July 9, 2015
AS A CITY, we've gotten pretty good at attracting and handling crowds, and with the number of visitors growing year after year, we get more and more practice. Thanks in part to the smart management of the city's "Visit Philadelphia" tourism office, the number of visitors has increased every year for the past 18 years, with 39 million domestic visitors in 2013. This provided more than $10 billion in economic impact in that year alone, creating jobs and activity in hospitality and beyond.
February 13, 2015 |
THE ENCHANTING RUN that Philadelphia's Taney Dragons and ace pitcher Mo'ne Davis went through last summer at the Little League World Series in Williamsport may have ended too soon. The Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West club, the first all-black squad to win the United States Little League Championship, was stripped of its title by Little League International yesterday after it was determined the team had falsified boundaries to field ineligible players. Little League International also said that after the boundaries had been changed, JRW officials went to surrounding leagues in Illinois to claim players to build a superior team.
January 31, 2014 |
HOLLIS THOMAS played defensive tackle for the Eagles at 300 pounds, so sticks and stones wouldn't put a dent in him. Words? Spitballs off a battleship! So, go ahead and call him a sore loser. Tell him he's up to his eyeballs in sour grapes when he yelps about Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots 24, Eagles 21. "Sore loser?" Thomas barks angrily. "We got cheated! It's not sour grapes. We got cheated!" Ten years later, time wounds all heels, and Thomas can't hide his disdain for Bill Belichick, the grumpy coach of the Patriots.
October 11, 2013
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, can you grow wine grapes in Philly? Marnie: I suppose you could, but I don't know anyone doing it in the city. Why? Buzz: A guy at work makes homemade wine as a family tradition. He was all proud telling me they switched from buying West Coast grapes to Pennsylvania grapes. I can't figure out why, though, since California's famous for good wine and Philly's not. Marnie: It's not that simple, Buzz. You can absolutely grow good grapes and make good wine in Pennsylvania.
November 9, 2012
WHEN I WOKE up Wednesday morning, it was dark. There was something ominous about that midweek morning, something that I hadn't felt in many years, something that I hadn't even felt when my father died decades ago. It was sense of intangible, yet visceral, loss. Barack Obama will have four more years to lead this country. Millions are happy about that fact, millions worked to make it a reality, millions would have wept had Mitt Romney won the election. I understand that I am on one side of a deep divide, a polarization that is similar in nature - if not in degree - to that which existed during the Civil War. We aren't ready to shoot our brothers and sisters who disagree with us, thank God. But there is a certain level of enmity that can't be chalked up to political difference.
March 21, 2012 |
The three Montgomery County commissioners, nearing their 100th day of governance, are getting along beautifully. At meetings, during dozens of votes, there hasn't been a single no vote among Josh Shapiro, Leslie Richards, and Bruce Castor. Also, no fights, no name-calling, no drama. Such good will! Last week, when evidence of spring first bloomed, the trio served water ice outside to government employees that was paid for, along with contributions from other top officials, out of their own wallets.
October 6, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Can you see the baseball, baby, standing in the shadows? That little turn on a Mick Jagger lyric characterizes an issue some of the Cardinals have created since late in the season, and they turned up the decibel level on the matter following their 3-2 loss to the Phillies Tuesday in Game 3 of the National League division series. Albert Pujols was the most strident among the players who criticized the 4:07 p.m. central starting time for Game 3, a time when a band of sunlight between the pitcher's mound and home plate carved through a shadow covering the infield for the first few innings, making it difficult for the batter to see the ball.
January 21, 2011 |
New Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn says he was looking for a change, and that is what led him to leave the Tennessee Titans after 12 seasons. Washburn was not made available to the Philadelphia media Wednesday after his hiring was announced, at his request, the Eagles said. He reluctantly agreed to an interview with Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean in Nashville, yesterday. Washburn wanted to make it clear that he left with no hard feelings or regrets, and that he was eager to get going with the Eagles.
January 7, 2011 |
Cruel world, showbiz. You get a bit-part audition in Hollywood, you can't even land it. Yet this other guy, a no-talent smooth face with a prep-school chin and endless hair, lands the line-screaming action-hero lead for $2 million-plus. And you're the "professional" actor. So back to New York, and maybe it's not so bad after all - you land on Broadway. OK, as an understudy. But did it have to be as the understudy for the same overblown film-boy, now triumphing on the Big Stage for his movie-star rep?
April 30, 2009
RE ANN Berlinger's letter about Gov. Rendell's reference to Barack Obama in his tribute to Harry Kalas: Since when is it inappropriate to mention the name of the president of the United States? There was no attempt to be political. It was simply meant to bring some levity to a very sad occasion. The writer's comments smack of sour grapes, truly Bush league. Shame on you, Ann Berlinger. Harry Delaney, Reading