Posts tagged philadelphia
David Rakoff, an award-winning author best known for his dark humor and cynical outlook on life, passed away today after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
Rakoff wrote for The New York Times and Newsweek, among other publications, and his essay collection “Half Empty” won the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He also penned the bestselling books “Don’t Get Too Comfortable” and “Fraud.”
Rakoff’s death was confirmed by Doubleday and Anchor Books.
“The world is a little less kind and a little less beautiful today,” his longtime editor, Bill Thomas, said in a statement, adding:
Tragic news today out of the world of professional sports: Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his room at the club’s training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
Reid’s body was found by local police after a 911 call was placed at 7:20 a.m.
Police chief Edward Shupp says “no suspicious activities” have been reported.
The team gathered for practice this morning, without Andy Reid present, and said a prayer prior to assistant coaches leading the squad through a walk-through.
Garrett and younger brother Britt have each battled substanceMore >
Andy Murray of Great Britain won an Olympic gold medal for the host country in tennis on Sunday, stunning top-ranked Roger Federer in straight sets.
The victory marked a career breakthrough for the 25-year-old Murray, who had lost all four of his previous Grand Slam finals, three against Federer.
Redemption came in the form of a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 blowout.
Murray, who lost to Federer just last month in his bid to become the UK’s first Wimbledon champion in 76 years, dominated him on the same court today.
“I’ve had a lot of tough losses in my career,” the pride of Dunblane, Scotland said. “ThisMore >
When Bryce Harper stole home against the Phillies this week – following a beaning Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels later admitted was intentional – it was merely the culmination of an impressive set of opening games for the 19-year old phenom.
He’s batting over .300. He’s rifled multiple darts to home plate. He’s crashed into walls, stretched singles into doubles and done it all with a reckless, hustling style not seen since Pete Rose.
The rising star is an inspiration to baseball fans everywhere, so much so that even Chuck Norris – actor, martial arts god and creator of countlessMore >
In case you still weren’t convinced that Taylor Swift is totally awesome…
The singer was invited last week to attend the prom of Kevin McGuire, an 18-year old from New Jersey who has suffered a relapse of leukemia.
The invitation was set up by Kevin’s sister, Tori, who created a “Taylor Swift Take Kevin McGuire to Prom!” Facebook page that has nearly 100,000 followers and on whose profile it reads:
Kevin is the kindest, most noble 18 year old a person could even fathom meeting, and throughout his ups and downs Kevin never even questioned ‘why me?’ Nothing, and I mean NOTHING brightensMore >
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s daughter Bella, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18, was hospitalized over the weekend.
Santorum left the presidential campaign trail in Florida to be with his three-year-old daughter Bella, the youngest of the former U.S. Senator’s seven children.
Bella was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Saturday but has since made a “miraculous turnaround,” according to sources close to the candidate.
Rick Santorum’s 20-year-old daughter, Liz, appeared on his behalf in Sarasota, Fla., giving a brief speech to a crowdMore >
With four baby mamas and no job, Terrell Owens’ money problems are not over. Far from it, in fact. But still, the ex-NFL star is no longer a wanted man.
T.O. anted up his back child support payment, and in turn, the California judge who issued an arrest warrant for him last week has called off the dogs.
Owens had filed for a reduction in payments, claiming he doesn’t make the big bucks anymore. Then he no-showed at a hearing, leading to the warrant.
T.O. with Bobby Brown in a random pic. Explains a lot.
The lawyer for Monique Reynolds, the baby’s mother, tells TMZ, “Terrell Owens hasMore >
Terrell Owens may have had more reasons to off himself than originally thought. His fiscal situation is so grim, he filed papers in THREE SEPARATE child support cases to have his payments lowered, given that he makes a whopping $0.
He has four kids by four different ladies in all. Financially sound.
The former NFL star is currently waging legal battles with:
WHO: These four women. WHAT: Tens of thousands a month.
Monique Reynolds: T.O. and Monique have an 11-year-old son together. He paid $20,000 a month in support until last year, when it was reduced to $11,202.
Kimberly Floyd: TheyMore >
We’re not sure where this rumor got started, but Taylor Swift put a rest to it during an appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio program Tuesday: she is NOT dating Taylor Lautner.
“We’re incredibly close friends, but that’s not something that’s newsworthy, so people write other stuff. We’re just really good friends!”
Another topic that was addressed? Swift penning a memoir in the near future. Sorry, folks. That chatter is also nothing but talk. (“Not at all!” she said. “I haven’t even heard that rumor!”)
Okay, but what about something that could actuallyMore >
The Ryan Dunn was remembered in West Chester, Pa., at a private memorial attended by family, friends and some of his beloved co-stars from Jackass.
Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera attended, as did Knoxville’s wife Melissa, Bam’s parents Phil and April, Philly-area friends and comics Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame, and others.
While the Westboro Baptist Church threatened to picket the event, the private memorial for the 34-year-old star, held at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester, came and went with no More >
Emily Deschanel is pregnant!
The 34-year-old actress and her husband, David Hornsby, are expecting their first child, her sister Zooey Tweeted and Emily’s rep later confirmed.
The Bones star and Hornsby, a writer-actor best known for his role as Rickety Cricket on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, began dating in 2007.
The couple got married in an intimate ceremony in L.A. last September. Deschanel is due later this year. Congratulations to the parents-to-be!
Read more here: Emily Deschanel and David Hornsby: Expecting!
(HMG Celebrity News) – Radio and TV personality DJ Megatron, was shot to death early Sunday, his manager and police said. According to his manager Regg Rocc, Megatron was shot in the chest and killed while heading to a store near his home in Staten Island at around 2 a.m. on Sunday. No arrests have been made in the shooting. the 32-year-old deejay, born Corey McGriff, worked at a number of hip-hop and R&B stations, starting in New York (98.7 Kiss FM and Hot 97) and Boston (WBOT Hot 97.7). He moved on to Philadelphia, where he spent 2.5 years at 103.9 FM the Beat in the early 2000sMore >
Prepare to kiss Selena Gomez goodbye, Justin Bieber. At least for a little while.
The singer has announced she’s going on tour this summer with her band The Scene and opening act Allstar Weekend. Will they be coming to a stadium or arena near you? Find out below.
May 7 Dixon, CA [Dixon May Fair]July 24 Costa Mesa, CA [The Pacific Amphitheater - OC Fair]July 25 Paso Robles, CA [California Mid-State fair]July 28 Boca Raton, FL [Mizner Park Amphitheater]July 30 Clearwater, FL [Ruth Eckerd Hall]July 31 St. Augustine, FL [St. AugustineMore >
In true David vs. Goliath fashion, Patrick Rogers of Philadelphia, Pa., triumphed over Wells Fargo after they tried to force him to pay a BS insurance premium.
Pat told Fox and Friends all about how he sucked the life out of Wells Fargo and bled them dry for … sorry, dude is dressed like a vampire. It’s hilarious.
If you can concentrate on the story and not just his fangs, Rogers’ tale is one any homeowner will love. He turned the tables on WF and foreclosed on them!
By not responding to his inquires, Wells Fargo violated the Real Estate SettlementMore >
If Michael Vick goes missing with no trace in the next week or so, we’ll just assume Oprah had him “removed” from existence. She can do that right? It turns out the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has canceled his Oprah interview.
Vick was already scheduled to film an interview with Oprah for her talk show, however he “abruptly canceled the interview” just a few hours before he was set to get on a plan and head to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon.
According to sources close to the Oprah show, he was set to talk about his time in prison, his Humane Society work and his return to the NFL.
A repMore >