December 5, 2014
FOR THE PAST few years, the chart-tracking bookings at the city's huge Pennsylvania Convention Center has looked like a ski slope - with all the lines headed down. The $780 million expansion, completed in 2011, was supposed to bring more and bigger conventions to the city, in turn meaning more work for the city's 62,000 hospitality-sector employees. But a decade of labor strife had soured convention organizers on booking the facility. Philadelphia had a national reputation for being a hostile and costly venue.
October 23, 2012 |
When the speech pathologist heard children in the Philadelphia classroom say what sounded like pin for the word pen , he recommended that they be treated for a hearing disability. University of Pennsylvania researcher William Labov, who was visiting the school that day in the 1970s, knew the real reason. The children were African American, and they simply spoke a different - but equally legitimate - form of English. For more than four decades, Labov has been challenging perceptions about the way people talk, upending long-held doctrines in the field of linguistics and taking those findings beyond academia to the real world.
June 5, 2012 |
Since it became obvious in early March that Mitt Romney would be the Republican nominee, conventional wisdom had it that: 1) Romney was a weak candidate; 2) the Republicans would have a base problem; and 3) President Obama surely would win. Over time, the first two prongs of conventional wisdom melted away. Romney delivered thoughtful speeches (at Liberty University), showed a readiness to duke it out (on his record at Bain Capital), and displayed deft aggressiveness (bringing up the Solyndra mess)
April 25, 2012 |
2012 Scion iQ: "Dude, where's the rest of my car?" Price: Starts at $15,995. Marketer's pitch: "iQ therefore I am. " Conventional wisdom: "What the heck is that little thing?" Reality: A little smarter than a Smart. Smallness is big: As the owner of an old Volkswagen Beetle, I have an affinity for small cars, and am happy to see so many choices at this scale. But the new-for-2012 Scion iQ takes things to a new level.
February 12, 2012 |
Can you trust conventional wisdom, or your gut, in financial matters? Not always. And in some cases, perhaps never, according to the economists and other experts at these sites on money. Brain activity. Harvard economics professor David Laibson has used brain scans to explore how people's emotions affect their decision-making. One thing he has found is that financial miscues based on convention and emotion lead to widespread problems - and cost money. In particular, in this interview with money.cnn.com, he notes that many people make financial decisions, such as selling off stocks or buying gold, based on a recent trend that is unlikely to hold up over time.
January 4, 2012 |
2012 Mazda2 Touring: A little bit of fun. Just a little. Price: $16,820 as tested. ($15,855 base price. A Sport model can be had starting at $14,370.) Marketer's pitch: Maximum performance for minimalists. Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver 2011 Editor's Choice Award for small cars. Reality: If you want things simple and a little fun in an economy car, then it's '2 for you. European? When I started Driver's Seat almost a year ago, my first road test was a Ford Fiesta.
December 16, 2011 |
Conventional wisdom had it that Republican voters, donors, and leaders are desperately searching for an alternative to Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee, and that the current preprimary process is a hopeless, American Idol -like series of auditions to find another contender who fills the bill. The ascensions of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain were manifestations of this quest for a candidacy with excitement and energy - qualities few ascribe to Romney.
October 19, 2010 |
It's doubtful that any sentient Philadelphia Orchestra listener of the last seven years hasn't marveled at principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales - his nimble Ravel, cushiony arpeggios in a Mozart symphony, or his beguiling ability to float a Rachmaninoff melody over the ensemble without edging above a whisper. Classical music doesn't have an MVP, but it's clear that Morales, raised from the pit of the Metropolitan Opera by Wolfgang Sawallisch, is the best thing to happen to the orchestra in years.
June 22, 2010 |
As an agent, David Falk's stake in the 76ers includes a major chunk of the present (Elton Brand) and perhaps a star of the future (Evan Turner). We'll all know much more about Turner at the beginning of Thursday night's NBA draft, in which the Sixers hold the No. 2 pick. Conventional wisdom says the Sixers remain focused on Turner, the guard from Ohio State. The speculators would like you to believe there's a split in the organization, one side preferring Turner, another faction lobbying for 19-year-old Georgia Tech forward Derrick Favors.
May 20, 2010 |
CONVENTIONAL wisdom among present-day statisticians has relegated the individual pitching victory to the hallway closet that also contains butter churns and Micro Machines and games of Simon. And, in many ways, Jamie Moyer's performance in the Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Cubs last night serves to further the argument against the importance of a starter's record. After all, if victories were doled out based strictly on merit, Moyer's seven-inning, two-run, seven-strikeout performance would earn him one. And the Phillies' offense, which went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and failed to capitalize on several key late-game situations, would earn itself a rare notch in the loss column.