December 11, 2007
HUGE, UGLY monstrosities, disruptive to the surrounding neighborhoods, expensive to build and destined to cater to only a small fraction of the population - and there's not just one, but two of them. In the realm of large public projects of questionable investment, it's hard to beat the Eagles and Phillies stadiums. Given that for the next 20 or so years, taxpayers are on the hook for about $30 million a year for the debt service alone, the stadiums make the casinos look like rustic shrines to Mother Teresa.
November 8, 2007 |
COULD THE AREA around the Roosevelt Mall, at the heart of Northeast Philadelphia, be the next comeback kid of revitalization? The tea leaves look auspicious. After months of rumors, it's now official: a new Target department store is going up at Bustleton and Bleigh, where the old Orleans movie theater is coming down. The Northeast Target will be about the same size as the new one on City Avenue, with a food court and, yes, a Starbucks. And the site's developer, Kimco Realty Corp.
October 5, 2007
ARE YOU charmed yet? I mean, you wouldn't want it any other way now, would you? Or is all that Rocky talk just talk? Is the premise that this team is what Philadelphia is all about really just that - a figment of our collective imagination, unsustainable against the 0-2 hole the Phillies now find themselves in against the hottest team in baseball? You want a hole to dig out from? Try this oversized one on for size. This ain't 4-11 in April. It ain't blowing that 8-2 lead to Atlanta, or nearly giving back that 11-0 lead over St. Louis just a few weeks ago. This is two home losses to the Clubber Langs of baseball, heading to their park for the next two games.
October 4, 2007 |
The San Diego Padres, the National League wild-card leaders for weeks, ordered 90,000 "rally towels" for the first round of the playoffs. Brad Fish, owner of BWM Global Inc., printed about 45,000 before learning the Padres had been knocked out of the postseason. "I don't know what they're going to do with them," Fish said yesterday. "The Mets are a good client of ours," Fish added from his towel-printing plant in Chicago. Correction: the Mets were a good client. The Phillies are a third.
October 1, 2007
The Phillies will be the stars of "Rally Monday," a pep rally at noon today in Dilworth Plaza outside City Hall. Manager Charlie Manuel, coaches, players, the Phanatic and Phillies ballgirls are scheduled to attend. Harry Kalas and Scott Palmer will be the co-hosts. There will be plenty of prizes, including postseason tickets, game-used bases and balls, and the popular rally towels. On another front, Channel 57 will broadcast the Phillies' National League East-clinching win over Washington tonight at 10 o'clock.
September 28, 2007 |
NEW YORK - In mid-September, the Mets were cruising in front like a really fast horse running against a relentless opponent that simply did not have enough speed to keep up. Then, they lost three straight to the Phillies. They managed to lose five of six to the Nationals while giving up an insane 53 runs in the losses to the team that had been the lowest scoring in baseball. Suddenly, the team that had been in first in the National League East for 146 days was staring at the possibility of losing the division and even missing the playoffs entirely in the five-team (three in, two out)
February 23, 2007 |
There's probably nothing better than drying off with a warm towel on a winter's day. But unless your laundry room is near your bathroom, that opportunity won't come along very often. More convenient towel-warming methods are available. Need to know: Towel warmers can be portable, floor-mounted, or wall-mounted and can operate either electrically or hydronically. Electric models either plug in or can be hard-wired; they install easily, come with on-off switches, and operate at up to 200 watts.
April 29, 2005 |
For those sentient beings already familiar with the significance of bathrobes, towels, and the number 42 in the Douglas Adams universe, the long-anticipated movie adaptation of the late author-cult god's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will likely be met with approving smiles, reverent discourse, and return trips to the box office. For the rest of us, unfamiliar with Adams' 1979 sci-fi spoof/stoner philosophy tome and its media shower of follow-ups (books, a BBC TV series, comics, computer games, etc.)
April 23, 2005 |
Used to be every self-respecting big-city train station had to have four things: a newsstand, a walk-in barbershop, a bootblack, and a bar. As of today, SEPTA's Suburban Station - once the Pennsylvania Railroad's gateway to the Main Line - has a newsstand. Vincent's Barber Shop is no more. Yesterday afternoon, after the last man left the shop in the 17th Street section of the station concourse, Vincent Ionata switched off his two swirling, striped barber poles for the last time, and a 75-year-old constant to generations of Philadelphia mayors, politicians and businessmen went dark.
March 15, 2005 |
The Federal Communications Commission yesterday declined to throw the flag for the Monday Night Football skit where a seemingly naked Nicollette Sheridan jumped into the arms of Eagles receiver Terrell Owens. By a unanimous vote, the five commissioners decided that while "intended to be titillating," the scene was "simply not graphic or explicit enough" to violate indecency rules. ABC's spot, which aired Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. Philadelphia time - 6 p.m. on the West Coast - was another flash point in the culture war over what is appropriate for broadcast.