August 10, 2012 |
Ethel L. Brooks had a strong urge to take Allen Iverson over her knee. Ethel was a devoted 76ers fan, one of those enthusiasts who know all the players and statistics, and she didn't like the way the brilliant but controversial guard treated her team. Such inexcusable behavior, running off to the Denver Nuggets, the Detroit Pistons, and some team in Turkey! "I wish I was his grandmother," she once said. "I'd knock some sense into him. " Ethel met Iverson once, at a casino in Atlantic City, but that was before the controversy, and he couldn't have been nicer to her, her family said.
June 28, 2012 |
A FUNNY THING happened to Jennifer Weiner on her way to making a TV sitcom about a plus-sized girl trying to make it on Broadway: Her star got skinny. OK, so maybe it wasn't so funny a year ago, when her ABC Family show "State of Georgia" was showcasing a radically downsized Raven-Symone in a role originally written for an actress with a bit more heft. But when you're a writer, having things go ridiculously wrong is the next best thing to having them go perfectly. And so Weiner, who had a life in Philadelphia and a career as a best-selling novelist to fall back on when "Georgia" was canceled, went to Hollywood to make a TV show and came back with her latest book.
June 1, 2012 |
Tropical Depression Beryl's soaking rains were swallowed up by parched soil in Florida and Georgia and won't be enough to relieve drought conditions, state climatologists said. Beryl, 40 miles west of Cape Hatteras, N.C., with winds of 40 m.p.h., degenerated into a post-tropical cyclone as of 5 p.m. local time Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Beryl was moving northeast up the North Carolina coast and will be back in the Atlantic by Thursday. While the system dropped as much as 15 inches of rain on parts of Florida after going ashore near Jacksonville on Monday, it won't slake the state's parched soil, forecasters said.
May 28, 2012 |
Tropical Storm Beryl was wrecking some Memorial Day weekend plans on Sunday, causing shoreline campers to pack up and head inland and leading to the cancellation of some events as the storm approached the southeastern United States. Beryl was still well offshore, but officials in Georgia and Florida were bracing for drenching rains and driving winds. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday evening that Beryl was approaching hurricane strength and was expected to make landfall late Sunday or early Monday.
May 15, 2012 |
Home By Toni Morrison Alfred A. Knopf. 147 pp. ($24) Reviewed by Amy Driscoll Mention Toni Morrison's name and the superlatives follow. Nobel Prize. Pulitzer Prize. This spring, she'll add Presidential Medal of Freedom winner to the list. But in her new book, a slim volume titled simply Home that Morrison will discuss Friday night at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the power comes not from the world-famous author's name printed on the cover but from the story within.
April 10, 2012
Georgia State is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the Sun Belt Conference, school officials announced Monday. The school will begin playing a conference schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. Villanova and Delaware are in the CAA for football; Drexel and Delaware play CAA basketball. Georgia State has been a CAA member since 2005, although it did not have an active football program until 2010. The team will join CAA football for 2012, in what will turn out to be its only season.
April 9, 2012
Because of the Flyers-Penguins playoff series, the Soul's next game has been moved up a day to Saturday. Kickoff is 6:05 p.m. The Flyers and Penguins will play Game 3 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. Customers holding tickets for the rematch of ArenaBowl XXII on Sunday will be able to use them on Saturday. If ticket-holders cannot make the rescheduled date, tickets will be valid for any remaining Soul home game, but they must be exchanged at the box office. Ticket exchanges can be made at the Wells Fargo Center box office during business hours.
April 5, 2012
The Soul will be shorthanded for Saturday's visit to Georgia. Star wide receiver Donovan Morgan fractured his left wrist in Sunday's loss to Cleveland and will be out 4 to 6 weeks, according to Soul GM Tom Goodhines. Reserve wide receiver Emory Sammons will be activated for the first time this season, and veteran Larry Brackins will see more playing time to compensate for Morgan's absence. Morgan leads the team with 23 catches and eight touchdowns, and is widely considered the face of the franchise.
March 19, 2012 |
Corielle Yarde scored 21 points and Brandy Gang added 18 to lead 13th-seeded Marist (26-7) to a 76-70 upset of fourth-seeded (22-9) on Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla. The Red Foxes shot 52.5 percent and made 21 of 25 free throws for their 11th straight win. Yarde's three-point play put Marist up 74-65 with 1 minute, 37 seconds left. Khaalidah Miller led the Bulldogs with 21 points and Meredith Mitchell added 15 before fouling out with 7:01 left. In the other game, Megan Van Tatenhove scored 18 points, Armelia Horton had 17, and fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure (30-3)