March 17, 2012 |
George Clooney , who seems to be everywhere these days, led a demonstration against the government of Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir Friday outside Sudan's embassy in D.C. It wasn't long before the cops clapped Georgie in cuffs and led him away. What did his mom, Nina Clooney , think of the prospect of his arrest? "He's a big boy. He'll be OK. " Yes, he will. So will his dad, Nick Clooney , who also got arrested. George has been active investigating reports of war crimes by Bashir, reports that outspoken George says are true.
September 16, 2011 |
Ask them, and they'll tell you. A Sports Illustrated poll of 215 major-leaguers on the "meanest player" in the game had no surprise at the top: Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski , who has long cultivated an irritating rep, with 29 percent of the votes. (Hey, his own manager, Ozzie Guillen , says: "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less. ") What is a bit of a surprise, at least for Phillies fans, is the second-place finisher: Chase Utley , with 13 percent.
May 7, 2010
I WAS APPALLED to see that School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman got a $65,000 bonus on top of her exorbitantly high salary. Why is a city whose financial situation is dire giving such a generous bonus to someone who's well paid to do the job anyway? It's more of the same that we had with Mayor Street's "friends & family" plan. Why should people who are about to be taxed for beverages, and who knows what else, have to read about a bonus in the paper? I drive around in South Philly on streets that are riddled with potholes and the city is giving out 65K bonuses?
April 21, 2010 |
Ed Snider backs new conservative media outlet Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider is a major investor in the new conservative cabler RightNetWork. Comcast says it's not an investor. RightNetwork, which debuts as soon as summer, also has backing from actor Kelsey Grammer. Where Fox goes in hard for news and politics, RightNetWork, judging from the prelim lineup, will be more entertainment-based. A Snider statement says, "RightNetWork will be the perfect platform to entertain, inform and connect with the American majority about what's right in the world.
June 21, 2009 |
Stephen Starr took the boys (and a couple of girls) out for pizza Thursday. At 9:41 in the morning. For a clam pie, in New Haven, Conn., for goodness' sake, four hours and change by jouncing shuttle bus from his offices over the Continental in Old City. In the gray, drumming rain. He was so hungry by the time he got there that he did what any famished pizza-eater would do: He promptly, and with rueful chagrin, burned the roof of his mouth. And that was just pizzeria Numero Uno. There were four more to come on this gonzo pizza tour - back down in New York's East Village, and in Brooklyn, the harp wires of the bridge going hazy in the fading light.
September 1, 2008 |
For a decade, an American flag has snapped and flapped atop a pole in front of Mel Rosenberg's beachfront house in Ventnor, N.J. And not just any old American flag, but a big one, really big - 25 feet long on a 40-foot pole - and a pristine, new one each and every year. But sometime after 3 a.m. yesterday, Rosenberg's flag went missing. "Somebody stole the American flag!" an incensed Rosenberg reported. "I have no idea what they're going to do with it," he added, hinting darkly that "kids from Philly" who like to "have a few beers" might be responsible.
November 30, 2007 |
The words on the barn wall, painted in homage to the mare in stall No. 9, refer to this horse's prolongada mala suerte, her "prolonged bad luck. " This big, sturdy-looking, 9-year-old brown mare named Dona Chepa - spotted one recent morning in her stall, languidly eating her feed - must be the hardest-luck racehorse of all time. Her grandfather won the Kentucky Derby - but Dona Chepa doesn't know that. She has left the starting gate 128 times and lost each time. This is believed to be a world thoroughbred record, breaking the mark of an Australian horse who was 0 for 124. But Dona Chepa doesn't merely fail to win. "Solidly last" is how her exercise rider describes her typical performance.
February 15, 2001 |
The voice is a little deeper now. And, at 6-foot-1, he is an inch taller than he was last season. No longer does he just step up and dive off a 1-meter board without giving much thought to whether he's going to score high or low. In addition, he would rather be called "Chuck" than "Chuckie. " "Chuck," he said, sounds more grown-up. Senior Chuck Venuto, the No.1 diver at Council Rock, has matured into an introspective competitor. He is keenly aware that his days as a scholastic athlete are dwindling.
February 26, 2000 |
When Bobby Abreu arrived for spring training last year, the muscles of his upper body, sharply honed from a winter in the weight room, bulged from beneath his shirt. This year, there are no bulges. Abreu arrived at the Phillies' camp yesterday looking trimmer. "I'm skinny," he said. What happened to the weight work? Did Abreu become a fat cat after signing a three-year, $14.25 million contract? Not exactly. Abreu underwent surgery on his right elbow in October, and during the recovery period, his time in the weight room was limited.
January 20, 1999 |
When Pope John Paul II arrives in Mexico City Friday, one topic he'll address will be the drain of Hispanic priests and members of religious orders throughout the hemisphere - an issue that hits home in Philadelphia. Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who will join the pope there and in St. Louis, the pontiff's only American stop, said the archdiocese is trying to build stronger ties to local Hispanics - including a plan to send Philadelphia priests to Puerto Rico. The cardinal said yesterday that the pope will focus on bishops' recommendations from a recent Synod of America in Rome that Bevilacqua attended.