November 3, 2015 |
YES, IT'S TRUE that in America, you can rise from nothing to become a wealthy celebrity/sports star/businessperson/etc. It's just getting more difficult. Why? Because when the rich get richer, there's less for the not-yet-rich. And because the fix is in. The Washington Post reports that if the legalize-marijuana initiative passes tomorrow in Ohio, 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey will become a weed kingpin. Should the bill pass, it would restrict virtually all large-scale marijuana cultivation to 10 specifically designated Ohio farms.
October 9, 2015 |
A decade before he began a promising professional baseball career with the New York Mets, Michael Conforto was afforded a lens into his father's athletic past. It came during an off day from the 2004 Little League World Series, when the team from Redmond, Wash., made the hourlong drive southwest to State College. With his father leading the way, the star 11-year-old and his teammates hung out on the sidelines of a Penn State football practice and were granted an audience with coach Joe Paterno.
October 8, 2015 |
Judd on the offense In a talk with Variety , Ashley Judd said she was once sexually harassed by a famous (but unnamed) Hollywood studio executive. Judd said the harassment occurred in 1997, when she was shooting "Kiss the Girls. " She said the exec "physically lured" her to his hotel room and made various requests, which she declined. When she was asked to watch him shower, she was able to get the heck outta there. Judd said she later found out that the exec had done the same thing to other actresses.
October 2, 2015 |
The NFL is monitoring the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region and has been in contact with the Eagles and Washington Redskins about scheduling contingencies for their game Sunday in Landover, Md. Hurricane Joaquin has the potential to be a significant storm in the region. The Washington Post first reported that the league is looking into contingencies. "We have had discussions with the NFL as they are monitoring the weather for this week in Washington," an Eagles spokesman said.
September 9, 2015
AS A CATHOLIC, a native Philadelphia suburbanite, an adult Philly resident and a graduate of the Catholic University of America, I was beyond excited to hear the news that Pope Francis was coming to Philadelphia. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to see Pope John Paul II when I was a college student visiting Rome and later to briefly interact with Pope Benedict XVI when I was a young professional living and working in Washington, D.C., after college. From the first announcement, I was thrilled I would be able to hit "three for three" and obtain my papal hat trick so to speak on Sept.
September 7, 2015 |
Archbishop Charles Chaput recently sought to reassure an apprehensive Philly flock of the relative ease and desirability of attending this month's World Meeting of Families and papal visit, noting in an Inquirer commentary that Scripture doesn't find Mary and Joseph fretting over logistics on the way to Bethlehem. A skeptic might also note that the couple reportedly ended up staying with the livestock. In any case, the archbishop's sanguine posture was part of a welcome effort to recalibrate the approach to papal preparations, which has suffered from too much Herod and too few wise men. Much of the shift has taken the form of aggressive rebranding.
August 14, 2015 |
THEY TOLD US things were getting better in Ferguson in the year since Mike Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson and left dead in the street for an unreal - and inhuman - four-and-a-half hours. Surely, there's been some slow bending of the long arc of the moral universe; voters turned out strong in last November's election in the Missouri suburb and now its City Hall looks more like the population of the majority-black community, with two new African-American city council members and a black interim police chief to replace his fundamentally dishonest and discredited predecessor, Thomas Jackson.
July 27, 2015 |
Chip Kelly, the Eagles' ever-private coach, was once married for seven years, according to a Washington Post article. Kelly goes to great lengths to try to conceal his private life, and the article was the first time his ex-wife has been mentioned. Kelly has been the subject of books, magazine profiles, and newspaper articles without Jennifer Jenkins' name ever being revealed. Jenkins is a Washington resident who met Kelly in New Hampshire on Thanksgiving in 1989 and married him in 1992 in front of about 250 guests.
July 10, 2015 |
THE BIG GAME this week remains "Disassociation. " Networks, organizations and people have been cutting their ties to Bill Cosby for months now, but given recent revelations that Cosby admitted offering Quaaludes to women with an expectation of sex, a rape survivor advocacy group called Preventing Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is petitioning the White House to revoke Cosby's 2002 Medal of Freedom. "For many years, President Obama has been a courageous leader in efforts to help victims of sexual abuse and prevent sexual violence on campus and in the military," PAVE executive director Angela Rose said in a statement.