January 18, 2015 |
From the moment the elevator doors open in Alfred "Fred" Hagen's ultrachic penthouse, the swooning begins. The unit, spanning the top two floors of a trendy 12-story boutique building in Society Hill, is the pinnacle of stylish city living. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch across the 4,000-square-foot residence, where breathtaking views pan from the city's corporate center to the stadium complex to the Delaware River, where the Ben Franklin Bridge arcs in the wake of cruising cargo ships.
November 6, 2014 |
ONE OF THE BEST things about second-year Temple football coach Matt Rhule is that he gets it. After his Owls beat nationally ranked East Carolina in the rain in South Philly on Saturday - the program's first win over a ranked team since 1998 and only its third ever - he responded to a congratulatory text by pointing out: "We're only 5-3. " Fair enough. Especially since they now must face a 5-3 Memphis team Friday night at the Linc. The same Memphis that's in a five-way tie for first in the AAC at 3-1. A team that lost at UCLA (by seven)
October 29, 2014 |
ANY DISCUSSION of popular and influential Philadelphians in the media has to include Terry Gross. For 39 years, the 63-year-old Brooklyn native has presided over "Fresh Air," the weekday afternoon talk-and-commentary show (3 p.m.; repeats at 7 p.m.) anchored by Gross' chats with A-listers from the arts, show business, journalism, business and politics. Produced at its Independence Mall studios by WHYY (90.9-FM) - it was WUHY when Gross began - the hourlong program has been syndicated by National Public Radio for 27 years.
October 17, 2014 |
ANY MOMENT now, Steve Cunningham and his wife, Livvy, could get the call. It's been that way throughout Cunningham's latest training camp. It remains the reality during the lead-up to the Philadelphia heavyweight's fight Saturday night. "The doctor has called us four times in the past month and a half and said, 'We almost called you last night,' " Cunningham, 38, said after a workout last week. Cunningham's 9-year-old daughter, Kennedy, awaits a lifesaving heart transplant.
August 4, 2014 |
Do traditional market indexes such as the Standard & Poor's 500 represent the soundest ways to track stocks? Are mutual funds and ETFs that invest in those index stocks the best for you? Maybe not. Many so-called alternative indexes have gained credibility, and investors, in recent years and may offer new options for market participation and growth. Firms have been adding them at a brisk clip. This June post at etftrends.com describes new ETFs (stock-like exchange-traded funds)
July 14, 2014 |
Daniel Heneghan prepares to ascend the spiral of stairs inside the Absecon Lighthouse. Again. At least once a week, the former newspaperman climbs those 228 iron steps to stay fit - and raise a bit of money for a magnificent, if underappreciated, Atlantic City landmark. Standing about 170 feet, or 16 stories, Absecon Lighthouse is widely described as the tallest in New Jersey and the third-tallest in America. Heneghan, 61, has been climbing it regularly since early 2013. "The fastest I ever did was just under three minutes," he tells me before we start our journey Thursday - his 42d of the year, my first of a lifetime.
April 11, 2014
JOHN MORRISON'S lengthy obituary on Chuck Stone in Monday's Daily News said a lot, but there was one thing it did not say. It did not say Chuck Stone was the first black columnist at the Daily News . It didn't have to because he was so much more. Many readers' tributes to Chucker (that's what I usually called him) mentioned his hilarious and infuriating "And the Angels Sing" columns, "written" by letter writers and answered by Chucker. In those, the voices of bigotry, racial hatred and assorted animosities flowered, with Chucker in the role of Chance the Gardener - except Chucker would do more than watch.
January 14, 2014 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - When James Franklin's coaching stint at Vanderbilt began in December 2010, most fans hoped there would be at least incremental improvement in a program where five wins constituted a good season. If he could eventually make the Commodores competitive in America's toughest college football conference, the SEC, that would be a bonus. Now, with Franklin gone to Penn State, any objective look at his three seasons would conclude he accomplished that task. A 24-15 record, back-to-back 9-4 seasons in the final 2 years, and consecutive bowl wins (three straight bowl trips overall)
December 18, 2013 |
A YEAR AGO, maybe even a couple of months ago, Nick Foles could have played the game he played Sunday at Minnesota and reaped praise. Thirty completions in 48 attempts, 428 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, a 103.5 passer rating? Big numbers. But a couple of things have happened. One, offense has just gone nuts in the NFL of 2013. Everywhere you look, there are big numbers. Seven hundred sixty-three points were scored Sunday, more than any day ever in league history.
November 20, 2013 |
The final figures for damages, deaths, and confirmed tornadoes won't be known for months, but Nov. 17, 2013, was certifiably one of the most devastating tornado days of the year. Occurring so late on the calendar, and so soon after the unimaginable destruction of the typhoon in the Philippines, some reasonable people are asking whether the human fingerprint of global warming finally is showing its hand. The ferocious Midwest storms leveled buildings in 12 states on Sunday - and so far has been blamed for killing at least eight people.