May 28, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Pete Mackanin will listen to the stadium organist on Friday afternoon when the Phillies begin batting practice at Wrigley Field. He'll be waiting to hear his high school fight song. Mackanin will then peer up to Gary Pressy, the longtime man behind the music at the iconic ballpark, and pump his fist when the tune begins. The Phillies manager, who took a winding journey to get here this weekend, will be home again. The road to Mackanin's first full-time major-league manager job started in an empty lot on this city's South Side.
January 27, 2016 |
I spent the snowy weekend getting to know Chris Christie all over again, the governor who at first fascinated, and eventually infuriated, me. The man I first encountered six years ago has been so busy barnstorming America - on what looks more and more like a quixotic quest for the presidency - that I'd forgotten how beguiling he could be. But as the flakes fly and the wind blows, I stay in my jammies and savor my friend and former Inquirer colleague...
May 8, 2015 |
FOR COMICS writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, coming to Wizard World Comic Con Philly (through Sunday at the Convention Center) is like coming home. "I have a sentimental attachment to Philadelphia," said Fingeroth, who is best known for editing the Spider-Man group of titles for Marvel in the 1990s. "I grew up in New York. If my family wanted to go away for a weekend or a few days, we'd often go to Philadelphia. "I remember the Mummers Parade and just enjoying some old-time Jewish neighborhoods," he continued.
November 16, 2014 |
Lansdowne native Jeffrey Tubbs comes from a hardworking family. His father, David, has worked as a plumbing contractor for more than four decades. But the younger Tubbs preferred the city to the suburbs. He attended high school at Friends Select in Center City, then went to Boston University and on to the University of Pennsylvania for a master's in urban planning. Now 37, he's an active developer, currently working to convert vacant lots on Frankford Avenue into commercial space and condos and doing smaller townhouse projects around the Northeast.
July 15, 2014 |
Kiya is a sweet, humor-filled 11-year-old who loves animals, and whose favorite class in school is Pet Care (with gymnastics a close second). She delights in helping train dogs, and giving them treats when they obey. For the long term, Kiya dreams of a career as a veterinarian. In the more immediate future, though, she would like to learn more about the field by visiting an animal shelter. A fifth grader, Kiya does well in school, and her grades are continually improving. She looks forward to taking part in the school play each year.
November 11, 2013 |
I've been living in the city for four years, so I've earned the equivalent of a bachelor's degree in urban living. I've had all the rites of passage: My apartment's been burglarized, I've had a regular flasher, I've braved the Whole Foods lines after work, I've gone to the beach by train, I've watched the fireworks from a rooftop, and I've eaten pizza standing in the street. They say you have to toughen up to live in a major city, and in a lot of ways, it's true. For every extra convenience, something else is a little harder.
February 13, 2013 |
CALL THE roll: Dan Reeves, Jim Mora Jr., Andy Reid, now Chip Kelly. They all thought they could harness the diverse talents of Michael Vick for a greater football good. Now, only Kelly - surprise! - still has a chance. Reid, especially, was seduced by the possibilities that Vick brought, only to be disappointed in the end - just as Reeves and Mora were before him in Atlanta. Kelly, by contrast, seems more of a realist. Reid had a soft spot for a man returning from incarceration, a state from which his sons had also emerged.
October 27, 2012 |
Like every single player who has worn a Cherry Hill West football uniform for the last 38 years, Connor Moloney doesn't know what it's like to make the playoffs. He has an idea, though. "It would be like going to Disney World," Moloney said. Cherry Hill West hasn't punched its ticket to the Magic Kingdom. But the Lions are thinking about packing a bag. Cherry Hill West moved to the brink of the program's first playoff berth since the creation of the state tournament in 1974, with a 20-14 victory over visiting Bishop Eustace on Friday night.
February 22, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I dated a guy named "Jake" for two years. He was my first love and he meant everything to me. Well, things happened and he broke my heart. After a year of not really talking, Jake is now texting and calling to persuade me to be his "friend with benefits. " He tries to sweet-talk me by calling me pet names. Of course, I say no over and over each time he asks on the phone. But the minute we come face-to-face or hang out, I just give in. There will always be a soft spot for Jake in my heart, and I don't know what to do. I want to stay friends because he's important to me, but I don't want to be his FWB. It brings back painful memories.
June 23, 2011
MY 18-YEAR-OLD nephew, John Armstrong, gasped when I told him that the star of the Food Network's "Big Daddy's House" would be coming to my house to cook us dinner. "He's coming to your house?" "That's right. Big Daddy's coming to our house," I repeated, pausing for emphasis. Yeah, I was name-dropping. But it's not every day that McCargo cooks a meal in somebody's home. Maybe back in the day, but not since 2008, when he became the last man standing on "The Next Food Network Star" and wound up snagging the grand prize - his own TV show.