June 8, 2015 |
BOONE, Iowa - First they rode hogs. Then, they ate them. Freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, drew seven presidential candidates and about 1,000 activists to her inaugural "Roast and Ride," the latest entrant in Iowa's long history of food-centric retail political events. "Live to ride and ride to live!" Ernst, stoked on a Monster energy drink, said. Revving her 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail, Ernst led Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 300 other riders from a dealership in Des Moines on a 39-mile cruise to the exposition grounds here, site of the August Iowa Straw Poll.
May 17, 2015 |
Charles H. Gray, 85, of Mount Airy, a biology teacher and owner of the Rib Crib, a barbecue spot in Germantown that became a Philadelphia landmark, died Wednesday, May 6, at Einstein Medical Center after a series of strokes. Since opening the restaurant 47 years ago, Mr. Gray had played host to such figures as former President Bill Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the actors Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and the singer Patti LaBelle. Neither they nor the locals who lined up on the sidewalk outside the restaurant at 6333 Germantown Ave. could get enough of his sizzling-hot baby back ribs with homemade sauce - or of Mr. Gray.
May 15, 2015 |
SOME PEOPLE dream of sun-kissed beaches or mountains in the moonlight or other pleasant scenes. Charles Gray dreamt of a barbecue pit. You see, Charles, a longtime biology teacher in Philadelphia schools, had this vision: a barbecue restaurant so outstanding that it would become a Philly landmark and draw celebrities, politicians, and other movers and shakers to its precincts. Struggling through problems attendant to starting a new business - such as lack of money - Charles finally realized his vision.
February 6, 2015 |
A FORMER Philadelphia assistant medical examiner told a Common Pleas jury yesterday how 10-year-old Charlenni Ferreira suffered a wrenching death. The Feltonville girl, who died Oct. 21, 2009, had five fractured ribs, most of those injured within a month of her death, testified Marlon Osbourne, who had conducted Charlenni's autopsy when he worked in Philadelphia. Two of those ribs were broken about two to four weeks before her death, and then rebroken about a week before she died, while they were still healing, Osbourne testified at the murder trial of Margarita Garabito, 48, Charlenni's stepmother.
October 18, 2014 |
Malik Muldrow has bought some extra time in the pocket. He plans to make the most of it. Muldrow, a senior quarterback at Lindenwold, has been dodging defenders on his way to every major school record in passing during a four-year career. But this time was different. This time, Muldrow didn't avoid a sack and find an open receiver down the field. This time, Muldrow escaped the apparent end of his career to return to the Lions in near-miraculous fashion and set his sights on a record set by the Colonial Conference's most famous former quarterback.
August 27, 2014 |
LULA MAE FLOWERS might have stood just 5 feet tall, but you didn't want to get her riled up. One way to really bring out Lula Mae's combative nature was to do or say anything against her family. "We must be very clear that if you tried to harm her family - especially her boys - this 5-foot lady would single-handedly make you regret that decision," her family said in a tribute. Other than that, Lula Mae was a loving and nurturing woman, a cook whose pigs feet and barbecue ribs were family legends, and a shopper whose devotion to finding a bargain kept storekeepers on their toes all over the city.
June 26, 2014 |
BEING A PRESSER in a dry-cleaning store doesn't sound like a job many people would covet - the long hours, the pressure, the steam, the heat. Elizabeth Young loved it. She did piece work for Eagle Cleaners for 10 years and Bell Cleaners for 33 years. Breaking her ankle in a misstep at Bell at about the age of 65 didn't discourage her. After healing, she was right back at work. "I had to encourage her to retire," said her grandson, Robert McCray, which meant he had to practically drag her away.
April 13, 2014 |
A sore rib kept centerfielder Ben Revere out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, when the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. Revere, who said he hurt the rib making one of two diving catches Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers, was replaced by Tony Gwynn Jr. "I got a little sore rib right now, but it is really nothing serious," Revere said before the game. "I want to take a precaution, but I will be fine. " Revere pinch-hit in the seventh inning and grounded out to short.
December 20, 2013 |
Hooray, it's the holidays! And you'll find no "Bah humbug!" here. We're caught up in the festivities of the season. If we're lucky there'll be just enough snow to dress Bucks County in winter white. The little river towns along the Delaware look downright Dickensian - big stars and bells strung with twinkling lights hang from every lamppost, people hurry through their errands, while others stroll and peruse shop windows decked out with bling. There are even carolers on street corners singing the old favorites.
November 22, 2013 |
After Sean Couturier missed a gaping net in the first period Tuesday night, linemate Matt Read couldn't help teasing him when they went to the bench. By the time the Flyers returned to the ice for the second period, Read turned his needling to encouragement. " 'Coots', you're due," Read told him. "You're going to get one tonight. " Read couldn't have predicted the one Couturier got: a 90-degree flip from the goal line off Ottawa goalie Rob Lehner. It ended a career-long, 25-game goal-less streak for Couturier.