November 17, 2013 |
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
November 16, 2013 |
Forty years ago, friends gave John Whitenight a Christmas present like no other: a Victorian glass dome with three stuffed canaries inside. He recalls the moment this way: "Boom! It was a dome explosion. " In the decades since, this retired high school art teacher has amassed about 200 of these oddly fascinating pieces, which contain artful, antique displays of flora, fauna, and food made of wax, paper, human hair, wool and muslin, feathers, seashells, and buttons. There are real animals in there, too - not just canaries, but wide-eyed monkeys and goats, huge pheasants and tiny pugs and terriers, forever preserved by the skilled taxidermists that enchanted those nutty Victorians.
November 14, 2013
THE ONLY problem with Mayor Nutter using taxpayer money to take repeated trips is that he keeps coming back. He should have been sent packing by the voters. By the way, Mr. Mayor, while you were away, Kraft/Nabisco announced that they will be closing their Northeast Philadelphia plant and moving operations to Mexico, resulting in more job loss here. Timothy T. Gass Philadelphia In the photo album accompanying the story, I didn't see any photos of the mayor with union officials.
November 13, 2013 |
FLORENCE, BEIJING, Tianjin, London, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Birmingham, Grand Rapids, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C. No, that's not the list of stops on Miley Cyrus' Twerk Tour 2013. It's a list of places the mayor of Philadelphia has traveled to - in the past year. Since taking office in 2008, Mayor Nutter's travels outside Pennsylvania have cost Philly taxpayers $243,000, according to records obtained through a Right to Know request. Included in that total are expenses for Nutter's entourage, which usually includes a couple of top administration officials, an assistant and a handful of Philadelphia police officers for security.
November 12, 2013 |
The veterans were in their late teens and early 20s when they fought in places that most people now know only from history books: Normandy, the Ardennes, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. But as the nation marks Veterans Day, 70 years later, their memories of World War II remain vivid, as if the physical and mental wounds of their service had been much more recent. Sam Laskin, 93, of Lower Providence Township, clearly recalls piloting a B-24 bomber, dubbed "Mean Kid," over a German target in France in 1944 when flak passed through his plane, seat, and right leg before exiting the fuselage.
November 9, 2013 |
'Growing up in the swamp, it was a lot of blues. Lightnin' Hopkins made me want to play the guitar," Tony Joe White says of the genesis of his distinctive swamp-rock sound in northeast Louisiana. "Then, all of a sudden, Elvis came along a year or two later . . . and he made me want to sing a little bit. " Fast-forward to 1969, and White's "Polk Salad Annie" is a top-5 hit. Some time later, he gets a call from Felton Jarvis, Elvis' producer. "He said, 'Elvis wants to send a jet to Memphis to pick up you and your wife and fly you both to Las Vegas and watch us cut 'Polk Salad Annie' live for six nights,' " the 70-year-old singer-guitarist recalls from his home about 50 miles outside Nashville.
November 8, 2013 |
VALERIE A. McCOY was passionate about travel, classical music, theater, gourmet food, family and friends. Her travels took her as far away as Africa. Her love of music took her to the Academy of Music and other venues. Her love of theater took her to Broadway. Her love of gourmet food took her to the best local restaurants and to her kitchen, where she would whip up her own classic dishes. Her love of family and friends endeared her to a wide range of people. In fact, when she died Oct. 30 of complications from pneumonia, there was widespread grief.
October 29, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It was not the retired "Executioner" or the newly minted "Alien" persona that Karo Murat brought out in IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins in their title fight on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. Annoyed by several dirty tactics employed by his challenger from Germany, Hopkins went way back in his 25-year boxing career - before he became the oldest man to win a world title, before he became a record-setting middleweight champion, even before he became known as "B-Hop.
October 24, 2013 |
The very first lipstick I ever wore was dabbed on my lips by my best friend. We were in sixth grade, and Jane Lee, who was always taller and surer than I was, already knew how to outline her lips perfectly with Pixie Pink. The bonus: It tasted vaguely like bubble gum. I felt incredibly grown-up and sensational in that lipstick - until my mother noticed its remnants and read me the riot act: Absolutely no lipstick until eighth grade. And she meant it. Of course, I didn't listen.
October 21, 2013 |
Last week I traveled to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, where a cousin was recuperating from a brain aneurysm. Before seeing her, I needed to drop off an equally sick computer at The Inquirer. Walking down Cherry Street, I turned left on Broad and headed north. It wasn't until I stood virtually beneath the iconic white tower that I remembered The Inquirer didn't live there anymore. And my cousin was the one with the brain trauma. Memories die slowly and painfully. Take the World Series.