November 22, 2006 |
Among the many eccentricities of my dear mother, Darlene, is her fondness for celebrities. My mom was a walking People magazine long before Mia Farrow ever graced the first cover. To this day, she has a wealth of Hollywood knowledge to rival that of Ryan Seacrest. Any time we end a phone conversation, I half expect her to say, "Darlene out. " She has a penchant for referring to famous people as if they are her close, personal friends. She'll say things like: "Did you see my Oprah yesterday?"
October 18, 2005 |
In his relatively brief time in the governor's office, acting Gov. Richard J. Codey has begun to build a reputation as a leader in tobacco control, signing a law to ban smoking in New Jersey dormitories and, last month, announcing a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco. But these measures alone won't bring the intended results. To make a dent in what he calls the "tobacco-addiction death march," Gov. Codey must incorporate his proposal into a comprehensive plan that helps smokers quit and keeps kids from starting.
January 14, 2004 |
They call it a reality show, but does The Apprentice reflect any realities of the business world? Yes, kind of, but not really - especially not the miniskirts, say businesspeople who watched the debut episode on NBC last week. In the hit program, whose second episode will air at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, 16 young candidates compete in contrived business tasks to dazzle real estate tycoon Donald Trump. The winner gets to be president of one of Trump's various accounting entities.
May 2, 2003 |
I've had an affinity for cabdrivers ever since my early years as a Philadelphia schoolteacher, when I spent eight summers driving a yellow cab on our city streets. That's why I was delighted when I was accepted as an extra on the TV show Hack last fall after an open casting call. I've been in four episodes of the show, about a disgraced police officer turned cabbie, and played a different role in each. In one, I was told that I would portray a customer in an upscale, conservative men's clothing store.
September 7, 2000 |
Software-makers SAP AG and Oracle Corp. are competitors most of the time. So are accounting and consulting firms PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., Arthur Andersen L.L.P. and KPMG L.L.P. Nevertheless, these companies and about 50 others have formed a consortium to promote a new way of presenting business information on the Internet. It is a method that promises to make financial documents easier to share, search, analyze and compare. It is called XBRL, or Extensible Business Reporting Language.
April 20, 2000 |
If the folks behind Natural Born Killers - Oliver Stone's hallucinogenic 1994 film about honeymooners on a massive, messy killing spree - tried to get their project green-lighted in Hollywood today, there's a good chance Natural Born Killers would never exist. A year after Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris gunned down a teacher and 12 classmates at Columbine High School, gratuitous violence just isn't cutting it in Hollywood - at least not on the scale it used to. But whether the studios' new restraint is a sign of altruism or business savvy is open to debate.
July 12, 1999 |
Four students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties placed in the top 10 at a national competition sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America from June 29 to July 2 in Chicago. Christopher Muller from Morrisville High School won second-place honors for information-processing concepts. In the category of machine transcription, Lisa Frankel of Wissahickon High School in Ambler placed third, and Evan Steinberg of Cheltenham High School took fourth. Peter Haas from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne placed 10th in computer applications.
June 5, 1999 |
McLain Ward continued his amazing two-year streak when he won the $50,000 Devon Grand Prix on Thursday, his sixth Grand Prix victory of the year and his 16th during the last two seasons. McLain is following in the footsteps of his father, Barney Ward, a Grand Prix champion and a well-known horseman on the Devon grounds. But at moments of triumph such as the Devon Grand Prix, father and son are forced to savor victory apart. Barney Ward accepted a plea bargain on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for his part in a scheme to kill show horses for insurance money.
January 15, 1999 |
While so many other acts come and go, the Spinners refuse to disappear. Scoring their first hit in 1961, the group is bearing down hard on 40 years in the pop/R&B ranks - and though the five vocalists haven't had a major recording triumph since the early '80s, they are in greater demand than ever. "It's pretty amazing," Bobbie Smith said this week from his home in Orlando, Fla. "We really are working harder than ever. January is probably the slowest month of the year for most acts, but we're completely booked.
July 3, 1998 |
The Anthony Wayne is back in business. After sitting vacant for nearly a year and generally decaying for long before that, the landmark movie theater in Wayne is slated to reopen late this year under the management of Clearview Cinemas, owner and local developer Steve Bajus said yesterday. Clearview, a Chatham, N.J.-based cinema company that specializes in small suburban theaters, has signed a 30-year lease with Bajus, who promised when he bought the building last year that the historic 700-seat theater would remain a theater.