May 14, 2015 |
The Association of Racing Commissioners International has developed guidelines regarding racing crop construction and use. The crop is to be used only for safety, correction, and encouragement, and in a manner consistent with the jockey's best efforts to win. The jockey is to show the horse the crop and give it time to respond before striking the horse. After using the crop, the jockey is to give the horse time to respond before using it again. The crop is to be applied only to the horse's shoulder or hindquarters, not its face or flanks.
March 26, 2015 |
The cropped top and matching pencil skirt are staging a comeback so sleek that it's surely on the way to silhouette-of-the-year status. Nearly every runway designer or private label took a stab this spring at this version of matchy-matchy: Alexander Wang created a trés sexy version for Balenciaga that featured a ribcage-grazing midriff in black leather and a matching sheer skirt. Humberto Leon and Carol Lim dropped their cropped tops to the waist for Kenzo. Fashioned from white eyelet fabric that's patterned to look like smiling emojis, these skirt-and-top ensembles are perfect for happy, summer days.
March 18, 2015 |
So far, David Fleming hasn't had much trouble finding workers for his fourth-generation family business, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. But then again, Fleming and his family aren't taking any chances. Six years ago, they opened a farmers' market at Delaware Valley College, a school near Doylestown that is traditionally strong in agriculture. "It was definitely access to the talent," Fleming said. On Monday, Fleming talked about farm hiring as part of an employers' panel at the college's student center, the kickoff site of Bucks County AgConnect.
February 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Evaluating quarterbacks never has been easy. In the past 40 years, there have been far more early-round busts at the position than success stories. But the popularity of the spread offense in the college game and all of the bells and whistles that go with it have turned the imperfect science of judging quarterback flesh into something akin to nuclear physics. "It's getting harder and harder [to evaluate them]," Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.
February 12, 2015 |
Nothing brings tears to opera lovers' eyes more copiously than the story of the consumptive seamstress Mimì and her impoverished poet lover Rodolfo in Puccini's ever-popular La Bohème . The Academy of Vocal Arts has seen more than its fair share of graduates break audience hearts in these roles, and the current production, directed by David Gately in a traditional setting, brought forth the latest candidates. As Mimì, soprano Marina Costa-Jackson revealed a large, sumptuous voice, secure throughout its range and with carrying power that might well lead to heavier roles in the Puccini/Verdi canon.
January 10, 2015 |
Nic Esposito is at once a romantic and a realist, and both inform his passions: farming, telling stories, and advocating for fresh, local food for all. Now, with Kensington Homestead , his second book and first attempt at nonfiction, Esposito, 32, is emerging as a literary voice for the wildly vibrant farm community in Philadelphia. His 14-essay collection chronicles the joys and frustrations of growing crops in uber-urban East Kensington, where the forces of gentrification press relentlessly through the swirl of entrenched poverty.
December 8, 2014 |
Know any good young quarterbacks who can't run? The NFL could use a few. Deep into this 2014 season, two facts about the league's quarterbacks can't be ignored. First, and most problematic for a league whose signal-callers are its most prominent stars: The best of them are graying faster than a mid-January afternoon. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. Drew Brees is 35. That's a lot of passing yards, record-book entries, and merchandising dollars headed for the exit. Not too far behind in total birthdays are Phillip Rivers (32)
October 16, 2014 |
When Kendall Dietterich and her six siblings were growing up on Freeman School Farm in Schwenksville, the whole family would pitch in, cutting and baling 50 acres' worth of hay each June. But now, it's just Dietterich and her husband caring for the fields, horses and goats, plus two children, ages 8 months and 2 years. The farm has been losing money, so a few years ago, her siblings began pushing her to sell. Dietterich offered an alternative: Turn the farm into a part-time wedding venue.
October 13, 2014 |
THE COMMUNITY park in Jupiter, Fla., serves as a sprawling sports complex, packed with soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. The fields don't feature bright-yellow uprights, but you could still sometimes stumble upon a small group of young men there, kicking and punting footballs. To them, the park is most valuable for its abundance of towering light poles. An exercise in pinpoint accuracy and elevation, clanking a football off a pole, of course, poses a more formidable test than booting one between uprights stationed 18 1/2 feet apart.
July 22, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - If you put together a depth chart of the Phillies' outfield prospects, the thing that would jump off the page is the lack of depth on the chart. That is why Grady Sizemore, after missing two full seasons and failing in his comeback bid with the Boston Red Sox earlier this season, is getting what amounts to a long tryout with the Phillies in the second half. If the Phillies were teeming with hot prospects at their upper minor-league levels, they would not have been nearly as eager to sit struggling Domonic Brown and unproductive Ben Revere in favor of the injury-ravaged Sizemore.