May 16, 2011
WHILE THE VOTERS (the minority who care) focus on tomorrow's primary, the Insiders, Consultants, Power Brokers and Money Changers - er, I mean Money Raisers - are contemplating two gathering storms. First, who will the worker bees select as their Queen Bee when City Council is sworn in on Jan. 2? ("Queen Bee" is a metaphor. It could be a dude.) Philadelphia politics is a snow globe where the opportunity to get elected exists mainly for the flakes (ahem) on the inside. This results from the party system, which requires potential candidates to prove their loyalty by butt-smooching and providing "voluntary" services before being allowed to run. Few candidates are outsiders without political connections.
July 3, 2009 |
It was the kind of late-inning buzz that none of the players had experienced before. The Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres, 7-2, yesterday, but only after waiting out a 52-minute delay in the top of the ninth inning caused when a swarm of bees took over leftfield at Petco Park. "It's how this year's going - bizarre things," said Houston's Geoff Blum, who hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBI. "You think you've seen it all in baseball and you're going to see something new. " The drama began with Houston leading, 6-1, with two outs in the top of the ninth.
July 3, 2009 |
Oh, the possibilities! The National League boasted three 1-0 games Wednesday night, and it led to some interesting information on David Pinto's thought-provoking blog, "Baseball Musings. " Since 1957, of the 104,429 games played in the major leagues, 2,225 resulted in a 1-0 score, meaning there's about a 2 percent chance of a 1-0 duel breaking out any time you watch a game. The posting went on to talk about the relationship between scoring and a 1-0 game. A 1-0 game was most likely in 1968 (when pitching dominated)
October 16, 2008 |
"The Secret Life of Bees" is like something Mark Twain might have come up with if he wanted to get on Oprah. It's Huck Finn with a book-group makeover, so your abused child runaway becomes a girl (Dakota Fanning, naturally), and the on-the-road African-American companion becomes one of the Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson). Instead of an amusing odyssey of hucksters and swindlers, we get an earnest, thorough dunking in loving matriarchal society - one, incidentally, that derives its living and its philosophy from another matriarchal society, bees.
July 22, 2008 |
The thousands of honeybees that survived after being bounced from a truck on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday are now residing on the east side of Cherry Hill. They are in the backyard of Seth Belson, president of the South Jersey Beekeepers Association. While no humans who encountered the bees on the turnpike were injured, thousands of bees died after being thrown from their honeycombs onto hot asphalt in 100 degree temperatures on the turnpike near Exit 3 in Runnemede after a northbound truck lost the cargo.
May 23, 2006 |
The third graders swarmed into the Radnor Elementary School auditorium, transforming it into a thrumming, oversized beehive. The queen bee squatted in the rear, laying make-believe eggs. Guard bees stood at the ready as funeral bees, their pipe-cleaner antennae bobbing, carried out the dead. Beekeeper Clifford Wright-Sunflower pushed his straw hat back on his head and smiled at the organized chaos he had created. His traveling program, Dancin' With the Honeybees, is a kind of in-class field trip that gives children throughout the Philadelphia region a chance to become big, imaginary bees and get close to small, real ones.
November 25, 2005 |
Few things fly faster than rhymes from Lady Sovereign's lips - unless it's the buzz that has traveled across the pond in advance of the queen bee of the British grime scene's Philadelphia debut at the Silk City Lounge. Her EP, Vertically Challenged, the first U.S. release by the 5-foot-1 Sovereign - born Louise Berman ("call me Sov," she says over the phone from London) - came out just this month. But, beginning with "Cha Ching," the frenetic, angular, Eminem-ish single that appeared on the compilation album Run the Road earlier this year, word has spread rapidly about Sovereign's gift of gab. So rapidly, in fact, that rapper-turned-Island/Def Jam mahoff Jay-Z flew her to New York and signed her a few months back.
September 5, 2001 |
Like many larger-than-life figures, Pauline Kael, the contentious movie essayist who died Monday at age 82, was minuscule of physical stature. But though scarcely 5 feet, she cut a giant swath through American movies and letters. As her slangy and impassioned prose influenced at least two generations of filmmakers and film lovers, so her insights sparked a conflagration that still rages. With Pauline - "as with Cher or Liza, the surname is superfluous," wrote People magazine - the gloves were off. She was a bare-knuckles fighter who defended her love of trashy movies, delivering a knockout punch to the prigs who reverentially spoke of film as art. Movies were too much fun to leave them to a film Vatican, contended the woman who was both high priestess of pop culture and chief rabbi of the cinematic temple.
October 5, 2000 |
QUOTE "Everyone, I suspect, knows somebody who has had bowel cancer, yet there is a real reluctance to talk about bowels and bottoms in this country. " - Britain's Prince Charles, at a London health-care event yesterday Kathie Lee Gifford made noises about leaving "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" for years - until finally, finally jumping ship this summer. So we won't take Rosie O'Donnell too seriously now that she's started to make the same noises. The popular morning chat-show host says she wants to quit "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," when her contract expires in two years.
September 15, 2000 |
If you happen to see a mysterious stranger with thinning dark hair and a lean and hungry look lurking around the tent in front of the Horticulture Center around 2:30 in the afternoon Saturday, do not be alarmed. He is a harmless pumpkin pie addict. "Pieface," as his Uncle Julius called him some (don't ask how many) years ago, is simply in quest of a pumpkin pie. A whole one, preferably. A big slice? OK, a sample? The tent is the locale of the third annual Great Pumpkin Pie Contest, one of the features of this year's annual Philadelphia Harvest Show.