February 27, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. is seeking contestants nationwide for its Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs competition, which carries $10,000 runner-up prizes. Grand-prize winners receive a total of $30,000. Applicants have to submit to Comcast by March 15 a 250-word essay on how they would use technology to improve their business. There will be two regional winners in each of Comcast's 16 regions - including the Philadelphia area - who will each receive $10,000. Six grand-prize winners will be chosen from these 32 regional winners.
December 29, 2014 |
In January 2009, noted Philadelphia musician Bill Jolly wrote in his journal that he wanted to be able to "travel anywhere at the drop of a dime, and not have to worry about the cost. " "Don't ask me why I wrote that. I just wanted to be able to go," Jolly said. And with a little wit, planning, and the use of his musical skills, Jolly made that bold dream a reality. Nearly five years later, Jolly has traveled to close to 50 destinations around the world, from Aruba to Beijing to Johannesburg and Sydney - all free.
February 28, 2013
We're still clearing out the sour-cherry Valentine's hearts so we can restock the candy dish with Irish potatoes for St. Patrick's Day. Over at Max Brenner cafe and candy store (1500 Walnut St., 215-344-8150, maxbrenner.com ), though, they're clearly thinking spring in a new line of flower-powered tins filled with Brenner faves. Try the Spring Praline Box, 18 sweets for $23.90. Or go crazy with the $89 Large Premium Collection Box, wich has everything from caramelized pistachios rolled in hazelnut cream and cocoa powder to the aptly named Addiction, milk chocolate cubes filled with hazelnut cream and caramelized pecan bits.
October 9, 2012
DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. - The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs, as well as worms, authorities said. The grand prize in Friday night's contest was a live python. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that it is waiting for an autopsy to give the official cause of death. However, a news release on Monday said that 32-year-old Edward Archbold became ill soon after winning and collapsed in front of the Ben Siegel Reptile Store, where the contest was held.
August 3, 2011 |
CITY COUNCILMAN . . . convicted felon . . . stand-up comedian? That's the new career path former Councilman Rick Mariano is shooting for these days as he mines his time in City Hall and federal prison for chuckles. Mariano was to appear at 7:40 a.m. today on John DeBella's show on WMGK (102.9-FM) to try his hand at about a minute of stand-up. It's part of the 5th Annual DeBella Comedy Competition. "Ten years in Council. Five years in prison. It gives you a lot of material for comedy," Mariano, a union electrician, told us by phone yesterday from the construction site where he is working.
June 23, 2011
MY 18-YEAR-OLD nephew, John Armstrong, gasped when I told him that the star of the Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" would be coming to my house to cook us dinner. "He's coming to your house?" "That's right. Big Daddy's coming to our house," I repeated, pausing for emphasis. Yeah, I was name-dropping. But it's not every day that McCargo cooks a meal in somebody's home. Maybe back in the day, but not since 2008, when he became the last man standing on "The Next Food Network Star" and wound up snagging the grand prize - his own TV show.
June 5, 2011 |
FORT WORTH, Texas - Concert pianists tend to measure their worth by success and failure. But there's plenty of gray area in between, as heard in the Van Cliburn Sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs over Memorial Day weekend. The participants emerged into adulthood years ago, not with some competition's grand prize, but with a tire company in Ogden, Utah, or a race-car design that won the Indy 500; with a large, happy family, or maybe a more challenging one with an autistic child.
June 5, 2011 |
Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, The Tree of Life , a modest number about the dawn of man, about grace and nature and the struggles of a family in 1950s Texas, won the festival's grand prize, the Prix d'Or. And Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, Take Shelter , about a man ( Michael Shannon ) who is either going crazy or has foreseen the end of the world, won the Critics' Week grand prize. And Jessica Chastain was in Cannes last month, where the film she stars in, The Wettest County in the World , a Depression-era crime drama with Shia LeBoeuf , Guy Pearce , and Mia Wasikowska , was the object of a bidding war. Harvey Weinstein ended up with the distribution rights.
May 6, 2011
Students from West Philadelphia High School were awarded a grand prize Sunday at a national science competition for their design and development of an electric car. The West Philly EVX Team was honored by the Conrad Foundation - named after Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., an astronaut in the Gemini and Apollo programs - for its Electric Very Light Car. The students, from the high school's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering, were named 2011...