August 3, 2012 |
By Chris Gibbons One of the greatest pay-per-view events in history — expensive to produce but very affordable for viewers — will begin its broadcast around the globe on Monday. It's not WrestleMania or the long-awaited Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown, and it's not taking place in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or the Superdome. As a matter of fact, it will unfold more than 150 million miles from Earth. NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover will begin its perilous plunge through the atmosphere of Mars early Monday morning, and modern technology will enable millions around the world to anxiously follow the descent and subsequent explorations of the Red Planet's surface.
July 18, 2012 |
In places like Brooklyn and Miami and Los Angeles, fans have been holding their breath as Dwight Howard, Ray Allen, and Steve Nash change uniforms along with the balance of power in the NBA. In Philadelphia, fans were more likely to be holding their noses as the Sixers announced acquisitions such as Kwame Brown and Nick Young. That's understandable, given the history. You hear about Brown, a former No. 1 overall pick joining his seventh team in 10 years, and it's hard not to flash back to Derrick Coleman, to Glenn Robinson, to Chris Webber - all No. 1 overall picks who got to Philadelphia late in their careers and became immediate drags on the team's salary cap. Even recently departed Elton Brand, the No. 1 overall pick two years before Brown, proved more valuable as a contract to amnesty than as an injury-worn veteran who actually contributed to the team's emergence last season.
June 29, 2012 |
FACING ONE of the most important crossroads in the NHL's recent history, one Flyer will have a big say in whether next hockey season starts on time. After a 3-day executive board meeting at the Peninsula hotel in Chicago, the NHL Players' Association announced that 31 players, including Flyers forward Scott Hartnell, will be a part of the negotiating committee with executive director Donald Fehr. Hartnell, 30, spent three seasons as the Flyers' team representative for the NHLPA.
May 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Is it really more expensive to eat healthy? An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception that it's cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal. The government says it all depends on how you measure the price. If you compare the price per calorie - as some previous researchers have done - then higher-calorie pastries and snacks might seem like a bargain compared with fruits and vegetables.
April 20, 2012 |
I spotted it resting lopsided on the lawn at a local yard sale. There, beyond the supermodel-sexy table in perfect condition, was a forlorn table with painted wood and bulky contours that cried out to me. I knew I had to have it. With my doubting husband in tow (his yard-sale default position is "We don't need that!"), I tried convincing him that this orphaned table was what would instantly transform our "vanilla" condominium into a far more interesting interior landscape.
April 17, 2012 |
Uncle Sam wants his money - now. After all, he's waited two extra days. The Internal Revenue Service granted last-minute filers a reprieve this year from the mandated April 15 deadline. Why? In part, you can blame it on snail mail. April 15 fell on a Sunday, meaning post offices were closed. And Monday marked Emancipation Day, which celebrates President Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves. The IRS recognized the observance. Still not ready to file?
April 5, 2012 |
The cream puff at the Philadelphia Parking Authority's auto auction was the 2000 Volvo C70 convertible. The cloth top looked nearly new, and, though the leather seats needed a scrub, the interior was otherwise remarkably fresh. For prospective bidders, it showed far better than the tired Plymouth Neons and 1990s Crown Vics sharing the impound lot underneath I-95. And it was proof you can find a drivable car among the thousands of vehicles the city seizes and auctions off each year.
March 25, 2012 |
Can't afford to vacation in Maui? Lots of people think that - and they're wrong. We have visited Maui every year for the last 20 years, and have discovered tricks and tips to make it an affordable place to stay - and 2011 was no different. Airfare is about $850 round-trip from Philadelphia in the low season (mid-April to mid-June and September to mid-December) to Kahului Airport, in the center of Maui. The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono was our first stop, and we found that this inn, just 10 minutes from the airport, is a great place to relax, unwind, and get your bearings.
March 22, 2012 |
AS THEIR STRIKE began its second full day Thursday afternoon, SEPTA's 219 unionized transit police, who had rallied heartily at City Hall Station the previous night, were invisible there. No pickets. No presence. But behind the scenes, intermediaries for SEPTA and the striking Fraternal Order of Transit Police worked to get both sides back to the bargaining table. By Thursday night, they had succeeded. All day long, a hastily assembled force of armed, uniformed SEPTA transit police supervisors, city cops and unarmed private security guards kept the peace on the bustling City Hall concourse and station platforms.
March 18, 2012 |
Dharun Ravi, a promising college student and computer whiz kid, gambled his future on a Middlesex County jury. It appears he lost. The 20-year-old Plainsboro, N.J., resident was convicted of all 15 counts Friday in the Rutgers University webcam spying case, which generated international attention and became a rallying point for gay-rights advocates concerned about the bullying and harassment of gay teens. Ravi was found guilty of invasion of privacy and bias-intimidation charges for using his laptop webcam to spy on his roommate in an intimate encounter with another man on Sept.