May 13, 2015 |
WHEN THE lights shut off and the bells began to toll, Nick Wilson paced back and forth in the darkness, knowing they tolled for him. Once the crowd heard the sound boom through the amplifiers Saturday night, they rose from their seats in a hockey rink turned wrestling arena at the Flyers Skate Zone in South Jersey, and began a chant that Wilson remembered well. It was time for Wilson, 34, to become "Nick F'n Gage" again, a legend in the bizarre world of ultraviolent wrestling who'd lost his crown and his freedom to painkillers back in 2010.
December 24, 2014 |
IT WAS A WILD WEEKEND for the McGeehan clan in Northeast Philly after the family-run bar, McGeehan's Rock Bottom, became the scene of back-to-back shootings. Yesterday, the fallout continued. Police announced that John McGeehan, 55, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act and related offenses after he allegedly showed up with two handguns - one in his waistband, one in his hand - and fired a round while police were investigating the first shooting at the bar early Sunday morning.
January 24, 2014 |
EVERY TIME the phone rang, the Turner family's hearts jumped and their eyes darted to the television, their hopes and fears resting on the number that appeared in the caller ID on the screen. They prayed it would be Stephanie Turner, calling after more than a week of silence, saying she was ready to get help with her heroin addiction. They would have been relieved if it were a hospital or a close friend, saying Stephanie is safe. But on a recent foggy Tuesday afternoon, Caroline Turner, Stephanie's mother, said she knew this daily drama could end in the worst way, in Camden or Atlantic City.
January 17, 2014 |
Q: I gained a lot of weight since getting married 10 years ago, especially after I had my twins. I try to eat right and try to walk when the weather's not bad and I can get away from the kids, but still the pounds have stuck, particularly on my bottom. I'm built like an oversized pear so I wear a lot of leggings and big T-shirts. I'm OK with that but my husband is embarrassed by my size. He makes fun of my butt and laughs about me with his brother. When I hear them, I laugh, too, but on the inside, I'm crying.
July 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - The embarrassment was worst in the 69th inning of this eight-game losing streak, when the Phillies played a brand of baseball unrecognizable during the Charlie Manuel era. Darin Ruf committed the inning's third error. Jimmy Rollins crouched in front of second base and drew in the dirt with his right hand as a 12-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers evolved. "That," Rollins said, "was embarrassing. " There is no more hope for 2013, another season that is sure to end without postseason baseball in South Philadelphia.
January 23, 2013 |
Surely no public figure save Oprah is as beloved as Beyoncé . Artist, wife, lover, and mother, she can do no wrong. Until yesterday. Originally, the Times of London reported that Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois , a spokeswoman for Beyoncé's backing act, the President's Own United States Marine Band , said B's highly praised, passionate, rousing rendition of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration was - canned . She lip-synced it. But later, a Marine Corps spokesman clarified: Because there was no opportunity for Beyoncé to rehearse with the band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised.
December 2, 2012
The Eagles have hit rock bottom, and they haven't been afraid to say so. When Marty Mornhinweg spoke about the challenge in motivating his players with the Eagles 3-8 and essentially out of the playoff picture, he played the only card he had left. "We certainly are in a spoiler-type role here," the Eagles' offensive coordinator said last week, "and that can be very rewarding. " Unfortunately, the Eagles couldn't reward themselves when it actually mattered. A win over 5-6 Dallas will provide little solace for fans, even if it's the Cowboys and it hinders their playoff chances.
November 19, 2012 |
LANDOVER, Md. - Heads were buried in hands in a crowded, near-silent locker room at FedEx Field. When any Eagles did speak, they couldn't explain what just happened. A season that seemed promising after one month has plummeted out of control, with the lowest point coming in Sunday's 31-6 loss to the Washington Redskins. "Can't get worse than this," wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said. Maybe. When it appeared that their season could not sink lower, the Eagles continued to find ways to outdo their own futility.
November 12, 2012 |
With a Good Morning America production crew trailing her through her new Spanx boutique at King of Prussia Mall, shapewear tycoon Sara Blakely was nowhere near rock bottom Friday morning. No, rock bottom had come and gone 20 years earlier, in the form of a brown polyester spacesuit at Walt Disney World, when the would-be lawyer dealt with her dashed dream of law school by taking a job herding kids onto rides. At the East Coast's largest shopping mall Friday, the 41-year-old entrepreneur instead lived up to her Forbes magazine billing as the youngest self-made billionaire who is not a man. After a drive from New York, she dabbed on lipstick and sashayed among bras, fishnets, and other elastic creations she has invented for women plagued by pantyline phobias.
August 19, 2012 |
The English language is a marvelous tool for describing what is and what isn't, what could be and what might never be again. And "inchoate" - meaning not yet completed or fully developed; not organized, lacking order - is perhaps the most apt word to describe the ongoing demise of amateur boxing in the United States, a two-decade-plus process that might not yet have been seen through to completion, but appears to be inexorably heading in that direction....