January 25, 2013 |
Life used to be "like a box of chocolates," according to Forrest Gump. Now it's like a box of bullets. And you do know what you're going to get. Duck and cover, America! Valentine's Day, once a cultural oasis of sentimentality, is the opening date for A Good Day to Die Hard . No, it's not about the amorous demise of Nelson Rockefeller. It's the fifth in the series of Bruce Willis action flicks, full of gunfire and explosions, this time set in Moscow.
February 16, 2012 |
An Upper Darby man shot himself in the head at a Delaware County shooting range on Valentine's Day, authorities said, the second suicide there in six months. According to the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner, Isaiah James Jones, 25, shot himself in the bathroom of the Targetmaster Indoor Gun Range in Chadds Ford around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Pennsylvania State Police had not released any information on the incident as of last night. On Aug. 22, police said, a 22-year-old West Chester man killed himself at the gun range.
March 19, 2011 |
Tiffany Burnhill was mixed up with a bad seed, a former college basketball player whose claim to fame was that he was featured on "America's Most Wanted. " It's unclear if Burnhill knew what she was getting into when she started dating Shaun Warrick, who was accused of randomly shooting two Maryland college students and stabbing a third in 2007. What is clear, police said yesterday, is that Warrick allegedly shot and killed Burnhill, 19, and her cousin, Marcedes Ivery, 21, on Valentine's Day after he flew into a rage over an ongoing spat.
February 12, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Valentine's Day is approaching, and I wanted to write concerning those of us who are single by choice, by circumstance, because of the death of a spouse or following divorce. This holiday was set aside to celebrate love and lovers, but it can be a lonely time for people who find themselves without a significant other. Valentine's Day is so commercialized that one is bombarded by ads for gifts and candy from every angle, which only enforces one's aloneness. The message is subtly sent - but received loud and clear - that an individual without a partner is worthless.
February 12, 2010 |
February's designated Hallmark holiday now has its own cinematic greeting card. Valentine's Day , Garry Marshall's all-star candy sampler, is confected in the mold of Love, Actually, but with more sugar and fewer surprises. As sweets go, it's not dense and complex like a truffle, rather, it's light and modest like a chocolate kiss. It's not art; it's a pick-me-up. The script from Katherine Fugate sprawls as wide as Greater Los Angeles and goes about as deep as, well, a Hallmark card.
February 13, 2008
In February, too many of us stampede to florists for the wrong reasons: guilt and obligation. Here's a flower shop to visit for pleasure. La Petite Fleur, in Glenside, isn't primarily a retail florist. The business bills itself as a one-stop shop for frou-frou event planning, offering "sophisticated style advice" to a clientele that entertains at ritzy Center City venues. If you have the means, they'll do the decorating, custom-design some invitations, wrangle a photographer and more.
February 15, 2010 |
Shawn Gallman doesn't have luck with Valentines. Eight years ago, he allegedly shot to death Shawn Hughes in Yeadon following an argument over a Valentine - a girl named Valentine, that is. This year, Gallman found himself in prison on Valentine's Day, after DNA evidence and eyewitness accounts finally culminated in his arrest for Hughes' murder just three days before the celebrated romantic holiday. Gallman, now 41, was visiting Nicole Valentine at her Yeadon apartment Oct. 1, 2001, when Valentine's ex-boyfriend, Hughes, showed up and forced open the door after repeatedly being denied entry, police said.
February 11, 2012
Blocks of ice were transformed into images of love along Main Street in Manayunk Saturday. Thousands strolled along the street to watch as master ice sculptors created frozen symbols of "Passion" in honor of Valentine's Day like giraffes, their necks wrapped around each other; cupid sitting on the moon and hands with one placing a ring on the other. The event, the second annual "Manayunk On Ice" Pro Ice Carving Competition and Winter Family Festival, opened with an ice bonfire on Friday and will continue on Sunday with a Master Ice Sculptor Invitational from noon to 3 p.m. Ice-carvers will create original works around the theme of "Obsession.
February 15, 2010 |
Too wide for a plane seat? Is filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) a victim of size and weight discrimination? The Zack and Miri Make a Porno director has accused Southwest Airlines of ejecting him from a flight Saturday night because of his girth, says the Los Angeles Times. "Wanna tell me I'm too wide for the sky?" Smith said in a scathing message on his Twitter account. "Totally cool, but fair warning folks: If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air. " Smith said the incident occurred when he tried to board a flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif.
February 14, 2007 |
Valentine's Day is here, and that fat little angel with the love-tipped arrows has his hands in my pockets again. He's rummaging around in my coat and pants. He's looking for my wallet. The Valentine goblin wants $120 for dinner, $25 for flowers, $15 for a cab, and another $25 for non-boxed wine. I don't have the money. I swear. And aren't we too smart for this? The wine and roses are just a ritual, a cultural accident, and, frankly, I'd rather we just tied our hands together with string like the ancient Druids did. It fosters just as much closeness at a fraction of the cost.