January 18, 2011 |
A well-honed fighter from the streets of North Philly came to Camden yesterday and stepped in the ring with two pit bulls. But all Karmann and Isis had for former world champion boxer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins was a few licks and some wagging tails inside the Camden Boxing Academy in North Camden. Hopkins, who turned 46 on Saturday, and the pit bulls posed for pictures that will eventually become billboards aimed at encouraging spaying and neutering the breed, particularly in urban areas such as Camden, where some wind up in dog-fighting rings.
December 18, 2010 |
Farewell, Larry King Live . Has there been a worse finale for a long-running show? Seinfeld comes to mind. Jerry Seinfeld had a bit of run-in in 2007 with King, who, as usual, had done no homework and assumed the classic comedy had been canceled by NBC. And Seinfeld 's swan song was a weird departure from the wonder everyone had come to expect from the sitcom. There was more fake emotion Thursday night in the supposed celebration of King's historic show than there had been perhaps in the previous 251/2 years.
July 28, 2010
Age: 50. Neighborhood: University City. Job: New York Times best-selling author. Writing away: Has written more than 40 novels and 12 novellas as Leslie Esdaile Banks (crime thrillers); Leslie E. Banks ("Soul Food" series); Leslie Esdaile (romance books) and L.A. Banks (paranormal and "Scarface" series). Received the 2008 Essence Magazine Storyteller of the Year Award. Marital status: Divorced. Children: A daughter in college. Wants a shoulder to lean on: "Although I have a gregarious public persona, there's a softer side of me. There are days when I don't want to be the boss.
June 19, 2008 |
We like to describe extreme conservatives as being to the right of Genghis Khan. It could be, though, that we've had the civilization-sacking leader of the Mongol hordes all wrong. Turns out, Genghis was a pretty forward-thinking guy - feminist, democrat, wealth-redistributor, a man who unified the fractious tribes of the Asian steppes by setting an example of (relative) tolerance and mercy. Or so it's argued in the often fascinating epic "Mongol," a gorgeous (shot on seldom-seen locations in Kazakhstan)
June 15, 2007 |
OAKMONT, Pa. - Nick Dougherty echoed the sentiments of many in the U.S. Open field yesterday when he said treacherous Oakmont Country Club was playing "easy" in the first round of the national championship. "I hate saying it's easy, especially if a USGA official picks up on that," Dougherty said with a laugh. But everything is relative, particularly when it comes to tackling the beast that is Oakmont. Despite softer conditions brought about by thunderstorms the night before, the storied course yielded just two sub-par scores in the opening 18. Dougherty, a 25-year-old former flute player from Liverpool, England, headed the mini-pack with a 2-under-par 68. Argentina's Angel Cabrera, who, like Dougherty, played in the morning, shot a 69. One, two, that's it. And just a pair came in at even-par 70 - two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal and long-hitting Bubba Watson.
April 29, 2006 |
Many at yesterday's funeral for Philadelphia lawyer and education reformer Rotan E. Lee remembered him as a man of high-minded words who could carry on robust conversations about solving the city's ills, literature, music, sports - just about any subject. Mayor Street, one of 13 speakers who addressed nearly 300 people in the cavernous sanctuary at New Covenant Church in West Mount Airy, was the first to praise the former Board of Education president, who lived in Overbrook Farms.
April 23, 2006 |
Of the 187,504 follow-up TomKat baby stories, this one's a heart-melter: The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association has claimed Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' new young 'un as its own. An association rep says Suri is the name of a mighty, lovely and rare type of alpaca, the llamalike cuddly, woolly creature native to the Andes and revered by Incas for its silky fleece, known as the "fiber of gods. " Suris, which have a "child-friendly nature . . . communicate most commonly by softly humming.
July 31, 2005 |
The big news Thursday at Madison Square Garden was that the New York Knicks named Larry Brown their coach. The time and place couldn't have been any better for Stephen A. Smith - Inquirer columnist and more - who will host his own national sports talk show starting tomorrow. Quite Frankly will air at 6:30 p.m. five days a week on ESPN2, from a studio built for Smith across the street from the Garden. Brown, a longtime Smith mentor and inside informant, would be a fine first-week guest to get on tape.
February 24, 2005 |
After decades of lawsuits, secrecy and confrontation, Clearwater is seeing the softer side of Scientology. To most Philadelphians, this Gulf Coast city of 110,000 is the site of Phillies spring training, home of perennial baseball optimism. But Clearwater has another claim to fame: It is the religious headquarters of the Church of Scientology, a magnet for believers much as Salt Lake City is for Mormons or Mecca is for Muslims. Scientology, which made the city its "spiritual base" 30 years ago and now dominates downtown, is seeking broader acceptance as it continues to expand.
November 4, 1999 |
At 6:50 a.m., the air is unforgivingly cold. With minimal sleep and no breakfast, John F. Street has summoned enough inner strength to unveil a major initiative: Becoming Mayor Warm and Fuzzy. Aware that Tuesday's close election was in some ways a referendum on his personality, Street shows a softer side during a two-hour thank-you with voters the next morning. He is beaming, bear hugging anybody who is willing. He extends firm handshakes for the men, plants a few kisses on the ladies.