July 21, 2004
It's a big state, so there must be dozens of top-notch candidates who could serve as watchdogs for Pennsylvania's newest industry - slot-machine gaming. Gov. Rendell and state legislative leaders must be very careful in their appointments to the seven-member Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Nearly every aspect of licensing and regulating the 14 slots parlors at horse-racing tracks, and city and resort gaming halls falls to that commission. Board members will sign off on millions in contracts, and hold the power to make or break fortunes.
November 27, 2002 |
On Thanksgiving night, you may swear off turkey for the next 12 months. And who could blame you? If you're like most of us, you'll probably have already eaten turkey seconds - and thirds - at the holiday meal. But as with most vows based on overindulgence, you'll soon forget this one. With leftover turkey beckoning from the refrigerator, you're bound to make another poultry meal or two. Don't think of those turkey remains as food you have to use up before moving on to more tasty fare.
October 9, 2002 |
Djimon Hounsou is so right now. He's the mesmerizing hunk in loose-fit jeans, preening to John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" in a Gap commercial. He's a key actor in the 19th-century military epic The Four Feathers, currently in theaters. And if you happened to be in the Four Seasons recently, he was the tall, regal-looking guy who turned heads as he strolled through the hotel dining room. Carelessly elegant in warm-up clothes and high-tech headphones that blocked out the whispers of onlookers, the 38-year-old from Benin in West Africa seemed made for the catwalk - where he would be perfectly comfortable, given his past as a runway model for French designer Thierry Mugler.
October 2, 2002 |
Ram Dass, Sixties figurehead turned New Age grayhead, was the man of the hour. The Omega Institute, a New Age retreat center tucked in the hills above the Hudson River, was grand-opening a library in his name. Accolades poured down like rose petals. Speakers praised the pioneering apostle of Hindu spirituality as "a pure soul," "an intrepid traveler of the universe" who displays "an authenticity to his being. " Singers led 300 acolytes and spiritual seekers in rousing devotional chants in his honor.
September 21, 2001 |
It wasn't as if he needed extra motivation. Monsignor Bonner's Kevin LeSage had spent weeks - months, actually - preparing for Saturday's showdown against Archbishop Carroll and standout wide receiver Maurice Stovall. LeSage, a defensive back who was assigned to shadow the ultra-quick Stovall for most of the nonleague game, had written the words "No Fear" on the tape wrapped around both of his wrists. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound LeSage has proved in his high school football career that he is not intimidated by any situation or player.
October 15, 2000 |
Paul Ciacci touches the rough surface of the blunt stone firmly, confidently, gently - like a musician taking up his instrument. His students watch closely and listen to his words. At the Center for Arts and Technology's Coatesville campus, Paul Ciacci talks to students about his immigrant Italian grandfather, a master stone mason, as they work together to restore the 70-year-old stone wall that separates the school's campus from Business Route 30. Ciacci, 62, who is a retired medical researcher, works with students daily to repair the wall first built by Works Progress Administration workers during the Great Depression.
May 9, 2000 |
Back about 1918, Hilda Lucas' neighbor was a little boy who liked starting fires but wasn't very good at it. After he set his mother's linen closet ablaze, it was easy for Hilda and a few friends to douse the flames by lining up and passing each other buckets of water. "That was called the bucket brigade, and that was how the Bon Air Fire Company started," Lucas told a group of intent children at Russell Elementary School yesterday. Lucas, who has become Marple's beloved sage, celebrated turning 90 with fourth graders at the school yesterday.
March 15, 2000 |
A fast-growing but money-losing Internet stock data service has agreed to buy Sage Online Inc., the Bala Cynwyd firm that produces America Online's 24-hour investment question-and-answer service. Multex.com Inc., of New York, declined to say how much it would pay brothers Alan and Stephen Cohn for four-year-old Sage. The sale, which is scheduled to close this week, "will have no material impact . . . [on] our bottom line," Multex's chief financial officer, John McGovern, said. Sage will enable Multex to add live Internet stock chat and e-mail question-and-answer sessions to its menu of stock data and brokerage research reports, which urge investors to buy - and, on rare occasions, to sell - particular stocks.
February 15, 2000 |
Now that Feb. 14 is safely past, we can take a look back at Feb. 8 - "Dump Your Significant Jerk Day" - a pre-Valentine's "emancipation celebration" for unmarried women tired of being stuck in romantic cul-de-sacs with guys who don't have a clue. This event brought to mind a silly little incident from my college days. Back in the early 1980s, I periodically went out with a very respectable young woman from a neighboring university who at some point determined that I was not the man of her dreams.
December 19, 1999 |
Grover Washington Jr. was an outsider by birth. But he was a Philadelphian in all other ways. The Buffalo native shuffled off to these parts in 1967, embracing this beleaguered burg with all the zeal of a latecomer. He knew its importance to jazz history and was intent on writing his own chapter. Washington became a unique civic ambassador who toured the world playing jazz and reveled in announcing to the crowd that he and his band were from Philly. It was a badge that connoted a certain excellence.