July 20, 2015
WHEN POPE Francis comes to Philadelphia in September, he'll visit one place that doesn't make it on many tourists' - or locals' - must-see lists: The Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, one of six facilities within the Philadelphia Prison System. There, his host will be city prison commissioner Louis Giorla, a 58-year-old Philly native and a 1974 graduate of North Catholic High School. Giorla never dreamed of being prison commissioner while growing up: "It's not a job that anybody comes to by first aspirations," he said.
July 17, 2015 |
WHEN STEVE BILSKY retired as Penn athletic director and became executive director of the Big 5, he had a few thoughts on how to revive the City Series. As he told the Daily News in February, he wanted to open the series with a doubleheader at the Palestra next season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Big 5. Done. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Temple will play La Salle and Saint Joseph's will play Penn. Villanova is not playing for a very simple reason. Only four teams can play.
July 15, 2015 |
UNION MANAGER Jim Curtin sees a similarity between AFC Bournemouth and the city of Philadelphia. The Union will take on AFC Bournemouth, recently promoted to the English Premier League, in a friendly match tonight (7 o'clock) at PPL Park. Bournemouth isn't a household name in the soccer world. Not yet, anyway. But the longtime club has quickly risen through the ranks of the English soccer system: It was crowned as the 2014-15 second-tier champions and earned a promotion to one of the best leagues in the world.
July 15, 2015 |
Collins: A dream come true She's been a frequent guest host, so it wasn't a big surprise Monday when comic Michelle Collins , 34, was named a permanent cohost on gabshow The View . The 15th host to join the show since it launched in 1997, Collins is replacing Rosie Perez . "I couldn't be happier to join such an awesome, smart, accomplished, and funny group of women," she said in a statement. "Ever since the age of 4 . . . it's been my dream to host a talk show. " Bieb: Sorry about the pic Canadian sensation Justin Bieber , who recently declared he was now a responsible grown-up, has deleted a photo of his bare derriere from Instagram.
July 13, 2015 |
On Thursday morning in the pouring rain, Peter Sagal set out to run the streets of Philadelphia with 19 people in tow. Sagal, who is host of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me , was in town to do a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts that night. But that morning, he went to the WHYY studios to get in a run, a city tour, and help fund-raise a little bit, too. "It's totally selfish of me because people want me to come out and hang with the donors," said Sagal, a multi-marathoner who also writes a column for Runner's World magazine.
July 12, 2015 |
What do 50 Cent, Pauly D, Paris Hilton, Brody Jenner, Lance Bass, and Dennis Haskins have in common? They're all regulars at Harrah's Atlantic City. Each has hosted multiple parties at Pool After Dark, the casino's nightclub. Other hip Atlantic City clubs, such as MIXX at The Borgata and Dusk at Caesars, are booking electronic dance music artists and well-known DJs this summer. Pool After Dark plays Top 40 hits; its party hosts are often celebrities closer to D-list than A-list. On Wednesday, 50 Cent hosted his 40th birthday party at the pool.
July 10, 2015 |
TONY BRUNO is going out on top. Yesterday, the 63-year-old Philly native, who along with Josh Innes co-hosted Philly's No. 1-rated sports radio show on 94 WIP, said he is retiring. The two had only been paired since February when they took over the afternoon spot previously held by Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis. Since then, the show has been the highest rated among males between the ages 25 and 54. Bruno, missing this week, said in a statement that speculation that he and Innes were feuding was not the reason for his decision.
July 9, 2015 |
The college transition brings with it the stress of packing, making friends, and getting adjusted to a new learning environment. For international students, coming to a new country also involves an additional anxiety: fitting in. For the first time, the Haddonfield School District is working to ease that transition for some high-achieving students from China, Superintendent Richard Perry said. In September, Haddonfield Memorial High School plans to enroll four students - one junior and three seniors - from southern China's Guangdong Country Garden School for stays of 10 to 12 months.
July 8, 2015 |
South Jersey's Carli Lloyd became a national hero Sunday when she propelled the U.S. women's national team to victory against Japan in the World Cup, with an unprecedented hat trick in front of a record number of fans watching on TV. On Wednesday night, her buddy and former teammate Heather Mitts is helping make even more Carli Lloyds. Gold medalist Mitts has settled in Philadelphia since her soccer days, with husband and former Eagle A.J. Feeley, and their 1-year-old son, Connor ("It's home now," she said of her adopted city)