October 25, 2015 |
It's no fun playing the Grinch. But I must break ranks with my fellow TV writers, who seem besotted with the new CBS drama Supergirl , which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Monday. As far as I'm concerned, it's detestable pap. Sure, the series is well made and features a fine performance by Melissa Benoist ( Glee , Danny Collins ) as Kara Danvers, a Kryptonian woman who drops to earth a few years after her more famous cousin, Clark Kent. But it also has a patronizing, paternalistic - if not downright reactionary - attitude to gender equality.
December 19, 2014 |
FANTA CLAUS doesn't enjoy doing this, but there are a lot of little boys who are getting coal in their stockings. Obviously, there is plenty of blame to be spread around when players face-plant on the field and ruin the visions of fantasy championships that have been dancing in our eyes like sugarplums. It could be the offensive coordinator, the head coach, the other team's defense, or - in the case of Demaryius Thomas - the unidentified teammate who stepped on his ankle in a practice leading up to a Week 14 game against the Bills.
December 19, 2014
RELIGION IS important to me. So is heritage. Being anti-abortion sharing a zodiac sign, a preference for cold weather and disgust for mayonnaise also figure rather prominently in whether I'll want to share a beer with you (except that I hate beer, and if you insist on that we really don't have much common ground). But I have many friends who are not Catholic, who love to sweat, who eat mayo by the tablespoon out of the jar and who refuse to watch "The Godfather" trilogy on a loop.
December 19, 2013 |
THE GRINCH may have stolen Christmas, but a change of heart saved his reputation in the end. Volunteers for a South Jersey Toys for Tots program say they weren't so lucky, though: In a federal lawsuit filed last week, the volunteers say they were falsely accused of being Grinch-like around the holidays last year, and that the resulting media coverage ruined their reputations. According to the lawsuit, filed in Camden, Desmond Newbill and Shawna Boyce, both volunteers for the Toys for Tots program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, entered a Walgreens in Cherry Hill on Dec. 12, 2012, to collect toys from the donation bins.
December 15, 2013 |
NETHER PROVIDENCE Police are looking to reunite packages with their owners after a woman stole dozens of boxes off Delaware County porches. The Upland Borough woman admitted to driving around neighborhoods in the Nether Providence area and taking boxes left by delivery trucks, police said. Police have not released the woman's name, because she has not yet been charged with a crime. When police finish their investigation, she faces charges of theft and receiving stolen property, said Chief David Splain of the Nether Providence Police Department.
December 21, 2012
'TIS THE season for stockings, car commercials, wish lists, egg nog and scammers. With the student financial-aid application season beginning soon, state officials are reminding students and families that they may be contacted by individuals or companies via email, social media or traditional mail, offering assistance in securing scholarship money for a fee. Some of the organizations are legitimate; others are not. Families can avoid scams...
December 8, 2012 |
Haste prevents waste sometimes. Especially with expiring lottery tickets. In one local case, Santa's threatening to become the Grinch. Last Dec. 24 - Christmas Eve - a Powerball ticket purchased in Mount Holly won $200,000 by matching the first five numbers drawn: 14, 16, 30, 51 and 52. It failed to match only the Powerball of 19. No one has yet filed a claim, and time's up one year after drawings in New Jersey, as it is in most states,...
December 1, 2012 |
Hi, folks. Ebenezer Scrooge here, with my guest this evening, Grinch, the noted critic who loves to hate Christmas shows. I hope this finds you well, Grinch, despite the pervasive holiday cheer. Hi, Scrooge. And a very bah humbug to you, too. What's on the agenda for tonight's critical roundup? ES: The new holiday show at the Walnut Independence Studio on 3, Plaid Tidings . Thoughts? G: Thoughts? Are you kidding? What's to think about a show this inane? Its premise is that a singing group called the Plaids, which has been boring the angels to death in heaven since 1964 when the four guys were killed in a car crash, return to Earth for one night to put on a Christmas show.
November 29, 2012
I WAS TICKLED at what my 17-year-old said when her aunt asked her what she wanted for Christmas. "Well, when you get older the number of gifts decreases, so I'll get one or two big gifts," she said. "It's really not fair, but I've come to accept it. " She was right. She has so much already that there isn't much to give. But on her short list are some expensive hair products and a pricey North Face jacket. Upon hearing about the jacket wish, I said: "Could I just have you face north and give you a less expensive jacket?"
December 27, 2011 |
Three burglars used rocks to break into Cherry Hill Mall on Christmas and steal more $35,000 worth of electronics from the Apple Store, township police said Monday. But the burglars didn't factor in the mall security cameras. Cameras captured the burglars driving up to the mall in a Nissan, putting on ski masks, and breaking in around 4:45 a.m., Lt. Bill Kushina said. Mall security immediately contacted police. "While they were breaking in, we had guys en route," Kushina said.