July 21, 2016 |
Next week promises to be a really big one for Isabella Cobos of Raleigh, N.C. On Tuesday - the day before she turns 12 - she is having surgery for scoliosis. It's all happening here in Philadelphia. And so is the Democratic National Convention. Good luck finding affordable hotel accommodations, her mother has found. Lots of places say they're booked. Some city hotels had rooms - for $350 to $550 a night. "My husband said, 'We'll rent a minivan, and I'll sleep in the back,'" said Melanie Cobos.
July 21, 2016 |
Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention's Host Committee , attended an early-morning news conference and several afternoon meetings one recent Thursday, dressed in what might be considered boring, conservative blah: a blue blazer, gray slacks, and brown, spit-shined shoes. But the dandiness - for which Washo is becoming known around town - is in the details. His navy blazer is tailored, not the uber-stylish shrunken look. The slim-fit trousers were plaid, flat-fronted, and with a watch pocket.
July 19, 2016 |
Consternation briefly clouded Anna Adams-Sarthou's features as she sized up the cluster of television crews that cluttered the path to the podium. With the day's stars, former Gov. Ed Rendell and Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., waiting in the wings, the once-aspiring ballerina turned political-communications specialist firmly cleared a runway in advance of Wednesday's news conference to promote a "youth engagement" program in conjunction with the coming Democratic National Convention.
July 18, 2016 |
To many, Marc Lamont Hill is an academic, author, activist, and incisive TV commentator, but now he wants to grab drinks with rapper Cardi B on national television. The 37-year-old North Philly native lends his powerful voice to issues from Islamophobia to race in America, regularly contributing to outlets such as CNN and BET News. Starting tonight, Hill will host a weekly late-night talk show, VH1 Live! , at 10 p.m. on VH1 that will focus on pop culture and current issues. By bridging these worlds, Hill says, he's "really committed to doing late night differently.
July 17, 2016 |
The IRS has turned down the long-running effort by the Democratic convention's Philadelphia host committee to win a tax exemption. Word of the decision, a setback for efforts to raise the last of the $60 million needed to help pay for the July 25 to 28 convention, came Friday from its adviser, David L. Cohen. When the decision came - and why - is less clear. Cohen would say only that the IRS "recently" turned down the application for tax-exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the tax code, which the committee had sought for more than a year.
July 16, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tyler Goeddel remembers when he realized he could do it, too. He remembers the radar guns and the pro scouts hogging views behind home plate. Sometimes it was hard for parents to get seats. And Tyler remembers who was standing on the mound. Before his teens, Tyler watched his older brother, Erik, dominate the high school baseball circuit. And he saw the letters that came from "every college in the nation. " "That's what motivated me to know I want to go the same path," Tyler said.
July 16, 2016 |
The Democratic National Convention's host committee went to court Thursday to stop the release of any fund-raising records pending the outcome of an appeal the committee filed at the same time. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee is fighting the release of the quarterly fund-raising reports it is required to file with the Philadelphia Authority for Industrial Development (PAID), the public agency that guaranteed it a $15 million line of credit. Last month, the state Office of Open Records ordered those reports released to the public.
July 15, 2016 |
WHEN YOUR life and livelihood are based on living in front of TV cameras, when is a question too personal? Teresa Giudice decided it was yesterday when she was live on Access Hollywood . According to People magazine, which must still have enough staff for people to watch daytime TV, co-host Dave Karger asked Teresa about the chances of her husband Joe being sent back to his native Italy at the end of his 41-month prison sentence. "Next question please," replied Teresa.
July 12, 2016 |
_ VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. 9 p.m. Monday, VH1. Awards show returns after a six-year absence, with an emphasis this year on rap's female players. Philadelphia's Eve (above) hosts and honorees include Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim and Salt-N-Pepa. _ MAYA & MARTY. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC10. Maya & Marty. 10 p.m. Tuesday, NBC. South Jersey's Kelly Ripa will be interviewed by Martin Short's Jiminy Glick in the season finale of the summer variety show. Other guests include Steve Martin, Emma Stone and Sean Hayes.
July 8, 2016 |
YOU DON'T make it all the way through the Miss America competition and Stanford University without a bit of toughness. That grit will be put to the test in Gretchen Carlson 's lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes , one of the most powerful men in broadcasting. Carlson sued Ailes on Wednesday in Bergen County, N.J., where Ailes owns a home, claiming she was fired after she refused his sexual advances and complained about harassment in the workplace. Carlson, the 1989 Miss America and former host of Fox & Friends , had worked at Fox News for 11 years.