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Archive: November, 2009

POSTED: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 6:47 PM
David Block covers the Philadelphia Marathon. ((Kriston J. Bethel / for the Inquirer ))

Writing about the pains and gains of 20,000 marathoners as they run rings around a city is challenging enough for one writer.

For a journalist who is mostly blind, it would seem unfathomable.

"It's nothing," David Block said yesterday, waving off the suggestion from the pace truck as the Philadelphia Marathon began. "I'm more worried about getting my interviews."

POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2009, 1:33 PM

The weekend calls, and I know of nothing that makes the drive home on a Friday night feel any sweeter than lining up The Who as they rewrite Mose Allison's "Young Man Blues" from the Live at Leeds lp.

Well, why not get a jump on the game? Headphones on. Sound to 11. Careful not to hit the desk with your windmills. When 'XPN did their desert isle promotion a few months back, this song was my No. 1, and here's a particularly ferocious version from the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970.

Not sure what's best -- The Ox's glow-in-the dark unitard, Daltry's freak-flying David Crosby jacket or Townsend's finger-slicing 360s. Maybe it's Keith Moon, nailing it in place with that Bedlam smile. Or the fact just three instruments made all that thunderous noise. Happy weekend.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 4:31 PM

I'm not sure which of these I like better, the sweet, joyous whimper of contestant No. 1 or the strange, baying, yowl of contestant No. 3.

On this Veterans Day, how about a series of videos of soldiers coming home to their dogs?

Click here unless you've got a heart of stone.

POSTED: Monday, November 9, 2009, 7:06 AM

When a five-tool player arrives in a minor-league town people often wonder how long he'll stick around.

Pete Shellem stayed 23 years in Harrisburg, leaving a record of accomplishment for himself and his paper, the Patriot-News, that would ticket him for Cooperstown, if journalism had such a hall of fame. Who at bigger papers did the work that he did?

He got four people out of jail, after his stories showed their murder convictions were wrongful. He had a hand in a fifth, too. Official misconduct pissed him off.

POSTED: Monday, November 2, 2009, 10:24 AM

The light turns red and you glance down to see that someone has called or emailed.

Don't touch that phone.

The Philadelphia police started handing out warning notices this weekend, warming up the wired to the new rules that take effect Dec. 1 and will cost you between $75 and $300 if you're using the phone while behind the wheel.

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