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February 13, 2015
AMONG THOSE who took in the touring production of "Motown The Musical" when it played the Academy of Music last month was Kenny Gamble , who, along with Leon Huff and Thom Bell , made the Philadelphia International Records label a music powerhouse in the 1970s. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer to ask Gamble about a "Motown"-style musical based on PIR's prodigious catalog of soul and R&B hits, universally tagged "The Sound of Philadelphia. " We are happy to report that Gamble answered in the affirmative.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the afternoon of June 7, 1950, the story of African American golf was being played out silently but powerfully by two black men at a pair of Philadelphia-area courses. That story, with its themes of exclusion, prejudice, and resourcefulness, was sadly familiar in mid-20th century American sports. At the tony Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, where the 1950 U.S. Open would commence the following day, Howard Wheeler began his final practice round alone. None of his competitors, all of them white, would partner with the black entrant.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspected drunken driver sideswiped a Philadelphia police cruiser and crashed into a concrete pole Saturday morning, causing the driver's gold Toyota Camry to catch fire, police said. The incident was the third involving a suspected drunken driver and a Philadelphia police cruiser in three weeks. The latest accident occurred about 6:55 a.m. in the 3900 block of Whitaker Avenue, where the police cruiser was parked in the median with its emergency lights on. The driver, who was not immediately identified, continued traveling down Whitaker at a high rate of speed after striking the cruiser, police said.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
One of his guys would let a three-pointer go from the fingertips, and Herb Magee would lean to his side as if he was trying to will a five-iron toward a pin over at Edgmont Country Club. He kept bending, but these shots didn't need his body English. The result became inevitable after five consecutive Philadelphia University three-pointers fell in 141 seconds, a festival of second-half jumpers. Another banner was unfurled from above Philly U.'s scoreboard. Magee gave it a long look, no doubt at that number "1,000" on top of his name, and the 48th-year coach kind of nodded.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
"Maestros. Can't live with 'em, can't run a major orchestra without 'em," says Bernadette Peters in the Amazon.com miniseries Mozart in the Jungle . Well, the Philadelphia Orchestra temporarily did without a maestro on Thursday in a conductorless program of Mozart, Beethoven, and Grieg - all smartly chosen to accommodate a more communal form of music-making that string quartets know well, with the added charisma of the British piano goddess Imogen...
NEWS
February 7, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the nine years that she has been accompanying her husband to Botswana, where he directs an ambitious health care program, Cindy Friedman has been unable to do much to help his efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV, train medical personnel, or treat tuberculosis. So Friedman developed her own outreach effort. A well-established fiber artist, she cultivated friendships with government officials, museum directors, and artists working in villages far from the capital, Gaborone. Through those relationships, she has helped foster artist communities and help talented men and women who had little or no training find creative outlets.
NEWS
February 6, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Symphony orchestras don't typically slot in visits to China in the middle of a busy season. But the Philadelphia Orchestra is in the midst of its Pearl River Delta Residency Week, which slipped into high gear - after more than the usual Chinese cliffhangers - with a performance Wednesday of the choral/orchestral work Ode to Humanity in Macau. "I tell you, the world is getting small," said cellist Udi Bar-David, having recently stepped off a nonstop 15-hour flight from JFK Airport.
SPORTS
February 5, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
HISTORY WILL have to wait. At least until Saturday afternoon. Everything was in place last night at Philadelphia University's Gallagher Center. The Rams were trying to get coach Herb Magee his 1,000th win, 9 days after Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, another Naismith Hall of Famer, became the first man in NCAA history to reach that number. Too bad somebody forgot to tell Wilmington it wasn't supposed to get in the way of the celebration. Ironically, it came down to a three-pointer from straightaway by Philly U's top scorer, senior guard Nick Schlitzer.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark L. Gushner, 80, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., a former co-owner and operator of Boyd's Philadelphia, died Thursday, Jan. 29, of Parkinson's disease and a blood cancer at the Hospice of Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Mr. Gushner lived in Gladwyne before retiring to Florida in 2004. Starting in 1968, Mr. Gushner was instrumental in the expansion and success of Boyd's, the clothing store founded by his father and two uncles in 1938. Formerly at 1217 Market St., the store is now at 1818 Chestnut St. "My father worked there from the time he was in high school," said son Jimmy.
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