July 4, 2012 |
Maybe there isn't a secret committee in an undisclosed location running the nation's sports leagues and associations. But it sure seems that way sometimes. Maybe it's just ESPN, making sure there is never a lull in news and programming. Either way, what used to be the slow summer months of June and July somehow have been transformed into Transaction Season. The long-standing buildup to baseball's trade deadline has been turbo-boosted by the, er, coincidental scheduling of NBA and NHL draft and free-agency activity.
August 8, 2011 |
Today's a big day for the collaboration that Jay-Z and Kanye West have dubbed The Throne. Tickets for their Watch the Throne tour go on sale this morning, through Comcasttix.com for the Nov. 2 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and through Ticketmaster for shows elsewhere. Also, their same-named LP was slated to hit iTunes today. (Reportedly, fans should look under "Throne" instead of the hip-hop stars' individual names.) The release should hit stores later this week.
August 16, 2009 |
The location in Southwest Philadelphia is hardly glamorous: a former junkyard bordered by an oil refinery tank farm. But something extraordinary is happening there in these punishing recessionary times. Something is being built. The Philadelphia Regional Produce Market, a $218.5 million public-private project born of controversy - including a threat to move to New Jersey - is projected to employ 1,500 and ring up $1.6 billion in sales annually when it opens in fall 2010. Twenty-seven vendors will move there from the 50-year-old Food Distribution Center, a cramped 300,000-square-foot facility near Citizens Bank Park.
August 12, 2009 |
I'M A CHILD of children of the Woodstock Generation. I'm also now over 30 - someone who, back in the day, Abbie Hoffman (RIP) said, was among those never to be trusted. Twenty-five years after visiting the Woodstock site as an 8-year-old with my folks (an event I have no recollection of), I still feel the fatigue of the "You had to be there. " For us Gen X and Y-ers, it was never a question of whether we were On or Off the Bus. The fact is, we weren't old enough to ride one by ourselves.
September 2, 2006 |
The storm formerly known as Hurricane Ernesto rained on Leslie Reid and Emily Raab's parade big time. The soon-to-be eighth graders had a last Shore blast weekend planned in Ocean City, but, like thousands, yesterday they coped with Labor Day weekend dreams thwarted by what is now Tropical Depression Ernesto. "We were going to be sitting on the beach, shopping and tanning," said Leslie, 13, of Phillipsburg, N.J. "And looking for hot guys," added Emily, also 13. Both are headed into their final year at Lopatcong Middle School.
April 18, 2001 |
The weather was bitterly cold, with a wind-chill factor at game time of 16 degrees. The wind howled in from Lake Michigan at 28 miles an hour. The game inched along into the late afternoon, with the shadows lengthening across the Wrigley Field sod, making the conditions even more arctic. The Phillies trailed by a run going into the ninth inning. They had just two hits in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position and already had left 11 runners on base. The Cubs had closer Jeff Fassero, who had been perfect in six save opportunities, on the mound.
March 13, 2001
You may think that it's getting a little warmer out there, but the climate has been cooling every day for consumers since President Bush took office in January. Consider: In the beginning of March, the House approved a bill that would make it harder for people to erase credit-card and other debts through bankruptcy. Before he left office, President Clinton had vetoed this bill, concerned that it would place unfair burdens on consumers. But Congress, well-oiled by bank and credit-card dollars, and sure of approval of the bill from Bush, were ready to bring the bill back before Clinton even started shopping for office space.
February 8, 2000
For some decades now, winter hasn't been as cold as we thought it was. And, no, global warming isn't to blame. Rather, two researchers have revived doubts about the obscure 1945 experiment that served as the basis for predicting the wind-chill factor, that cold-weather favorite of TV forecasters. The conclusion: The 55-year-old wind-chill table doesn't translate accurately when applied to the real world. Turns out that back when World War II was ending, a couple of scientists in the Antarctic filled a plastic beaker with water, hung it off a pole and timed how long it took to turn to ice. They did some calculations based on temperature and wind speed, and chango-presto, came up with the now-ubiquitous wind-chill table.
September 26, 1999 |
The film credits rolled, the darkness turned to light, and the three teenage girls who had shrieked through The Sixth Sense scurried out of the theater. Behind them, strolling to the exits, Gene and Dolores Crawford agreed that the summer blockbuster about a boy who "sees dead people" was scary indeed. But on the ultimate question posed by the world's great religions and the summer's hottest movies - is there life after death? - the Crawfords disagree. "I'd like to believe there's something after this, but I really don't think so," said Crawford, 53, a crew-cut CPA from Cinnaminson.
March 24, 1999 |
No, it was not a filming of a "Dukes of Hazzard" special. Even the Duke boys had only two, maybe three Hazzard County cops in "hot pursuit. " One recent week, however, Philadelphia's finest found a way to crash five police cruisers in 20 minutes. That's right, five police cars crashed - in pursuit of what? A serial killer? A mob boss? The Unabomber? Nope, the five police cars were part of a 50- mile high-speed chase, along with seven State Police cars and a State Police helicopter in pursuit of a pickpocket through the streets of West Philadelphia, pinballing off parked cars, trees and, believe it or not, each other.