February 6, 2015 |
Tonya Bolden, a critically acclaimed author, still fondly remembers her "little book fair buddy," a young boy named Edward who refused to leave her side, year after year, at the African American Children's Book Fair when it first began in 1992. Edward has since grown up, but thousands of other children, parents, teachers, readers, and authors like Bolden keep visiting the fair. This year, the 23d African American Children's Book Fair will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
February 5, 2015 |
Give credit to scrappy open-Internet advocates, Silicon Valley start-ups, and the everyday Internet users that HBO comedy-news host John Oliver summoned into an army of four million commenters to the Federal Communications Commission. Together, they turned the tide on one of the most arcane topics ever to stir the public: Net neutrality. With their help, the big story Thursday will likely be that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has moved to strengthen the agency's authority over broadband.
February 1, 2015 |
You know a genre of music has become a deeply ingrained part of the culture when it becomes a featured night on American Idol . So it is with the American Songbook, a genre of music and a cultural movement that, beginning in the mid-1920s, defined American tastes in music, theater, movies, and even fashion for three decades. Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and George Gershwin were its principal writers, and Ella Fitzgerald, Fred Astaire, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Louis Armstrong the musicians and singers who interpreted their work.
January 29, 2015 |
ARNIE WEXLER will not watch a minute of Super Bowl XLIX. Not the anthem, sung in a crisp 2:03 by Idina Menzel. Not the coin toss, heads. Not the halftime show with Katy Perry, who will sing "Roar. " Not the babbling-head, overinflated pregame, halftime, postgame shows. Arnie Wexler is a recovering gambling addict and does not dare trigger feelings of temptation, even though the last bet he made was April 10, 1968. "The Super Bowl to a recovering gambler," he grumbled, "is like New Year's Eve to a recovering alcoholic.
January 12, 2015 |
Burlington County authorities are searching for a 26-year-old Mount Laurel woman who has been missing since New Year's Eve, leading her family to be concerned about her safety. Erica Crippen Crosby, a wife and mother of two, disappeared from her home in the 5200 block of Aberdeen Drive, where she lives with her two daughters and husband. The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement Friday that it was seeking the public's help in locating her, but it would not say whether Crosby's disappearance was being considered suspicious.
January 11, 2015 |
When comedian Patton Oswalt, this generation's Jonathan Winters, hits the Tower tonight, he'll unleash a new set of absurdist tales. Oswalt, 45, best known as the voice of Remy in the Disney film Ratatouille and as the narrator of ABC's The Goldbergs , along with acting roles in The Kings of Queens and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , comes through Philly with the pedigree of a seasoned author. His second memoir, Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film , was published this week, following up his 2011 best-seller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland . Oswalt treats comedy and authorship with equal respect.
January 11, 2015 |
Even as a toddler, Timothy Denevi showed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By sixth grade, his angry tantrums had turned into physical fights with schoolmates. ADHD was not only affecting his mood, but threatening to compromise his academic record. But about 20 years later, Denevi has overcome his symptoms. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A. degree in nonfiction and is now a visiting writer at George Mason University. "I'm very lucky," he said.
January 8, 2015 |
Decades after dilapidated buildings filled with crime and drugs drove tenants to file a class-action lawsuit against the Chester Housing Authority, the agency has been released from federal receivership. The move, announced Monday, marks the completion of an overhaul of the public housing agency, which had been under the oversight of a federal judge since 1994. While under the guidance of District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, the authority razed and rebuilt most of its buildings and started its own police force.
January 7, 2015 |
Considering the Delaware River Port Authority's well-documented failings, reform legislation proposed by a bipartisan, bistate group of officials last year might seem mild to most observers. But it's too strong for Steve Sweeney. The New Jersey Senate president quickly declared the bill unnecessary, and as The Inquirer's Andrew Seidman reported this week, it has gone nowhere ever since. As much as Gov. Christie's recent veto of legislation to reform another bistate transportation agency, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Sweeney's inaction represents a resounding vote for the status quo. Like its bridge-blocking big brother up north, the DRPA is a governmental backwater vulnerable to corruption, waste, and incompetence.
January 3, 2015 |
What Howie wants, Howie gets. There is no other conclusion to draw from the Eagles' dismissal of Tom Gamble, formerly their vice president of player personnel, formerly the man in the franchise's front office whom Chip Kelly respected most, formerly a thorn who apparently pricked general manager Howie Roseman one too many times. For years now, there really has been no other conclusion to draw about the power structure within the Eagles organization. Roseman has owner Jeffrey Lurie's ear. Lurie trusts him. Lurie puts him first.