August 7, 2008 |
In the 1775 Revolutionary War battle on Breed's Hill, which most people call Bunker Hill, Dr. Joseph Warren, a colonial general fond of togas, fell dead with a British musket ball in his head. There were no government provisions for his children back then, so a promising colonial officer vowed to see that they were provided for. A gentleman to the marrow in his bones, our Benedict Arnold. Kenneth C. Davis, author of the best-selling "Don't Know Much About" series, merrily removes the whitewash from an often-bland concept of the past in "America's Hidden History" (Smithsonian Books, $26.95)
May 18, 1990 |
"Endless Love. " The song title sums up succinctly the feeling what manifested itself at the Valley Forge Music Fair last night, where Diana Ross opened her four-day engagement. The pop princess used that particular golden oldie to close the show, but spiritually it was the recurring theme of the evening. Only an endless love of entertaining and performing could compel Ross to continue trekking the concert trail, at a time when she could well afford to just stay home and watch her money gain interest and her legend grow wings.
March 10, 1997 |
It was a love fest in several senses when Donovan, the '60s Scottish hippie troubadour, performed a solo acoustic show at the Theatre of Living Arts on Saturday. For starters, the man received a standing ovation just for walking on stage amidst a hail of fans' camera flashes. And the affection was clearly reciprocal. For instance, during ballads from Donovan's new album, Sutras - which he sang while cross-legged on a platform in a cloud of incense - every breath he carefully exhaled in his still-resonant tremolo seemed to have loving intent, without any of the baggage often associated with "being loving.
January 4, 1992 |
True to his pugnacious form, outgoing Councilman Franny Rafferty yesterday called John Street a "brash, unreasonable wiseguy. " But the men didn't come to blows as they did in the early 1980s. Instead, they hugged and exchanged vows of love. The real enemy, both men said, was the press, for harping on their fight even years later, ignoring their reconciliation and unfairly quoting Rafferty's often salty language, which over the years has angered some African Americans, Latinos, gays and feminists.
January 19, 2012
What appeared to be a mega-flap in the Baltimore locker room on Monday has subsided into a feel-good, "we're all in this together," love fest. Joe Flacco on Wednesday responded to teammate Ed Reed's comments that the quarterback was "rattled" in Sunday's playoff game and "just didn't look like he had a hold on the offense," by saying "it's not that big of a deal. " Reed later told ESPN he had talked about his comments with Flacco and said there were no problems. But there sure looked like problems on Monday, when Reed told Sirius NFL Radio that Flacco seemed over-matched against Houston's aggressive defense.
January 14, 2010 |
It was, as one parent described it later, a "love fest" - people waving signs and declaring their support of Philadelphia School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman. The outpouring came at yesterday's School Reform Commission meeting, where a state representative and several parents spoke glowingly of Ackerman, who in the last month has taken heat for her handling of racial violence at South Philadelphia High. "We all need to follow your leadership," Rep. Tony Payton Jr. (D., Phila.
January 13, 2012 |
WHAT DO 10 games tell us? If it's in the midst of an NFL season, probably an awful lot. But in the marathon grinds that are the NHL, Major League Baseball and the NBA, it really is only a small sampling of a team. Certainly with the NBA schedule cut from 82 to 66 games this season after the lockout, 10 games mean a little more. And so far, the 76ers' 7-3 record has brought an interest and excitement the organization hasn't seen so early in a season in many, many years. Why, though?
December 27, 1999 |
Three Lower Northeast Philadelphia string bands are borrowing from Pennsport's century-old Two Street parade tradition to enhance Mummery's profile in the city's river wards. "For years, people have been saying how great the Two Street Parade is," said Bill Patterson, president of the Greater Kensington String Band. "As Northeasterners, we wanted our own street. Now it's on an avenue called Allegheny," added Patterson, a Greater K saxophonist. The Greater Kensington band, based in Tacony, along with the Aqua String Band from Bridesburg, will join with the Polish American String Band to make the first 21st century Port Richmond Allegheny Avenue parade into a production.
May 20, 2005 |
BRAD AND Jennifer can't get divorced every day. He can't be caught frolicking with Angelina whenever we need a lead item. There are days Tattle comes up short. We know it. You know it. The Gossip Gods certainly know it. Yes, we feel bad about the 60 cents, but most days that 60 cents gets you a dollar's worth of Tattle and we throw in the rest of the paper for free. But not today. Today's lead item is so foul-smelling we think we should put a $45,000 starting bid on it and try to auction it off at Christie's.
May 17, 2003
It's time to scrap outdated Pa. liquor laws John Grogan's May 13 column ("Pa. liquor rules cross the line") should be read before the Pennsylvania legislature when all members are in session. In my travels in business as well as a tourist, I have seen the strides made by other states, not only Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland, but New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, just to name a few. We residents are subject to a monopoly of such proportions that if nothing else amounts to restraint of trade, and, if practiced in the past would be liable to criminal or civil action.