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December 5, 2008
IN THE aftermath of the death of a Wal-Mart employee at the hands of a rabid bargain-hunting mob of morons, I can now understand why department stores have pushed so hard to do away with the the word "Christmas. " After all, if you're in the middle of killing someone who is slowing down your pursuit of sweat socks on sale, you certainly don't want a replica of the baby Jesus staring you down, possibly casting judgment on your actions. Stuart Caesar, Philadelphia
NEWS
June 30, 2006
IT'S LESS than six months until Christmas, so I've already started to shop. For Speaker John Perzel: A child's tattoo kit so he can practice on his Harrisburg cronies. The kit contains a tattoo of a pig. Rick Mariano and Corey Kemp: An old- style Monopoly game to spend their years in jail. Yo, Rick and Corey, those "Get out of jail free" cards are only game pieces. Rick Santorum: Hillary Clinton described him as the Forrest Gump of the Senate, so he gets a copy of the movie.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2003 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
RUSSELL Crowe and his wife, Danielle Spencer, are the parents of a baby boy. Charles Spencer Crowe was born Sunday night, weighing 6 pounds 2 ounces. "He's a healthy, bouncing baby boy looking forward to Christmas," Crowe's publicist said. Wow, he must be a prodigy. Detroit court knows Jack Rocker Jack White may be trading in his White Stripes for vertical stripes. He was formally charged yesterday with aggravated assault after a Dec. 13 fight with Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer at the Majestic Theatre.
NEWS
December 19, 1992 | by Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writer
The Grinch has been busy this season, and he doesn't much care whether you're a city official or not. State Rep. Dwight Evans became one of the city's many burglary victims Thursday night when a thief broke into his house on Cardeza Street near Rodney in the Stenton section of the city at 10:18 p.m. and ransacked the place, making off with a video cassette recorder, police said. The thief or thieves got in by breaking a first floor window, police said. Also victimized was former chief inspector of detectives Frank Scafidi, whose house on Bittern Place near Lindbergh Boulevard in Southwest Philadelphia was ransacked at about 8 p.m. Thursday.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | CHUCK DARROW
WE WERE hoping to put off this column for another couple weeks, but because "Elf," the musical version of the 2003 hit Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell , opened Tuesday night at the Walnut Street Theatre, there's no getting around it: The holiday season is upon us. Between now and the first week of the new year, venues throughout the region will present a cornucopia (to use a great holiday word) of seasonally themed and holiday-appropriate (and even inappropriate) programs.
NEWS
January 5, 2004
THE PA. Lottery Commission had a TV commercial showing a group of costumed carolers singing the traditional Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas. " Only they avoid singing the word "Christmas" and instead sing "On the first day of the holiday season . . . " It is one thing to insult Christians by ignoring and avoiding the "C-word. " But it's adding insult to injury when you use a Christmas carol to stimulate consumerism, and then change the words for the sake of political correctness.
NEWS
January 7, 1988 | By JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writer
Roderick Rankin has been ordered to stand trial on charges of stealing Christmas gifts from an 11-year-old West Philadelphia girl who was then run over twice by a van that Rankin was riding in. Common Pleas Judge Tama M. Clark set $1 million bail for Rankin, 23, of Natrona Street near Susquehanna Avenue, at a preliminary hearing yesterday. Last week, Clark set similar bail for Rankin's alleged accomplice, Tony Reid, 23, of Arlington Street near 54th. Both men are charged with robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy, theft and recklessly endangering another person.
NEWS
September 4, 1997 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The teen-age punk was given a Christmas leave from a juvenile facility, but he didn't have the holiday spirit in his heart. He was carrying a knife and looking for trouble. So, when Duncan Scott Russell, 38, accidentally bumped into him on Jasper Street near Madison, Kensington, early on the morning of Dec. 28, Scott Davalos got his chance to use it. He stabbed Russell in the chest, killing him, while Russell's girlfriend looked on in horror. Davalos, 18, of Stella Street near Frankford Avenue, who was serving a juvenile sentence for theft, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and a weapons charge.
NEWS
December 26, 2002 | By Karen Warrington
I recently looked back at an e-mail that I dispatched last year to a journalist looking for someone to interview for a blacks and Christmas/Kwanzaa story. I realized that these few lines summed up my feelings about the season: "The other day I was in T.J. Maxx and Xmas carols were playing. Without thinking, I started to hum along and I experienced an instant paralyzing flashback to the Xmas magic of my youth. Although when I realized I had been overtaken by the hypnotic gas that is pumped into these stores during the holiday season, I instantly fled with a firm hold on my senses, check book and credit cards.
NEWS
August 30, 1994 | BY KATHLEEN SHEA Daily News wire services, Woman's Day and the Washington Post contributed to this report
XMAS INSTA-PIX I: Want to impress your friends, relatives and neighbors with your personal life-organization skills by finally getting it together to send an up-to-date, full-face, smiley picture of your child in the annual Christmas card? Well, make a note to yourself: Sears, by mid-September, is rolling out a new camera-computer linkup system that does away with the former three-week wait to see proofs. As the photog is snapping away, you get to see each pose instantly displayed in freeze-frame on a color monitor.
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NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The stores open on Christmas Day usually expect a few shoppers grabbing last-minute fixings for holiday feasts. But a CVS in Haverford Township got an unwanted Christmas guest: an armed robber. A man walked into the store on West Chester Pike shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday and showed the barrel of a gun that was in his coat pocket. Haverford Township Police said that the robber got away in a dark gray Toyota Corolla with a broken window on the rear passenger side, repaired with plastic and white tape.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
SOONER OR LATER, every serious singer (and many an instrumentalist) gets the urge to make a Christmas album. It's kind of their equivalent of climbing Mount Everest - a challenge she or he feels compelled to take on. Making something new out of time-worn standards is a primary objective. So is bringing entertaining new songs to the party. And let us not ignore the payday. Even in this music-sharing age, Christmas sets sell almost as well as candy canes and enjoy a much longer shelf life, reappearing each holiday season for years.
NEWS
November 26, 2013 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The region was jolted by its first cold snap Sunday, prompting Philadelphia to declare a Code Blue emergency, hospitals to prepare for overnight patients, and purveyors of gloves and mittens to stock the shelves. Christmas tree vendors rejoiced. Temperatures were 30 degrees nippier than a week ago, making the chill feel extra frosty - and taking many by surprise. "When it gets cold this quickly, the homeless people who are living on the street don't always expect it," said Carol Thomas, director of outreach for Project HOME, a Philadelphia nonprofit that focuses on homelessness, "and that puts them at great risk.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | CHUCK DARROW
WE WERE hoping to put off this column for another couple weeks, but because "Elf," the musical version of the 2003 hit Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell , opened Tuesday night at the Walnut Street Theatre, there's no getting around it: The holiday season is upon us. Between now and the first week of the new year, venues throughout the region will present a cornucopia (to use a great holiday word) of seasonally themed and holiday-appropriate (and even inappropriate) programs.
SPORTS
December 21, 2012
A TRADITION continues. John Chaney, who has made many memorable Christmas Eve appearances on "Daily News Live," will be part of the festivities again on Monday from 5-6 p.m. It promises to be anything but boring. Neil Hartman will be the host, as always, along with staffers Dick Jerardi and Mike Kern, aka the digit and the midget. But there's no doubt who will be doing most of the talking. So tune in to catch a truly one-of-a-kind Philly institution put his spin on the holiday as only he can. - Mike Kern
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger. Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city. A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.
NEWS
November 30, 2012
IT WILL be a sad day, a generation from now or so, when everyone does his or her Christmas shopping online. That will be the death of the Great Xmas Beer Run. Most beer lovers have their own version of the annual pursuit, I'm sure. An hour, an afternoon, a weekend devoted to scooping up special beers of the season. A favorite winter warmer, a mixed case of spicy holiday ales, a gift for sharing, an oversize bottle for a celebratory toast. Nondrinkers might consider it a waste of time, unproductive hours lost to the pursuit of nothing more than a bottle of beer.
NEWS
December 24, 2011 | By Sandy Bauers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the months in the hospital went by - two, then three, then six - what 13-year-old Julia Parmisciano kept hoping for was to be home for Christmas. She told her mother she didn't want any presents. She just wanted to be with her family, like usual. On Saturday, a Christmas tree sparkled in the living room. And there beside it sat a petite girl with long brown hair, eating an egg sandwich. Julia - and her new heart - had made it. She grimaced as she took her last pill of the morning - No. 7, and they're big. But then she looked up with big brown eyes and smiled the smile that one of her doctors said "could light up the universe.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2011
SIM-PLY THE BEST SCROOGE 'Tis the season when emotions run high over "A Christmas Carol," whose many remakes are popping up all over the tube. Nearly every year, we hear from readers who say "bah humbug" to any version but the 1951 film starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. (Some might prefer George C. Scott, but we remember the "Mr. Magoo" treatment particularly fondly.) Sim's version seems to get less airplay than it used to, but if it's not Christmas until you've seen it, TCM airs it at 8 tonight.
NEWS
January 19, 2010
THE HOLIDAY put plastic decorations all over the city's public spaces and lobbies, doing little to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. Isn't there a missed opportunity here? Local Christmas-tree growers would be happy for the extra business, artists could design fabulous decorations, landscape companies would benefit with installation and maintenance contracts, trees could be donated to wildlife habitats, or community gardens. If businesses applied their holiday budgets this way, wouldn't that be a more festive and genuine expression of good will?
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