July 12, 2016 |
On any other Sunday afternoon, Ecco Conte would have been inside watching television. But she walked miles around Philadelphia over the weekend - all for the sake of catching Pokémon. "I've done more walking in the past couple days than I have probably in the past six months," Conte said. And she wasn't alone. So many people have downloaded Pokémon Go - a new app that has users physically visit different geocached locations to "catch" animated creatures in a virtual world - that it was the No. 1 free app in Apple's App Store just days after its release last week.
December 11, 2012
EX-MOB underboss Philip Leonetti's book, Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra , was published Tuesday by Running Press. Retail price is $24, but it can be found on Amazon for as little as $14.66. The book was cowritten by Scott Burnstein, a true-crime author and staff reporter for the Oakland Press , and Christopher Graziano, a freelance journalist and mob historian. It's an eye-opening look at life inside the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob during the 1980s.
July 12, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: "Wants to Do the Right Thing" asked about using email to thank those who donated to a fund-raiser for her son, who has bone cancer. What's wrong with that? I have been there. One of my twin boys was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. I was grateful for all the help my family and friends gave me, but I did not always have the time or energy to devote to writing thank-you cards. You really have to have experienced this kind of long-term stress and trauma to understand.
October 20, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I lived with my best friend and her husband for a few months after moving to a new state. They recently went through a rough patch and she took a vacation to cool off. In her absence, and under the influence of a great deal of alcohol, her husband and I slept together. We decided it happened only because we were drunk and decided never to speak of it again. The problem is - it happened again, this time with almost no alcohol involved at all! I'm reluctant to tell my friend about our trysts.
August 12, 2010
THIS IS nothing new. Every year some young phenom will burst onto the sporting landscape of a city and create a buzz. What's uncommon is for that kind of potential to hit all four franchises in one city at the same time. A city with a star-crossed sports history like Philadelphia seems an unlikely place for such a convergence, but it could be upon us. About 2 weeks ago, the Phillies caused quite a stir when they finally called up 22-year-old outfielder Domonic Brown, who is considered one of the top five prospects in baseball.
November 4, 2009
THE FIRST thing we wondered when we heard SEPTA's unions went out on strike yesterday at 3 a.m. was this: What if the Phillies hadn't won Tuesday night? Would transit workers have still called the surprise strike when the city was having a REALLY bad night? Would they have kicked the city when it was down? It's hard to imagine a union that would call a strike in the dead of night would have any kind of compassion for a defeated town. After all, the governor and Rep. Bob Brady had to intervene to keep SEPTA running during the World Series.
November 6, 2008
WHEN the president-elect is writing his thank yous, he should include the following: Hillary Clinton for giving him months of practice. Lehman Brothers for collapsing at just the right moment. George W. Bush for being the most unpopular president since Richard Nixon. John McCain for his inability to hide his desperate feelings during the debates. (Unlike his wonderfully gracious concession speech.) Tina Fey for making a parody of Sarah Palin before Palin made a parody of herself.
February 3, 2008 |
I live in the land of youse - meaning Philly, meaning Jersey. I hear it coming from many lips, including mine. And guess what? Youse is more than just a regionalism. It's part of a grassroots movement, nationwide, to fill a big gap in the English language. Youse often comes with guys, as in youse guys. Though it's often associated with Italian working-class people in Eastern cities, you'll find it in western New York state and parts of what is known as the Inland North and New England.
May 4, 2007 |
YOU'RE not a good driver. That might be difficult for you to hear - especially over the sound of all the cars around you crashing into each other while you drift across six lanes of traffic so you can text, "What up, dawg?" to your mother - but it's true. Why? Glad you asked: You've made 16 turns since you've been in front of me, but the only blinking light I've seen is the Bluetooth jammed into your ear (which makes you look like a tool, by the way). It's 7:58 a.m., I'm late for work, and you're doing 65 in the left lane.