July 24, 2016 |
T.J. Rooney and Alan Novak review the GOP convention and look ahead to this week's gathering of Democrats. T.J. Rooney is a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Alan Novak is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania R ooney: I believe you are going to see a much, much, much different convention in virtually every way. The goal for Hillary Clinton will be to continue what has occurred since...
June 20, 2016
Barry Edelstein is artistic director of the Old Globe in San Diego This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and institutions worldwide are pulling out the stops in commemoration. My home base, the Old Globe in San Diego, is at the center of a monthlong, citywide Shakespeare-palooza centered on the book Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, Published According to the True, Original Copies , a.k.a. the First Folio of 1623. Printed seven years after Shakespeare's death, the book is the first place where all 36 of his plays appear together.
June 11, 2016 |
A rather arcane element of the city's finances loomed large Thursday. The fund balance - the money available in the city's annual operating budget - first rose to prominence Wednesday when the Kenney administration acknowledged it would benefit from the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks and diet beverages passed out of a City Council committee that day. While some Council members said that concern for the health of the fund balance helped...
May 19, 2016 |
NEW YORK - As ESPN went to a commercial break, representatives from the 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers were led to center stage inside a ballroom at a Manhattan hotel. The other 11 NBA teams at the draft lottery had been eliminated. Those of a certain age remember the Sixers, Celtics and Lakers as the Big Three. When ESPN was still in diapers and filled airtime with Australian Rules Football, they were the teams that dominated commissioner Larry O'Brien's NBA. Doc and Moses, Bird and Parrish, Magic and Kareem.
March 31, 2016 |
Can you be too hot to be the First Lady? I'm thinking, of course, of Melania Trump, the 45-year-old, strikingly gorgeous wife of GOP front- runner Donald Trump. Although a lot of folks - especially men - might roar their approval of Melania's smoking hotness moving into the White House - I'm not sure America's ready for that much sizzle. Former models such as Melania come with baggage - and it's not always the leather variety. In her case, it's racy photos, such as the nude one that graced the cover of British GQ back in 2000.
February 16, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Electric car tease How long have we heard about the potential of electric cars without seeing that potential fulfilled? A commentary urged more federal and state support on top of the $7,500-per-car tax credit that helps the rich buy $75,000-plus Teslas ("Time, again, for electric cars to take center stage," Friday). That we need to pay people to buy electric cars speaks volumes. |Andrew Terhune, Philadelphia, email@example.com
February 13, 2016
By G. Wayne Miller All-electric cars were creating excitement as the 2016 car show season began with the Consumer Electronics Show and, more recently, the Philadelphia Auto Show. With shows to come in Chicago, Toronto, Geneva, Beijing, and New York City, plus many smaller regional exhibitions, battery-powered vehicles will stay in the news. It's an old story, though, dating to the automotive industry's infancy, when electrics competed with steam- and gas-powered vehicles for market share.
June 15, 2015 |
In December, just as a grand jury decided not to indict the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner, Joanna Settle came across an excerpt from a collection of works by African American playwrights that perfectly captured her sentiments. "We had a videotape of him being choked to death, and the verdict still came in not guilty. I became unhinged," said Settle, who last year became director of the University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. All that frustration, anger, confusion, and despair will be channeled into the world premiere of Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments , presented by Flashpoint Theatre Company and directed by Settle.
May 30, 2015 |
Rosanne Sulock wandered into the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair when she was a teenager. It was 1966, and her passion for everything equestrian took her to the grounds all by herself. This week, she was at the 119th show with her two daughters and 1-year-old grandson. "I come every year," said Sulock, 67, of North Wales. More than a century ago, Terry Losse's great-grandmother was a judge at the show. His family has attended it ever since, and this week Losse, 79, came from Delaware to see it for the sixth decade running.
March 16, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Instead of being lost forever to housing development along the waterfront of this gateway town to Ocean City, a little theater tucked along Bay Avenue will be sticking around for another encore. And the Gateway Playhouse - which has been sitting idle for nearly a decade - could become the centerpiece of an ongoing effort to redevelop the waterfront area along Great Bay as a dining and arts and entertainment district. Earlier this month, officials announced the city had received two state grants totaling about $500,000.