June 19, 2014 |
To the casual eye, the SS United States is a floating heap of rust and peeling paint. To Jim Pollin, it is a testament to the greatness of its namesake. Standing at the deck of the ship's stern Tuesday morning, Pollin held an oversize check - and blinked away tears - as he announced his donation of $220,000. With that gift, he bought himself a 61,200-pound propeller. "I fell in love with the ship when I saw it from a river cruise," said Pollin, founder of travel management firm Pollin Group.
February 2, 2014 |
After the game, Andy Rust walked to the crowd of Haddon Township fans and high-fived and hugged parents and relatives of himself and his teammates. The junior guard had come off the bench in the first quarter, and with his team down by four points, he hit three shots from behind the three-point arc to propel his team on a 9-0 run that gave the host Hawks a five-point lead. Haddon Township ended up defeating Cherry Hill West, 53-49, Friday evening in boys' basketball. Rust led all players with 21 points and said he had never played a game as good as that on the varsity level.
December 6, 2013 |
FOR COACH Fran Dunphy and the Temple Owls, it's not as much about how you start but how you finish. Entering last night's home game with Saint Joseph's, the Owls (4-3) were hoping to get revenge after their one-point loss to the Hawks in February. Temple's response was a late second-half surge to beat their Big 5 rival, 77-69. "We did a real good job down the stretch today," Dunphy said. "There's no doubt about it: We are still a work in progress and we need to continue to understand what it's going to take.
May 8, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Carlos Ruiz took part in his daily pregame routine during batting practice at AT&T Park yesterday. He fielded ground balls at third base alongside Michael Young. But for the second time in the last five games, Ruiz did not start behind the plate when the Phillies took the field later in the night to take on the San Francisco Giants. Erik Kratz started at catcher in place of Ruiz, who is hitting .100 (2-for-20) since returning from his 25-game suspension. Over the weekend, Ruiz said he's still attempting to get into a comfort zone at the plate after his near monthlong absence.
May 6, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought as if he had never left the ring, coming back from a year's absence Saturday night to win a unanimous, 12-round decision over Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight. Mayweather was masterful at times, landing thudding right hands and bloodying Guerrero's face in a performance that mimicked some of his best fights. Mayweather (44-0) hurt Guerrero (31-2-1) on several occasions, including a series of right hands near the end of the eighth round that buckled Guerrero's knees.
March 2, 2013 |
Even Simon Gagne was surprised by his effectiveness in his emotional return to the Flyers on Wednesday night. It's not that Gagne doesn't believe in his ability to still be a productive player. But he wondered if he would be rusty from a long layoff and a long plane ride that didn't get him from Los Angeles to Philadelphia until the wee hours in the morning. "I was worried about the way I was going to feel, especially traveling the whole night and not sleeping a lot of hours," Gagne said Thursday at the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees.
January 3, 2013 |
THIS TIME next winter, if all goes according to plan, Jamie Betancourt's teeth will not chatter like crazy each time he walks down the street. To borrow and slightly alter a famous saying, it pays to have friends in warm places. Betancourt, a 6-1, 160-pound senior, is a promising combo guard for Kensington High's basketball team, and one of his best buddies is Daiquan Walker, who last year helped Constitution win the overall Public League title and the PIAA Class A state championship, and now is making early headway for the University of Central Florida.
December 21, 2012 |
Marion Cotillard won the best actress Academy Award in 2007 for her performance as the iconic chanteuse Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose . It's highly likely that Cotillard, who has managed to work both sides of the Atlantic - in her native France and in Hollywood - will be nominated again in January, for her work in an altogether different sort of French film, Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone. As a Marineland whale trainer who experiences a catastrophic accident, leaving her a double amputee, Cotillard brings riveting emotional authenticity to the sort of role that is easy to overplay, to sentimentalize.
December 1, 2012 |
Aylisha Brown has been writing poems since age 16, when she found it the best way to make sense of her crazy world. One of her first poems was included in a news story about her mother, Crystal Brown - a narrative of tragedy and triumph - published in The Inquirer in 2006. It was then that Aylisha learned that her biological father was also her grandfather, that her mother had long been abused by her father, and that that relationship had caused the progressive genetic disease leaving Aylisha in a wheelchair.
October 12, 2012 |
Apparently, if you believe Peter Kushkowski of Portland, Conn., I goofed pinpointing the source of rusting of a heating register next to a reader's toilet. "From my experience, the obvious cause is not condensation as you suggested, but her husband," said Kushkowski, identifying poor aim as the cause. "Advising him to sit down as his wife does will go a long way to eliminating the reoccurrence of rust - it worked at our house," he said. Of the six e-mails suggesting this as a reason, Kushkowski was the only male sender.