July 1, 2015 |
Shane Lanes was reluctant to go on America's Got Talent . Then, he said, he had a flash of inspiration: "I wanted to lift Nick Cannon with my teeth. " We all have dreams, and, at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC, viewers can find out whether Lanes - known to fans as strongman Titano Oddfellow - achieved his. It will be the latest achievement for Lanes, 42, of West Philadelphia, who also holds world records in beard-pulling, septum-lifting, and sledgehammer-juggling. Next, starting on his birthday July 16, he wants to lift a stranger with his teeth every day for a year (the liftee must lie down wearing a harness in order to be lifted about a foot off the ground)
June 23, 2015 |
Way back when, New Jersey was not the Garden State. It was the Kill or Be Killed State. And at the top of the heap was a fearsome creature called Mosasaurus , currently playing a memorable role in that new dinosaur flick you may have heard about. Mosasaurus was no dinosaur. It was a marine reptile, part of a broader family called the mosasaurs, in an era when much of New Jersey was underwater. While the toothy carnivores were common in much of the world, the first North American fossil specimens were found in New Jersey in the early 1800s, shaping our knowledge of prehistory well before anyone had a good idea what a dinosaur was. Fossil-hunters today continue to find mosasaur vertebrae and horror-movie teeth - some of them 5 inches long - at sites in Gloucester and Monmouth Counties.
May 10, 2015 |
Growing up in an orphanage in Haiti, Thomy Elusme brushed his teeth regularly and never got a cavity. Yet by his teenage years, a few teeth had started to become loose and one eventually fell out. After coming to New Jersey to live with a host family, the soft-spoken 20-year-old had to have a second one pulled. Elusme suffers from a condition all too familiar to periodontist Daniel H. Fine, who examined the young man last month at the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine in Newark, N.J. For more than 30 years, Fine has been tackling the mystery of why, through no apparent fault of their own, up to 2 percent of black youths have loose teeth.
April 29, 2015 |
AFTER playing larger-than-life characters like Red, queen of the kitchen in "Orange Is the New Black," and Admiral Janeway in "Star Trek: Voyager," actress Kate Mulgrew has taken on a new challenge - telling her life's story in her book, Born With Teeth: A Memoir (Little, Brown & Co.). "I'll be 60 years old at the end of this month," Mulgrew said in an interview with the Daily News . "For 40 years, I've been playing other characters. I've enjoyed it. I've loved it. I've been seriously committed to it. But there comes a moment, when it comes, to step out as one's self.
April 22, 2015 |
Several years ago, Philadelphia was so mired in a culture of quid pro quo that it was barely governable. A federal investigation into former Mayor John Street's administration yielded 24 convictions, but it did not eradicate the culture. Although Mayor Nutter has done much to clean it up, the next mayor cannot relent. One key sign of a mayoral candidate's commitment to honest government is support for a more powerful, independent government watchdog through a permanent city Inspector General's Office.
November 11, 2014 |
MUFASA COULD not have been prouder of his pride. Mufasa is, and will forever be, the glorious alias of charismatic inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans. For the past three seasons, as the other 10 players around him faltered or improved or lost their jobs, Ryans was a consistent beacon of maturity, of consistency, of toughness and intelligence; a professional's professional, a leader of the finest cut. Last week in Houston, Ryans ruptured his Achilles' tendon. He did it while making a play - while intercepting a pass, in fact, in the red zone.
September 12, 2014 |
CITY COUNCILMAN Curtis Jones Jr. yesterday renewed his push to expand the power of the Police Advisory Commission in complaints about police officers. Jones introduced a plan to put that proposal in front of voters, who would have to vote to change the city's Home Rule Charter to grant the commission more power. The proposal is politically perilous, as Council members gear up for re-election in May's primary. Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police opposes the change, as it did in 2012, the first time Jones introduced it. A federal appeals court ruling last month lifted the 95-year ban on police officers making campaign contributions, increasing the political punch of that already powerful union.
September 3, 2014 |
THIS WEEKEND marked the beginning of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the first chance for Sixers fans to watch 2014 first-round pick Dario Saric of Croatia on a large, international stage. The 12th-overall pick has impressed, as Croatia holds a 2-1 record in Group B of the tourney. Saric is averaging 27.3 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per contest in three tournament games while shooting 51.7 percent from the field. The skills that made Saric such an intriguing prospect to general manager Sam Hinkie have been on display: He is 6-10 and can play any position on the court due to his distributing abilities.
January 29, 2014
The Corbett administration's appointment of Kristen Donmoyer to direct the state's Dog Law Enforcement Office is the clearest demonstration yet that it has finally gotten serious about protecting the tens of thousands of dogs in more than 2,000 Pennsylvania kennels. The choice of Donmoyer, who is respected as tough and knowledgeable, marks a welcome departure from the administration's earlier neglect of the office. After Corbett's inauguration in 2011, the administration replaced its competent director with a political appointee who had no apparent background in the field.
December 30, 2013
Spoiled sports Temple President Neil Theobald counters those opposed to the university's decision to cut athletic programs by writing, "Any potential savings from reallocating football scholarships to other sports would be more than offset by the resulting loss of television revenue. " ("Why Temple had to cut sports programs," Dec. 22). Nowhere have I ever heard anyone argue that football scholarships should be reallocated, because it's obvious that doing so would not save any money.