February 25, 2016 |
The dented mess kit of a soldier from Roxborough who fought in a bloody battle in Normandy came home Tuesday, 72 years after it was lost on French soil. About 40 relatives of Hudson Leroy Funk, including great-grandchildren and his 95-year-old brother, hugged and proudly passed the mess kit around a kitchen table in Medford after hearing how a World War II memorabilia collector had found it last fall, using a metal detector. Funk, who lost his legs later, in a battle in Luxembourg in November 1944, had carved his initials - HLF - into the metal container.
February 22, 2016 |
I met Acel Moore the first day I arrived on the job as a summer intern at The Inquirer, straight out of North Philly and my senior year at Temple University in May of 1972. They were paying interns in those days, which was a good thing. At that time in life I couldn't afford to work full time for experience or prestige. I needed a paycheck. I was 22, with a wife and 7-month-old son, and we were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Manayunk. Top of the world, Ma! Metro editor Bob Greenberg introduced me to Acel and other reporters and editors as we walked around the newsroom that first day. Acel was an Army veteran who had started at the paper in 1962 as a "copy boy" - he hated that term - and worked his way up to police reporter in 1968.
February 22, 2016 |
A bowl with brilliant turquoises and purples rests on a table near the entrance to Marilyn Phister's 1895 two-story twin home in Chestnut Hill. In some ways, that gift from friends spawned an entire rethinking of the color palette and vibe in Phister's home, one she purchased in 1990 after living in Fairmount and East Falls. These days, she lives in a world of light and color, with a sense of "Wow!" around every corner. Everything seems meant for the space it occupies, from contemporary pieces to startling accessories and a surprise mix of styles.
February 19, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies opened the doors to their spring training clubhouse Wednesday, and the immediate surveillance of the expansive room created a peculiar feeling. Look across and to the left at the lockers where the aces used to reside, and the new nameplates read Hernandez, Rupp, Mariot, Oberholzer, and Bailey . No empty lockers for extra space that is typically provided for established stars such as Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Too many players overall - 65 in total - and too many of the nondescript variety for that kind of luxury.
February 15, 2016 |
O f the artists who composed the Pictures Generation - Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and others who appropriated images from various sources in their art - Matt Mullican, born in Los Angeles in 1951 to artist parents, and a student of John Baldessari at the California Institute of the Arts, always seemed to be off in his own world. He sort of was, it turned out. Looking at Mullican's mid-1970s pictographs of everyday signs (say, the isolated male figure indicating the men's room, or the lighted cigarette with the diagonal line crossing it)
February 14, 2016
Is there any competition as cute as the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? The 140th entry will pick best in show from 8 to 11 p.m. Tuesday on USA. Last year, the beagle Miss P. was crowned. Who will win this year? Clearly, we will.
February 11, 2016 |
Rough-and-rustic singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze may call his piercing new album Oil & Water , but that immiscible combination also describes the oddball situation that defines the 29-year-old artist. He's an earnest, homespun post-folkie who just happened to win that most plastic of tokens, 2010's ninth season of American Idol on Fox. On Feb. 15 at World Cafe Live, DeWyze will set out to show you how little A.I. recognition changed him. He's certainly got proof in stoic new blues like the richly appointed "Stone," or the starkly rural, Johnny Cash-like "Blackbird Song," which appeared like a punch in the face during a 2014 episode of AMC's zombie thriller The Walking Dead . As a young artist, DeWyze came out of Illinois a fully formed Nebraska -era Springsteen-, Paul Simon- and Cat Stevens-inspired songwriter.
February 3, 2016
FRANCE Cargo ship is towed away from shore Rescuers successfully diverted a cargo ship threatening to run aground in southwestern France after five days adrift, and started towing it Tuesday toward the Spanish port of Bilbao. Broadcast images showed the 538-foot Modern Express listing dramatically as it was towed by another ship via a cable on Monday afternoon. The maritime authority for France's Atlantic Coast said in a statement later that the operation was successful and the ship was towed far enough from the coast to avoid running aground.
February 3, 2016 |
At Lehigh University, a visitor to the Linderman Library can plunge into the Middle Ages and study a 15th-century text that shows the Earth as the center of the universe. Or touch the pages of an oversize religious songbook, adorned with gold leaf and painted in bright hues on calfskin, and held by monks hundreds of years ago as they lifted their voices in unison. Or view a 20-foot scroll that painstakingly - and curiously - documents a line of British kings that reaches back all the way to Adam and Eve. Soon, viewers won't have to travel to Bethlehem, Pa., to view Lehigh's varied medieval collection.