June 16, 2015 |
LONGTIME SIXERS fans can say they knew Taylor Swift before she was well . . . Taylor Swift. The pop star, who wowed crowds at two sold-out concerts at the Linc over the weekend, performed the national anthem at a Sixers-Bucks game at the First Union Center in April of 2002. She was only 12 at the time. "I'd love to be able to say that we recognized her talent back then," former Sixers executive vice president Dave Coskey said yesterday. "But truth be told, Jennifer James - now Davenport - who worked for us, used to baby sit Taylor in Stone Harbor where the Swift family summered.
July 10, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL AID Up in smoke With a $2-a-pack tax in Philadelphia, I would ask friends from New Jersey to bring me a carton or two if I still smoked. Or like thousands of others, I reside sufficiently near Montgomery and Bucks Counties to make a cigarette run a real tax savings. On a larger scale, I envision a substantial bootleg business. So someone needs to provide a solid projection of the anticipated tax revenue. |Edwin E. Scully, Philadelphia ISSUE | CAMEOS Life in pictures A letter on Monday was accompanied by a Hillary Clinton photo but had absolutely nothing to do with her ("Touchy-feely kind of place," July 7)
June 7, 2014 |
Join the troops and celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday at Fort Mifflin's "The War of 1812: Celebrating Our National Anthem. " Guests will learn the history of the fort, including its preparedness to defend Philadelphia. Guided tours and living history activities will be featured, and you can sign up to join the Fort Mifflin Rifle Regiment to learn drills and colonial military activities. In honor of the bicentennial, guests will learn the little-known connection between Fort Mifflin and Fort McHenry.
April 25, 2014 |
TUESDAY WAS the 10th anniversary of the death of former Arizona Cardinals defensive back Pat Tillman, who was a victim of friendly fire while fighting with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, the first professional football player to be killed in combat since the Vietnam War. Earlier this week, ESPN did a special "Outside the Lines" show to commemorate his story and spirit. As you might expect, Temple defensive coordinator Phil Snow, who coached Tillman at Arizona State, couldn't take his eyes away from the TV screen.
April 9, 2014
Traffic information can be found at www.511pa.com , www.511nj.org or by calling 511 before or after the game. Mass transit: www.septa.org.ncq Tickets: Standing-room-only tickets go on sale at noon at the first-base ticket windows. Citizens Bank Way party, beginning at 1 p.m. and free for fans, includes a live performance by Go Go Gadjet. Phillies batting practice begins at 1:13 p.m. Gates open at 1:35 p.m. All fans will receive a Citizens Bank Park commemorative banner.
November 25, 2013 |
IRV CROSS slumped into the seat of his car that high-sky November afternoon, his football soul left in tatters somewhere on Franklin Field, his heart welling in his chest. He looked down at the radio grill when reality seeped in. The Eagles' defensive back was overwhelmed. Tears began trickling down his numb cheeks by the belief that he had just lost a friend. It's how the whole country felt. The prevailing emptiness gripped the country on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1963, as President John F. Kennedy's body lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
June 2, 2013 |
When he was commissioned as "Captain of Marines" during the American Revolution, Samuel Nicholas was read out of meeting by the pacifist Society of Friends in Philadelphia. He recruited several companies of Marines at the city's Tun Tavern, participated in their first amphibious landing in the Bahamas, and fought with George Washington in New Jersey. But the Marine Corps' first commandant - received back into the Society of Friends after the war - was buried without a marker, the same as most others at the cemetery next to the Arch Street Meeting House.
May 28, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans must honor the sacrifices of their fighting men and women, particularly at a time when the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country's involvement in Afghanistan is winding down. Speaking at Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said he worries that the country's servicemen and women aren't being fully appreciated in an era in which "most Americans are not directly touched by war. " He said he couldn't explain that phenomenon but said it might have something to do with the all-volunteer military force and advanced technology that now permits the United States to accomplish some military missions with far fewer personnel.
May 15, 2013 |
His basketball coach says Ryan Lee is a "man of few words. " His volleyball coach says Lee is "a quiet leader. " But the strong, silent approach doesn't always work for Lee when it comes to his dealings with the director of Cherry Hill West High School's award-winning a cappella group, Men of Note. "Ryan can give us that extra-low note," said Jonathan Flowers, a music teacher at Cherry Hill West. "He has such a deep voice. " Flowers calls Lee "a gentle giant," noting that the 6-foot-4 senior who specializes in gritty defensive play on the basketball court and thunderous spikes in volleyball has a personality that belies his muscular singing voice.
March 4, 2013 |
It took Alicia Keys 2 minutes, 36 seconds to butcher the national anthem before the Super Bowl. There are farmers who can butcher a hog in 2 minutes, 36 seconds and have time left over to set six strips of bacon sizzling in the skillet. If you bet "over" 2:05, you won from here to New Orleans. There's a sucker born in America every 24 seconds. A proposition bet on the length of the anthem is all the evidence you need. You want a second opinion? Take the prop on how many total hats the Harbaugh brothers would wear on the sidelines, none, one, two?