January 21, 2012
Prosecutor to take 5th in gun probe WASHINGTON - A federal prosecutor in Arizona intends to remain silent if called for questioning in a congressional probe of a problem-plagued gun-smuggling investigation. Patrick Cunningham's decision to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious was disclosed Friday after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed him. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.)
May 27, 2013
By John C. Church Jr. After seeing the film 42 , I was reminded of the quote that adorns Jackie Robinson's gravestone: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. " This Memorial Day I'll be thinking of those who had an impact. That includes friends with whom I served, but also some others. When I met Cpl. Thomas Turner, a World War II Marine, he was wearing his Presidential Gold Medal. Turner, a Montford Point Marine, volunteered for service after President Franklin D. Roosevelt barred the military from refusing employment on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin.
July 31, 2013 |
DIRECTOR LEE DANIELS and stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Yaya Alafia walked the red carpet at the Kimmel Center last night at the premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," the story of Cecil Gaines ( Forest Whitaker ), a man who served in the White House under eight presidents. "I demanded it, I told Mr. [ Harvey ] Weinstein it must be!" Daniels, who grew up in Wynnefield, said with dramatic flair about why he wanted a local premiere. "[Philadelphia] is safe, it's home.
December 13, 2012 |
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has chosen its Class of 2013: Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Heart , and Donna Summer will be inducted at a ceremony April 18 at L.A.'s Nokia Theater. HBO will telecast the glittering gala event on May 18. Charlie Sheen, philanthropist Most graciously disgraced Two and a Half Men alum Charlie Sheen last month helped Lindsay Lohan dig her way out of debt with a $100,000 gift.
March 20, 2013
THE WAIT for Leslie Odom Jr.'s "Smash" close-up is nearly over. The Philadelphia-raised actor was promoted to a regular this season. That was mostly good news for his character, Sam, who went from the chorus of "Bombshell" to a principal role in the "Book of Mormon" tour, leaving behind his boyfriend Tom (Christian Borle) and best friend Ivy (Megan Hilty). Maybe less so for Odom, who's been missing from "Smash" for weeks (along, sadly, with much of the original audience). Sam returns in the March 26 episode - the last before "Smash" moves to 9 p.m. Saturdays April 6 - and he's back with a big solo.
January 3, 2013 |
AN ATTORNEY has sued "Red Tails" and "Hustle & Flow" star Terrence Howard and his ex-girlfriend, claiming the pair settled a criminal case and potential civil suit behind his back, despite his agreement to represent the ex. According to a Common Pleas Court complaint filed by attorney John J. McAuliffe Jr. , Howard paid ex-girlfriend May Seng Yang $75,000 to sign a non-disclosure statement about a May 6, 2012, incident in which she...
September 3, 2015 |
* HAND OF GOD. Friday, Amazon. ANDRE Royo is ready for new nicknames. Because Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins, the drug addict and confidential informant he played for five seasons of HBO's "The Wire," may have been a bit too memorable. "Keeping it honest, after 'The Wire' was over [in 2008], I was by the phone," said Royo last month, after a press conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., for "Hand of God," a new drama whose first season becomes available to Amazon Prime subscribers on Friday.
June 26, 2012 |
We're surprised he cleared Secret Service security, but Phawker.com editor Jonathan Valania was at the White House on Friday interviewing President Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, about his love of indie-rock veterans Guided By Voices. The interview is to appear in the October issue of Magnet. Like the local music magazine, which had been on hiatus, Guided By Voices is also back, after more than five years apart, and plays the Trocadero (1003 Arch) on July 6. Carney revealed his affinity for the Ohio-based Robert Pollard and his GBV cohorts last year.
September 9, 1990 |
My Italian is wobbly, but I feel pretty safe in guessing that girasole means sunflower in that language. At Girasole Ristorante in Center City, sunflower portraits line the walls. Baby sunflowers grace the pristine marble tables. There's the sunflower logo on matches, menus and china. It's even on the salt and pepper shakers there. Dark and womblike when it was Il Nedo, the restaurant at 13th and Locust Streets is now as bright as a Mediterranean kitchen, thanks to an angled floor-to-ceiling front window that floods the place with sunlight.
April 6, 1992 |
Today is a blue suede day for Elvis fans. Starting this morning, diehard fans and anyone else who cares can cast a ballot in the U.S. Postal Service's election to decide which image of the king of rock and roll will grace a new postal stamp. Will it be the sleek young heartthrob in jacket and tie? Or the older Las Vegas superstar decked out in white rhinestone jumpsuit? Elvis fans have waged philosophical battles for months, but the contest is still too close to call. Ballots will be available at post offices nationwide and in the April 13 issue of People magazine.