June 9, 2015 |
ANTHONY RILEY could make almost anyone feel good. You. The girl you're trying to impress. A national TV audience. Our whole grouchy city. The 28-year-old Philadelphia street performer got his big break this year on NBC's "The Voice" by belting out James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good). " Within seconds, all four judges were feeling good, too, slamming the red buttons that spin their chairs around and signal their approval. Riley instantly became a crowd favorite. He was being coached by Pharrell Williams and poised to take the next step.
June 8, 2015 |
Anthony Riley, 28, a Philadelphia street performer who left NBC's singing-competition show The Voice in January to deal with substance-abuse issues, was found dead Friday. Over the last decade, Mr. Riley had been a fixture in Center City, crooning Motown and pop songs for tips on the bustling streets outside Reading Terminal Market, Penn's Landing, and Independence Hall. Since leaving the TV show, he had been working on an album but continued to struggle with addiction, his friends and family said Saturday.
March 30, 2015 |
Philly street performer Anthony Riley made history on The Voice when he received the TV show's fastest four-chair turn-around ever from the judges after an impassioned performance of James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good). " But on Monday's show, judge Pharrell Williams announced that Riley had left The Voice for personal reasons. Philly.com reported that Riley's departure was due to substance-abuse issues. Now, Riley is opening up about the problems that have plagued him. The 28-year-old said he struggled with drug addiction for two years, but since leaving The Voice has completed a rehabilitation program.
March 27, 2015 |
HE SAT for hours, handcuffed with his head hanging low, at the defense table. When he finally spoke, he told the judge he was ashamed, owned his wrongdoing and vowed to make restitution, even if it took him decades. But when deputies led disgraced ex-sportscaster Don Tollefson away to begin a two- to four-year sentence in state prison for fleecing $342,643 from 200 people (most of whom were donors to his charities), many of his victims in attendance trudged out of court scowling with disgust.
March 8, 2015
A story and headline Thursday on Pennsylvania Medicaid expansion plans incorrectly said that Ted Dallas, acting secretary of the state Department of Human Services, expected to complete the transition from Gov. Tom Corbett's version to Gov. Wolf's version by the end of April. Kait Gillis, a spokeswoman for the department, said Dallas was referring only to the first phase of the transition, involving coverage for substance abuse and mental health treatment. She said the full transition was expected to be finished by Sept.
February 4, 2015
HAVE YOU EVER bought anything just because of a Super Bowl commercial? (Me neither.) Someone must. Advertisers pay more than $4 million for a 30-second spot and feel they're getting their money's worth if it gets people talking - even if they're bad-mouthing it. "If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody," said Alice Roosevelt Longworth, "come sit next to me. " No one sits to bad mouth any more. They tweet and Facebook. In Sunday's Downer Bowl - with commercials about domestic abuse, bullying and death - viewers were not on the side of Nationwide.
December 4, 2014 |
PEOPLE battling drug and alcohol addiction in Philadelphia are watching Hollywood movies in outpatient group therapy - on your dime. The tab can exceed $50 a person for each movie, paid by Medicaid. Clients said that some of the movies they saw - like "Caddyshack" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - had nothing to do with recovery. The films that did depict addiction, including "The Basketball Diaries," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a heroin addict, and "28 Days," with Sandra Bullock in the throes of alcoholism, made them crave the very substance they are trying to kick, they said.
November 16, 2014 |
Around lunchtime on a warm day last week, a gray van pulled to the side of a wooded road in Browns Mills and honked three times. The silent woods seemed empty. Then, a figure in a hooded black sweatshirt peered out from the autumn foliage. To the right, a man in a canvas jacket seemed to rise out of the ground. His quizzical scowl softened when he saw the van, and he turned and shouted something behind him. In moments, shabbily dressed men in groups of two and three were filing up a narrow path barely visible from the road.
October 27, 2014 |
Since football, or more precisely football-viewing, is overwhelmingly the favorite pastime of 21st-century Americans, it's no surprise that it too has become a polarizing subject. Those who love the sport subscribe to a heroic narrative: It's a colorful, compelling, athletic spectacle, one whose participants embody the virtues of teamwork, strength, and dedication. Others see football as a militaristic farce. Its coaches are egomaniacal martinets. Its players are incurious lemmings.