July 19, 2016
CLEVELAND - Not to go all H.L. Mencken on you right off the bat, but the Bard of Baltimore pretty much nailed political conventions when writing about a Republican one held here in 1924. He wrote that the convention will open with a windy speech by "some dreadful mountebank" and then "another mountebank will repeat the same rubbish in other words. " I'm not totally prejudging the Republican National Convention (OK, maybe a little), and Lord knows Democrats next week also will talk tons of trash, but some things haven't much changed in 92 years - or in 80 years.
April 30, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Science Festival closes with its traditional carnival, moved from the Parkway to the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. It will feature more than 150 exhibitions, hands-on experiments, and performances, including live animals from the Philadelphia Zoo, wrestling robots, and more. (There will be exploding stuff, we think.) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. Admission is free. Information: philasciencefestival.org Catch a falling 'Star' Kids ask questions, many with no answers (many)
March 23, 2016 |
Carnival Corp. said it won Cuban government approval to begin sailing to the Caribbean island nation, allowing its Fathom division to become the first U.S. cruise line to dock there in more than 50 years. Carnival and officials from various Cuban agencies signed the agreements authorizing the trips, according to a statement Monday. The world's largest cruise operator is now cleared to take the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand, Fathom. The action opens a new territory for Carnival in the Caribbean, the world's biggest geographic market for cruises.
March 17, 2016 |
Ben Franklin Parkway and I-676 bridge construction has forced the Philadelphia Science Festival to move its signature Science Carnival to the Delaware waterfront. And nobody knows whether the festival's longtime lead sponsor, Dow Chemical, will still be so generous if its merger with DuPont goes through. Still, all parties were beaming in the noonday sun Tuesday at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing - scene of this year's festival-capping Science Carnival - affirming that this celebration of all things STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)
July 16, 2015 |
Naomi, the oldest of six, always assumed she'd have a bunch of children. In her community of Modern Orthodox Jews, that's just what people did. She just didn't figure on having them with a female partner. Then Beverly crossed her path. The two were sophomores at the University of Maryland; one afternoon, as Naomi was leaving a grueling three-hour Hebrew class, Beverly approached and spontaneously offered her a Fig Newton, which happened to be one of Naomi's favorite cookies. "I thought, 'This beautiful human,' " Naomi remembers.
March 3, 2015 |
Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann, injured Saturday in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers, said he will find out Monday if he suffered a concussion. Grossmann was injured when a second-period shot by the Rangers' Rick Nash struck his left shoulder and head. He underwent testing and will be reevaluated Monday, when he will learn if he is cleared to play Tuesday against visiting Calgary. "It's too soon to tell," Grossmann said Sunday while he participated in the Flyers Wives Carnival at the Wells Fargo Center.
June 8, 2014 |
There's that excruciating moment of doubt before the adrenaline kicks in that comes just after you've decided to seat yourself on that Tilt-A-Whirl, gigantic roller coaster or dangling-feet swing ride. But it's too late to change your mind and exit when that safety bar slams down. And within seconds you're off, whizzing five, six, then seven stories above all those tiny people on the beach and boardwalk. This isn't too bad, you think. The view's pretty good and then — slam.
April 18, 2014 |
The men and women who run in the collegiate events at the Penn Relays face so much more at the carnival than the opportunity to compete on the track at Franklin Field for precious seconds out of a three-day, 36-hour, 250-event spectacle. There are distractions and changes from a normal track meet that tend to throw off newcomers and athletes who aren't tough-minded. Coaches like to see how their runners handle the commotion and difficulties at Penn, experiences that prepare them for future meets.
November 25, 2013 |
QUEBEC - The happy group of 15 came pouring around the bend; men and women, some young, some older, dressed in boots, hats, gloves - and bathing suits. Walking single file through the snow, they approached a small mound and were greeted by the famous master of ceremonies, Bonhomme, as Quebec City's annual Winter Carnival's Snow Bath officially opened. The huge audience, suitably dressed for the minus-4-degree C weather, began taunting and laughing at the would-be "snow bathers. " Playful snowballs immediately began to fly between the audience, participants, and even Bonhomme.
August 11, 2013 |
It was a day of fun and games for children whose lives are usually anything but. On Friday, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children held a back-to-school carnival at Lighthouse Field, across the street from the East Erie Avenue hospital in North Philadelphia. The carnival looked like any such event being held in the area these days, where children are offered backpacks filled with school supplies, along with food and a chance to play in the sunshine. But St. Christopher's sits in the First Congressional District, one of the poorest, hungriest places in the United States.