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December 18, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
ALAS, PHILLY'S OWN Matt McAndrew is not the winner of season 7 of NBC's "The Voice. " Country singer Craig Wayne Boyd took home the crown, beating out McAndrew, R&B singer Damien and popster Chris Jamison . McAndrew, who came in second place, was a clerk at the Center City Trader Joe's and a teacher at Bach to Rock in Wayne before his loss on last night's show. The UArts grad was a member of Team Adam Levine . He wowed judges with his original, radio ready song "Wasted Love" on Monday's final performance.
NEWS
December 16, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Model trains capture the sweep of American economic history, keeping alive railway company names such as Erie Lackawanna, Western Maryland, and Lehigh Valley, that were long ago caught up in consolidation. That historical dimension turns many railroad buffs into sticklers for accuracy, evident Sunday at Greenberg's Great Train & Toy Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. "Pennsylvania Railroad never ran that engine," said collector Joe Desiata, pointing at a 1930s model steam engine that was actually used by the New York Central Railroad.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2014 | By Eileen Glanton Loftus, For The Inquirer
Caitlin Zielinski, 10, thought she wanted a phone for Christmas. She did online research to find models that would meet her requirements - she could text, call, and play games like Be Funky and Skyburger - while acknowledging her parents' - they could tighten the reins if she texted too much or tried to download unapproved apps. Ultimately, Caitlin decided she didn't want to deal with monthly bills, so she revised her Christmas wishes: A laptop is now at the top of her list. Not all children are as likely to weigh the pros and cons of their technological gifts-to-be.
SPORTS
December 4, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
OUR FAVORITE wide receiver - who's not an Eagle - is the Texans' Andre Johnson. Yesterday, Johnson hosted his eighth annual shopping spree for a dozen children from the Harris County Department of Protective Services. "You can go through the store and get whatever you want," Johnson said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "I'll pay for it. Have a Merry Christmas. " The children, who met with Johnson at a Toys R Us near NRG Stadium, were given an empty shopping cart and 80 seconds (Johnson's uniform number)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Rapture, Blister, Burn may go down in history as the first feminist play to end with brainy female characters toasting Phyllis Schlafly, that bĂȘte noire of the Equal Rights Amendment, without sarcasm. It's no gimmick. Gina Gionfriddo's intellectually ambitious comedy, reopening the question of women choosing between career and family, allows that all choices are valid, even mediocre ones. A bit dour, perhaps? No. Rapture , which opened Wednesday at the Wilma Theater, is part of a growing genre that might be called war-of-the-brain-cells plays, such as Yasmina Reza's 2008 God of Carnage , with intelligent urbanites talking, drinking, and destroying each other's pretensions.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
I'm probably the last person you'd expect to wax nostalgic about the loss of - what to call it? - a shopping opportunity. I work at the edge of a mall, but I rarely set foot in its stores. When my wife eyes quaint shops on vacation, I've got other ideas. Even craft shows full of beautiful objects tend to try my patience. So why do I care about the closing of O'Doodles, the Chestnut Hill toy store about to begin a going-out-of-business sale? Trust me, it's not just the loss of a favored source for kids' toys and gifts, though I'll miss the convenience.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun. Bad for the legions of frazzled parents of birthday-party invitees who have counted on it for a last-minute present and free gift wrap on a Saturday morning. And bad for the guy who drove the hour-and-a-half to it from Jim Thorpe just to buy six pimple balls. O'Doodles toy store, a fixture on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill since 1997, is the bearer of the bad news: It is closing.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
On a midsummer Tuesday morning at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine, the children's waiting room is bustling. Preteens punch up basketball video games while younger children squash Play-Doh through a plastic mold or check doll heart rates with toy stethoscopes. At a round table in the center of the waiting room sits Carlin Beasley, a delicate 3-year-old in a pink tutu whose mischievous eyes gaze out above a wide sterile mask. Chemotherapy for a brain tumor has compromised her immune system, but it hasn't stopped Carlin from pulling out the pieces of a real-life prep kit designed to deliver anesthesia.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
Good vision in low light is essential to enjoying Alchemia , which Momix brought to the Annenberg Center last weekend. The gloam can hide the scraps and bits that would make the piece seem magical. But for those with healthy peepers, Alchemia is a brilliant journey into a surreal otherworld where earth, water, air, and fire - in the form of dancers, music, lighting, and props - do their thing. Moses Pendleton, choreographer of the "Doves of Peace" segment of the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony, is the "Mo" in Momix.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Kate was getting ready for a Fourth of July 2010 barbecue when her friend Melissa, who was going with her, asked if she could bring her friend Bettner. Sure, Kate said. This was a come-one, come-all kind of summer shindig. Kate caught Jon Bettner's eye at hi. "She was a tall blonde with blue eyes wearing white jeans," Jon said. "That's a trifecta for me. " Jon assumed Kate was dating someone at the party, but enjoyed their conversation. Kate did, too. "I thought Jon was funny.
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