October 9, 2013 |
WHEN WEI CHEN looks back, there's a good chance that he will remember Sunday as a day that changed his life. That's when 22-year-old Chen, a former South Philly High student who fought against anti-Asian violence there, became among the first recipients of a $50,000 Peace First Prize. The two-year fellowship was awarded to 10 young people (out of 700 applicants and 50 finalists) for peacemaking efforts that improved their schools and communities. For Chen, who was at a crossroads between family obligations and personal aspirations, the win is life-changing.
October 8, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Wei Chen honed his organizing skills as a student during a boycott triggered by racial violence at South Philadelphia High School four years ago. On Sunday, he was awarded a fellowship that will help him continue organizing Asian youth. "Organizing is one of the best ways to change our society," said Chen, who grew up in China's Fujian Province, where organizing was not tolerated. Chen, 22, is one of 10 young people to receive the inaugural Peace First Prize, which is supported by various foundations and which celebrates those who have confronted injustice.
September 20, 2013 |
EVEN KEVIN DURANT, one of the NBA's best free-throw shooters, would have a hard time winning his own Oklahoma City Thunder jersey by shooting hoops on the Wildwood boardwalk. The rims aren't exactly circular, the balls are overinflated and seagulls often block your line of vision. And if that's not bad enough, federal authorities say, shooters lucky enough to sink shots at games operated by two Atlantic County brothers have been rewarded with knock-off jerseys. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, Brett Strothers, 32, of Egg Harbor Township, and Evan Strothers, 28, of Mays Landing, are accused of buying 16,700 counterfeit NBA and NFL jerseys from two men, Joseph Cuozzo, an American living in Thailand, and Haresh Aildasani, an Indian citizen living and manufacturing the fake jerseys in China.
September 10, 2013 |
The Italian film Sacro GRA , a documentary by director Francesco Rosi about life on the highway encircling Rome has won the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. This was the first year documentaries were included in the main competition. The Silver Lion for best director went to Alexandros Avranas of Greece for Miss Violence , a disturbing look at sexual violence and abuse perpetrated by a grandfather. During Saturday's ceremony, Greek actor Themis Panou won the best actor prize for his leading role in Miss Violence , and Elena Cotta of Italy won the best actress award for her role in Emma Dante 's A Street in Palermo . Bruno Mars drafted Grammy winner Bruno Mars will highlight halftime at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the NFL announced Sunday.
August 30, 2013 |
When running back Andrew Pierce was a freshman at Delaware, he participated in the Football Championship Subdivision national title game. And even though the Blue Hens lost to Eastern Washington, 20-19, Pierce thought that it was only the beginning of many postseason runs. Now a senior, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound former walk-on and high school standout at South Jersey's Cumberland Regional has yet to return to the postseason. That is his No. 1 objective. The fact that Pierce is close to several records at Delaware and could be an NFL draft pick are topics he'd rather think about after the season.
August 20, 2013 |
If anyone were to support an era of parenting that rewards even the most underwhelming children's efforts, it would be Keith Baldwin. He is majority owner and president of Spike's, a Northeast Philadelphia manufacturer of trophies and other objects of commendation. Yet this is Baldwin's philosophy on indiscriminate praise: "You don't get a trophy just for showing up. It should mean something. " Then again, perhaps that's precisely the way you'd expect a trophy-business veteran to think.
August 1, 2013 |
IT APPEARS that Patricia Chandler hit the lottery and hightailed it out of Upper Darby. No one answered the door at Chandler's home on Wingate Road near Shirley last night - or a few weeks ago - when a Daily News reporter came knocking in search of the new millionaire. Lottery officials said yesterday that Chandler finally came forward to claim the June 22 $131.5 million annuity Powerball jackpot. Chandler opted for the $77.4 million cash lump sum. "She's probably already out of the neighborhood.
June 20, 2013 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The World Food Prize Foundation on Wednesday took the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops. The private nonprofit foundation, which is in part funded by biotechnology companies, refused to shy away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops that organic-food advocates say are harmful to people and the environment. "If we were to be deterred by a controversy, that would diminish our prize," said the foundation's president, Kenneth Quinn, a retired diplomat.
May 30, 2013 |
In a non-Olympic year, two favorites at the Devon Horse Show agreed on what Thursday's $100,000 Grand Prix is all about. "Some good prize money," Beezie Madden said with a laugh. Todd Minikus didn't laugh. "Money," he said. "Some guys throw baseballs for money, some guys throw footballs for money, some guys write for the newspaper for money. I ride horses for money. That's what it's about. "This year there's no championship or anything for me, and so it's [about] winning Grand Prix and trying to just make enough money so you can keep going to the next shows.