September 22, 2015 |
"The Maz Runner: The Scorch Trials" edged out "Black Mass" at the box office on the first weekend of the fall movie season. 20th Century Fox's sequel to "The Maze Runner" earned an estimated $30.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Although that came in slightly below the debut of the 2014 young-adult dystopian sci-fi original, it counted as a win for a movie that cost $61 million to make. Warner Bros.' "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger , premiered with $23.4 million.
September 20, 2015 |
Hayley Hanby and her boyfriend were on an evening bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail last month when they saw a group of teenagers blocking their path. Hanby had only begun to bike seriously a few months before, and watched as her boyfriend skirted off the path and around the group. She tried to follow him, she said - and that's when one of the boys on the path stepped forward and shoved her off her bike. Thrown to the ground and bleeding from her elbow and knee, Hanby tried to grab her bike back.
July 19, 2015 |
When John L. Parker, Jr. self-published Once a Runner in 1978, he had a good feeling about his novel - even if traditional publishing didn't. "I had faith in the book all those years that the world of publishing just didn't understand it," he said. "I figured sooner or later somebody would see the light. " They did - after the book become a cult classic, was dubbed "the best novel ever written about running" by Runner's World, and original copies sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.
June 26, 2015 |
BOSTON - Johanna Hantel got up Wednesday morning and went for a half-hour run around Boston Commons. It seemed appropriate. The Malvern woman was in Boston to speak for the runners. Hantel was 10 feet from the first bomb, closer than almost any other runner, when it exploded April 15, 2013, killing three and injuring 254. A police officer later died in a shootout with the bombers. One of the proudest days of Hantel's life was the first time she qualified for Boston. Wednesday was even prouder.
June 5, 2015
IT IS OUTRIGHT stupefying if not downright dubious for former Council member Jim Kenney to be front-runner for mayor of Philadelphia, but not have a concrete plan for improving Philadelphia schools or supporting U.S. veterans. Since 1991, Jim Kenney sat as a Council member at-large. Under his stewardship, the School District of Philadelphia laid off nearly 3,800 teachers and shifted nearly $727 million to charter schools. As for veterans, the Philadelphia VA office is now being investigated for misrepresenting and ignoring veterans' claims.
May 7, 2015 |
RACERS HAVE plenty to focus on during a 10-mile run. How to keep a man's heart beating and lungs pumping isn't usually one of them. But that's exactly what a group of about 12 health-care workers competing in the Broad Street Run went through on Sunday when one of their own collapsed right in front of them. Thanks to their efforts, that 31-year-old man is alive today. After seeing their colleague off in an ambulance, those lifesavers all went on to finish the race. "People stopped out of the kindness of their hearts as soon as he went down," said Kristen, a physician's assistant who didn't want her last name published.
May 6, 2015 |
AS 40,000 RUNNERS barreled down Broad Street, four law-enforcement officials were in a race of their own. The prize was more than a medal and bragging rights - it was a man's life. FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman, as well as Philadelphia Police Officer Matthew Fleming, took action Sunday morning during the Broad Street Run, working together to revive a 35-year-old man, one of two runners who had gone into cardiac arrest, authorities said last night. It happened in a split-second, according to Special Agent J.J. Klaver, an FBI spokesman.
May 5, 2015 |
Allie Ilagan usually would have run about 150 training miles before hitting the pavement in the Broad Street Run. But by Sunday, she had covered less than 50. So after some soul-searching, she decided to skip the race and spend the day cheering on her husband, Mikey. "The harsh winter was the biggest culprit," said Ilagan, 26, a veteran runner who lives in South Philadelphia. Some other runners said they felt the same way Sunday, their legs a little underprepared - but their enthusiasm undiminished, the field of 40,000 creating a pageant of color and motion during the 36th Broad Street Run. One man ran in a Superman cape.
April 19, 2015 |
Ghanasyam "Sam" Adhikari was an athlete in his youth. At Jadavpur University in his native Calcutta, he excelled in cricket, soccer, and volleyball, and he captained both the soccer and volleyball squads. But there was friction between him and his soccer coach. Though Adhikari hustled on the field, he hated to run. He especially loathed running laps after practice. Little could he have imagined at the time that he would undergo a late-life transformation into a long-distance runner.
April 5, 2015 |
You can almost picture Taylor Winkelman cringing as she retells the story over the phone. She was a freshman at Springfield (Delco), starting in the outfield. It was the first game of the softball season and her first varsity experience. Coach Todd Odgers moved the promising young player, a shortstop by nature, to center. Winkelman was happy to do it, but she was nervous. Then the ball flew off the opponent's bat and soared close to the fence. Winkelman, now a senior, recalls that day vividly, saying she, "tracked it wrong - horribly, horribly wrong.