April 10, 2015 |
E DDIE MURPHY will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Why? He's Gumby, dammit! The center announced yesterday that Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18, so he has six months to come up with something to say (unlike his "SNL 40" appearance). The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain . Like "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood"?
March 25, 2015 |
FOR THE second straight year, the Daily News has won the top honor among the state's largest newspapers in the 2015 Keystone Press Awards given by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The People Paper walked away with the coveted Sweepstakes award by capturing 23 awards in the various categories of the contest - nine first places, nine second places and five honorable mentions. The winning entries included stories in breaking news, business and sports, columns, page design, photos, graphics - and, for the first time this year, video.
February 5, 2015 |
When soft-spoken Jarrett McClenton arrived at Archbishop Wood High School as a freshman, he "just wanted to play and make a contribution" to the football team. He wound up doing much more. Headed to Villanova in the fall, McClenton capped his career with the Vikings last fall by rushing for a school-record 2,188 yards and 37 touchdowns while helping Wood to its third PIAA Class AAA state title in the last four seasons. In his last three seasons, the 5-foot-9 and 170 pounder ran for 4,536 yards and 73 touchdowns.
November 21, 2014 |
THE FOURTH annual Harvest on Henry event last month was no pie-in-the-sky venture. It raised $13,000 to support the educational agricultural opportunities at Henry Got Crops CSA, a community-supported agriculture partnership between Saul High School, Weavers Way Food Co-op, Weavers Way Community Programs and Fairmount Park. The daylong festival gave Saul students a chance to interact with the public and featured farm-inspired activities, such as hay rides, pumpkin crafts and - to show off students' cooking skills - a pie-baking contest.
November 4, 2014 |
Claudia Sherrod held high hopes for the Walter G. Smith School, an imposing structure on the National Register of Historic Places at 19th and Wharton Streets in Point Breeze. She and others in the community were stricken when the Philadelphia School District shuttered the building in 2013 amid its continuing budget crisis. But news that Independence Charter might buy the building thrilled neighbors, said Sherrod, the president of the Point Breeze Community Development Coalition. Independence Charter is one of the city's top schools - with a waiting list of hundreds of students for its school at 16th and Lombard Streets in Center City.
October 16, 2014 |
IT'S A RACE in reverse, you might say. Mayor Nutter yesterday announced the launch of a citywide competition among big buildings to show the lowest energy costs, with a national prize awaiting the winners after a year. The Energy Reduction Race will tally the energy bills of the participating commercial skyscrapers in the city and will be judged by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The "race" ends Sept. 30, 2015, when each of three top-performing buildings will be awarded $5,000.
October 10, 2014
THE GREAT American Beer Festival awards are such a tease. Like brazen tarts, the judges tempt us time and again with medals for seductive, mouthwatering brands that just beg you to take a drink. But we can only look, never taste. These award-winners are one-offs. Brewpub seasonals. Special blends. They come and go, peeking out at you like a Maxim magazine nip-slip. Beers like Two Brothers Sour Beer #2 , from Illinois, named the best wood-aged beer in America. I'm sure it's a fine beer; it outpolled more than 100 other entries in the category.
September 16, 2014 |
Tony Auth, 72, of Wynnewood, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and mainstay of The Inquirer's editorial page for four decades before resigning in 2012 to become a digital artist, has died. Mr. Auth had been under treatment for metastatic brain cancer. David Leopold, his friend and curator, said he died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Sunday, Sept. 14, four days after his supporters had announced a fund-raising effort for an archive devoted to his work at Temple University.
September 10, 2014 |
APPLE WILL CLAIM the center stage today with announcements of new, bigger, maybe even renamed iPhones and, most likely, the maker's first entry in the smart-watch category. Should you dump your current gadgets on the resellers market? Buy Apple stock? All will be revealed at 1 p.m. with an event streaming at apple.com/live . Here's what it will take to get Gizmo Guy hustling off to the Apple Store. The 'iPhone 6' * Screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches are widely confirmed, up from the current 4-inch on the iPhone 5S and 5C. Phone makers like Samsung have been eating Apple's lunch with larger-screen models.
June 12, 2014 |
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.