July 14, 2016 |
IN A DIFFERENT time, when I was more naïve about the dramatic effects of performance-enhancing drugs, I guess I would have been impressed by the spectacular display by Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton during Monday's Home Run Derby. I might have even believed the 61 home runs Stanton smashed out of Petco Park were "spectacular. " Even though the purpose of the contest is to intentionally deliver pitches that batters can blast out of ballpark, the fact Stanton destroyed the previous single-night mark of 41 set by then-Phillie Bobby Abreu in 2005 was amazing in terms of record-breaking margins for any event.
July 3, 2016
99 Poems New and Selected By Dana Gioia Graywolf Press. 194 pp. $24. Poetry as Enchantment By Dana Gioia Wiseblood Books. 36 pp. $5. Reviewed by Frank Wilson 'It is significant," Dana Gioia writes in Poetry as Enchantment , "that the Latin word for poetry, carmen , is also the word the Romans used for a song, a magic spell, a religious incantation, or a prophecy - all verbal constructions whose auditory powers can produce a magical effect on the listener.
July 1, 2016 |
AT THE 2011 Masters, Australian Jason Day closed with two birdies to finish tied for second, two behind South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, who birdied the last four holes. And two months later he got another second at the U.S. Open, eight in back of runaway winner Rory McIlroy. The previous August, Day had tied for 10th at the PGA Championship in his second major. But that April in Augusta, most people still didn't really know who the then-23-year-old was or what he might have in him. Golf is littered with guys who do something and are mostly never heard from again.
May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
April 30, 2016 |
The giant screen that sits high atop the field at the Penn Relays is there for a reason. On Thursday evening, Haddonfield Memorial junior Briana Gess used it to sneak a peek at Weini Kelati, the Heritage (Leesburg, Va.) junior who flirted with the Relays Record (9 minutes, 15.3 seconds) during the girls' 3,000 meters. Kelati finished in 9:19.91. "She's just incredible," Gess said. "I was watching her on the screen when I was running. " Gess, competing by herself for the first time at the Relays, finished 12th overall (9:50.95)
April 17, 2016
On April 9, ACHIEVEability hosted Food for Thought at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard. The event, attended by 600 supporters, including Mayor Kenney, celebrated the organization's 35 years of breaking the generational cycle of poverty. The crowd enjoyed drinks, dancing, and sampling dishes from more than 25 local restaurants. ACHIEVEability is a member of the Mission First Housing Group, a nonprofit organization that assists low-income, single-parent, and homeless Philadelphia families to become self-sufficient.
March 17, 2016 |
As Mayor Kenney looks to spend millions on rehabbing Philadelphia libraries, parks, and recreation centers, City Council on Tuesday looked to ensure the workforce on those projects, and other city jobs, is diverse. Under legislation approved by a Council committee, the office that tracks workers' wages would also track diversity on job sites. Contractors who don't comply by trying to reach diversity goals could be barred from future city work. But compliance is not cut and dried.
January 12, 2016 |
When Jalaal Hayes of North Philadelphia applied to a doctoral program in applied chemistry, even the admissions staff at Delaware State University did a double take. Hayes was but 18. Surely he had mistakenly checked the box next to graduate school. His application was dispatched to the undergraduate division. Eventually, it came back. The teenager, who had graduated from high school at 15, and from college at 18 - with two bachelor's degrees, no less - knew exactly what he was doing.
November 17, 2015
At the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Thursday, women of all ages will descend on Center City to glean wisdom from the likes of Jessica Alba, actress and entrepreneur; Gloria Steinem, women's rights pioneer; Rachael Ray, celebrity chef and TV host; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee from Liberia; and Carli Lloyd, World Cup soccer superstar. Some will offer tips on how to start your own business, including Lori Goldstein, a longtime stylist for Vanity Fair and other magazines as well as for high-style photographer Annie Leibovitz.