June 19, 2014 |
UNDER PRESSURE from Congress, TV physician Mehmet Oz yesterday offered to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight. Oz appeared before the Senate's consumer-protection panel and was scolded by chairwoman Claire McCaskill , D-Mo., for claims he made about weight-loss aids on "The Dr. Oz Show. " Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that although he never endorsed specific companies or brands, he did, perhaps, gush a bit too much about green coffee and other supplements.
June 6, 2014 |
THERE WERE 32 team doctors at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and every one of them examined Henry Josey's left knee. Thirty-two times, Josey hopped up on a table and offered up his scars from three surgeries. At an average of 10 minutes per exam, Josey would have spent 5 hours and 20 minutes being twisted and prodded, without allowing for downtime between appointments. It was a long day. "I came in, it felt like the place just shut down," Josey, a running back from Missouri, said yesterday at NovaCare, after finishing his organized team activity workout with the Eagles.
February 13, 2014 |
Shirley Temple Black, the child star and diplomat who died Monday night in Woodside, Calif., at age 85, probably achieved more during her first decade of life than any American in history. Her indefatigable optimism on screen buoyed a nation sinking in the Depression, and saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. She was Hollywood's top draw from 1935 to 1938, winning unprecedented popularity that led to Shirley Temple dolls, bowls, mugs, dresses, books, and accessories that showed movie entrepreneurs the gold to be mined from ancillary products.
February 4, 2014 |
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN serenaded the Lansdale Catholic basketball team as it burst onto the court yesterday against visiting La Salle High, while Roger Kirk sat in the stands and smiled. In fact, it was mostly the Boss blaring over the PA system yesterday in honor of Kirk's favorite musician. Roughly a year ago, Kirk, the brother of Lansdale Catholic head football coach Tom Kirk, and brother-in-law of basketball coach Ed Enoch, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
January 1, 2014 |
On a Tuesday evening not long ago, half a dozen parents hurried into the Arden Theatre Company's new building for Philly's latest premiere: a theatrical adaptation of the video game Minecraft .The play, created and performed by ebullient third and fourth graders, wasn't quite ready for the main stage. But the fact that it was performed at all was a remarkable accomplishment given the venue: the Arden's brand-new, $5.8 million Hamilton Family Arts Center. After all, the company bought the 22,000-square-foot industrial building, just up Second Street from its theater, in the depths of the recession.
November 20, 2013 |
Miracle on South Division Street marks the fourth time Montgomery Theater welcomes playwright Tom Dudzick to its stage, and it's easy to see why his work resonates in the theater's Souderton home. Though his plays are sited in his own hometown of Buffalo, Dudzick writes genial comedies about working- and middle-class people grappling with issues of family and religion in transitioning postindustrial neighborhoods that sound a lot like Souderton. Dudzick's prior work poked at his characters' hearts without really piercing them; he wrote some jokes, added a little metaphysical inquiry, then ran back to the safety of more jokes.
September 20, 2013 |
JUST DAYS after the feisty women of the 3000 block of North Sydenham Street led the mayor on an impromptu show-and-tell, their neighborhood got some long-overdue attention. "Look what happens when you open your mouth to the right people," said Lorraine Falligan. The right person in this case was Mayor Nutter, whom the women plotted to get on their street as soon as he came to their neighborhood last week to host a ceremony for a new basketball court. One minute the big guy was wrapping up the festivities and heading to his car, the next he was getting an ear- and eyeful from the women.
September 4, 2013 |
WHEN AN electrical fire shut down Fairhill's Iglesia Misionera el Taburnaculo, its pastor, Judy Vicenty, wondered how she could continue feeding 300 families every Friday at one of the city's biggest food lines and how she could deliver four church services weekly for neighbors she's known and loved for decades. When firefighters hosed down the second-floor blaze in March, water flooded the first-floor sanctuary, destroyed its ceiling and left the rowhouse church at the corner of Cumberland and Reese streets without electricity.
August 21, 2013 |
THE NEEDLES are gone from Needle Park. The children are back, fearlessly running over McPherson Square Park's five green acres without fear of being stuck by a used heroin syringe. The kids are hanging upside down from the new playground equipment, feeling the freedom of summer like they've never felt it before because the park - notorious for 30 years as Kensington's outdoor shooting gallery - is clean and peaceful for the first time in their young lives. "That playground is always crowded like it's Kensington's Rocky statue," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, whose second summer directing a Parks and Recreation Department day camp is so unlike last year's, when she called police to remove an unconscious, bleeding addict from the play area and confronted a drug dealer doing business next to a woman selling shaved ice to the children.