August 6, 2015
ISSUE | WAGES Minimum rate hike not all it seems An increase in entry-level wages by more than 100 percent would ignore the serious unintended consequences for the economy and the employees it's intended to help ("$15-an-hour movement brings hope to city workers," July 29). Numerous nonpartisan organizations have found that mandated increases lead to negative employment impacts, including the Congressional Budget Office, which recently concluded that an increase to the oft-cited level of $10.10 would lead to a loss of approximately 500,000 jobs.
August 3, 2015 |
Bits of hand-painted porcelain - likely part of a 19th-century teapot - were pulled from clumps of earth as the archaeologists shifted through the excavation site. A copper knot that may have been part of an earring dropped by a visitor long ago was found, along with a piece of a figurine monkey and the base of a wine bottle. One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the ground where the artifacts were unearthed was the location of a Japanese garden and bazaar, one of the attractions at Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park.
July 13, 2015 |
On Thursday morning in the pouring rain, Peter Sagal set out to run the streets of Philadelphia with 19 people in tow. Sagal, who is host of NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me , was in town to do a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts that night. But that morning, he went to the WHYY studios to get in a run, a city tour, and help fund-raise a little bit, too. "It's totally selfish of me because people want me to come out and hang with the donors," said Sagal, a multi-marathoner who also writes a column for Runner's World magazine.
July 8, 2015
PHILLY'S OWN Patti LaBelle recently wowed audiences with a surprise performance on the BET Awards. Earlier this year, the music legend competed on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" and also made a guest appearance on the season finale of the Fox hit "Empire. " She told me yesterday that the key to staying young in spirit even at age 71 is to keep trying new things, which is why she took a chance at competing on a dance show. "It was, like, I did something that I had said 'no' to for years," LaBelle said.
June 30, 2015 |
It was a familiar story Sunday in Fairmount Park at the Philadelphia TriRock Triathlon. Both the men's and women's champions from last year - Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye, respectively - crossed the finish line first in the makeshift duathlon race. Event organizers said Saturday that the 1,500-meter swim of the Olympic Distance race would be cancelled due to unsafe conditions in the Schuylkill. Instead, the pros started the race in time-trial fashion, each athlete starting 20 seconds after the previous one. Both Dye, 31, and Kaye, 31, were the first participants out of the gate in their respective divisions, painting a target on their backs from the opening foghorn blast.
June 29, 2015 |
For the last three years, one man has dominated the Philadelphia TriRock Triathlon. No matter how many professional athletes and former Olympians descend upon the streets of Fairmount Park, just one man has run through the ribbon at the finish line first since 2012: Cameron Dye. The Boulder, Colo., native returns Sunday seeking a fourth consecutive win in the Olympic-distance event - a feat almost unheard of in the sport of triathlon. The course is not forgiving to athletes with tired legs - riders must climb the notorious Lemon Hill twice on the two-lap, 24.8-mile cycling circuit.
June 20, 2015 |
What's the cutest animal? Koalas? Sure. Meerkats? Love 'em. Capybaras? Check. Hippos, prairie dogs, even iguanas - they all make the list. But, sorry guys, the title is all wrapped up once you see a red panda. The endangered, bambooo-eating native of the Himalayas, aka Ailurus fulgens , is about the size of a house cat (well, a big, well-fed one) and has a bushy ringed tail and raccoon-like markings. But it's not related to its namesake, the giant panda (which is a bear - and, yeah, also cute)
May 31, 2015 |
Scene: Tyler State Park in Newtown. A placid late-spring morning. Geese call. Birds trill in the understory. Toads grunt out throaty, muddy love calls. And Paul Bencivengo straps on Trevor the robot. Trevor is 48 pounds of cameras, hard drives, batteries, straps, and pads. Bencivengo hitches, gets comfy - and prepares to walk nine to 10 miles. Trevor, meantime, will be taking thousands of photos, 360 degrees, direct to hard disk. Those will go to Google, which, stitching the images into a GPS digital grid, will create a visual map of the park from the hiker's viewpoint.
May 19, 2015 |
AS GIFTS GO, this one might not seem like much: a vacant lot so full of debris that a dozen trash bins wouldn't be enough to clear it down to the dirt. But to Ellis Ferrell, the lot on Fletcher Street near 26th in Strawberry Mansion is heaven-sent. For decades, Ferrell, 76, has longed for land of his own to build stables and a clubhouse for the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, of which he is president. The club has been around since the 1950s, squatting on a field across the street from that vacant lot on Fletcher Street.
May 16, 2015 |
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.