April 24, 2013 |
FLEMINGTON, N.J. - There are no heroin kingpins in Hunterdon County, according to prosecutor Anthony Kearns, and he wants to keep it that way. Most people don't associate the mostly rural county of 130,000 with drug trafficking, but as the number of young prescription pill addicts turned heroin junkies balloons throughout the state, Hunterdon has become a battleground. The number of New Jerseyans between 18 and 25 who are in treatment for heroin addiction jumped 12 percent from 2010 to 2011, records show, and Hunterdon felt the brunt of that boom.
April 5, 2013 |
MOST SEE a glass skyscraper with sparkling lights. A Drexel University professor saw a screen with pixels. Dr. Frank Lee and his team announced plans Wednesday to transform the 27-story Cira Centre in University City into the world's largest Pong game. Organizers anticipate hundreds will gather on the Art Museum steps across the Schuylkill to watch and line up to play April 19 and April 24 during the third annual Philly Tech Week. The idea is deceptively simple: remotely commandeer the roughly 20 by 20 grid of LED lights tucked into the building's facade - usually used to display static graphics like the Phillies logo - and allow players to go head-to-head in the arcade classic using controls ripped from old-school cabinet sets.
January 29, 2013 |
This morning on 94 WIP, cohost Al Morganti introduced "the man responsible for Wing Bowl being in the Big House" - Ed Rendell. "How prominent in my obituary is it going to be that I moved Wing Bowl to the big stadium?" Rendell asked, referring to what is now called the Wells Fargo Center. The popularity of the annual event - scheduled for Friday - has exploded since its debut in 1993 featured just competitors in a hotel ballroom. By Wing Bowl IV, people were being turned away from an overflowing Electric Factory, while the area was beset by parking nightmares, Morganti recalled.
January 14, 2013 |
Zachary Downer grinned through a mouthful of braces and tried to catch his breath backstage at Swarthmore College's Lang Center for the Performing Arts. Moments ago, he'd completed his contemporary solo dance in front of a panel of judges, leaping and rolling around the stage in a manner that suggested talent far beyond his 15 years. Still to come was his classical ballet solo. And later that night, Downer would learn whether he'd join the handful of dancers selected to compete in the finals of the biggest student ballet competition in the world.
December 28, 2012 |
Food marketers can toil in the trenches for years before cinching the kind of deal that basically fell into Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby's laps. The food/housewares giant Williams-Sonoma has three sauces branded with the name Vedge, the couple's upscale vegan restaurant in Center City. They are to go on sale this week ($14.95) at more than 150 stores in the United States and the Middle East, and starting Jan. 17 on its website. The arrangement began simply. In the spring, a Williams-Sonoma executive visiting Philadelphia had a good meal at Vedge and called, said Shannon Gomes, a Williams-Sonoma spokeswoman.
December 24, 2012 |
Connecticut made the big move, and maybe, someday, it still will pay. The state built a 40,000-seat stadium and millions were poured into moving up from I-AA to the Big East, from on-campus bleachers to a place closer to Hartford. A decade later, the Huskies are still waiting for their invitation to the big time. National titles in men's basketball, more of them in women's basketball, a Big East title in football. . . . Still waiting. There still is a very good chance UConn will fill one of the openings in the Atlantic Coast Conference if the ACC is raided by one or more of the other big-boy leagues.
December 24, 2012 |
An opportunity missed? Or the luckiest of breaks? That may always be the question at Villanova as the school charts a new course, forming what is essentially a new collegiate sports league centered on basketball, leaving dreams of big-time football behind. Has Villanova lost its chance to be a major player on the national college sports stage? Will it become increasingly difficult to reach the Final Four in basketball? Will the school slip back toward mid-major status? Or is Villanova winning the college sports lottery, staying strong in hoops, playing natural rivals, while not chasing football dreams?
December 7, 2012 |
SEVEN MEMBERS of the "Harlem Boys," a violent drug gang that operated in the Bartram Village housing development in Southwest Philadelphia, were convicted by a federal grand jury Thursday and face long prison terms. The men were part of a gang of 20 named in an 89-count indictment and charged with attempted murder in aid of racketeering, robbery, carjacking, assault and threats in aid of racketeering, drug and firearms charges. The jury found the seven defendants guilty of violating RICO conspiracy laws and conspiracy to distribute 280 or more grams of cocaine.
November 8, 2012 |
WHEN IT COMES to college football programs, "Burger" is looking for steak. While there's nothing wrong with competing at the Division II or III level, especially if the experience provides great fun and is accompanied by a solid education, every kid would love to get a taste of the big time. Jaryd Jones-Smith, aka Burger due to his bulk, is a tackle prospect at West Catholic High. Because he's large (6-7, 320) and surprisingly mobile, and because the scouts see amazing possibilities (in part because he won't turn 18 until September)
August 28, 2012 |
Stephen Procida filled two hours explaining his love of carpentry - a passion, he said, fed by the thrill of turning middle-of-the-night ideas into creations that "wow" customers. His "babies" is how the South Jersey furniture-maker referred to the tables, cabinets and chairs he coaxes from planks of pine and spruce. He gets "emotional" when they leave his Washington Township store, Capture the Southwest, Procida said. Then came the shocking confession about high school woodshop.