September 27, 2014 |
The sign in the window reads, "Save Meadow Brook Golf Club," but there seems to be no fight left. The carts are gone. The pro shop is a vacant stretch of green carpet. The phones go straight to message-less voice mail. On Friday, the club along Route 29 just outside Phoenixville became the property of the Phoenixville Area School District. That marked what might be the final chapter in a story that inflamed emotions last year when the district seized the 50 acres by eminent domain, saying it needed the land for a new school.
September 25, 2014 |
HE ISN'T a turbocharged, larger-than-life character, like Jerry Blavat. Nor is he a benign presence still embracing the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s, like Pierre Robert. Or an agent provocateur, nonchalantly hurling verbal Molotov cocktails, on the order of Angelo Cataldi or Howard Eskin. Nonetheless, there's no question that Barry Reisman is as much a local radio institution as any of the above-named broadcasters. Since 1965, Reisman has occupied a unique niche on the local airwaves as the Delaware Valley's go-to source for Jewish music, playing records by an eclectic roster of performers, from Yiddish theater icon Molly Picon and mid-20th-century cantor/recording star Jan Peerce to the Klezmatics, a leading act of the contemporary klezmer scene, and Mordechai Ben David, a major Hasidic pop star.
September 24, 2014 |
You think sports crowds in this city are rough on visitors? Michael Lahoud, a midfielder for the Union, described how he played in an African Nations Cup qualifier earlier this month in the Congo to the accompaniment of a crowd chanting, "Ebola! Ebola!" "For 90 minutes," Lahoud said, "playing away in Africa is the toughest thing to do in the world. " Lahoud was representing his native country, Sierra Leone, which Monday ended a three-day lockdown after government officials had ordered everyone in the country into their homes to try to stem the spread of the Ebola virus.
September 24, 2014 |
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. - Heavily armed police - now from New York and New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania - continued Monday to scour two rural townships in Monroe County where they believe alleged cop killer Eric Frein is moving on foot under the cover of dense forest. Gov. Corbett said at a news conference Monday that he was "confident that we would be able to apprehend this individual. " "He's out in those woods right now," Corbett said. "My thoughts are constantly with those people right now, who are looking for this individual.
September 22, 2014 |
Fresh from appearing with the fabled Vienna State Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin was at the epicenter recently when shockwaves rippled through the cultural world, as that company's chief conductor, Franz Welser-Möst, abruptly walked out with minimum explanation. "Surreal" and "very quiet" was Nézet-Séguin's report from the belly of the beast. But after his successful debut in the Austrian capital conducting The Flying Dutchman , should Philadelphians worry that Vienna is prowling after the Philadelphia Orchestra's popular and still-newish music director, as the Metropolitan Opera has long been rumored to be doing?
September 20, 2014 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention. At a Statehouse news conference, Christie accused Democrats of leaking information to reporters while he led a trade mission to Mexico this month, saying, "These are people who are addicted to MSNBC and the front page of your papers. And nobody wants to cover it anymore.
September 20, 2014 |
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to sell 11 shuttered school buildings - including Germantown High - in a group of transactions that would net just $2 million. The sales were met with alarm in some corners. Germantown residents in particular said they had no idea the property, which closed to students in 2013, was about to change hands. "You took us all incredibly by surprise," retired teacher Karel Kilimnik told the SRC. Germantown neighbors have been meeting for a year to discuss possible uses for the high school site.
September 17, 2014
APPLE'S RELEASE of the Apple Watch and iPhone6 makes it clear that Silicon Valley's future will be directly tied to its ability to protect tech users' privacy. Securing Americans' personal information in an increasingly tech-dominated world has to be a higher priority for tech leaders and the valley's congressional and legislative delegations. Their failures up to now have left them, shall we say, exposed to the point of embarrassment. The confidence Apple executives expressed in their ability to protect customers' private information would be more believable if the whole world hadn't just seen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities courtesy of hackers who broke into supposedly secure private Apple accounts.
September 15, 2014 |
Based on the last several days, the NFL's inactives on Sunday will include Self Control, Moral Clarity, and Common Sense. As weeks go, the NFL just had a doozy. In substance and appearance, it might have been the worst in the league's history. TMZ obtained and released the security video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in an Atlantic City casino elevator, knocking out his wife, Janay, with a left hook. With that, the outrage that already had been simmering over NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's meek two-game suspension of Rice finally reached a bubbling boil.