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July 30, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting on his bed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant talked about his big plans. Zion Harvey, 8, of Baltimore, wants to climb the monkey bars. Throw a football. Play the guitar. Maybe even become a doctor. "But I'll be the kind that doesn't give shots," he said with an impish grin Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, a team from Children's and the University of Pennsylvania announced its early-July surgical tour de force, then introduced Zion; his mom, Pattie Ray; stepdad Kevon Gant; and little sister Zoe. "The planning took approximately 18 months," said transplant team leader L. Scott Levin, who established Penn's hand-transplant program and expanded it to Children's.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | Michael Klein
* Globe's best bar: Hop Sing Laundromat is one of the best bars in the world. So says Conde Nast Traveler, which lists the Chinatown destination on its hot list of 30 establishments. Hop Sing opened in 2012 at 1029 Race St. There's no sign outside - just a doorbell and an iron gate that summons a doorman who ushers you upstairs into a vestibule whose floor is coated in pennies. It's run by a guy known as Lê who is hard to pin down, pretends to be from North Korea and denies entry to those wearing sneakers.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thirteen films will be screened at the Kimmel Center the week leading up to Pope Francis' visit - the latest in a huge lineup of cultural offerings throughout Philadelphia announced for late September. The World Meeting of Families Film Festival will run Sept. 22-25, featuring films about Philadelphia and the Catholic Church, as well as classic movie offerings for families. The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is curating the event, which will be ticketed ($10 for adults, $5 for children)
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
"Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" - Edgar Allan Poe For a remote, dark, frigid world named after the ancient Greek landlord of the dead, Pluto has turned a startlingly warm countenance to its distant cousin Earth. Thanks to the decade-long journey of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, it emerged from the obscurity of the edge of the solar system with an almost rosy hue and a bright, hemisphere-spanning feature shaped like a valentine. Pluto's big, icy heart is making those of many earthlings melt - and rebuking its bloodless expulsion, sight all but unseen, from the planetary pantheon.
SPORTS
July 17, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - There's no way Jordan Spieth can possibly complete golf's calendar Grand Slam, right? Not at 21. Or probably any other age. Why? Well, because it's never been done in the modern era. He's halfway there, having gone wire-to-wire in April at the Masters (where he tied Tiger Woods' scoring record) before taking last month's U.S. Open by a shot when Dustin Johnson three-putted the 72nd green. Last week he won in a playoff at the John Deere, in his first start since Chambers Bay, even though a bunch of folks figured he would have been better off getting to the Old Course earlier to properly prepare for the third major of the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
BY ANY measure, Penn & Teller reside in the upper echelons of show business. With 14 years under their belts at Las Vegas' Rio casino, the one-of-a-kind, comedy-magic duo reigns as that town's longest-running resident act ever. They have been TV staples as both ensemble cast members ("Sabrina the Teenage Witch") and headliners ("Penn & Teller: Bullsh-t!" on Showtime, The CW's "Penn & Teller: Fool Us"). They are published authors, both individually and collectively. And their current run (through Aug. 16)
SPORTS
July 15, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE 2012-13 school year was a year of firsts for both Wellington Zaza and his track coach at Garnet Valley, Andrew Etter. Etter was in his first year as the head coach of the Jaguars and Zaza was in his first year at the school, having spent his freshman and sophomore years at Upper Darby before going to Strath Haven for his junior year. Zaza's father, Billy Neewray, is an international soccer agent based in Switzerland. Zaza has lived with different family members, and family reasons kept him on the move throughout his high school career, but his movement on the track and field stayed consistent.
NEWS
July 14, 2015
AS A FOLLOWER of politics and pop culture, I can't help but notice some similarities between the current politics of Harrisburg and the current crop of hit movies. Think summer blockbuster films aligning with summer budget-busting pols. Let's start with Democratic Gov. Wolf, who ran pitch-perfect primary and general campaigns to make history as the first candidate to unseat an incumbent Pennsylvania governor. He no doubt hoped that when he got to the Capitol he'd have "Pitch Perfect 2" (a sequel about an a cappella group's struggles to succeed, starring Anna Kendrick)
SPORTS
July 12, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
LANCASTER - Staging the U.S. Women's Open in the heart of Amish country has lent the event a unique flavor, not to mention some great opening shots for Fox's TV coverage. Curiously, though, while a local newspaper reported Friday that the Plain People actually do play golf, none have been spotted in the galleries here at the Lancaster Country Club. That's probably a good thing since there are certain words and phrases in the golf lexicon that have entirely different meanings in the Amish world.
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