May 18, 2006 |
It may be just a token, but Hasbro yesterday agreed to give Atlantic City a chance to be included in its new, hipper version of Monopoly after the toymaker at first said it would leave the Queen of Resorts out of the game. Rodeo Drive, the Golden Gate Bridge, or some other American landmark will still replace Boardwalk as the most coveted space, but chief executive Alfred J. Verrecchia told members of New Jersey's congressional delegation in a letter released yesterday that Hasbro "will look for ways in which Atlantic City could be represented" in the new "Here and Now" edition.
May 3, 2006 |
They took the Miss America pageant out of Atlantic City. Now they want to take the Atlantic City out of Monopoly. So yesterday, the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority rolled out Mr. Peanut, the Borgata Babes, and an assortment of politicians to decry manufacturer Hasbro's plan to remove the city's association with an American icon that officials say it helped create. Hasbro said it would still produce the "classic" version, which features the Queen of Resorts.
March 8, 2006 |
Is it time for a new edition of the Works Progress Administration for Louisiana and Mississippi? Recent Katrina hearings in Washington brought the political scapegoating to a new high. It's time now to look beyond the finger-pointing. We need a fresh model to fight the consequences of disaster. Between 1935 and 1943, the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration put unemployed Americans to work repairing schools, hospitals and airfields. The WPA had its critics, but the program was also a creative response to an agonizing national reality.
October 3, 2005 |
One story describes the Miss Brazil USA pageant's local competition; the winner, Janaisa Daiana Barbosa, 22, of Northeast Philadelphia, will compete for the title in Fort Lauderdale next month. Another story reports in detail on a Brazilian pizza delivery man shot and killed in Olney. Another exposes a corrupt congressman in Brazil. These articles were front-page news in Brazilian News Week, a free, weekly Portuguese-language newspaper published in Northeast Philadelphia, which caters to the region's 40,000 Brazilians.
June 18, 2005 |
Women of Philadelphia: Brian McKnight is here for you. Offering himself and his sensualist services (hair brushing, nail painting) to Thursday's mostly gal crowd at the Tower Theater, McKnight said, "Every brother has to have skills. Some cook, some are handy around the house, some are computer hackers. I can do all that. But . . . " Through his dusky jazz-soul vocals, he then made it clear he considered sexual healing his principal skill. He wove Marvin Gaye's paean to carnality throughout his own "Backseat," the liquid rhythms supporting his baritone's fluid leaps before a big falsetto finish about the restorative quality of good sex. Corny?
May 29, 2005 |
After nearly two years, William "Pete" Dorwart, a retired clinical chemist turned music publisher, has completed his biggest project: a new edition of the full score of Gypsy Baron. The Main Line Opera Guild will try out the 375-page full score with the performance of Johann Strauss' work Friday and next Sunday at Haverford College. Dorwart's previous undertakings include 11 Gilbert and Sullivan shows and an edition of The Merry Widow, which has been used by the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons.
August 28, 2004 |
NBC-owned cable outlet Bravo is in negotiations with Bobby Brown for a reality series about the singer's troubled life. Sources say the deal is not final because of haggling over how much of a presence Brown's wife, pop star Whitney Houston, would have in the program. "We are in negotiations, and it has not yet been decided as to what, if any, Ms. Houston's participation will be," said a representative for Houston who wished to remain anonymous. A Bravo spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.
February 9, 2004 |
It's an immutable law of the universe: The boy who makes the girls scream the loudest is going solo. Omari "Omarion" Grandberry made his move Friday before a Tower Theater crowd of teens aquiver with anticipation. The back story: Grandberry, 19, was, until recently, the front man for B2K, the R&B boy band that scored a steady stream of hits ("Gots To Be," "Uh-Huh," "Bump, Bump, Bump") that positioned the Los Angeles foursome as a new edition New Edition, or a black N' Sync. B2K broke up after a Dec. 30 concert, because of a reported financial dispute between Grandberry and bandmates DeMario "Raz-B" Thornton, Dreux "Lil Fizz" Frederic and Jarrell "J-Boog" Houston.
December 11, 2003 |
THOSE EYE-CATCHING print ads featuring Jennifer Lopez wearing Louis Vuitton clothing will soon be history. The luxury goods company is smarting over Lopez's reportedly greedy behavior during the shoot, according to the New York Post. Word is she helped herself to tens of thousands of dollars worth or merchandise and even sent her assistant back to collect a pair or socks she forgot. Lovers' quarrel, Part I Singer Bobby Brown was charged with battery yesterday, three days after a fight with his pop star wife, Whitney Houston, left her injured.
January 17, 2003 |
It's hard not to associate artists who have ventured solo with the groups they launched from. You know, Bobby Brown (New Edition), Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child). So when we heard that Pete Rock was coming to Fluid, memories of Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth came to mind. But can you blame us? T.R.O.Y. - a.k.a. "They Reminisce Over You" - replaced "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" as the music staple for graduations and, sadly, funerals. And "Straighten It Out" prompted arms to stretch into the air at parties.