July 3, 2015 |
President Obama will visit Philadelphia to deliver the keynote address July 14 at the 106th NAACP Annual Convention, the organization announced Wednesday. The conference, whose theme is "Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice," will come at a time of racial unrest throughout the country. "That's a great moment," Rodney Muhammad, president of Philadelphia's NAACP chapter, said upon hearing the news of the president's visit. While in Philadelphia, Obama will also attend an event for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, a White House official said.
March 8, 2015 |
When I was in medical school at the end of the 20th century, I was taught that Alzheimer's disease was a rare cause of dementia in middle-aged adults. The elderly had senility caused by an indecipherable mess of pathologies and aging. Now, in the 21st century, Alzheimer's is called an epidemic. It has even helped five-time nominee Julianne Moore win her first Academy Award. In Still Alice, based on the novel of the same title, Moore portrays professor Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and who suffers the relentless decay of her capacities.
February 17, 2015 |
* THE BOOK OF NEGROES. 8 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, BET. MINISERIES are back in vogue, commissioned by networks looking for event programming and headlined by big names who wouldn't think of committing to multiple seasons. Good as an "Olive Kitteridge" or a "Fargo" might be, they can feel, well, mini next to the blockbusters of the '70s and '80s - shows like "Roots," "The Winds of War" and "The Thorn Birds. " At six hours over three nights, BET's Canadian-produced "The Book of Negroes," which premieres tonight, is half the length of "Roots," but it's epic in scope, with a cast that includes Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. (who, 38 years ago, co-starred in "Roots")
January 29, 2015 |
For most kids in the region, Tuesday's "snow day" was a perfect storm: A forecast bad enough to cancel classes, yet a dusting so mild that they could spend their unexpected holiday at the mall or the multiplex. But at Bryn Mawr's Baldwin School, it was an ideal day to stay inside the house and read the Chinese philosopher Confucius or sit at the computer coding new apps. In fact, they had no choice. That's because the Main Line girls' academy has replaced "snow days" with "cyber days" - alternative online learning on days when the local roads are deemed impassable but the Information Superhighway is wide open.
January 26, 2015 |
This weekend marks the fourth anniversary of Egypt's Tahrir Square uprising, which became the hallmark of the Arab Spring. As though to mock those long-dead hopes, Yemen and Libya have collapsed, Syria lies in ruins, and much of Syria and Iraq are occupied by ISIS. Several youthful leaders of the Jan. 25, 2011, revolt have been jailed (while the Egyptian leader they ousted, Hosni Mubarak, was just freed from prison). The death last week of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah - whose successor is also old and ill - adds to the turmoil in the region.
November 1, 2014 |
Bob Berry's house on the banks of the Pickering Creek near Phoenixville has evolved, to say the least. Born as a 19th-century farmhouse, it got its first makeover in the 1940s when famed architect Oskar Stonerov transformed it into an International-style haven for his family, which eventually included four children, and his wife, Elizabeth, who started a popular cooperative preschool there. Then, when Bob Berry bought the structure in 2005, his brother-in-law and architect John Kohlhaus remade it to fit 21st century needs.
October 30, 2014 |
Seekers of wisdom once climbed mountains to seek counsel from the Dalai Lama, yet there he was Tuesday morning in the basketball arena of Princeton University. "What is the key to happiness?" a student asked. A hush fell over the audience as the 79-year-old leader of Tibetan Buddhism pondered a reply. "Money," he said. The crowd appeared startled, then a few began to laugh. "Or sex," His Holiness added. As laughter echoed through the cavernous arena, no one was laughing louder than the 14th Dalai Lama himself, who had already revealed his playful side by wearing an orange Princeton cap atop his shaved head.
September 29, 2014 |
Maker Designer, collector, and design advocate Lisa Roberts of Center City. Creation DesignPOP (Rizzoli, September 2014), a coffee-table-worthy compendium of game-changers in 21st-century product design. The book identifies key trends like sustainability, design for social responsibility, and advancing technology. Vision "One of my agendas is to make design understandable and accessible to people who are not in the industry," Roberts said. "It's like when you go into a museum and you have a curator who takes youaround and talks to you about the artworks.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - They remain, by far, the most infamous words of Jeffrey Lurie's 20 years as Eagles owner. Gold standard. Those two words have stuck to the man like Gorilla Glue. Eleven years have passed since Lurie uttered that ill-timed and poorly conceived phrase that has been used against him in the court of public opinion. The funny thing is, Lurie's intended message was not that far off base. It's important to point out the entirety of what the Eagles owner said that day in 2003.
July 17, 2014 |
Sex change: That's Ms. Thor to you, buddy! Good comic-book artists refresh their creations lest they become stale. So kudos to Marvel Comics, which is giving a serious face-lift to Thor, the character introduced in 1962 by creative genius Stan Lee with the help of scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby . A serious face-lift, indeed: The God of Thunder now is a woman. "The inscription on Thor's hammer reads, 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.' Well, it's time to update that inscription," Marvel editor Wil Moss said in a statement on Tuesday.