March 2, 2015 |
This is a column about a beautiful Ukrainian helicopter pilot named Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian rebels and illegally transported from her country to a prison in Moscow. She could die soon. It is also a column about lies so blatant, so contrary to available facts, that they insult the intelligence. Vladimir Putin and his spokesmen repeat such lies over and over about what Russia is doing in Ukraine. Yet Western leaders still refrain from denouncing them as falsehoods.
February 25, 2015 |
J AY Z'S potential love child? He's a Philly guy. Beyonce 's husband is named as the father of Philadelphia's Rymir Satterthwaite in a closed civil suit filed in New Jersey. Satterthwaite currently calls Blackwood, Camden County, home. The suit claims that Hova and Sattherthwaite's mother, Wanda , who, according to Facebook, attended Lincoln High School, became acquainted before his debut album "Reasonable Doubt" was released in 1996. Satterthwaite was born in 1993.
August 27, 2014
Because of an error in data provided by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach's HomExpert Market Report, an Aug. 17 article on the real estate picture in the Philadelphia region in this year's second quarter contained incorrect information about the number of days homes for sale spent on the market compared with the second quarter of 2013. Average days on market in the eight-county region declined 7.3 percent, to 76 days, in April through June of this year, down from 82 days in the same period of 2013.
August 20, 2014 |
THE CELLPHONE video allegedly showing Curtis Tanner beating a park ranger in LOVE Park on Friday - and Tanner's subsequent admission to the beating on television news - prompted his mother to turn him in yesterday, a police source said. After the video surfaced Saturday on YouTube - showing a man whom police have identified as Tanner, 19, repeatedly punching and kicking a 35-year-old park ranger who had asked him and his friends to stop skateboarding in the park - Philadelphia detectives yesterday went to Tanner's Pottstown home, the source said.
June 6, 2014
A WHOLE LOT of folks think it's cute to see young children twerking and singing along to sexually suggestive songs. They laugh. Maybe post a YouTube video of it. Not two-time Grammy winner Carvin G. "Ransum" Haggins. After visiting a beauty salon in the Philly burbs earlier this spring and watching a 2-year-old girl mimicking Beyonce's provocative dance moves and singing the very adult lyrics to "Drunk in Love," Haggins got fed up and launched a grassroots campaign called Rage Against the Ratchet.
May 9, 2014
SIXTY YEARS ago this week, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4-minute mile. In a tribute that could be dreamed up only by a beer drinker, Californian James Nielsen pulled on his running shoes, headed to the track, stretched a few times . . . And cracked open a can of Budweiser . Make that four Buds. One for each lap of a quarter-mile track in Marin County. In an achievement that - even if it's not quite as historic as Bannister's - lit up YouTube and Facebook, Nielsen became the first man to run a sub-5-minute beer mile.
May 21, 2013 |
IT'S NO SECRET that a lot of legendary players have hooped it up at New York City playgrounds. On Wednesday, the documentary "Doin' it in the Park" opens in the Big Apple - a homage to the city's courts and players. As far as we know, no one has done a similar film about Philly, even though the city has a rich history of guys and girls who honed their skills in pickup games on asphalt courts. Players like (in no particular order), Wilt Chamberlain, Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble, Gene Banks, Bryant "Sad Eyes" Watson, Guy Rodgers, Earl Monroe, Walt Hazzard, Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd, Aaron "AO" Owens, Randy Woods, Wali Jones, Lionel Simmons, Marilyn Stephens, Linda Page, Yolanda Laney and Debbie Lytle.
January 31, 2013 |
Advertisers used to wait till Super Bowl Sunday to unveil their TV ads. More and more, some jump the gun to justify the king's ransom for a 30-second spot - $4 million this year - by capitalizing on every bit of media hype and advance Internet traffic they can generate, often by using some kind of contest tie-in. Some, like Anheuser-Busch, use the news and social media to build anticipation for spots you'll have to wait till Sunday to see. The beermaker even issued its first-ever tweet to ask folks to suggest names for a recently born Clydesdale , star of an ad called "Brotherhood.
January 18, 2013 |
UP OFF THE FLOOR, then. A splash of cold water on the face and away we go. Chip Kelly is the new coach of the Eagles. The Gus Bus has left town, replaced by what Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie believes will be the laser-quick offense of the future. You know it took a big bag of money to pry Kelly away from the clutches of the University of Phil Knight. So this is where the Eagles-are-cheap narrative goes to die an overdue, deserved death. You know, too, that the Eagles are not settling here, and that they did not bungle their search, and that pretty much everything said and written in the last week about this process has been conversation in search of reality.
November 29, 2012 |
IF "INNOCENCE OF MUSLIMS" sweeps the Razzies next year, can we all stop talking about it like it's a serious cinematic event? Is every crackpot with access to YouTube now going to become a target of insecure political regimes? On Wednesday, an Egyptian court convicted in absentia seven Egyptian Coptic Christians and a Florida-based American pastor, sentencing them to death - that's right, to death - on charges linked to the anti-Islam film that had sparked riots in parts of the Muslim world.