October 7, 2014 |
ORLEANS, Mass. - Ed Snider thinks right winger Jake Voracek is on the verge of NHL stardom. "This kid," Snider said early in training camp, "has a chance to be a superstar. " Is the Flyers' chairman, mindful that Voracek was part of the package the Flyers acquired in 2011 for scoring machine Jeff Carter, overdosing on hyperbole? Or is the 25-year-old Voracek, coming off the best season of his six-year career, ready to take the next step in his development? Relayed Snider's comments, Voracek smiled.
February 6, 2014 |
Sean Chandler always would eat just part of his food - half of a hamburger, maybe, or one of the two slices of pizza. He wrapped up the rest to take home to his little sister. "This was all the time," said Brad Hawkins, who coached Chandler with the Whitman Park Tigers football program in Camden. "We'd take Sean to get something to eat, and he always had to make sure he had something to take back to his sister. " The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Chandler was one of New Jersey's best football players last season.
July 15, 2013 |
Rosemary Joseph disappeared. She told the newspaper her son, Domonic Brown, was "brainwashed. " For years, she worked two jobs to raise her two children as a single parent. She loved her 17-year-old son and encouraged him to play baseball because she was a former softball catcher. And when Brown chose his father over his mother, Joseph clutched her daughter. "We just left," Joseph said. "It was such an embarrassment. " Five months later, Robert Walker bought his son a batting cage for Christmas.
June 28, 2013 |
BORN CHRISTMAS Day 1948, backup singer Merry Clayton has been lending her skills to pop musicians for most of her 64 years. Usually she's the "last person, along with the string players," to add their flavor to a studio recording session. "That's why they call it 'sweetening,' " she explained in a recent chat. More often than not, she's the least recognized, least thanked contributor, though Clayton's blow- torched, highly emotive vocals made a major difference on massive hits such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," Carole King's "Way Over Yonder," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned" and Joe Cocker's "Feelin' Alright.
June 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - You've seen them, but not noticed them. You've heard them, but not listened to them. The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" shines a light away from center stage over to the world of female backup singers. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film looks most specifically at the lives and careers of six women - Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, Claudia Lennear and Judith Hill - who span generations of music and have worked with a broad spectrum of artists including the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Sting and Ike and Tina Turner.
December 25, 2012 |
SANTIAGO, Chile - They don't have demands, but they're loyal to the cause and are always on the front lines of the fight. They run with protesters, lap up shots from water cannons, bark at police in riot gear, and sometimes even bite officers. Stray dogs are truly man's best friend for thousands of students and workers who demonstrate and clash with police nearly every day to press demands for education improvements, redistribution of Chile's wealth, and environmental protections. As the protests become fixtures in this modernizing capital, normally unnoticed street dogs have become stars in their own right, with the Facebook fan pages and fawning media coverage to prove it. "Blacky," a mutt adopted by young protesters, has become the most visible mascot, with rival fan pages totaling more than 7,000 subscribers or "likes.
August 22, 2012 |
Most seasons, your best bet when assessing the fantasy prospects of a rookie class is to focus on the running backs. First-year quarterbacks should be avoided like the plague, or synchronized swimming. Rookie receivers occasionally achieve fantasy stardom, but it usually takes them a while to ramp up. Last season was no ordinary season. Injuries and ineffectiveness plagued Mark Ingram and Daniel Thomas, the cream of the 2011 running back crop. The top performer at the position was Roy Helu, who scraped his way into the top 30, thanks to a late-season surge.
November 2, 2011 |
She hosted the opening festivities for L.A.'s Fashion's Night Out in September and sat in the front row at the Louis Vuitton runway show in Paris last month. Come February, she'll be in our living rooms every week, as a mentor on NBC's new Fashion Star designer competition series. Is tabloid sensation-turned-designer Nicole Richie poised to become the next big celebrity fashion brand? Following in the footsteps of Jessica Simpson and Rachel Zoe, Richie, 30 - whose adoptive father is Lionel Richie - launched her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line in late 2007, adding shoes in 2009 and bags in June 2011.
September 24, 2011
KIM DELANEY joins a long line of Hollywood celebrities who have embarrassed themselves in public. An (extremely abridged) look back: LADY GAGA: She celebrated the New York Giants' win last week by pouring champagne into the stands. Into the handicapped section. KANYE WEST: "I'mma let you finish," he famously told Taylor Swift after drunkenly stumbling into her MTV Video Music Award acceptance speech in 2009. PAULA ABDUL: She had to tell the world about a neurological disorder to dodge allegations that she was drugged up while on "American Idol.
September 20, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The Dallas Cowboys' 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers had a Holley-wood ending. Jesse Holley, who got a chance with the Cowboys only after winning Michael Irvin's reality show three years ago, had never had an NFL catch until Sunday. He played in overtime only because Miles Austin had been injured on the last play from scrimmage in regulation. Yet, Holley (three catches, 96 yards) made the biggest play of the game with a 77-yard catch-and-run on the Cowboys' first play from scrimmage in the extra period.