April 20, 2006 |
A few years ago, when Tony Stewart was NASCAR's angry young man, few would have thought he would evolve into a voice of reason for the sport. With two Nextel Cup championships on his resume, Stewart's days of shoving reporters and photographers appear to be over, but he is as candid as ever. The reigning Cup champion is a favorite of motor sports writers seeking opinions on major racing issues. During a break in testing last week at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, Stewart was asked about racing etiquette (sounds like an oxymoron)
January 29, 2006 |
Maybe it was the good weather. Yesterday's high temperature was 59, 20 degrees above the norm. Or it could have been the pumas. The big cats were on display in the city for the first time in a decade. But whatever the reason, officials at the Philadelphia Zoo said, they had an unusually busy Saturday for January. Almost 5,000 people visited the nation's oldest zoo yesterday - 2,300 before noon. The three pumas - Dakota, Sage and Cinnabar - certainly didn't disappoint.
November 12, 2004 |
Your favorite bartender. One part mixologist, one part astrologist and two parts psychologist. Privy to your loves and laments, a person held in esteem, always ready for the venting of your spleen. Chances are, however, your favorite bartender still doesn't measure up to the man laid to rest yesterday at SS. Peter and Paul's Cemetery in Springfield (Delaware County), Robert William "The Dude" O'Dowd. The laughing lad with the personality of Ireland and wit of West Catholic; a common Bob who commanded the attention of Philadelphia's favorite sporting sons.
October 10, 2004 |
The cheese nachos arrived with the chips arranged like daisy petals around the rim of the plate. They were very filling, but nothing compared to the tacos, a messy concoction that stayed together with the help of its jack cheese filling. Another night of chips and beer? Not likely. When you dine at the Blue Sage, a pint-size BYO that shares strip-mall space with a Russian grocery store, you are safe from culinary minefields. The words fat-free and low-cal don't come to mind here, but neither does vegetarian.
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.