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March 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Damian D. "Skipper" Pitts was not offended when a student in his leadership class at Temple University raised a hand one Thursday night last year and asked for an early dismissal. Pitts was just confused by the excuse: The student wanted to get home in time to watch Scandal . "I said, 'What the hell is Scandal ?' " Pitts recalled recently. "The only thing the classroom didn't do was stone me. " A year later, the former Marine and leadership consultant from Fort Washington cannot only rattle off the names of every character like a true Gladiator, as fans of the ABC-TV political drama are known, he aims to cash in on the program's wild appeal with a crisis-leadership game called Scandalytes.
NEWS
February 17, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Jamie Lee Curtis arguably was the best thing about "True Lies," but if that film is checked out at your video stores, look for one or more of these: "A Fish Called Wanda. " The 1988 comedy written by Monty Python's John Cleese and co-starring Kevin Kline. "My Girl. " The 1991 original with Macaulay Culkin - NOT the 1994 sequel. "Trading Places. " She does fine as the cliched hooker with a heart of gold. "Perfect. " A film that's far from great but serves as a kind of time capsule look at the mid-'80s, with yuppies fretting about their figures.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1991 | By Lesley Valdes, Inquirer Music Critic
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are trading places, in a first-time-ever joint venture. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is presenting the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Orchestra will give a concert in Israel during its 1992 tour of Europe and Mediterranean. The concerts were scheduled to facilitate the two orchestras' touring plans. Net proceeds from reserved parquet and balcony seats will be shared by both orchestras.
NEWS
June 18, 2000
Regardless of what the experts say, we all have our own ideas on what tickles the funny bone. The "Hey, what about. . . " game is in full swing this week with readers recalling favorite flicks they think should have made the American Film Institute's recently published list of the 100 funniest American movies. A laugh-out-loud scene, a clever play on words or a cast with comedic chemistry were among the criteria readers cited in making their case for additional list-worthy films.
SPORTS
April 29, 2003 | By Sam Carchidi INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Wildwood Catholic boys' basketball coaches are trading places, athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced yesterday. John "Champ" McGaffney, the Crusaders' head coach the last six years, will become the team's assistant, mostly because of his increased duties at his summer ice-cream business in Cape May. McGaffney will be replaced by Dave DeWeese, who was a Wildwood Catholic assistant last year. Wildwood Catholic went 21-6 last season and dropped a 67-51 decision to Cardinal McCarrick in the NJSIAA South Jersey Parochial B final.
SPORTS
February 15, 1988 | By DICK JERARDI, Daily News Sports Writer
Just a few seasons ago, the 76ers were the envy of the NBA. Owner Harold Katz probably would not have traded places with anyone in the league. Just a few months ago, the New Jersey Nets were playing Eddie Murphy's character in the movie "Trading Places" as well as the 76ers had once played Dan Akroyd's. Team president Bernie Mann certainly would have traded places with almost anyone in the NBA. Yesterday afternoon at the Meadowlands Arena, the once-charmed sank deeper into their evolving role as the damned.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1989 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
One way to gracefully make the passage into the '90s is by turning New Year's Eve into View Year's Eve. There are any number of films, fortunately most of them comedies, where the characters have such immense and involving New Year's troubles that swiftly you will forget your own. Alternatively, you can use the movie you rent as a means of helping you resolve your crisis of the moment. Unemployed? Rent The Apartment (1960), in which working stiff Jack Lemmon quits his job on New Year's Eve and ends up hosting the merriest party in town.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S A crisp autumn night, you're at a house party with some friends, and everyone's getting thirsty. There's good music, good food, good people - heck, maybe a couple of wild and crazy guys are making a scene on the dance floor - but the only thing you can find to drink is unrelentingly bad liquor. Who you gonna call? Dan Aykroyd. The Hollywood icon feels your pain, consumer of bad booze. He had some unfortunate encounters in the past with the perfectly awful tequila and vodka sold near his summer home in Canada.
NEWS
April 1, 1994
Everything we know about commodities trading we learned from Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in the movie "Trading Places. " The secret of commodity trading seems about as simple as a movie plot. Some people make enormous profits because nearly everybody else loses their shirts, trousers and firstborn in the market. It's not supposed to be a game for unsophisticated investors. So how dare Hillary Clinton make a potful of money? Not a real big potful, understand, by the standard set by the great hustlers of the Reagan Era, but major bucks in ordinary-people terms.
NEWS
December 23, 1988 | By Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
It's New Year's Eve and a Saturday night - a double whammy for those of us who say we choose to stay home but deep down believe we belong Out There where the air is rare. But if you have to ring in 1989 in your living room, kitchen and bedroom, don't despair. Here are ways to make the night a memorable one: A perfect solution is a simple pot luck dinner with friends (you're not the only one not out on the town), with everyone dressed up. Use your best tablecloth, but don't do the cooking.
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February 26, 2015
LET'S TALK about Pennsylvania and Illinois. They have plenty in common. Both have brand-new governors from the private sector: Democrat Tom Wolf in Harrisburg, Republican Bruce Rauner in Springfield. Both capitals are in relatively small towns. Springfield is Illinois' sixth-largest city; Harrisburg is Pennsylvania's ninth-largest. Both are roughly in the middle of their states. Both governors are dealing with legislatures of the opposite party: Republicans control Harrisburg; Democrats control Springfield.
SPORTS
July 5, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Maurice Edu understands it, his recent position change will not be a permanent one. Edu, the Union's standout midfielder, has been temporarily moved to the back line. The experiment started in the U.S. Open Cup and continued in the Union's first Major League Soccer game after the World Cup break, a 3-1 win at New England on Saturday. Interim manager Jim Curtin switched Edu and Amobi Okugo. Edu guided the defense from the center back position, and Okugo returned to his former spot.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
Damian D. "Skipper" Pitts was not offended when a student in his leadership class at Temple University raised a hand one Thursday night last year and asked for an early dismissal. Pitts was just confused by the excuse: The student wanted to get home in time to watch Scandal . "I said, 'What the hell is Scandal ?' " Pitts recalled recently. "The only thing the classroom didn't do was stone me. " A year later, the former Marine and leadership consultant from Fort Washington cannot only rattle off the names of every character like a true Gladiator, as fans of the ABC-TV political drama are known, he aims to cash in on the program's wild appeal with a crisis-leadership game called Scandalytes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S A crisp autumn night, you're at a house party with some friends, and everyone's getting thirsty. There's good music, good food, good people - heck, maybe a couple of wild and crazy guys are making a scene on the dance floor - but the only thing you can find to drink is unrelentingly bad liquor. Who you gonna call? Dan Aykroyd. The Hollywood icon feels your pain, consumer of bad booze. He had some unfortunate encounters in the past with the perfectly awful tequila and vodka sold near his summer home in Canada.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing in the Phillies dugout hours before Friday's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Atlanta Braves, pitching coach Rich Dubee made one of the least surprising announcements. Dubee said Phillies righthander Ethan Martin would be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season and that Tyler Cloyd would take his place in the rotation. "His stuff has played phenomenally well the first time through a lineup," Dubee said. "Again, I don't know if it is because of fatigue, if he burns up too much energy, but his stuff shortens up the second and third time through.
SPORTS
June 12, 2011 | Associated Press
MIAMI - The hammer Dirk Nowitzki is so close to escaping is pounding away harder than ever at LeBron James. The Dallas Mavericks are a victory from claiming the title that James came to Miami to win. It would forever alter Nowitzki's reputation, which has already been elevated during this series as he's ignored injury and illness. And James is now the target of all the criticism Nowitzki long endured, the one shouldering most of the blame as things go wrong. "That's just a part of the game if you're the star or the face of the franchise," Nowitzki said Saturday.
SPORTS
October 15, 2009 | By JENNIFER BARKOWITZ For the Daily News
Living in LA is awesome - but times like these, I miss home, badly. The camaraderie and excitement being experienced all over Philadelphia make this time so bittersweet. Here are a few differences between my hometown and the city I have lived in for the past 8 months since leaving the Daily News. Time: The fact that Philadelphia is 3 hours ahead of LA isn't a big difference, until you live here. Whenever you sit down to watch a football game at 1 p.m. on a Sunday, remember that on this side of the world, some of us are just waking up. Meeting up with friends to watch that game at the local watering hole is not an option here, either.
NEWS
July 30, 2009 | By Traver Riggins INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Monday, some state government offices will move to the old Strawbridge & Clothier store on Market Street from the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets, which is to be closed this year. Twelve state departments will close shop at the Broad Street building on Fridays during the next five weeks and reopen on the following Monday at 801 Market. From three to five departments will relocate each weekend. By the end of August, 650 state workers will have relocated to the new site.
SPORTS
May 20, 2009 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chan Ho Park outpitched J.A. Happ in March, when the two were competing for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation. But once the regular season began, Park struggled and Happ excelled in relief. Now the two have reversed their roles and Happ will start Saturday in New York against the Yankees. Happ had been used exclusively in the bullpen in both short and long relief, going 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 21 2/3 innings. He had 17 strikeouts in 12 games. Manager Charlie Manuel said the 26-year-old lefthander could last roughly 65 to 80 pitches and be fully stretched out by his next start.
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