March 25, 2008
FRIED-CHICKEN lovers are in mourning. Not only has the fried-fowl fraternity lost one of its original founders, but now comes word that frat members may no longer have to answer "regular" or "extra crispy" when ordering chicken. Can you say "grilled"? Al Copeland, founder of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken chain, died this week in Germany. He was 64. He started Popeyes in 1971. His spicy Louisiana-style fast-food chicken recipe was far different from the fowl fare served by the industry giant, Kentucky Fried Chicken.
September 22, 2007 |
Ramone: Gimme gimme royalties Ramones drummer Richie Ramone (born Richard Reinhardt) filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court in New York, claiming he is owed more than $900,000 in royalties on Ramones songs sold over the Internet without his permission. The suit, which names numerous digital music stores including RealNetworks and Apple, also seeks an injunction to prevent all further use without written permission of the six tunes Richie composed for the band. The songs include "Smash You," "Somebody Put Something in My Drink," and "Human Kind.
October 31, 2006 |
KFC Corp., the home of Colonel Sanders' Kentucky-fried chicken, will start using oil without trans fatty acids in the United States after a lawsuit and health experts claimed its food raises the risk of heart disease. The Louisville, Ky., company said yesterday that it was phasing out trans fats in cooking its Original Recipe and Extra Crispy fried chicken, Potato Wedges and other menu items but has not found a good alternative yet for its biscuits. Health experts say trans fats raise levels of cholesterol, which clogs arteries and contributes to heart disease.
May 6, 2005 |
Beat writer Jack Kerouac has become the first writer to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Well, technically, it was a bobble-head doll of the On the Road author that got the honor. The doll is a promotional giveaway by the Lowell Spinners, the minor-league team from Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Mass. "The Hall of Fame's collections are rich and diverse, given baseball's history and role in helping to shape and define American culture," hall spokesman Jeff Idelson said.
April 27, 2005 |
Soccer deity David Beckham and his ex-Spice Girl wife, Victoria, announced yesterday they would sue a former nanny for breaching a confidentiality agreement by airing some of the ?ber-celebs' dirty laundry in the News of the World. In the story, Abbie Gibson said the couple's marriage is on the verge of flatlining, but they stick together to protect their image, which has landed them multimillon-dollar endorsement deals. The couple will also sue the tabloid, which they've already sued over stories that Becks had an affair with his personal assistant Rebecca Loos.
February 15, 2005 |
Conservative Web gossip-teer Matt Drudge has whipped himself into a froth over provocative comments made by Chris Rock . . . two weeks ago. In an Entertainment Weekly story about his gig hosting this year's Academy Awards, Rock said he had never watched the show, and dismissively said: "Come on, it's a fashion show. . . . What straight black man sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one. " When pressed by interviewer Josh Wolk about Oscar fashions, Rock, who's known for his raw, unsanitized comedy routines, said, "Nothing against people who aren't straight, but what straight guy that you know cares?"
December 17, 2004 |
Hey, if Jared Fogle can do it, why not Derrell Hand? You know Jared, that guy with the goofy grin who used to do nothing but eat, but then started eating only Subway sandwiches? Great move by him, both for his diet and his wallet. Now comes Mr. Hand, the always smiling 6-foot-4, 300-plus-pound senior for West Catholic, the man in the middle of an impressive performance by the Burrs' basketball team last night, leading a 47-34 cross-division victory over La Salle. "We're still trying to jell together as a team," said Hand.
July 31, 2003
READING your article on Smith Playground brought me to tears. As a child we went to the playground weekly - and it was a fun place to go for free. We had my sister's birthday parties there for seven years straight. My father played there as a child. The city wants to build a new playground, but we don't need a new one. Donate to the one that has been in Philadelphia for over a century. We can start by helping raise the money to save Smith Playground and discuss proper investment strategies for the future so that this will not happen when my children want to take their children there.
July 24, 2003 |
Paul McCartney plans to run a full-page ad in today's Courier-Journal of Louisville to protest the treatment of chickens on farms raising the animals for KFC, which is headquartered in the Kentucky river city. "If KFC paid for dogs or cats to be treated the way these unfortunate chickens are treated, they could be charged with cruelty to animals," says McCartney, who is a vegetarian for ethical reasons. Working with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the musician wants KFC to gas rather than electronically stun animals, and to stop rapid-growth methods, which PETA says cripples legs.
January 25, 2003 |
A man who opened fire on four coworkers in 2001 avoided a death sentence yesterday, an opportunity that troubled some of his victims' loved ones. Braheem J. Nichols, 23, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted homicide in connection with a shooting rampage behind the KFC/Taco Bell in East Whiteland in December 2001. More than 30 friends and relatives of the victims filled one section of the courtroom, and five of Nichols' relatives occupied another, creating palpable tension during the two-hour hearing in Chester County Court.