November 9, 2013
Stop and think, OK? Twitter can kill , yo. Don Lemon , CNN news host, was talking Tuesday on Tom Joyner 's radio show about stop-and-frisk, a policy some folks think is racist, since it allows police to decide on appearance alone whom to stop pre-emptively. At one point, Don said, "[W]ould you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?" Yikes! The worst of fates befell: Don got turned into a Twitter hashtag that ragged his butt for saying such a thing. Now Don, who used to work in Philly TV, is walking that pooch back.
October 13, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State student section had been working overtime well before the first puck dropped between the Nittany Lions and Army at opening night Friday of the Pegula Ice Arena. But the 1,000-plus strong hankered for a quick goal. It took only 3 minutes, 2 seconds of game time. Penn State's Nate Jensen slotted one from just south of the blue line. the lights went out, and the Roar Zone - as the student section is called - went up. The crowd of 6,370 in the $102 million facility erupted into a frenzy that echoed through the rafters for nearly a minute.
October 11, 2013 |
"THE SUMMIT" uses reenactment and documentary footage to tell the story of an expedition that killed 11 mountaineers on K2 in August 2008. I found the approach a bit confusing, possibly in poor taste. Is that a real screaming climber hurtling into an abyss, or an actor? The basic facts are these: Twenty-two climbers from separate expeditions and several nations took advantage of a small weather window to make for the summit under perfect conditions. Perfect weather conditions, that is. The condition of the climbers' readiness was another matter.
October 10, 2013 |
On the Day After the Coach Was Fired After Three Games, the Flyers players took responsibility for Peter Laviolette's dismissal. "We have to look in the mirror at ourselves," winger Scott Hartnell said following a morning practice in Voorhees, preparing for Tuesday night's game against Florida. "We're the ones on the ice. We're the ones doing the job, and obviously we didn't get the job done," captain Claude Giroux said. "Obviously we need to play more as a team on the ice. There's no doubt that off the ice we're a team and we like each other.
August 31, 2013 |
The dozen demonstrators - including children whose parents face deportation - squeezed into a narrow corridor at Philadelphia City Hall. They came bearing posters urging Mayor Nutter to end the five-year-old agreement in which the city Police Department shares arrest data with the U.S. office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Kneeling in his tan suit to meet the youngsters eye-to-eye, Sgt. Michael Walton, head of the mayor's plainclothes protection unit, was gentle.
August 30, 2013 |
JOHN AND Zulymar Rios, 6 and 9, were among undocumented immigrants' children who rallied yesterday at City Hall to urge city officials to abandon a collaboration with the feds that leads to deportation. In fact, John and Zulymar were the only children there whose parents are not facing deportation. Their father was granted a special visa after he was pistol-whipped in 2010 by Philadelphia police who suspected him of harboring a suspect in his North Philly home. "The police thought my dad was a criminal, and they took him and hit him with their guns in the face and arrested him while my mom and us went inside to the kitchen," recalled Zulymar.
August 2, 2013
The deal: Open since November, Brown Chicken Brown Cow in Pennsport serves the rich, dense, extra-creamy but not too sweet product of "Uncle Dave," the ice-cream maker at Yardley's Shady Brook Farm. The young, hip guys behind the counter say the most popular flavors are tiramisu, graham cracker, strawberry, Reese's cup and cappuccino chip. Details: 1321 S. 2nd St., open 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 215-992-9140, phillybcbc.com . Say it aloud: The shop's name sounds like a randy guitar riff - bow-chica bow-wow.
July 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - In sweltering summer heat, New Yorkers are ready for the big chill - in midtown Manhattan. The city's first ice bar is now open at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue. The $20 admission includes Eskimo-style gloves and a parka for the privilege of drinking cocktails in the freezing Minus5 Ice Bar. The entire bar is made of ice. "The walls, everything," manager Chris Eldridge said. "The chairs you're sitting on, the glass you're drinking out of, even the light above your head is made of ice. " Promoters say it's all carved out of "100 percent Canadian ice. " The truth is, it's special, extra-clear "carvers" ice - some from Canada, the rest from Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis.
July 20, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Don't scream for ice cream. Just pick up your smartphone. Uber, the San Francisco start-up known for letting people order private drivers in sleek black cars using a smartphone app, is offering an ice cream-on-demand service - for one day only - in more than three dozen cities around the world, including Philadelphia, New York, London, Singapore, and Rome. Friday's stunt, an expansion of last year's ice cream promotion, comes in the midst of a sticky heat wave. Last year, people in seven U.S. and Canadian cities could use the Uber app to summon an ice cream truck hired by Uber to their location, provided they purchased a minimum number of treats.
July 19, 2013 |
For a generation, the main spot to answer the scream for local ice cream in Philadelphia was Bassetts at the Reading Terminal Market. Then Italian-chic Capogiro entered the scene with its flavor-forward gelato, followed by Franklin Fountain, with its old-timey soda fountain. But over the last few years, those three big names have seen increasing competition as more small-batch, locally made ice cream appears in neighborhoods around the city. Weckerly's in West Philadelphia, which debuted this year, offers French-style ice cream with a luscious, custardlike quality from the inclusion of egg yolks.