May 20, 2015 |
PATRICIA LAFFERTY has some rules for pupils learning cursive writing in her class. "Proper posture for proper penmanship," Lafferty told her third-graders yesterday at St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School in South Philadelphia. "Put your feet under your desk, not under your chairs. " They were learning to write a proper cursive "n" in their handbooks. Each page had a sample cursive letter and an area to practice it, with three lines to help guide their writing. The boys and girls watched Lafferty write a lowercase "n" on the chalkboard, which also had the three lines.
May 13, 2015 |
Darlene Sistrunk says writing saved her. After her 20-year-old son, Justin, was murdered in 2009, she took up her pen. She dabbled in poetry intermittently. But it was after attending a book signing, featuring award-winning author Ntozake Shange and hosted by the nonprofit Arts Sanctuary, that she was inspired to share her story. "I was angry that I was still alive," Sistrunk says. "I had to find a way to work through it. It all started with poetry. " Valerie Gay, executive director of Art Sanctuary, says such empowering moments are at the core of the Sanctuary's mission.
April 28, 2015 |
RAY DIDINGER and Tommy McDonald go way back. In the late 1950s and early '60s, Didinger - then just a boy - would carry the flanker's helmet after practices at Eagles training camp in Hershey. Who knew that years later, Didinger would spearhead a successful campaign to get McDonald into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and then introduce his boyhood hero at the induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio in 1998? It's the stuff of Hollywood movies. Or in Didinger's case, a play. The former Daily News columnist has penned "Tommy and Me" and Theatre Exile will stage a reading at the Plays and Players Theatre in Center City on May 4 at 7 p.m. "My mom and dad took me on vacation to Hershey for two weeks every year during Eagles training camp," Didinger said yesterday.
April 24, 2015 |
* HAPPYISH. 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. IF "MAD MEN'S" twice-divorced, hard-drinking Don Draper had cared more for his family and less for his job, he might be happier. Or, like angst-ridden adman Thom Payne (Steve Coogan, "Alan Partridge," "Philomena"), the central figure in Showtime's latest series, he might be only "Happyish. " Created several years ago by essayist/novelist (and former ad exec) Shalom Auslander, "Happyish" originally starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an overdose not long after the pilot.
April 15, 2015 |
The story struck a chord with Killeen McCans: Had the 2-year-old's mother not known CPR, the boy who nearly drowned wouldn't have survived. The 15-year-old sophomore at Cardinal O'Hara High School heard the tale from her father, a paramedic, who mentioned that the mother had learned CPR at O'Hara. "It hit me on how much of an impact [CPR training] could have on people's lives," said McCans, who is certified in CPR. At her instigation, 800 O'Hara students filed into the gymnasium of the school in Springfield and Marple Townships on Monday, one period at a time, to learn CPR. "We should have done this a long time ago," said Deputy Chief Eugene Smith of Riddle Hospital EMS, one of the instructors.
April 3, 2015 |
THE DAILY NEWS continues to reap journalism awards. The latest is the eight first-place and nine second-place honors in the annual Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors writing and photo contest. The winners were announced yesterday - a day after the Daily News celebrated its 90th birthday. The new honors came just a couple of weeks after the newspaper captured the coveted Sweepstakes honor in the 2015 Keystone Press Awards of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association by taking nine first-place honors, nine second-place awards and five honorable mentions.
March 27, 2015
SELDOM HAS a man with so much to say been so reluctant to say it. For years, the overriding narrative concerning Kareem Abdul-Jabbar focused less on his Ruthian career and more on his Sphinxian existence. It went like this: Abdul-Jabbar's aloof nature as a player alienated him to peers, teammates, coaches and the press. That alienation grew into resentment and distrust, a dynamic that disqualified Abdul-Jabbar from candidacy when coaching opportunities arose. All of which makes perfect sense . . . except, as it turns out, he has plenty to say. Most recently, he has been saying it with original fiction.
March 27, 2015 |
Katlyn Grasso got to Penn knowing she could be a leader, her confidence fed by supportive parents and her all-girls high school. But she saw that many other young women were hesitant about raising their hands in class and volunteering for leadership roles. The 21-year-old Buffalo native has a plan to begin to change that - and Penn is going to fund it. Grasso is among five students announced Wednesday as the winners of the university's first "President's Engagement Prize. " Penn president Amy Gutmann created the awards in August with funding from the university's board of trustees.
March 20, 2015
THINK OF "Dirty Dancing," and it's likely the first thought conjured is of "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," the hearts-take-flight duet sung by Bill Medley (of The Righteous Brothers) and Jennifer Warnes that is the signature tune from the small-budget 1987 flick that today stands as a pop-culture totem of the Reagan administration era. But the Oscar-and-Grammy-winning song's lyricist is far too modest to claim sole responsibility for the success of the film whose stage version hits the Academy of Music Tuesday for a 13-night, 16-performance run. "For me, it's more than just the movie and just the song," offered Franke Previte (pronounced PREV-it)
March 19, 2015 |
Carol Harrison walks into her mother's nursing-home room, raises the blinds, lets in the morning light. "Hey, Mom, hey, good morning. " The daughter's voice is tender, as if waking a child. She kisses her mother's cheek. Strokes her hair. "Mom, hey, it's Carol Ann. It's Carol Ann. I'm here to see you. " No response. Grace Ward, 90, is under a blanket, in a recliner, eyes closed. She has had Alzheimer's disease for 15 years. For the last five, she hasn't uttered a coherent sentence, or recognized her daughter.