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August 15, 1989 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The pair of hookers worked the corner at Broad and Somerset Streets in North Philadelphia like the pros they are, flashing smiles and well-shaped mini-skirted legs. During 20 minutes on a recent night, about a dozen cars pulled off Broad and onto Somerset. The two hookers would run over hoping for a "date. " But they came back each time, cursing for a minute as the car pulled off. The men were shopping around for lower prices. "They keep saying they ain't paying that much," said one of the hookers, a stocky woman with long bleached-blond hair tumbling from under a green leather hat. "I tell them we ain't crack girls and they got to pay our price.
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November 24, 1989 | By NICHOLAS H. MORGAN
The other night Sarah, who's almost 9, came clattering down the stairs in her mother's high heels with a big grin on her face. My whole low-heeled life passed before my watery eyes. "Why? Why? Why are you wearing those?" I wailed, my calm, wise father act temporarily dislodged. "Must another generation put fashion before its feet?" I pumped her for a response. She stopped, bewildered by this unmannerly invasion into her fantasy world. "I am Princes Eglantina," she said, sweeping her stole over her shoulder.
NEWS
November 30, 1992
Without missing a beat, the media prognosticators have turned their attention to the White House transition: Which campaign promises will Bill Clinton break first? Will Chelsea go to public school, and if so, where will the Secret Service sit? Will Egg McMuffins become a staple of state dinners? Nowhere is the speculation more frenetic - and more fantastic - than when it comes to the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first lawyer to become First Lady. Will she have an actual post in the administration, with a title and a salary?
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August 17, 1990 | BY LISA RICHETTE
Second careers are often the result of a serendipitous happening, an unforeseen circumstance which offers the possibility of a re-channeling of talent and energy. Such a possibility now opens up before me. For all of my professional life, I have been prosecuting, defending and - for the last 19 years - judging people accused of crime. It has been an interesting and often unheralded career. Recently the fates have decreed that I become the fourth element in the legal equation - the crime victim.
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May 31, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THOSE were some pumped-up kicks. Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport were hot on the heels of a Camden woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to Philadelphia in her shoes Wednesday. There's no indication whether Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, was flying high on cocaine, but police say the passenger packed three pairs of women's shoes with cocaine hidden in the heels before boarding her flight. Perez made it onto the flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, with no problem, but after landing in Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m., she was referred to a routine secondary search by Customs and Border Protection officers, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1991 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
High Heels, the ninth title to issue from the furry head of Pedro Almodovar since he began making features back in 1980, marks a turning point of sorts for the celebrated Spanish director. Although the film, which opened in Philadelphia Wednesday at the Ritz at the Bourse, boasts numerous Almodovarean traits - soul-wracked female characters (see Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), a drag queen (Law of Desire), a spousal murder (What Have I Done to Deserve This?), and campy send-ups of various Hollywood genres - it is a more sober, more searching movie than he's made before.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | by Susan Jane Gilman
Stop the presses! It seems that the National Football League has discovered women. Hoping to increase its audience, the league has come up with a "Women's Initiative" to try to figure out how to make football more appealing to those of us with XX chromosomes. The plans are ambitious - a line of leisurewear, a series of "NFL 101 for Women" seminars. But three weeks into the season, it seems the league still has a ways to go. The games I used to attend at the University of Michigan - college games, but what's the difference?
NEWS
July 24, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
This year, Miss America can kick up her heels and not run afoul of straitlaced pageant guidelines. Women in the swimsuit competition will be barefoot for the first time, leaving their four-inch high heels back in the dressing room. They'll air their tootsies and be judged "in a fun production number" set to old Beach Boys tunes, rather than march in a parade. Producer Jeff Margolis, announced the changes yesterday in Los Angeles. Margolis also announced that this year's show, scheduled Sept.
LIVING
September 13, 1994 | By Tanya Barrientos, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may look more natural, but a lot of contestants said having to go barefoot during the swimsuit competition is going to be no day at the beach. "I think if you asked most of us, we'd say bring back the high heels," said Miss Utah Brooke Elizabeth Anderson. "As a dancer, I don't exactly have beautiful feet," said the tall blonde who, for her talent, will do a ballet on point to accordion music about family violence. The theme, she said, "coincides with my platform. " Toe shoes, worn by ballet dancers, are evil tools of torture that are usually a couple of sizes smaller than regular shoes and almost always cause blisters, bleeding and calluses.
NEWS
February 28, 1999 | By Jane R. Eisner, Editor of the Editorial Page
After months of painful experience and years of observation, I have come to the conclusion that the next feminist crusade should be about . . . shoes. This is not to dismiss or minimize other pressing needs of women in our society - for child care, safety, equal pay - but none of those things are worth a darn if your feet hurt. And our feet hurt for a basic reason: ill-fitting, tight-toed, sky-high-heeled shoes that appeal to our vanity and respond to our culture's message that such footwear is the ticket to sexual attraction.
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June 30, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rosabelle Gifford, 100, of Radnor, an Irish American deeply devoted to Philadelphian community affairs and her family, died of natural causes on Tuesday, June 16, at her daughter's house in Radnor. Mrs. Gifford danced and sang at a large party in Haverford marking her 100th birthday last August, and was in "vigorous good health" until the very end of her life, according to relatives. She was born Rosabelle Blaney in a small town in County Donegal, Ireland, on Sept. 15, 1914, at the start of World War I; she was a young mother in London during World War II. She had five children with her first husband, Edward Harvey, whom she divorced in 1956.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH ALL those kids, one had to get in trouble. Josh Duggar , the oldest of the 300 Duggar children made famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) by the hit TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," had a troublesome bit of his past raised yesterday when In Touch magazine reported that when Josh was underage, he was named in a police report as the "alleged offender" in a sexual-abuse probe. To summarize quickly, Josh (who was likely 16 or 17 at the time of the incident)
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March 18, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demi's bf: A life-saver Sometimes, a boyfriend isn't just a bf. Sometimes, he's a lifesaver. That's how the fine-featured waif Demi Lovato describes Wilmer Valderrama . "I wish I could put into words how grateful I am for this man right here," Demi, 22, said of Wilmer on Sunday on Instagram. The occasion: It's the third anniversary of her sobriety. Demi, who also has struggled with eating disorders, credits Wilmer with keeping her sane and alive. "My love has grown to a level that words could never possibly express how much this man completes me," she wrote.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Franziska Holzschuh, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were three pillars in the life of Yolanda Donatucci, her son Ronald said: church, family and education. And she remained committed to all three, he said, until her death Saturday, Aug. 16, at age 102. Mrs. Donatucci was born in Philadelphia and followed in the footsteps of her father, who was the designer to Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University. She graduated from John Wanamaker Institute, specializing in fashion and design. In 1930 she helped create the wedding dress of Mary Todhunter Clark, who married Nelson A. Rockefeller, 41st vice president of the United States.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
Her songs deal with the wrenching anguish of heartbreak, but at Union Transfer on Wednesday night, Sharon Van Etten was facing problems of a more mundane kind. There was the pencil skirt that wouldn't quite let her walk up the steps to the stage; a guitar string that snapped mid-song, and another that snagged one of the rings off her left hand as she was tuning; not to mention the ill-fitting undergarment she borrowed from a recently married sibling. "They say some people's shoes are too big to fill," she quipped.
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May 31, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THOSE were some pumped-up kicks. Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport were hot on the heels of a Camden woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to Philadelphia in her shoes Wednesday. There's no indication whether Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, was flying high on cocaine, but police say the passenger packed three pairs of women's shoes with cocaine hidden in the heels before boarding her flight. Perez made it onto the flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, with no problem, but after landing in Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m., she was referred to a routine secondary search by Customs and Border Protection officers, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
Ann Richards is stalking me. Yes, I'm referring to the silver-tongued former governor of Texas. The politician who once said about women: "If you give us the chance, we can perform. After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels. " She once said of fellow Texan George H.W. Bush: "Poor George, he can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth. " I know what you're thinking. Didn't she pass? Indeed she did, back in 2006, but that doesn't seem to be stopping her. She's been after me since March 4, when I was in New York City and thought I'd check on ticket price and availability for a new, one-woman Broadway show called Ann , starring Holland Taylor, at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
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March 11, 2013 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I couldn't be more excited about two new fitness crazes - exercising in high heels and/or on a stripper pole. I can't think of a better message for young girls than exercising is important, but only if you look pornographic. Obviously, whoever said women couldn't achieve equality in athletics had no idea what they were talking about. Or maybe it's called a craze because it's crazy. We begin with Heel Hop, which is an hour-long workout, including sit-ups, stretches, and lunges, but you do all the exercises wearing high heels.
NEWS
January 28, 2013
Thousands rally for gay marriage PARIS - Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris Sunday in support of a government-sponsored bill that would legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Demonstrators waved banners emblazoned with phrases such as "Equality of rights is not a threat" as they began marching Sunday from Denfert-Rochereau square in the southern part of the city. The march drew 125,000 demonstrators into the streets, according to police. That was well above the number counted by police at a similar march in December, but far less than the estimated 340,000 that turned out for a demonstration by those opposed to the proposal two weeks ago. The French parliament is due to begin debate on the bill Tuesday and the bill is essentially guaranteed to pass the Socialist-dominated parliament.
NEWS
November 25, 2012 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I just saw on the TV news that women are getting their toes cut off to fit into high heels. Great idea! I'm wondering if I should cut off my butt to fit into my jeans. This being Thanksgiving weekend, after turkey, stuffing, and pie, you might be thinking the same thing. In fact, I bet you are. You probably woke up wondering, what can I hack off to fit into something I don't wear? So don't put away that carving knife. Put it to good use! I'm still trying to imagine how you carve out a waist.
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