December 24, 2012 |
DURING MY almost-four decades as an entertainment writer-critic, I have covered every popular-arts beat, from film and TV to theater and pop music, and everything in-between (Disney ice shows, anyone?). And nothing - make that absolutely nothing - I have ever seen has thrilled, delighted and moved me more than the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic novel, "Les Miserables. " Since the touring version of the worldwide smash first hit Philly in the late 1980s, I have seen "Les Miz" (as it's affectionately and universally known)
December 22, 2012 |
ASHBURN, Va. - Robert Griffin III looks good to go. The Washington Redskins rookie had a full practice Thursday for the second straight day as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the Eagles. "I like what I see," coach Mike Shanahan said. "If there is no setback, he should be ready to go. " Griffin missed Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained right knee. On Wednesday, he had his first full practice since the injury, and coaches and doctors were eager to see how the knee would respond.
November 23, 2012 |
The thought of his five years in the Penn State football program leaves Pete Massaro somewhat frustrated and a bit philosophical - but with no regrets. Whether it was injuries - torn anterior cruciate ligaments in both knees two years apart, with the constant rehabilitation and the inevitable setbacks, and a partial dislocation of his shoulder this season - or the turmoil around the Nittany Lions after last summer's NCAA sanctions, a determined Massaro has seen his way through. Looking back, not counting his 2008 redshirt year, the defensive end from Marple Newtown High School enjoyed just one healthy season - 2010 - when he was among the team leaders with eight tackles for loss.
November 20, 2012 |
The first gene therapy in the Western Hemisphere will soon be available in Europe. The approval of Glybera by European regulators happened with little fanfare in September, in contrast to the hype that surrounded gene therapy 20 years ago. But it is truly a breakthrough for the field, for people with the ultrarare disease it treats - and for University of Pennsylvania scientist James M. Wilson, a creator of the modified virus that delivers the...
November 19, 2012
BOWLING? Are you kidding me? Bowling? On Sunday, Sixers center Andrew Bynum said he does indeed believe that he injured his left knee while bowling a week ago Saturday - thus confirming what was first reported by ESPN via Twitter just before midnight on Saturday. Injured the left knee, I point out to you - not reinjured the right knee that has kept him from practicing even once since being acquired in August. "Same exact injury, mirror images of the knees," Bynum said.
November 18, 2012 |
An MRI exam conducted Tuesday on Andrew Bynum's knees revealed even more problems for the 76ers center, Bynum said. The results showed new developments: cartilage swelling in both knees and a bone bruise in his left knee, he said. Bynum previously had been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee. On Tuesday, Bynum visited David W. Altchek, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Before Friday's game with Utah, Bynum said he had experienced a setback in his rehab, which the Sixers hope will make him available to play by the middle of January.
October 4, 2012 |
Environmentalists see a fight looming in City Council over a bit of business left over from last year's zoning code reform - a bill that would determine how close something can be built to the city's rivers and streams. Legislation introduced in September would create a 50-foot buffer, or "setback," around those bodies of water - less than the 100 feet environmental advocates preferred, but a number they saw as a compromise with builders. Now environmentalists fear Council will try to reduce the setback on the city's streams - basically, everything except the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers - to 25 feet, a distance they say could harm already polluted waterways.
July 30, 2012 |
LONDON - Matt Emmons is back in the Olympics in spite of a few serious obstacles. Let's see. There was the shooting range in Minnesota that closed down. There was the difficulty with clothing that didn't pull or bunch up and interfere with his concentration. There was the quest to find a gun he really liked. There was the cancer. "I had a hell of a time finding a jacket that fit right," Emmons said. Wait a minute. Rewind a bit. What was that about cancer? Emmons, 31, a South Jersey native with a singular Olympic career marked by triumph as well as trip-ups, really did sound more concerned about the impact of his gun and clothing problems.
June 13, 2012 |
Chase Utley's rehab clock officially starts ticking at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Phillies announced Monday that their second baseman will begin his minor-league rehabilitation assignment when the single-A Clearwater Threshers play the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at Bright House Field. Utley will be Clearwater's designated hitter. Utley, out since the start of the season because of chronic soreness in both his knees, begins his rehab assignment nine days after he went to Clearwater and played in two extended spring-training games over a three-day period.