June 27, 2016
Alligator Candy By David Kushner Simon & Schuster. 256 pp. $26. Reviewed by Claudia Rowe Alligator Candy is a memoir of what happened to the Kushner family of Tampa, Fla., when 11-year-old Jon rode his bike through the woods to the candy store and never returned. The details are gruesome, but author David Kushner never wallows in them gratuitously. Neither does he shy from explaining exactly what happened as this knowledge unfolded for him - first, through the fuzzy lens of the 4-year-old he was, and then, much later, as an adult returning to testify at a parole hearing against one of his brother's killers.
February 4, 2016 |
Amazon.com has plans to take its Seattle brick-and-mortar bookstore experiment to hundreds of locations across the country, the chief executive of a huge national mall operator said Tuesday. In an earnings call with analysts, General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani said that Amazon's goal "is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400 bookstores. " The executive was discussing how malls are still relevant to customers and actually complementary to booming e-commerce, because they are convenient places not only to browse merchandise but also to make in-store returns.
October 21, 2014 |
So Percy Harvin thought he was Biff Tannen and every other wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks' roster was George McFly. On Friday, the Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets, getting a conditional draft pick for a Pro Bowl-caliber player with a volcanic personality. It was the news of the week in the NFL, and at first glance there would seem to be no doubt about who made out best in this deal. The Eagles. There's still plenty of skepticism about whether the Eagles, even after their 5-1 start, are equipped to win the Super Bowl this season, or even reach it. There are two reasons for that skepticism.
August 6, 2014 |
Eric Ulken, director of product management for SeattleTimes.com, has been named executive director of digital strategy for Philly.com and Interstate General Media's other digital news properties, owner and publisher H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Monday. Ulken will also oversee Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com. Ulken, who will report to Stan Wischnowski, vice president of news operations, has extensive experience in content, product development, and digital journalism education. Before his current job, Ulken was the Seattle Times' assistant managing editor for digital.
May 8, 2014
FINALLY, the U.S. government is waking up to the realization that it cannot jail its way out of a drug problem. President Obama's Department of Justice last year stopped making the problem worse, easing mandatory-minimum sentencing in some cases. In April, it offered a relatively narrow window for retroactive review. The department laid out criteria for a new and welcome opportunity for inmates who have served at least a decade for low-level, nonviolent offenses to apply for clemency.
April 19, 2014 |
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19, for Stephanie M.H. Camp, 46, a feminist historian with Philadelphia roots, who died Wednesday, April 2, of cancer at a Seattle hospital. The service will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Baha'i Community of Philadelphia, 2462 Bryn Mawr Ave. Dr. Camp was an associate history professor at the University of Washington best known for her scholarly work on enslaved women in the antebellum South. Her book Closer to Freedom: Enslaved Women and Everyday Resistance in the Plantation South told of the measures female slaves took to resist their owners in the 1800s.
January 14, 2014 |
Hey, Eagles fans got a playoff victory after all this season, thanks to New England and Denver. Birds quarterback Nick Foles, an alternate, is heading to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 26, because either the Patriots' Tom Brady or the Broncos' Peyton Manning will be prepping to play in the Super Bowl the next week. The honor fits with the year Foles has had. He lost out to Michael Vick for the starting job at the beginning of the season, then got his chance to win the job when Vick was injured, played well enough to claim it (throwing for seven TDs in a game will do that)
November 19, 2013 |
For the second time this offseason, Wally Joyner changed his mind. He will not reprise his job as the Phillies' assistant hitting coach. He left the team Sunday to become the Detroit Tigers hitting coach. Joyner declined the Phillies' initial overture on Oct. 8 to return in his same role, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. labeled him "overqualified" for the assistant's job. But Joyner returned Oct. 17 after his search for a job as lead hitting coach failed. The Phillies announced Sunday that Joyner left to "pursue other opportunities.
October 10, 2013
NO ONE can argue with a straight face that the national political environment is short of money. Democrats and Republicans have access to billions of dollars. Likewise, no one can make a credible case that the current political circus in Washington, D.C., could have been avoided with massive infusions of cash. Indeed, it is more logical to assume that the flood of contributions in circulation only fuels and encourages the maverick behavior that led to the implosion of budget proceedings and the government shutdown.
July 14, 2013 |
THIS RAIN has totally harshed our summer buzz. It delayed two Phillies games in the same week and postponed last night's. It made hog slop of the U.S. Open. It washed out the annual Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll in University City, leaving diners and revelers high and dry. And so many mosquitoes have started families in my puddled back yard, I get bitten everywhere but my gums when I let the dog out. How do folks in ever-wet climates put up with this crap? "We just get on with it," said "Mr. Paul, no last names, please," who answered the phone at the Palm Tree, a London watering hole described as a "proper East End boozer" on the Guardian 's top-10 list of city pubs.