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April 1, 1997 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Laura White attended her brother John Jr.'s ice hockey games a few years back, she'd occasionally ask about trying the sport. Her father, John Sr., couldn't think of a good reason she shouldn't lace up skates and compete with the boys. That's how Laura, a 10-year-old fourth grader at Collingswood's Garfield School, became a ripe, old veteran who has been playing competitive ice hockey out of Twin Rinks in Pennsauken for five years. Tony Montagna, the registrar for the Atlantic District of USA Hockey, which covers New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware, says that of the 19,767 players in the district, only about 500 are girls.
NEWS
December 24, 2012 | Karen Rile, For the Inquirer
Karen Rile teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania I was hanging out with my kids at the local playground, filling buckets in the sandbox. "We're making sand cakes," I told the baby. "But don't eat them; they aren't real. " Suddenly, my 3-year-old screamed in horror. "Mommy, those children have guns!" I looked over to see a couple of boys chasing each other with plastic pistols. A third was pointing his revolver at us. Their moms looked up at that moment and laughed.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Novelist Ruth Rendell's work has inspired some of the best TV mysteries in her native Britain, including the Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker. Less familiar perhaps is the growing number of Rendell adaptations crafted by European auteurs such as Claude Chabrol ( La Ceremonie , The Bridesmaid ), Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ), and Pedro Almodovar ( Live Flesh ). French cinema's bête noire François Ozon (Y oung & Beautiful , Potiche ) joins that impressive club of filmmakers with The New Girlfriend , an ironic, if strangely suspenseful, gender-bending dramedy about self-discovery and self-acceptance that upends some of the basic distinctions in human experience - male and female, straight and gay, friend and lover, mother and father.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1991 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
America's pretty woman kicks wife-beaters where it hurts in "Sleeping with the Enemy," a fancy slasher movie that is more silly than scary. Julia Roberts stars as a servile young woman married to an abusive man (Patrick Bergin), a fellow who displays no emotion other than the occasional outburst of raging psychosis. It doesn't take much to trigger these violent episodes. A misplaced knick- knack here, some crooked bric-a-brac there. The man is satanically tidy, a sort of Felix Unger from the dark side.
LIVING
February 27, 2000 | By Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tracey McGowan met Valerie Gilinger in the eighth grade at Methacton Middle School and never let go. She was maid of honor at Valerie's June 1995 wedding to Kerby Prescott. And when Kerby died of leukemia barely a year later, in June 1996, Tracey moved into Valerie's home to see that she got up every morning and went to sleep each night. "She knew I wasn't coping well," said Valerie, a physical therapist, "And she wanted me to have someone to talk to. " So Tracey urged Valerie, then 27, to meet her coworker, Michael Romano - a 30-year-old widower in similar circumstances.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Tennessee Williams' heartbreaking early play, The Glass Menagerie , is about the remembrance of things past, reminding us that "Time is the longest distance between two places. " A man, haunted by the mother and sister he abandoned, looks back and tells us about them. It necessarily follows that the interpretation of these famous characters is not merely the director's - in this Commonwealth Classic Theatre production, Joshua Brown's - but also Tom's (Allen Radway), the character doing the remembering.
NEWS
October 5, 2012 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
AS POLITICAL satires go, "Butter" is about as subtle as a slab of lard served on a slice of ham. Big, broad, but only fitfully funny, it takes a swipe at Iowa and Iowans. A few sucker punches land, thanks largely to a star-studded cast. But it never feels like anything but an outsider's nasty dismissal of the corn-fed corner of red-state culture. Jennifer Garner is cast amusingly against type as Laura, a real Lady Macbeth with a butter knife. She shouldn't have to take up that knife, but the Iowa "Mastery of Butter" judges have nudged her dairy-Degas, 15-time state fair butter-carving champ husband, Bob, out of competition.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Dr. Amelia Keaton, For The Inquirer
Jack's cry was so weak that Laura wouldn't have heard it if she hadn't already been awake. Earlier that evening, the new mother had noticed that Jack seemed less interested in nursing, but didn't make much of it. But when she heard his soft cry at 2 a.m., she ran to gather him from his crib. There was something different about this cry, and Laura found Jack limp and struggling to breathe. She immediately woke up her husband, Glenn, and rushed their 2-month-old son to the hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 29, 2011 | By ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
JENNA FISCHER talks directly to the camera in early scenes in "A Little Help. " She lets us see the life that's overwhelming her, the bitterness that threatens to swallow her whole and the irritation she's trying her darnedest to hide. As Laura, a woman unhappy with work - she's a dental hygienist - unhappily married (Chris O'Donnell plays the husband always "in a meeting") and failing at keeping the upper hand with her rude 12-year-old son (Daniel Yelsky), Fischer has the perfect big-screen role to fit her TV-perfected ("The Office")
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
YOU WANT to use the word "surreal" to describe the teen girl's night-from-hell drama "Miss Bala," but this slice of life on the Mexican border is all too real. The annual death total from that country's drug war surpassed 12,000 people last year, an international disgrace that gets confoundingly little coverage in the media, mainstream or otherwise. "Miss Bala" puts you at Ground Zero, Tijuana, where pageant hopeful Laura (Stephanie Sigmund) and her friend decide to enter a beauty contest.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2016 | By Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
After Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, came out as transgender in 2012, the punk band's already obsessive fans quickly unearthed prescient lyrics in past songs. (The clearest, from 2007's "The Ocean": "If I could have chosen, I would have been born a woman / My mother once told me she would have named me Laura. ") On Saturday night at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, Grace picked up the thread of lyrical exegesis herself, taking the sold-out crowd on a mostly chronological journey through 14 years of recordings, from Against Me!
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there After graduating from Lehigh in 2009, Laura, who's from Roslyn, took an accounting job in North Jersey and moved to Hoboken, where her brother and two college friends lived. Laura ran cross-country and track in college, and played basketball, soccer, and softball growing up. She and her friends fielded a two-hand touch-football team for adult league competition. In summer 2010, Greg, a friend of a friend, joined them. And there he was again that fall on their softball team.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Novelist Ruth Rendell's work has inspired some of the best TV mysteries in her native Britain, including the Inspector Wexford series starring George Baker. Less familiar perhaps is the growing number of Rendell adaptations crafted by European auteurs such as Claude Chabrol ( La Ceremonie , The Bridesmaid ), Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ), and Pedro Almodovar ( Live Flesh ). French cinema's bête noire François Ozon (Y oung & Beautiful , Potiche ) joins that impressive club of filmmakers with The New Girlfriend , an ironic, if strangely suspenseful, gender-bending dramedy about self-discovery and self-acceptance that upends some of the basic distinctions in human experience - male and female, straight and gay, friend and lover, mother and father.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
Although only 25, Laura Marling is a veteran performer. Her first album, 2008's Alas, I Cannot Swim , came out when she was 18 and established her as a leading voice in Britain's nascent new folk movement. Her densely worded songs, her forceful acoustic guitar playing, and her clear, confident alto voice, caused her to be labeled an "old soul" from the start. This year's Short Movie is her fifth full-length album, and in some ways it's her most youthful: She's gone electric on several tracks, and the songs are less elliptical and allegorical.
SPORTS
July 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LANCASTER, Pa. - Laura Davies said she gets the same thing all the time and she does not get it. "When are you giving up?" Davies is often asked as she continues to navigate the world's golf courses at the age of 51. No time soon is the answer Davies provided with her actions rather than words Friday morning at the Lancaster Country Club. She completed her rain-delayed first round at even par before shooting 2-over in the second round, putting her in position to make the cut in the 27th U.S. Women's Open of her career.
SPORTS
July 12, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
LANCASTER - Laura Davies is not here at the 70th Women's U.S. Open on a player's exemption, but she made you wish some other players from her era of golf dominance were. "Laura Davies was a beast 20 years ago," one middle-aged man said Friday morning as he followed the four-time major winner around the final holes of her second round at Lancaster Country Club. "She was a beast 25 years ago. " Truth is, Laura Davies, at 51, is still a beast when it comes to hitting a golf ball. Just ask Candie Kung and Jennifer Song, the twenty-something and teenager who played in Davies' group during the first two rounds.
SPORTS
May 7, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
WOODBURY native Laura Guzzo has become a staple at Wizard Philly and other cons over the past few years, but the South Jersey artist says she has a great reason for attending the Wizard show in her backyard. "The thing that I look forward to about the convention is that it's my best show every year by a huge margin," said Guzzo, an increasingly accomplished comic-book cover illustrator. "I don't know what it is about Philly's Wizard World, but it's three times as profitable as any other show I do - and I do shows in Chicago and Boston.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
Woodbury native Laura Guzzo has become a staple at Wizard Philly and other cons over the past few years, but the South Jersey artist says she has a great reason for attending the Wizard show in her backyard. "The thing that I look forward to about the convention is that it's my best show every year by a huge margin," said Guzzo, an increasingly accomplished comic-book cover illustrator. "I don't know what it is about Philly's Wizard World, but it's three times as profitable as any other show I do - and I do shows in Chicago and Boston.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Dr. Amelia Keaton, For The Inquirer
Jack's cry was so weak that Laura wouldn't have heard it if she hadn't already been awake. Earlier that evening, the new mother had noticed that Jack seemed less interested in nursing, but didn't make much of it. But when she heard his soft cry at 2 a.m., she ran to gather him from his crib. There was something different about this cry, and Laura found Jack limp and struggling to breathe. She immediately woke up her husband, Glenn, and rushed their 2-month-old son to the hospital.
SPORTS
November 16, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The sports-celebrity machine has adapted to the ever-quickening pace of change. In 2014, heroes rise and fall with rapidity, like those desert flowers that emerge in the morning cool and by nightfall are dust. In a Dish TV commercial, endlessly repeated this football season, Brian Bosworth and Heath Shuler trade on their falls from fame. Terrell Owens clone Chad Ochocinco now plays football in Canada, a status synonymous with invisibility. T.O. himself was sued for divorce earlier this year, two weeks after his first marriage.
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