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January 18, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
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.
BUSINESS
January 6, 1996 | By Heather Pauly, BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS Inquirer staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen contributed to this report
Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s advertising campaign has beckoned shoppers for several years to "come see the softer side of Sears. " A lot of shoppers are listening. Sears on Thursday reported a strong 6.8 percent sales increase for last month in stores open at least a year, including the first $1 billion sales week in the company's 103-year history. That bested its major rivals in an otherwise dismal holiday sales season and cemented its position as the comeback kid in retailing.
NEWS
April 23, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 15, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 4, 1999 | By Monica Yant, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2005 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
October 27, 1997 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
The University City District is rolling out safety ambassadors to improve public safety within its borders. "The ambassadors play a dual role, providing additional eyes and ears for public safety," said Paul Steinke, executive director of the district. "They're also trained in the attractions and services of University City, serving as walking concierges, helping pedestrians with directions, finding different attractions and services throughout the district. " John Conlow, program manager for the ambassador patrols, said, "They will be walking information stations.
NEWS
April 29, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
December 18, 2010 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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NEWS
April 1, 2016
Exactly what is Yards Brewing selling in its new series of videos, Yards Good Fight ? It sure doesn't look like beer. The 90-second pieces shown online and in social media are part of the Northern Liberties brewery's ongoing Brew Unto Others advertising campaign that aims to frame the brewery as a solid part of the community. So far, two Good Fight videos have been posted, highlighting charitable organizations "making our backyard a better place to live and work. " One lauds celebrity chef Jose Garces and his foundation's support of immigrant health care and education programs, another publicizes ActionAIDS and its Dining Out for Life fund-raiser.
NEWS
January 18, 2011 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
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.
NEWS
December 18, 2010 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2008 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com
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)
SPORTS
June 15, 2007 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 29, 2006 | By Julie Shaw INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
July 31, 2005 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2005 | By Paul Nussbaum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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