November 12, 2014
THE REPUTATION of the man known as America's Dad took a huge hit after fellow comedian Hannibal Buress joked last month in Philly about rape allegations by a number of women against Bill Cosby. Suddenly, ugly rumors that somehow had faded away were front and center once again. A much-shared Washington Post headline asked: "Is the World Starting to Turn Against Bill Cosby?" But that hasn't stopped the Cos from being, well, the Cos. The 77-year-old actor-comedian was relaxed and jovial as he talked to me by telephone in his Jell-O voice on Friday.
October 20, 2014 |
Hello there They met in 2000, when Dierdre went to her first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival with the guy she was then dating. Doug, who had long been part of a group that gathered annually for music and camping in Hillsdale, N.Y., was there with his then-wife and kids. By the time the summer music fest rolled around in 2002, Dierdre was no longer with her boyfriend, and Doug no longer with his wife. But both returned to the festival, with their kids. "One of my first remembrances I have of her is that when everyone else was socializing, she was reading her son a book," Doug said.
July 10, 2014
Young fans of the Please Touch Museum who have been exposed to Greek myth might recognize in the museum's plight the story of Icarus, the boy with wax-and-feather wings who flew too close to the sun and fell to earth. The museum's expensive 2008 move from its cozy former Logan Square home to grand Memorial Hall, in Fairmount Park, has saddled it with untenable debt - to the point where, distressingly, creditors are talking about auctioning off treasured exhibits that hold memories for millions of Philadelphia area children of all ages.
November 15, 2013 |
The Please Touch Museum, in default on the debt it assumed to renovate a new home in Memorial Hall, eliminated nine positions Wednesday as part of a budget-trimming process. The cuts represent about a 4 percent reduction in staff. The museum's board is seeking to increase revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government sources, said interim president and CEO Lynn McMaster, and "must demonstrate that the museum is operating as efficiently as possible. " This means across-the-board cuts of about $400,000 on the museum's $9 million annual budget, she said.
September 5, 2013 |
Five years after moving into a larger, more expensive home, the Please Touch Museum has stopped making payments on its bond debt, triggering a process that leaders say could result in bankruptcy. On Tuesday, the board of the children's museum approved a decision to forgo the current $2 million payment, putting the museum in default. The goal, said interim president/CEO Lynn McMaster, is to renegotiate with bondholders the terms on $60 million in bonds the museum issued to fund its renovations of Memorial Hall after fund-raising stalled.
April 12, 2013 |
After moving to larger, costlier quarters in Memorial Hall 4½ years ago, the Please Touch Museum is still trying to pay for it all. Largely in order to help meet debt service, the museum has launched a $30 million fund-raising campaign. Most of the proceeds, $20 million, will go toward payments on the $60 million in bond debt the museum floated to take on the move from a few small buildings near the Franklin Institute to the enormous beaux-arts survivor of the 1876 Centennial in Fairmount Park.
March 7, 2013
"YOU HAVE colon cancer. " These are words no one wants to hear, words that will surely change your life forever. Tony Pace was in his 40s when he heard them. The good-natured Philadelphia native, husband and father of three is an industrial mechanic and exercise enthusiast. He is also a four-year survivor of colon cancer, who describes his journey as a "strange tale that began with a 2007 diagnosis of an infected prostate. " Just weeks after treatment for the infection, he awoke one morning and urinated only blood.
January 9, 2013
LEGENDARY Philadelphia coach Speedy Morris is one step closer to the ultimate. Morris was named one of 31 North American Nominees - along with former Sixers player Maurice Cheeks and South Jersey's Gary Williams - to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this week. A candidate would need to garner seven of nine votes from the North American committee to become a finalist. Those will be announced in February at the NBA All-Star Game. Morris has coached Roman Catholic, Penn Charter, La Salle (women and men)
May 29, 2012 |
On a shady patch of grass, yards from the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, Ronald Richardson, dressed in a gray jacket that looked almost like a Civil War uniform, stood tall and erect as a mountain. He saluted while a trumpeter played "Taps" and a military honor guard lay two wreaths at the monument Monday near Logan Circle on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "My family was in World War II. My Uncle Dan, may he rest in peace, and my [other] uncle, he was in World War I. They're all gone now," said Richardson, 74, tears welling up in his eyes.
May 27, 2011
1 National Constitution Center Celebration Tomorrow to Monday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 525 Arch St. Free. "Memorials: How a Nation Remembers": Visitors can make memorial pins, flags, and wreathes at activity tables and sing American anthems at "Patriotic Karaoke. " 2 Franklin Square Tomorrow to Monday, noon to 3 p.m., at the square, 6th and Race streets, Old City. Free. Franklin Square will feature several activities for children, including face-painting and games.