August 15, 2016 |
In 2003, George Funkhouser and Susan Nitka drove to Bridgeton, N.J., where George, who buys and sells precious metals and antiques, was going to meet with a client. At the time, the couple were living in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section in a home she had inherited from her parents. They had been together for a decade and were considering buying a larger house. That day in Bridgeton, they drove down streets lined with mansions built in the 19th century, when the city was a center for industry in South Jersey.
August 13, 2016 |
On Monday, construction workers digging at the site of the former Suit Corner store on the southwest corner of Third and Market Streets uncovered something other than a blazer and trousers. Specifically, construction worker Ery Chacon said Tuesday, they found two brick arches about 10 feet below street level - and experts say they could be from before the nation was founded. As it happens, people who were collared ended up at that location long before it became the Suit Corner, which was destroyed by fire in 2014.
August 7, 2016 |
On Thursday, hundreds of tots (and other youngsters up to age 10) will promenade down the Ocean City Boardwalk in the family resort's 107th annual baby parade. Some will walk. Others will ride in style in fanciful strollers, go-carts, and wagons. All will delight onlookers. The tradition dates back to 1909, when photoengraver Leo Bamberger - who helped organize Labor Day - founded the event. According to Michael J. Hartman, Ocean City's special events coordinator and artistic director of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, in the golden age of the parade, attendees treated the festivities like a night on the town, dressing up in glamorous attire.
July 8, 2016 |
In 2008, news of a global hops shortage sent brewers into a cold panic. But for a few would-be farmers, it planted the seed - or, more precisely, the rhizome - of an idea. Though it had been nearly a century since this region's hops industry was decimated by a disease called downy mildew, then eradicated by Prohibition, perhaps, they thought, it was time for a comeback. Today, that resurgence is taking root in places like Oast House Hop Farm in Wrightstown, N.J., where about an acre of a former horse farm has been impaled with 20-foot poles, suspending vines bearing the flowers that give beer its bitter, floral, herbal, or fruity notes.
July 5, 2016 |
Twenty-five years after she alleged sexual harassment by a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Anita Hill will headline the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Oct. 6 at the Convention Center. And, yes, Hill plans to talk about how to address harassment in the working world today, for a generation of millennial women who either weren't born or didn't know Hill's name in 1991, the year she appeared before an all-male congressional inquiry. A renowned attorney, author, and law professor, Hill gave testimony during Clarence Thomas' Senate confirmation hearing that ignited a national debate on workplace sexual harassment.
June 11, 2016 |
Octavius V. Catto, one of Philadelphia's greatest of Renaissance men, an activist, educator, writer, athlete, and speaker gunned down in election violence in 1871, will at last be fully honored by the city where he lived and died for his beliefs and for the color of his skin. The design for a public memorial to Catto, which will grace City Hall's southern apron, will be presented to the public at a Mayor's Reception Room gathering at 11 a.m. Friday, and the artist, Branly Cadet, will be introduced to talk about his work.
May 30, 2016 |
The first job of any remake is to justify itself. Why do we need a new version of Roots , the beloved 1977 ABC mini-series whose finale more than 100 million people watched and whose most recent rerun - in high-definition on TV One - was only last fall? Because the world has changed enough in 39 years to justify more sophisticated writing and better production values, but not enough to make Roots any less relevant. Our understanding of the history underlying Roots has changed, too, though not in ways that hurt the History Channel's four-night version, which premieres at 9 p.m. Memorial Day and will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime.
May 8, 2016
Yuja, live from New York. Pianist Yuja Wang has worked up a solo recital she's playing in the United States, Paris, and Germany, and at the Concertgebouw, but listeners all over can hear the program when she brings it to Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. Repertoire includes Brahms' Ballades, Op. 10, Nos. 1 and 2; Schumann's Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and the Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier. " The Curtis Institute of Music graduate is something of a visual phenomenon for many, and for those fans, the Carnegie Hall recital will be streamed live online, and available for viewing on free replay for 90 days, at medici.tv.
April 15, 2016
There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. Waging aggressive war was one charge against Nazi leaders at the 1946 Nuremberg war crimes trials, but 70 years later, it is unclear that aggression, properly understood, must involve war, as commonly understood. Or that war, in today's context of novel destructive capabilities, must involve "the use of armed force," which the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court says is constitutive of an "act of aggression.
March 30, 2016 |
When Henry Mayer, chief archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, first called the FBI about Alfred Rosenberg's missing diary, Robert K. Wittman, head of the art-crime team in Philadelphia, had only the broadest sense of whom Mayer was talking about. "I'd heard of [Rosenberg], and I had an idea that he was a high-ranking Nazi," Wittman recalled the other day. Mayer wanted the diary - badly. "I knew it had a lot of information," Wittman said. "Nowhere is it written down, anywhere, that Hitler ordered the killing of the Jews.