does not fit any commonly accepted definition of mere friendship.
NEWS
April 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday. Menendez and South Florida eye doctor Salomon Melgen, a longtime friend and major donor, each pleaded not guilty to charges that Melgen won the senator's support with lavish gifts described in vivid detail over a 68-page indictment. "Prosecutors get to write the indictment they want, after a secret, one-sided presentation in a grand jury," Menendez attorney Abbe Lowell said after the afternoon hearing.
NEWS
October 21, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike, the funny one, got serious for a second and explained the whole thing like this: "There's a law in Philly neighborhoods that says friends must stay together for life. " Adhering to the letter of that particular precept, eight pals who grew up in West Oak Lane in the 1950s and '60s gathered at a home in Rydal, Montgomery County, on Sunday, repeating a frequent ritual they've followed for decades. Ostensibly, the guys were there to play half-ball and step ball, eat pretzels, and bust one another's chops with no mercy.
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