March 23, 2016 |
AUSTIN, Texas - At the Central Presbyterian Church on Saturday during the final night of the sprawling South by Southwest music festival, Teddy Thompson spoke for hundreds of other acts - and thousands of festivalgoers, to boot: "This is our last show at SXSW," said the British songwriter, who had spent the week singing the sad, pretty country songs he has written with Kelly Jones on their forthcoming album, Little Windows . He paused for...
December 9, 2015 |
Legoland Discovery Center, a chain of children's attractions, plans to open a location at Plymouth Meeting Mall as the mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), seeks to drum up business at the property. Construction will begin in the summer on the 33,000-square-foot attraction, which will include Lego-block play areas, a cinema, and a "Miniland" with Lego-block replicas of Philadelphia-area buildings, PREIT said Monday. The attraction, scheduled to debut in 2017, will replace part of Plymouth Meeting's food court, PREIT chief executive Joseph Coradino said Monday.
September 24, 2015 |
PICTURES DON'T lie. And the pictures showed nothing you'd want to see before lunch: maggots wriggling on rotting corpses; bloody human organs stewing in a formaldehyde-filled bucket; a gore-flecked embalming table; and the graying, desiccated fingers of a body long overdue for burial or cremation. In the business of death, such horrors absolutely violate state regulations on funeral homes, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. But do they warrant the revocation of professional licenses?
August 27, 2015 |
The door to the garage on West Hagert Street in Strawberry Mansion had been locked for months - until Tuesday, when it stood open, a terrible stench emanating from inside. Two of the neighbors on the block smelled the odor, saw the open door, and walked in to investigate. They knew the garage belonged to the shuttered funeral home around the corner, Powell Mortuary Services. They had figured the garage had long been emptied out. Then they saw the long cardboard boxes, stacked on top of each other on a table in the middle of the garage.
July 20, 2015 |
The path to David Casarett's new book began when one of his patients at Penn Medicine's Wissahickon Hospice asked him if medical marijuana could help her. As usual with such questions, he scoffed, telling her the drug was still illegal and there was no evidence to support its use. His patient, a retired English professor, pushed him for more information. He discovered that there was indeed research, and she knew more about it than he did. "She was tough," he said. He promised he would look into it for her. That was about a year and a half ago. The result of his quest - Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana - was published last week.
July 8, 2015 |
Don't look for light cinematic fare for the opening Tuesday of the Philadelphia gay film festival qFLIX. Its second annual iteration, which runs through Sunday, will lead with a moody romantic drama, Beautiful Something , set here and shot by local director Joseph Graham. And the weighty stuff continues, with documentaries whose titles speak to global LGBT struggles, among them A Sinner in Mecca andthe savage, Ugandan-made Outed: The Painful Reality . One film being buzzed about in Philadelphia's gay community, however, has a comic streak as wide as the United States: Be Who You Are , a deceptively simple, charming, buoyant documentary to premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince Music Theater.
June 23, 2015 |
They've found musket balls and shell fragments, the expected refuse of battle. Archaeologists and volunteers combing the grounds of the Red Bank Battlefield this month have unearthed at least 150 artifacts, about 50 of them tied to the crucial Revolutionary War fight 238 years ago. But they have also discovered objects with a more personal, human connection, said Wade Catts, regional cultural director of JMA, a division of Commonwealth Cultural...
March 13, 2015 |
AS A YOUNGSTER growing up in King of Prussia with a fascination for science and math, Jayatri Das enjoyed spending time at the Franklin Institute. As with many Philadelphia-area students, walking through the giant heart made an impression on her. Today, Jayatri Das, Ph.D., is chief bioscientist at the institute, where she led the team that created the museum's largest exhibit, Your Brain, which opened last June. Tonight, Das will be among four women scientists to be spotlighted in the fifth annual "Color of Science" program at the Franklin Institute.
March 12, 2015 |
Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday that Discovery Charter School in West Philadelphia can appeal to the state its case for adding students because the Philadelphia School Reform Commission refused to vote on the school's expansion request. The three-judge panel sent the case back to the state Charter Appeal Board, which said in April 2014 that it had no jurisdiction because the SRC had never acted on the school's request for an amendment. Commonwealth Court said that the SRC's inaction constituted a denial and that Discovery had the right to present its case to the appeals board.
February 26, 2015 |
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.