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American Idol is facing its biggest challenge. Conquering the summer TV ratings was small potatoes compared to what Fox now must do. This was, after all, not just an talent show -- although it...

A routine day

Every day begins the same for Uncle Nunzio. A quick, careful shave with a straight razor and a splash of Lilac Vegitalis to wake him up, the alcohol sting is his personal sign that another...

Eagles’ chances

"I think they're going all the way. Why not?" William Coleman, 1800 block Patton Drive "Their defense, their offense, they obtained more weapons ... they're ready ." William Henry, 2200 block Bonsall Street "I went to...

Just one year later

Maybe it's the invention of the remote control that did it. We can click through a hundred TV channels without really seeing anything. The remote control institutionalized attention deficit disorder for the entire nation....

Around here

I have lived in South Philadelphia all my life, but this place is more myth than reality. The South Philadelphia where neighbors cared about each other has all but disappeared. Park in a...

Malpractice conference

"My gynecologist was actually affected, so if it will help keep them here, especially at Methodist , I'm happy. They should cap the amount that a patient can get." Karen Lomaistro, 2500 block S....

Good intentions

In the 1920s they were called "The Lost Generation," and lost though they might have been, they spawned Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today we have the "MTV Generation," youth who are considerably...

Little-known equation

On a recent Saturday morning, I went to the advance-sale window at the Vet to exchange one of my tickets. I am one of those rare specimens in Philadelphia -- a baseball fan and...

The case of the missing pinkie

Let's see if there's anything wrong with this picture. In the July 25 issue of this newspaper, there was a story about a man walking his dog in Dickinson Square Park who was attacked...


While around these parts, we were consumed about what was happening to our basketball superstar and the latest manifestation of his immaturity, life continued on Planet Earth. Is that a quaint notion? Am I being...
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