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Archive: October, 2009

950 ESPN moves to 97.5 FM

Friday, October 9, 2009, 5:37 PM
That’s sports talk coming out of your radio at 97.5 FM, and it's a first in the Philadelphia market. At 5 p.m. Friday, Greater Media began simulcasting its 950 ESPN station on FM. Name is "97.5 The Fanatic." (Not "Phanatic," which would have been a legal mess.) Its new logo... Read more

Meet the new Hamels: Caleb Michael is born

Friday, October 9, 2009, 5:16 PM
Cole and Heidi Hamels' son was born this morning at a suburban Philadelphia hospital. The baby's name is Caleb Michael Hamels. The baby was born after about 18 hours of labor; Cole famously left the stadium after Heidi began her labor at about 5 pm Thursday. Read more

Chevy Chase's cow story: The point is moo

Friday, October 9, 2009, 3:26 PM
Actor Chevy Chase was on the Today show recently, and he told Meredith Vieira how he was expelled for bringing a cow onto the upper floors of a campus dorm during his freshman year in the early 1960s. Greg Kannerstein, recently retired from Haverford's deanship (and who was a student when Chase... Read more

Sugar Mom's named to a "worst" list

Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:46 PM
There's cause for anguish (or jubilation) at the Old City bar Sugar Mom's. On, under the headline "20 Worst Bars in America," which you could also call "20 Best Dive Bars in America," it's No. 6. Blurb reads: "They have a Foosball table, ping pong, pinball, old... Read more

What's filling Deux Cheminees' space?

Friday, October 9, 2009, 11:40 AM
Deux Cheminees, which for two decades was a bastion of genteel dining in the hundred-year-old twin brownstones at 1221-23 Locust St. in Wash West, closed in summer 2007 as chef-owner Fritz Blank retired to Thailand with his cat, BoBo. Here's first word of the new occupant of the property, the former... Read more

Square 1682's menus

Friday, October 9, 2009, 10:40 AM
Getting menus has been like pulling teeth, but at least here's the dinner menu for Square 1682. The Art Deco-style, two-level bistro opens for dinner Wednesday (10/14) -- and for breakfast the next day -- at Kimpton's new, eco-friendly Hotel Palomar at 17th and Sansom Streets. Lunch will start Oct... Read more

First look: Grey Social

Friday, October 9, 2009, 9:57 AM
Darin Picorella now says "two weeks" for Grey Social, the nightspot he's been planning for a couple of years at 132 Chestnut St., on the block that also houses such operations as Eulogy, Triumph, Buffalo Billiards, and Ariana. Like many properties in Old City, 132 has stories: One is that... Read more

Star lineup for "Law Abiding Citizen" screenings

Friday, October 9, 2009, 7:29 AM
Organizers of the 18½ Philadelphia Film Festival say that have confirmations from director F. Gary Gray and actors Bruce McGill and Regina Hall for Oct. 15's two screenings of Law Abiding Citizen at the Prince Music Theater. Alas, no expected sightings of stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler... Read more

Clinton makes the help happy

Friday, October 9, 2009, 6:30 AM
It's become a tradition for former President Bill Clinton to stop in the kitchen at the National Constitution Center to thank the staff on his way out. During Thursday night's Liberty Medal gala honoring Steven Spielberg, the former president -- who is the center's chairman -- did not disappoint. Dinner... Read more

The "real" Michael Vick

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 9:45 PM
Eagles QB Michael Vick is participating in an eight-part documentary about himself for BET Networks, and here's how it came down: After his release from Leavenworth, where he'd served 18 months for running dogfights, he saw an MTV documentary called T.I.'s Road to Redemption, which followed rapper... Read more
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