November 10, 2015 |
Philadelphia International Airport handles 30.7 million travelers and nearly 420,000 airplane takeoffs and landings a year. By another measure the airport is among the best at connecting passengers around the world, according to a recent study, and it's dominated by one major airline. Among major airline hubs, or so-called megahubs, Philadelphia is the 14th-most-connected airport in the world, and No. 11 in the United States. The aviation data firm OAG calculated that on a single peak summer travel day - Aug. 7, 2015 - fliers passing through or beginning trips in Philadelphia had 87,483 possible flight connections within an eight-hour period.
October 24, 2015 |
After rejecting all new cyber charter applications in the last three years, the Pennsylvania Department of Education received just one cyber proposal this fall. And the founding group is led by a former board president of one of the state's 14 existing cyber schools. David N. Taylor last month submitted the application for the Advance Cyber Charter School, an online school that would launch next fall with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. Taylor, president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, is a past board president of Commonwealth Connections Academy Charter School, a K-12 cyber based in Harrisburg that opened in 2002 and enrolls 8,800 students statewide.
October 22, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
October 17, 2015 |
The Armenian genocide has been shrouded in silence for a century. Undertaken in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire, the systematic extermination of the predominantly Christian ethnic group led to 1.5 million deaths. While the genocide was depicted by Hollywood as early as 1919 in Ravished Armenia , it has been ignored by filmmakers, with the notable exception of Atom Egoyan's Ararat (2002). It was welcome news when one of Europe's leading cinematic lights, Turkish German director Fatih Akin ( Head On , The Edge of Heaven )
October 3, 2015 |
It's hard to dispute the status of William Friedkin's 1971 true-crime classic The French Connection as one of the greatest crime thrillers ever made. Yet, the events that inspired the film - the investigation into a multimillion-dollar heroin trade route that spanned Turkey, France, Canada, and America - continue to fascinate and have found their way into several other gangster pics, including the John Frankenheimer-helmed sequel, French Connection II and Ridley Scott's American Gangster . French filmmaker Cédric Jimenez revisits the story in his brilliant thriller The Connection , which tells the story from the point of view of the French cops and prosecutors who were involved in the case.
October 2, 2015 |
THE WNBA Finals featuring the Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever has a Philly flavor. And we're not talking cheesesteaks. The Lynx are coached by Cheryl Reeve, a La Salle grad who played on the Explorers' nationally ranked 1987-88 team that went 25-5. Reeve still holds the school record for most starts in a career (110), and is ranked fifth in all-time assists (420). The Fever includes guard Maggie Lucas, who starred at Germantown Academy and Penn State. Lucas is averaging 5.7 points and 15 minutes per game.
September 29, 2015
E THAN KEISER, 24, of Powelton Village, is founder of StudyTree, a mobile app that connects college students for on-demand peer tutoring. The student-to-student solution creates a marketplace enabling students to either make money as a tutor or save money as a student. The University Platform allows universities to manage their own tutors on a budget and provide students with flexible tutoring options. Keiser, a 2015 Drexel graduate, founded StudyTree in January. Q: How did you come up with the idea?
September 25, 2015 |
WITH THE PENDING arrival of Pope Francis , we were hoping that today's Tattle would be joyful. Ain't gonna happen. People magazine reported yesterday that the father-in-law and brother-in-law of former Miss USA (and Super Bowl Doritos pitchwoman) Ali Landry were found dead in Veracruz, Mexico, on Saturday, roughly two weeks after they were kidnapped. Juan Manuel Gómez Fernéndez and his son, Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde have been positively identified as the father and brother of Landry's husband, filmmaker Alejandro Gómez Monteverde . Fernéndez and Monteverde were kidnapped on Sept.
September 11, 2015 |
'I care about that stuff. There are people out there that care about that," rapper Ryshon Jones says, describing his near-obsession with perfecting interludes in his music. Sequences are vital to the 24-year-old Philadelphia native, who meticulously crafts the ebb and flow of his projects. He once spent two weeks trying to "find the right track two. " Agonizing over details brought Jones to this point. In the fall, he will release his third album, You're Safe Now , which boasts producer credit of critically acclaimed rapper/producer Mac Miller.
August 19, 2015 |
WHEN IT opens, the Fillmore Philadelphia will have more in common with its iconic San Francisco forebear than its name. The two music halls also will share Bonnie MacLean. MacLean, 75, has been commissioned by the Fillmore to create a poster commemorating the venue's Oct. 1 grand opening - a sold-out concert by Hall & Oates - copies of which will be presented to ticketholders. It's a gig for which she is more than qualified. In the late 1960s, MacLean, a Frankford native who now lives in the Doylestown area, was the lead poster designer for San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium (a/k/a the Fillmore West)