August 15, 2016 |
Life in America today is arguably more anxiety-inducing than it's been for any generation since those that fought off the Depression and fascism. Even during the superheated political conflicts of the 1960s, people could get mad at each other, smash a window or a face, and still wind up with a decent-paying job and employer-provided health care. Tom Hayden and his activist generation didn't have to worry about getting trapped in a 1099 economy with no real hope of retirement savings outside of Social Security.
August 13, 2016 |
In November, Zachary Bird was hanging out in the 'burbs with his dad, Bill, when he saw the light. The handsome, 10-foot, cast-iron Victorian lamp with a crown in the motif of acanthus leaves sparked a conversation - and that led to a quest, more modest than Sir Galahad's, but no less epic for the 46-year-old Zack. Traveling deep into the web, Zack learned intimately about Victorian gas lamps (down to the 1891 Welsbach patent for the gas mantle), discovered connections to Disneyland and a dentist/pilot/businessman/collector, followed leads to Cape May County, and traversed a field of dreams in South Jersey.
August 10, 2016
ISSUE | MEDIA A McMullan hire John McMullan - very reluctantly - hired me as a reporter for the Miami Herald in September 1969, shortly before he came to Philadelphia as executive editor of The Inquirer ("John E. McMullan set the Inquirer's course," Sunday). At the time, I had only about two years' experience in daily newspaper journalism. But I decided to move from Philly to Miami Beach and seek a newspaper job. I sent my clips and resumé to the Herald, and in spite of my inexperience, was granted an interview.
August 7, 2016 |
Will we see bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and her beau in Happy Valley for a Penn State football game on the opening day of the 2016 season? It just may very well happen. Jordan Rodgers, who won the hand of Fletcher Monday night in the season finale of the reality show The Bachelorette, played quarterback at Vanderbilt in 2011 and 2012 under then-head coach James Franklin. Now Penn State's head coach, Franklin said Thursday at football media day that he would love to have Rodgers and his fiancée come to a game, and he set out to do that later in the day on Twitter.
August 7, 2016
The Silk Roads A New History of the World By Peter Frankopan. Knopf. 672 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul M. Cobb I n the year 1238, at the abbey of St. Albans, a serene 20 miles or so northwest of London, a medieval scribe named Matthew Paris recorded some tragic news about fish. In that year, the fishermen and merchants from the Baltic who ordinarily crossed the North Sea to take part in the herring fishing off the coast of England did not dare leave their homes.
July 30, 2016 |
Throughout his week in Las Vegas earlier this month, Jay Wright hustled from coaches meetings to team meals to practices, keeping company with the power people in USA Basketball, and not once did he experience a moment alone with the most powerful of them all. Wright spent those seven days in the desert as an assistant coach with the USA select team, the group of 23 young NBA players charged with preparing the U.S. national men's team for the...
July 18, 2016
Kingsessing - with its paneled homes with metal awnings, trolley cables stretching over asphalt streets, and weeds peeking out from concrete cracks - is hardly the picture of nature. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a plan to make Kingsessing a model for green space. Working with groups such as Philadelphia University's landscape architecture program and the grassroots organization Empowered CDC, Fish and Wildlife has identified eight spaces to turn into community green space.
July 17, 2016 |
A long-classified document suggesting involvement by Saudi Arabian government employees in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was released by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday after a campaign by families and victims for its disclosure. The 28 pages - available at philly.com/911saudi - had been classified for 14 years until Friday afternoon. "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi government," the report says.
July 8, 2016 |
How big a bet is Comcast placing on smart-home gadgets and monitoring services, on the whole Internet of Things/connected-home revolution? Enough so that Comcast's Xfinity Home division is introducing its own line of smart-home products. And the company recently agreed to purchase the iControl Converge software platform and engineering talent pool. iControl powers the home-security and automation platform for Xfinity Home, as well as IoT services for other cable companies (Cox, Rogers, Time Warner, and Bright House)
July 4, 2016 |
When the Delaware River Bridge opened on July 1, 1926, an estimated 100,000 people crossed the span, taking the opportunity to travel between Philadelphia and Camden without water transportation. They came on foot, not by car, that first day. Ninety years later, the bridge has undergone many changes, starting with its name. The span was renamed the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in 1956 to differentiate it from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Tolls are now one-way and have risen from 25 cents to $5 for cars, with E-ZPass now an option.