November 11, 2014 |
China's global economic expansion has been slow to include a matching rise in cultural institutions among its exports, but Friday brought a major step toward changing that when a youthful orchestra from Beijing played an internationally televised concert at the Kimmel Center. The concert by the NCPA Orchestra had special resonance here, because the Philadelphia Orchestra played in 1973 in a nation that had once put its musicians in coal mines and closed universities and conservatories but was cautiously peering over its cultural wall.
November 8, 2014 |
British photographer and writer-director Joanna Hogg spent her formative years working with some of the leading lights of London's film scene: Her mentor, Jim Jarman, helped her on an early film that won her a place at the National Film and Television School, where she cast a young Tilda Swinton as the lead of her graduation short. After a spell as a TV director, she made her feature debut with 2007's Unrelated , an intimate portrayal of upper-middle-class Brits on vacation in Tuscany, a setting that inspires their repressed sexual and destructive urges.
October 23, 2014 |
For years, traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike has bottlenecked between Exits 6 and 9, northeast of Trenton, where 12 lanes dwindled to six. Now a massive, $2.3 billion project to widen the roadway has been nearly completed. It is set to open to traffic this weekend, beginning with the northbound lanes. "The work is basically done," Thomas Feeney, a Turnpike Authority spokesman, said Tuesday. Crews this week are completing paving, striping, and line painting, Feeney said. The work should be finished by late Friday or early Saturday, he said.
September 23, 2014 |
Jason Kelce left in the third quarter of the Eagles' 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins with an abdominal injury. Jason Peters was ejected in the fourth quarter because of his involvement in a fight. An offensive line that was already decimated lost perhaps its two most valuable pieces. The Eagles scored their final 10 points behind a line with just one of its expected original starters, and all five players playing different positions. "Everybody understands going in . . . you're not going to be at full strength, so can you endure?"
September 19, 2014 |
Position-by-position grades for the Eagles after their 30-27 win over the Colts on Monday, spotlighting one player at each spot. OFFENSE: B Quarterback: C+ Nick Foles had an OK outing Monday and, most important, came home with a win. There were missed receivers again, but he cut down on the turnovers and made some nice throws and reads. His numbers were slightly skewed by the large amount of successful screen passes. Foles hit Zach Ertz for 27 yards on the first drive.
September 14, 2014 |
It's getting harder to find the line between science and science fiction. One of the hot research techniques these days, "optogenetics," uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins to specific cells. Then researchers use light to control the cells. The field got its start in the brain, where scientists have demonstrated the technique by making contented mice fly into a rage - a remarkable, if slightly creepy, achievement. Brian Chow, a University of Pennsylvania bioengineer, has bigger ambitions than that.
August 25, 2014 |
Sam Hinkie's dramatic overhaul of the Sixers' roster moved forward Saturday as the oft-discussed trade of Thaddeus Young was finalized. As reported and confirmed Friday, the Sixers sent their longest-tenured player to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two players on expiring contracts and a first-round draft pick next season. "Thank you Sixers & Philly fans for 7 wonderful years. My family & I will always hold you close to our hearts," Young wrote on Twitter. "Minnesota . . . I'm ready to work and bring my hardworking attitude Philly gave to me. " Young, the Sixers' first-round pick in 2007, was coming off his best season.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
July 18, 2014 |
Temple University has completed its review of an ethics complaint on a study conducted by two professors that described economic savings from private prisons - without disclosing that they had received funding from the prison industry. The university, however, will not disclose the findings or say whether any action was taken against the authors. "It's a personnel matter," Brandon Lausch, a Temple spokesman, said Wednesday. "I can't go into details. " He said the examination was concluded July 2. "They are fairly close-mouthed about their investigation," said Alex Friedmann, managing editor of the Prison Legal News and associate director of the Human Rights Defense Center, who filed the ethics complaint with Temple in June 2013.
June 19, 2014 |
The 76ers apologized to reporters and gave them bottled water and donuts Tuesday, but not access to prospective draft pick Andrew Wiggins. For the second straight day, the 6-foot-8 swingman showed up at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked out for the team with the No. 3 pick in the June 26 draft, and left without talking to the media gathered outside the practice facility. Just like Monday, the only glimpse of the former Kansas standout came when he exited the back of the building.