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March 3, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Philly is a reality-show nexus and all, but what were the chances of Tuesday's on-the-street meetup of Reid Rosenthal , the Rittenhouse Square Realtor who was booted off The Bachelorette a year ago, and Ashley Hebert , the University of Pennsylvania dental student who was shown the door Monday night on The Bachelor ? No sparks flew in what Rosenthal described as a random encounter outside the 10 Rittenhouse high-rise on 18th Street near Walnut, where he was showing a condo.
NEWS
April 3, 2008
AS A 42-YEAR-OLD male whose belly is fattening while his hair is thinning, I wanted to tell you that your article purporting to show a link between middle-age weight gain and dementia is a load of bunk. And if you don't believe me, just ask my cat Abraham Lincoln, who read the article to me while we played No Limit Hold-'em with the Martians from next door. Mike Ginsberg, Philadelphia
NEWS
February 6, 2008
I'M SICK of people griping and moaning about how the police are so unfair and crying racism when there are police shootings, or they've arrested their poor little Johnny. But what are police supposed to do when Johnny is shooting at them, robbing an elderly person for some weed, or victimizing a law-abiding citizen? Get real. Bhoke S. Lumumba Philadelphia
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2012 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, mccutch@phillynews.com 215-854-5991
LAST MONDAY night, nearly a million American viewers tuned in for the season 4 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race. " The extra-sassy show is a reality-based elimination, a madcap mash-up of "Project Runway" and "America's Next Top Model. " Only the competitors are men who dress like women - and who survive or get eliminated by lip syncing "for their lives. " Last Monday's viewership was a 50 percent increase over season 3's first episode and set a record for the lil' Logo channel (163 on your Comcast dial)
SPORTS
March 24, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS a moment Tuesday when Jeffrey Lurie sounded like a man capable of regaining some of the public trust he'd cost himself over the previous few years. It occurred roughly 11 minutes into a question-and-answer session with reporters in a Boca Raton, Fla., hotel, and it detailed something that sounded remarkably close to a coherent vision for his franchise. The Eagles' owner talked about the treasure trove of data now available to teams as they search for ways to improve the success rate of their decision-making.
NEWS
April 5, 2013 | BY MICHAEL O'SULLIVAN, Washington Post
THE OBSERVER effect, in science, describes circumstances under which the behavior of an object under observation changes as the result of being observed. A thermometer inserted into a glass of water, for example, doesn't merely measure the temperature, but alters it slightly. That, in a nutshell, explains why the term "reality TV" is such an absurd misnomer. But the Italian film "Reality" takes it one step further: Does being watched make you a better or worse person? And what if you're not being watched but only think you are?
NEWS
March 7, 1986
On Feb. 28 Ellen Goodman never spoke truer words than when she stated "a woman can take RU 486 (an abortifacient) without knowing whether she is pregnant . . . the moral questions would be easy . . . to avoid. " It has always been that way, Ms. Goodman. The rich can live selfish, opulent lives and never have to face the moral question of their responsibilities to humanity as long as they never see the ghetto. But that doesn't change the reality of the existence of poverty. You're right, not being able to see unborn humans makes it easy for some to avoid the moral question of their destruction.
NEWS
March 24, 2010
CONGRATULATIONS to the editorial board on recognizing the importance of comprehensive immigration reform for the U.S. Opponents think they have good reasons for being opposed to immigration reform, but they are not facing reality: immigrants (legal or otherwise) are here, they make our country great, and the only reasonable thing to do is bring the undocumented ones out of the shadows. This isn't amnesty - it's common sense. Unfortunately, opponents are so often acting out of bias rather than a sense of fairness.
NEWS
January 30, 2007
RE "Stem Cells: The Inconvenient Truth," the op-ed by Christine Flowers, I have one thing to say: Ring, ring, this is reality calling . . . Ms. Flowers says that "after years of research and unrealistic expectations, the results are still disappointing. " But if researchers had government funding and support, more substantive results may occur. We simply can't throw away promising scientific research just because it isn't yielding immediate results, especially when greater government funding is likely to enhance those results considerably.
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NEWS
September 8, 2016
It looks more and more as if Donald Trump's reality show isn't going to be renewed for another season. I'm not talking about Celebrity Apprentice , the NBC show Trump turned into a classic of the reality genre; that show is now in the strong hands of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The show that's in trouble is the horrifying yet irresistible one we've all been watching since June 2015. Trump's campaign is the apotheosis of reality television's hostile takeover of the U.S. political system, in which the winner is often the one who generates the most shock and who commands the most attention.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2016 | Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Justine McDaniel, and Caitlin McCabe, STAFF WRITERS
In the end, it was hardly Days of Rage. After protesters breached security fences, blocked entrances, and stood, hundreds strong, outside the Wells Fargo Center each night of the Democratic National Convention , police and delegates braced for another evening of raucous demonstrations as Hillary Clinton prepared to take the stage Thursday. A crowd of upwards of 500 did, indeed, swell again outside the convention site Thursday night, and chanted "Feel the Bern" near the security fences.
SPORTS
July 29, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
On Thursday afternoon, after the Eagles completed their first full-squad workout of training camp, a reporter wondered aloud to Sam Bradford whether Doug Pederson's offense might provide for a bit more flexibility in pass protection, perhaps in the form of a running back or tight end staying home to assist against a blitz or a particularly dangerous defensive end. At times, the reporter suggested, it appeared Chip Kelly's disregard for such considerations enabled...
NEWS
July 27, 2016
IN A speech Monday night before the Democratic National Convention, Mayor Kenney offered delegates a brief history lesson about Philadelphia. Not about the good part - the cradle of liberty, home to the Declaration of Independence, the modern birthplace of democracy, etc. He talked about the bad part, the Philadelphia of the 1840s when it was the center of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States. Citizens were up in arms - literally up in arms - about the arrival of foreign trash on American soil.
NEWS
July 23, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 A candidacy based on fantasy, not reality Donald Trump has been coronated by the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and Reagan. Republican leaders, including Sens. Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio and House Speaker Paul Ryan - all of whom have expressed grave doubts about Trump's fitness to occupy the world's most important office - have contorted themselves like pretzels to back him. This spectacle would be comical if it were not so tragic.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
ISSUE | SHOOTINGS President is 'out of touch' At the Dallas memorial service for the five slain police officers Tuesday, President Obama said that as a nation, "we are not as divided as we seem" ("Obama: Don't despair," Wednesday). It is interesting if not confusing that he said this after one of the most vicious assaults against police in modern U.S. history. Hopefully, it was just optimism on his part and not a realistic assessment. If it was a realistic assessment, he seems hopelessly out of touch with reality.
SPORTS
July 9, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Welcome to America's newest, most entertaining reality-TV show. It's called NBA Free Agency, and it doesn't need a Kardashian, a Real Housewife, or a deserted island (unless we're talking about Brooklyn and the Nets roster) to do boffo ratings and grab the viewing public by its lapels. There's so much action and excitement, and so much of the action is meaningless mind candy. Aside from Kevin Durant's leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the thrill of seeing all these players changing teams and signing gonzo contracts has little to do with how those signings will affect the balance of power among the league's 30 teams.
SPORTS
July 1, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
EVERY MAN lives two lives: the one that was, and the one that will be remembered. With Buddy Ryan, the dichotomy between the two is beguiling to consider, particularly for those of us who remain ardent fans of his sport in this kinder, gentler era of professional football. In a way, it is a dichotomy similar to the one that exists within the ghost of each game we watch. There is Sunday as we remember it: the wins and losses, the strategic decisions, the remarkable way that physical talent expresses itself in finite space and time.
NEWS
June 22, 2016
A political crisis is usually preceded by an intellectual and moral crisis. Dominant ideas that once seemed to hang together lose their hold when they are exposed as contradictory and incoherent. Similarly, moral claims made on behalf of a worldview can, gradually or suddenly, come to be seen as empty. Demoralization comes before defeat. This is what happened in the Soviet Union. A corrupt and dictatorial system fell for many reasons, but its demise became inevitable when even those with an interest in mouthing the old slogans and defending the old ideology came to realize that almost everyone around them thought they were extolling bunk.
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