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December 9, 2005 | By Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Going, going, gone - for $8,390. That's what a day in New York with Flavia Colgan, the MSNBC commentator and former top staffer to Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, went for this week on eBay. Since last Friday, Colgan was auctioning herself for charity - with the proceeds going to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Pennsylvania, where she serves on the board. The highest bidder gets to spend most of today with Colgan as she does television tapings, drops in on political parties, and generally makes the rounds of the town.
NEWS
August 2, 2000 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Al Franken is in town. Why? Because he's good enough. He's smart enough. And doggone it, people like him. The former "Saturday Night Live" regular and political humorist even dusted off his comedic alter ego, Stuart Smalley, yesterday for a brief gig at the Shadow Convention. Franken broke up the audience from the moment he meekly took the stage after a barn-burning speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson. "Wasn't that last speaker great?" said "Stuart," in his trademark lisp and fluffy blue sweater.
NEWS
August 3, 2000 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
Sure, they talk about "inclusion," but don't expect to see Spinal Tap play at the Republican National Convention. Or for that matter, a keynote address by Wayland Smithers. The GOP shindig is strictly a Paul Anka-Montgomery Burns type of affair, which might explain why a comedian like Harry Shearer is in town to make fun of it. "What convention? I haven't seen a convention. I've seen a bad infomercial," says Shearer, the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and the inspiration of Smithers on "The Simpsons" and bassist Derek Smalls of Tap. "This is like the Jerry Lewis telethon - after Jerry stopped taking Percodan.
NEWS
September 4, 2003
DON HARRISON'S op-ed ("Iraq's Hard Road to Democracy," Aug. 22) was well written and hit home pretty hard. He expressed, in good American language, exactly how lots of us feel about being in Iraq, and all the lies that brought us there. But I would have liked it if Don would have given us a solution, as he sees it - or is it too late now? How many more Americans have to die before it's all over? We all have a fear of pending disaster every day since 9/11. How many of us will die because of the war on terrorism?
NEWS
February 4, 1992 | By PETER BINZEN
Because one of our grandsons has a lively interest in journalism, we decided to give him Scotty Reston's memoirs for his 24th birthday. It seemed like a perfect choice. For close to half a century, James Reston, of the New York Times, was one of the greatest reporters anywhere. As his former colleague, Wallace Turner, has written, Reston was Washington's "premier scoop artist in the 1940s and 1950s," and for 30 years after that he wrote a much admired column before retiring at 80 in 1989.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
On Aug. 8, 1971, superstar quarterback Joe Namath threw a pass that was intercepted in a meaningless preseason game. Namath reacted by trying to tackle the opposing player. He promptly blew out his knee, and his team's season was ruined. Asked why, given the game's low stakes, he didn't simply refrain from hurling his body in front of the runaway linebacker, Namath responded: "I only know how to play football one way - at full speed. " Interestingly, Namath wasn't widely pilloried for exhibiting poor judgment; instead, he was admired for being a great competitor and leader.
NEWS
April 9, 2000 | By Matt Archbold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
There was more youth and denim in the crowd than at a typical conservative convention, Republican pollster and CNN political analyst KellyAnne Fitzpatrick said. Nothing else seemed out of the ordinary. But then the lights went out and a motor growled to life in the foyer of the Park Ridge Hotel in King of Prussia, and, Fitzpatrick said, she asked the question that was likely on the minds of the 200-plus people in attendance: "Oh, my God. What is Adkins up to?" Tom Adkins, executive publisher of the Common Conservative site on the Internet, had roared in on a Harley-Davidson, with a metallic-white Flying V guitar strapped on his back.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | Choose one .
Pulitzer-winning journalist, pundit, and noted Philadelphian Buzz Bissinger, best known for his football tome Friday Night Lights, has a new job: talk radio. Local CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM) on Monday announced that Bissinger, 57, will take the wheel at the station's afternoon drive show (from 3 to 7 p.m. daily) with cohost Steve Martorano. Bissinger tells us he's excited about working in a new, fresh medium. "This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio," says Bissinger, who left The Inquirer in 1988.
NEWS
February 28, 1992 | BY MIKE ROYKO
Washington is crawling with reporters. Many are investigative reporters, who dig through musty records in search of an amazing fact. So I'm surprised none have looked into one of the most intriguing incidents in the life and times of Pat Buchanan, who has temporarily given up the loud- opinion business to become a presidential candidate. Buchanan has said proudly he used to be quite the two-fisted brawler. This has been confirmed by some of his old college chums, who said Buchanan was ready and eager to duke it. This side of Buchanan probably impresses some people.
NEWS
August 21, 2003 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This just in from ScrappleFace, the world-renowned fake-news blog produced by Scott Ott of Pleasant Valley and named for a large family dog that ate anything: "Ashcroft to Launch Peekaboolooza Tour. " "Schwarzenegger to Debate His Own Campaign Team. " "Alabama Judge Orders Removal of 'No Parking' Signs," calling them 'a relic of an antiquated morality.' " In the cluttered world of blogs - the number, according to some estimates, is fast approaching five million - ScrappleFace is among the standouts.
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NEWS
April 17, 2015 | Christine M. Flowers, Daily News Columnist
IT'S POPULAR to say that age is just a number. I never understood that statement. Aside from being self-evident, the implication that age is irrelevant makes absolutely no sense. Age is a number that means a lot of things, including how much you have accomplished, experienced and, perhaps most importantly, the mistakes you've avoided making during a lifetime. But when we say "age is just a number," it's as if we're trying to minimize the negative perception of being "older. " I put that word in quotation marks because its connotation has evolved over recent decades.
NEWS
February 5, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Experts and pundits tend to be terrible fortune tellers. Often wrong but rarely in doubt, they become invested in their own theories, rejecting new information that challenges their beliefs. The evidence is overwhelming, from Albert Einstein's prediction that "there is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable," to George Will's that Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential election by a landslide. Just as solidly proven, but far less known, is that in most cases, a group of average citizens venturing good guesses is more likely to make accurate forecasts than a typical authority on a subject, especially a smugly confident one. This counterintuitive truth has fascinated social scientists, psychologists, and statisticians for more than a century.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
When Gov. Christie won reelection by a landslide in November, some Republican leaders and many independent analysts deified him as they parsed the New Jersey exit polls. Savior of his party! Not only had Christie won overwhelmingly in a blue state, but he had earned a majority of votes of Hispanics and women, two groups that the national GOP recently has had trouble attracting, the poll found. That raised his stock even more as the very early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
On Aug. 8, 1971, superstar quarterback Joe Namath threw a pass that was intercepted in a meaningless preseason game. Namath reacted by trying to tackle the opposing player. He promptly blew out his knee, and his team's season was ruined. Asked why, given the game's low stakes, he didn't simply refrain from hurling his body in front of the runaway linebacker, Namath responded: "I only know how to play football one way - at full speed. " Interestingly, Namath wasn't widely pilloried for exhibiting poor judgment; instead, he was admired for being a great competitor and leader.
SPORTS
August 29, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer
HEADING INTO their Mayor's Cup showdown with Villanova on Friday night, Temple is the new team in a new-look conference. A quick glance at the nearest college football poll is all it takes to see that the Big East is not garnering much respect from the national media. Many pundits think that Temple, 8 years after being booted from the Big East, is the weakest squad in the weakest BCS conference. But preseason excitement within the Owls' program has drastically overshadowed any concern over a lack of respect, a notion that coach Steve Addazio reiterated on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | Choose one .
Pulitzer-winning journalist, pundit, and noted Philadelphian Buzz Bissinger, best known for his football tome Friday Night Lights, has a new job: talk radio. Local CBS station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT (1210-AM) on Monday announced that Bissinger, 57, will take the wheel at the station's afternoon drive show (from 3 to 7 p.m. daily) with cohost Steve Martorano. Bissinger tells us he's excited about working in a new, fresh medium. "This will be my first regular full-time gig on radio," says Bissinger, who left The Inquirer in 1988.
NEWS
March 1, 2012 | Staff Report
Andrew Breitbart has died, according to the conservative blogger's website. He was 43. Few details were available. "With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart," says a note on www.bigjournalism.com . "Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles. " Several Breitbart-affiliated websites made the announcement this morning that he died of natural causes in Los Angeles in the early morning hours.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Allegheny College has cursed the darkness, with its researchers documenting in a series of polls the decline of civility in American politics and the risk that rising nastiness poses to self-government. Tuesday, the college plans to light a candle. Pundits David Brooks and Mark Shields are to receive the inaugural Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life in Washington, honoring them for the elevated tone of their regular debates on PBS's NewsHour . "People talk so much in America about those who are not civil.
NEWS
February 10, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
So, Roland Martin's suspension has some black folks up in arms. Looks like CNN's indefinite canning of its ascot-wearing, progressive pundit has many of his supporters indignant. Some of them have even begun an online petition drive to get him back on the network sooner. While I'm not surprised, that's one petition I won't be signing. But first, a little context: Martin, a prolific user of social media, took to Twitter on Sunday to give his 90,000 followers a play-by-play of his Super Bowl musings, including a commercial critique.
NEWS
October 16, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian
LOS ANGELES TIMES BARTLETT, Tenn. - Herman Cain, the new Republican front-runner in at least one recent 2012 presidential poll, swatted away criticism of his tax plan Friday and accused critics of attacking him because he is suddenly at the head of the pack. "Can y'all see that big bull's-eye on my back?" asked Cain, turning to show the crowd an imaginary target. Cain spoke in a park outside Memphis, his birthplace, at the first stop of a bus tour through Tennessee. The state seldom draws candidates this early in a presidential campaign because its primary is not held until March.
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