April 2, 2015 |
THIS MAY HAVE been a disappointing year in Philadelphia sports, but mankind once again came through with plenty of missteps for our annual report on the year in fools. While social media was again a big contributor, there are plenty of other examples of man having the proverbial chair pulled out from under him. From KKK outfits to the stadium design that resembled a toilet, we certainly fumbled our way through these last 365 days. As always, we start with the easiest target in this annual exercise of tossing boulders from the living room of our glass house.
April 15, 2014 |
Nasmeir spends many happy hours watching buses pass by his foster home and dreams of driving one some day. The highlight of a recent trip to the Please Touch Museum was the SEPTA exhibit, where he pretended to be at the wheel of a bus, explaining the rules for riders. For now, though, the 14-year-old with the brilliant smile keeps busy with such activities as riding his bike and scooter and playing basketball and soccer. Nasmeir will talk to anyone about anything, but he particularly loves to joke around.
January 10, 2013
Q: I want to open a brokerage account, but the brokerages I've looked at require initial investments of between $1,000 and $5,000. What can I do? - R.W., Lexington, Ky. A: Keep looking. Some brokerages don't have minimums. Others have modest ones. Scottrade and E-Trade, for example, require just $500 for some accounts. Commissions at many brokerages are now as low as $5 or $10 per trade, down from $30 to $50 a few years ago, and far better than the hundreds of dollars that some full-service brokerages still charge.
July 24, 2012 |
When Jim Holland arrived in Philadelphia from Ireland in 1949, he had a wife to support and needed a job. But many potential employers made it clear they didn't want to hire him. "No Irish Need Apply" signs often greeted him. But Jim was not one to be put off by that largely forgotten prejudice. He persisted and landed a job with a construction company. He then had one other obstacle to overcome: his wife. When the former Anna Duggan realized that her husband's job took him high up into tall buildings, she was horrified.
May 26, 2012 |
Shawn Casady on Elm Rock LLC's Zubantos won the $2,500 Junior Jumpers, Gambler's Choice on Friday evening at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. He was one of only three riders in the ribbons to jump the Joker fence. In the Gambler's Choice, each fence is given a point value according to its difficulty. At the end of the time allowed to jump the fences, riders have the option of jumping the Joker, gaining another 200 points if they jump it clean but losing 200 points if they have it down.
August 19, 2011 |
LUCKILY, MOST of them have day jobs. Otherwise, many of 15 or so pols who peddled jokes last night at Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's 21st annual "Candidate's Comedy Night" would be living on a steady diet of vending-machine snacks and ramen noodles. The guffaws - and occasional periods of awkward silence - were all in the name of a good cause: raising money for the children's charity the Variety Club. Bykofsky said the event has raised more than $425,000 over the years.
February 15, 2011 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When a reporter asked the group of five pitchers what their favorite suggested nickname for the Phillies' rotation was, Cliff Lee respectfully pointed out a problem. "We haven't heard one with five included yet," Lee said. Ah, yes, there are five pitchers. The fifth, Joe Blanton, made his first public comments after a winter of trade rumors. He could still be traded if the Phillies find the right deal, but for now Blanton is the fifth starter in a rotation of four aces.
August 20, 2010
The Eagles play their second preseason game Friday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The first-string offense and defense each will play a half, according to the big man, so we should get our first extended look at what this team should look like against Green Bay. What are you most looking forward to seeing from those units? Please keep your 85/81 jokes to a minimum. I'm looking forward to seeing the first-team defense on the field for more than six plays. And I'd like to see how the offense looks with a little time to get into the flow of a game without the players knowing they're going to get yanked right away.
February 9, 2009
It's clear Gov. Rendell is scrambling to make up for a drop in tax revenue, but his proposal to expand gambling to nearly every corner tavern across the state is a bad hand. The state has yet to demonstrate that it can properly regulate the handful of licensed slots parlors it already has, including two run by companies headed by ex-convicts. It's hard to envision the state Gaming Control Board having better control over video-poker machines in thousands of bars and private clubs across Pennsylvania.
July 18, 2008 |
Criminals are a "superstitious, cowardly lot," according to millionaire Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27, published in 1939. That's why he chose the bat as his costumed symbol. But in "The Dark Knight," things are more complicated in 21st century Gotham City, and director Christopher Nolan fine-tunes the character he created in 2005's "Batman Begins. " Gone is the childhood trauma of seeing his parents Thomas and Martha Wayne gunned down in cold blood. "The origin story is a very heavy story, but it very much binds you to the past," Nolan said.