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ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
NOT PLAYING Linda Lovelace may be the best thing that ever happened to Lindsay Lohan . Aside from rehab, that is. Although Tattle was unconvinced the Lovelace biopic "Inferno" was ever going to happen - with or without Lindsay - writer-director Matthew Wilder now says his production team is negotiating with another actress and will make an announcement soon. ( People magazine says Malin Akerman of "The Heartbreak Kid" has agreed to take on the role.) With any casting change there's always oodles of speculation, but casts change in movies that haven't been greenlit more often than Lindsay changes lawyers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2010 | By Rachel Gouk
Saturday-Sunday Sing and shout, Hallelujah! Enjoy a gospel extravaganza featuring Lonnie Hunter & Structure, the Brockington Ensemble, and debuting Voices of Praise, PITC Breast Cancer Survivor Choir. All will perform during Praise Is the Cure, the fifth annual Weekend of Hope, Health, and Healing. The show will be hosted by CeCe McGhee of Praise 103.9. Proceeds will benefit the George E. Thorne Development Center breast cancer awareness program. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mount Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Ave. Local churches will have events Sunday.
NEWS
August 10, 2010
The Philadelphia School District and two districts in New Jersey have been awarded federal grants to improve their American history instruction, federal officials announced Monday. Philadelphia will receive $966,706, while Camden is slated to receive $497,994 and Bridgeton $498,780, from the U.S. Department of Education's Teaching of American History program. Grants were awarded to improve history instruction by underwriting intensive teacher training, study trips to historic sites, and mentoring by historians and other experts.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Near the terminus of a dead-end road, on a bulblike hill in the midst of a grassy meadow, a group of Temple University archaeology students and volunteers is excavating what may be one of the most important African American historical sites in New Jersey. It's called Timbuctoo - a once-thriving enclave probably founded by free African Americans and escaped slaves in the 1820s, now abandoned, if not forgotten, for more than half a century. An entire village lies beneath the grassy hill near Rancocas Creek in Westampton Township outside Mount Holly - at least 18 houses, remains of a church, two roadways, an alley, a number of privies and wells, possibly schools, and large parts of a cemetery, where 13 graves of African American troops from the Civil War are marked by headstones - but where six times as many may lie in unmarked graves.
NEWS
June 9, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
You'd never think that Ben Franklin would have trouble finding parking. "Parking has always been a problem," said Ralph Archbold, the famous Franklin impersonator who is a fixture of the historic attractions in Old City. But now, thanks to a few calls from the Daily News after a concerned friend contacted the newspaper, Archbold, 68, has a discounted space at a lot near his gigs. Archbold, who had a stroke last year, said he would find parking wherever he could, but it was sometimes several blocks away from his events.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A national historic preservation group has singled out Pennsylvania's and New Jersey's state-owned historic sites in its annual list of endangered places, as "prime examples" of how historic properties often end up bearing the brunt of cost-cutting measures in tough economic times. The National Trust for Historic Preservation included America's state parks and state-owned historic sites on its 11 Most Endangered Places list. Last year's budget shortfall forced Pennsylvania to close or reduce hours at 13 historic sites - including four in the southeast - and concerns are mounting about what might happen in the likely event additional cuts are enacted this year.
NEWS
May 21, 2010 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writer
A national historic preservation group has singled out Pennsylvania's and New Jersey's state-owned historic sites in its annual list of endangered places, as "prime examples" of how historic properties often end up bearing the brunt of cost-cutting measures in tough economic times. The National Trust for Historic Preservation included America's state parks and state-owned historic sites on its 11 Most Endangered Places list. Last year's budget shortfall forced Pennsylvania to close or reduce hours at 13 historic sites - including four in the southeast - and concerns are mounting about what might happen in the likely event additional cuts are enacted this year.
NEWS
May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
NEWS
April 1, 2010 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
A land swap that could bring a museum of the American Revolution to the city's historic district is approaching finalization, officials for Independence National Historical Park and the museum report. The deal - which would exchange 78 acres of private land within Valley Forge National Historical Park for a 0.87-acre parcel of National Park Service property at the southeast corner of Third and Chestnut Streets - has been awaiting agreement on deed restrictions related to the city site.
NEWS
January 10, 2010 | By Brent D. Glass
Pennsylvania has started down the slippery slope of collective amnesia. Closing historic sites, canceling new exhibitions, cutting grants for museums, and eliminating maintenance of buildings and gardens are all measures designed to eventually terminate the presence of some of the most significant landmarks in the country. By slashing the budget of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Rendell administration and the legislature have ensured that the commonwealth will lose its preeminent national position as a steward of America's heritage.
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