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Archive for July, 2011
What you should've been reading this week
1. "Stephen Starr's Best of Philly"Plus: Lists from Shane Victorino, Joan Shepp, Inga Saffron and more. Read more.2. "Amy Winehouse: Not Just Another Nice Jewish Girl" by Liz SpikolShe upended stereotypes about Jewish women and sex. Read more.3. "Best of Philly Is Not for Sale" by Tom McGrathAs our 38th annual issue hits the stands, let me clear up a big misconception. Read more.4. "Warning to Main Line Genuardi's Shoppers" by Beth CapriottiObey the express line rules. Read more.5. "Worst of Philly Preview" by Christine SpeerBecause you don't find the best without finding some real duds, too. Read more.
What are the Eagles and Phils playing at?
Puzzled. Perplexed. Perturbed. That’s how I’m feeling this week thanks to our city’s sports teams and what could end up being one head-scratcher of a summer. With the end of the NFL lockout and Sunday’s MLB trade deadline, I thought we’d be champagne-popping and tweeting about trades and splashy free-agent signings by now. But as of this writing, I feel more confident about a debt ceiling solution than whether the Phillies or Eagles will make a bold—and necessary—move. Things don’t look much better with the Flyers or Sixers, either. As we look ahead to the fall and a Phillies playoff run, here’s why I’m not making any parade plans just yet.
Which path is best for your kids?
Dear Monica, My maternity leave is up and I am totally torn about staying home with my children versus returning to my career. Any suggestions on how to make my decision? —L.D., RoxboroughI am a big proponent of stay-at-home moms as long as they are actually staying at home, raising their children. I also envy successful women whose careers have taken off due to the years of dedication and hard work they put in. Regardless of which path you take, there will always be some guilt associated with your decision.
Emma Stone shines and Ryan Gosling’s shirtless
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to two “new” stars. First, Emma Stone. She, the to-be star of the cinematic version of The Help, earned a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Easy A and costarred in the hilariously disgusting Zombieland. She has killer eyes, Julia Roberts-ish smile, Meg Ryan ease, and the raspy voice of a young Miley Cyrus. Second, Ryan Gosling. He already earned an Oscar nomination for Half Nelson, critical praise for his performances in Blue Valentine and Lars and the Real Girl, and countless tears for his turn in The Notebook. And unlike Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, and Chris Evans, he has yet to don a superhero costume to display his superhuman physique. Obviously, these two tremendously talented actors have already received notice and acclaim, but in Crazy, Stupid Love., they may take the next step to being recognized as bona fide movie stars.
Plus: SETPA gets fancy?
Vince Young is an Eagle. The birds inked the former Longhorn to a one-year contract to be Michael Vick's backup. In other news, they're also looking to sign Jeremy Roenick and Bo Jackson in an effort to hoard the most impossible-to-stop video game players of all time. [ABC News]SEPTA Smartcard Program Could Work on Your Phone. SEPTA—which has put off adopting the smartcard system for a few years—is now considering a plan that would allow riders to use their smartphones as smartcards. SEPTA—from Flinstones to Jetsons with one program. [CBS 3]Woman Survives In Woods for 15 Hours After Car Crash.
PMN to sell 400 N. Broad
Bart Blatstein—of Tower Investments Inc.—has agreed to purchase the 18-story building that houses the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Philadelphia Media Network Inc. is still weighing its options as far as its future headquarters location is concerned. [Inquirer]
And a second-rounder
The Philadelphia chapter of the Kevin Kolb saga is (finally) over. The birds shipped their backup quarterback to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a pick in the second round of next year's NFL draft. Now, if they can get DeSean Jackson to show up, we might be able to stop talking about contracts and start talking about football. [Philly.com]
Two days after another neighborhood fire
Got a call from someone who reported that three cars just blew up in a parking lot near 15th and Bainbridge and that the streets are closed down. So I got on the phone with Jack Prince, owner of Bob & Barbara's at 1509 South. He says he was having lunch at Sawatdee, the new Thai place on the corner, when the street went black. "All of a sudden, smoke was everywhere," says Prince. "It was scary."
A chance encounter in Philly
Questlove—drummer for the Roots—has been known to work and hang with a large variety of artists. Questo had been in talks to work with the late soul singer the next time she was able to come work in the States. The drummer also has an online archive of stories and anecdotes involving his relationships and run-ins with other famous musicians. He wrote one such post about a chance encounter with Amy Winehouse at a Philly laundromat. [Autostraddle]
NJ governor has difficulty breathing
Governor Christie—who has asthma—was taken to the Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey after experiencing difficulty breathing. He underwent routine tests given to patients with a history of asthmatic problems. It was reported that the hospital visit and subsequent tests were precautionary measures. [ABC News]