January 2, 2015 |
* MASTERPIECE: DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. LAURA Carmichael knows all about the Jan Brady comparisons. Carmichael, whose "Downton Abbey" character, Lady Edith Crawley, has gotten the short end of more sticks in four seasons than the "Brady Bunch" middle daughter could ever have imagined, doesn't mind a bit. "She's smart, she's bookish. I get it. I love that and I sort of read that and embraced that," Carmichael said in an interview during a PBS event in Beverly Hills last summer to promote the show's fifth season.
December 12, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL finished off its final session of the year with grand overtures of jingle-bell ringing, flag waving, back slapping and a litany of bill passing before members broke for the holidays. Several new measures were introduced as well, to be debated in the coming year. The third time could be a charm for Councilman Bill Greenlee, who's pushing for paid sick leave for private companies. He introduced an ordinance yesterday that would require businesses with 10 or more workers to offer earned paid sick leave.
November 2, 2014 |
Since Newsies , the Walt-Disney-movie-turned-musical based on New York's Newsboy Strike of 1899 closes on Sunday, I will immediately say that if you like uplifting David-and-Goliath stories set to rousing music and filled with aggressive, gymnastics-propelled choreography, get tickets. Since Philadelphia also launches the 2014-15 national tour, I will offer my criticisms of a show that I enjoyed thoroughly, for as long as I could stand it. Alan Menken's music and Jack Feldman's lyrics strike a single note all night: yearning.
August 1, 2014
THE CRIMINAL GANG was ruthless and relentless: kidnapping and beating up victims, stealing money and property, and dealing drugs. What set them apart from an ordinary criminal cabal was not their greediness. What set them apart was that they were police. In the latest black eye on the Philadelphia Police Department, a 42-page federal indictment released yesterday describes in chilling language a "criminal organization" whose six members organized for the purpose of "generating money for the members through crimes including robbery, extortion, kidnapping and drug dealing and concealing those activities from law enforcement scrutiny.
July 2, 2014 |
SAY HELLO to a "person" who's rich, can buy a lot more political free speech than you can, and who now, apparently, has found religion. Behold the ever-more-powerful 21st-century American corporation - which yesterday continued its winning ways at the U.S. Supreme Court in two landmark rulings that came at the expense of women's health services and the power of organized labor. In one of the most closely watched cases of the 2013-14 term that ended yesterday, a divided high court ruled 5-4 that businesses - for religious reasons - can refuse to pay for their workers' birth control under Obamacare.
June 5, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Kids, one thing you will learn in life, if you haven't already learned it, is that meetings rarely beget solutions, only more meetings. Thus, when your favorite baseball team starts holding them, it is usually a good time to begin investigating other sources of emotional fulfillment. Yesterday, when the doors to the visitor's clubhouse at Nationals Park were closed to the media, it was supposedly a thing, the same kind of thing as the radio interview in which Larry Bowa said the Phillies weren't playing like major leaguers, the kind of thing that carries folks with blogs and Twitter accounts and deadlines through news cycles, the kind of thing that adds an element of story to what would otherwise be another day spent chronicling the meaningless existence of a baseball team headed nowhere.
May 7, 2014
IT COMES down to a fight over screwdrivers and stepladders. Members of the Carpenters Union walked off the job last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to protest demands made by management that they agree to new work rules. The nub of the argument comes down to the right of exhibitors at the $1.3 billion center to set up their own booths. Under existing rules, if exhibitors want to use a manual screwdriver to screw in a sign, they can do it on their own. If it requires a "power tool" - a battery-driven screwdriver - they must use a carpenter.
December 18, 2013 |
THE EAGLES' starters will play this week against the Bears (even if at some positions, that isn't necessarily a good thing), and Chip Kelly is not going to Texas. That was what was really new at Kelly's day-after news conference. There were plenty of other things said, but they were mostly extended explanations of decisions made during Sunday's 48-30 loss at Minnesota, and Kelly mostly stuck to the themes he developed in his postgame session. If you're still angry over the short kickoff strategy, you didn't hear the coach acknowledge it was wrongheaded, though he did admit the "mortar kicks" worked better than the squibs.
October 24, 2013
"You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity. " BRETT BROWN
September 17, 2013
WILL BUNCH'S recent commentary "Pa. Fracking Boom Goes Bust" would be newsworthy - if it were actually true. His anti-gas views and perpetuation of America's reliance on foreign energy is a disservice to your readers. "Bust"? Tell that to the nearly 245,000 Pennsylvanians who go to work every day in the oil-and- gas industry. This industry, and its employees, have contributed more than $1.6 billion to the state's coffers - money for education, health care and other critical needs.