September 17, 2015 |
Civilians aren't expected to understand Temple University physics professor Xiaoxing Xi's research on thin-film superconductivity. The trouble is that the federal authorities who had him arrested don't seem to have understood it either. Early one morning a few months ago, a dozen or so armed FBI agents searched Xi's Penn Valley home and took him away in handcuffs in front of his wife and daughters. Last week, however, they moved to drop charges that the professor had shared sensitive technological information with Chinese scientists.
October 25, 2013 |
A former executive of a Chester County gift company has been charged with embezzling more than $1.4 million from his employers and using the money for lavish purchases, including $48,000 on concert tickets and a reception with the Dave Matthews Band, the district attorney said Wednesday. Guido la Vella of Gilbertsville is accused of stealing from Taylor Gifts Inc., a direct-order company based in Tredyffrin Township, while he was the company's chief financial officer from October 2009 until May 2013.
September 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Two weeks earlier, Kyle Kendrick sat in the visiting clubhouse at New York's Citi Field and pondered both his odd 2013 season and the uncertainty of where he'd be in 2014. "I want to be here," Kendrick said of a Phillies team he's been with longer than any pitcher except Cole Hamels. "I feel like I haven't pitched horrible enough to be gone. " Kendrick, who has improved dramatically since being jettisoned to the minor leagues in the spring of 2009, may have been the Phillies most consistent starting pitcher in the first 2 months of the 2013 season.
October 5, 2012 |
Next to Normal is, for lack of a better term, a musical tragedy. With its beautifully sung score telling a painful and upsetting story, it challenges conventional expectations of what big Broadway musicals are likely to be. The fine production at the Arden Theatre, directed by Terrence J. Nolen, begins with a huge close-up of a face projected onto the upstage wall (the many stunning and disturbing images were created by Jorge Cousineau). Eyes fly open and we are at once looking and being looked at. The spare set - everything is square or stripes - turns out to be the Goodman family's suburban home.
September 11, 2012 |
Two family-owned nurseries that have been around for generations in the Philadelphia suburbs are wishing the summer hadn't brought unexpected financial heat in the form of the Waterloo Gardens bankruptcy. Both are entangled in the Chapter 11 case filed June 26 by the debt-soaked gardening center that closed its renowned Devon store. Both landed on an unenviable list: creditors holding the 20 largest unsecured claims. And both longtime suppliers of poinsettias, annuals, and other earthly wares to the region's onetime preeminent gardening center are coming to understand the exquisite frustration of being a little guy in a big, old bankruptcy case.
May 29, 2012
Question: Eight months ago, after a brief illness, my 57-year-old friend's husband passed away. Their marriage had always been a bit rocky, and after his death we learned that he'd been involved in some questionable activities. Needless to say, her emotions ran the gamut from disbelief to anger to grief. During this time, I was there for her to listen, care, and encourage, and supported her decision to seek professional counseling. But now I'm concerned she might be moving too quickly through this process.
March 25, 2012 |
The news that NFL players are paid for being able to deliver hits capable of hurting an opponent isn't much of a revelation when you get down to it. That's the nature of the game. Hard hits are celebrated, and just as the NHL and NASCAR owe some popularity to the promise of potential violence at any moment, the NFL puts away a lot of dough because its players smack each other around with great frequency. The league has no problem licensing video games in which the mayhem is taken to cartoonish levels, and has never been bothered by the slavering mythology that NFL Films built around the exploits of guys like Ray Nitschke, Dick Butkus, and Mike Singletary, who were all nice enough when they weren't dismembering opponents.
July 8, 2011 |
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A convicted felon charged with killing a 75-year-old South Dakota hospice nurse so that he could steal her car and drive to Washington, D.C., described the woman during a TV interview as "collateral damage" in what he envisioned as a scheme to kill President Obama. James McVay, 41, is charged with first-degree murder and burglary in the weekend stabbing death of Maybelle Schein. During a jailhouse interview with television station WKOW, in Madison, Wis., where McVay was arrested Saturday, he said that Schein was "in my way and I removed her. " "He did it just more or less as kind of a lark, I guess," Schein's brother, Ted Fetters, said yesterday.
July 6, 2011
THE media jumped all over the incident involving the cow that escaped from an Upper Darby slaughterhouse. It received so much attention, Gov. Corbett even issued a "pardon" for the cow. Meanwhile, the media have paid very little attention to the fact that the governor is pen-happy in signing death warrants for humans. Although he's been in office less than six months, he's already signed (at least) four, including one for James "Jimmy" Dennis, whom many people, myself included, believe is innocent.
August 16, 2010
City Councilman Bill Green's support for a bill to eliminate the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office has earned him some enemies in the African American political community, with State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Philadelphia) leading the way. Green obviously was not quite prepared for the political blowback he reaped in June when he cosponsored Councilman Frank DiCicco's bill to eliminate the Sheriff's Office. The political community was abuzz last month after State Rep. Jewell Williams, the city Democratic leadership's choice to succeed Sheriff John Green, had words with Councilman Green at Councilman Curtis Jones Jr.'s birthday bash.