April 5, 2012 |
OVER the past month, we have seen the Trayvon Martin controversy mushroom from a local story to a national controversy of Rodney King-like proportion. Seemingly everyone from the water cooler to the White House has offered their opinion on what "really happened" that night. Unlike most controversies, however, nearly all Americans seemed to land on the same side of the Trayvon issue. At least in the beginning. Nearly everyone expressed despair for Trayvon and disgust for shooter George Zimmerman.
March 4, 2011
Q: My husband wants oral sex all the time. I'm not opposed to that, but how often should I be giving it? Mia: When you get, you have to give. It's only fair, right? Here's an idea: Do it while he's standing so more blood rushes to his lower regions, which can intensify his, um, reaction. Steve: I'm not a doctor, so I can't tell you how often to fellate your hubby. However, I consulted Dr. Ignatz Feelgood, who answered, "As often as possible. " Just kidding!
January 21, 2005 |
With his heart in Atlanta and his body in a red Falcons hoodie in Collegeville, P.J. Yaskowski is no feathered friend to Eagles fans, who squawk at his allegiance. "I went to the pet store the other night, and this lady was standing there with a little kitten in her arms," said Yaskowski. "She looks at me and goes, 'Falcons fan. Get out of here.' " Lucky for him, the woman wasn't carrying a pit bull. As the two teams prepare to battle Sunday for a spot in the Super Bowl, it may be a bird-brained idea to wear Falcons colors in Eagles country, Yaskowski and fellow Atlanta fans have found out this week.
April 6, 2012 |
I was approached the other day by six young black males wearing hoodies. No, I didn't frantically clutch my purse or make a screaming beeline to the other side of the street. I didn't automatically view them as suspicious or assume they were "up to no good," as George Zimmerman said he did when he profiled Trayvon Martin. Maybe it's me, but I tend not to profile a child who looks like my own. As it turned out, the teens - their hoods turned up to ward off the spring breeze - had come to New Fellowship Baptist Church in Southwest Philly to sign a petition demanding justice for Martin, the Sanford, Fla., youth gunned down by Zimmerman, a town watch volunteer who claimed self-defense behind the state's "Stand Your Ground" law. It has been 39 days since Zimmerman killed Martin.
March 14, 2012 |
Hello there Eight years had passed since he was the cool senior at the back of Mrs. Brook's art class at Archbishop Ryan, and Maureen hadn't thought about him since. But seeing Vince in the stadium parking lot brought on the old fluttery feelings. "Oh my gosh!" Maureen said to her friend Angela, who had invited her to the Eagles tailgate. "There's my high school crush!" Back in 1999, Vince barely knew then-sophomore Maureen existed. But at the September 2007 tailgate, he walked right up to her. "I think I know you," he said.
April 20, 2010 |
Fashion police nab Maddon It there's someone in baseball who seems less likely to become a style-setter than bespectacled Joe Maddon, he doesn't come immediately to mind. But MLB's fashion police corralled the Tampa Bay manager Monday and charged him with inappropriate cold-weather gear. To be specific, Maddon wore a hoodie in frigid Fenway Park to enjoy the Rays' four-game sweep of the slumping Dead Sox. Baseball issued a memo last Friday saying managers and coaches could wear only approved jerseys or outerwear.
April 13, 2012
I AM IN full agreement with Marc Lamont Hill's comments in his column regarding the Trayvon Martin case. He notes the fairly abrupt transition in the national conversation, from shock at the appalling event and compassion for Martin's family to "our sadly familiar pattern of racial and political tribalism. " However, Mr. Hill could have taken his analysis a step further and been more explicit about some of the issues that have been raised by this case. He comments that "we" want to "deny our most painful truths" and would rather "criminalize a hoodie" than face the facts about the racial and social divides in this country.
June 19, 2013 |
The story so far: The murder of 23-year-old aspiring teacher Beau Zabel sets investigators to work on a scant trail. Street work and good hunches lead them to Tyrek Taylor. They believe he knows more than he's saying. Chapter 3: The Wheel Man Tyrek Taylor pulled his black Bonneville on to Bouvier Street on a gray September morning that threatened rain. It had been three months since the teacher was killed, and police were still hitting corners, asking: Who's Ant North ?
February 19, 2013 |
How does one outdo a toilet-training kit for cats? With a pillowcase designed to be worn - yes, worn - on the head, with a hole to accommodate earphone wires and a pocket for an iPod or a remote control, Rebecca Rescate believes. The Yardley mother of three has $15,000 in personal finances banking on it, and has just secured an additional $90,000 from Robert Herjavec, an investor on ABC-TV's popular Shark Tank . The technology titan missed out on Rescate's funky feline venture when she appeared on the show in 2011 - sales of the CitiKitty Cat Toilet Training Kit have reached $5 million - and "I'm not going to do it again," he said when she returned for a Feb. 8 episode pitching the new product - the HoodiePillow.
March 26, 2012 |
Hoodies have endured a bad rap for some time now. Yet last week, given the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a month ago, the hooded sweatshirt became the most politicized garment of its era as Americans - especially black men - held rallies to end racial profiling and to take the hoodie back. "I wear a hoodie almost every day," Drexel University student James Moore, 27, said at the Million Hoodie March in Philadelphia on Friday, which drew an estimated 5,000 protesters - black and white, most of them wearing hoodies.