May 9, 2016
Instead of crafting a desperately needed plan to help Atlantic City, New Jersey's elected leaders are staging a vulgar north-south, bicameral rumble in the Statehouse. They spent last week promoting dueling bills and holding obnoxious, blame-trading press conferences to distract from their refusal to acknowledge the real problem: Atlantic City needs money. Two years ago, the city lost four of its 12 casinos as gambling proliferated in Pennsylvania and other nearby states. Now it is lurching toward bankruptcy and likely to run out of money this month or next.
January 28, 2016 |
If there was any doubt that New Jersey needs to comprehensively fortify its back bays, last weekend's storm washed them away. The resulting floods carved a path of destruction in some Shore communities that was far worse than the damage wrought by recent hurricanes. In the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City, Ocean City, and other popular resort towns, wind-whipped high tides augmented by a full moon breached bay-side bulkheads and backed up storm drains, flooding homes and businesses.
August 8, 2015 |
Ryan Mathews was still out of breath 10 minutes after practice had ended. Chip Kelly's up-tempo workouts will do that to first-timers, but Mathews' workload may have increased slightly with DeMarco Murray's absence. Murray sat out team drills Sunday because of dehydration, and on Thursday an illness sidelined the Eagles' prized acquisition. Mathews, meanwhile, has plugged along under the radar, and would have dashed into the locker room unnoticed had a reporter not flagged him down.
May 29, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOLS Fiddling Council With Philadelphia public school libraries closing, full-time nurses nonexistent, college counselors a thing of the past, class sizes ranging from 30 to 40 or more, buildings crumbling, gifted programs left behind, teachers buying their own supplies, and all sorts of other funding-related woes, five members of City Council spent Tuesday's budget hearing lamenting the lack of cursive handwriting instruction ("Council...
April 23, 2015
MOST PEOPLE take one look at tall, dark and handsome Joseph Conyers, and assume that he's a professional athlete, most likely a football player. Much to nearly everyone's surprise, this 33-year-old hunk is a fit, smart, hardworking classical musician. "I love classical music," beamed Conyers, who is the Philadelphia Orchestra's effervescent assistant principal double bassist. Although Philadelphia is now his beloved adopted home, the Savannah, Ga., native was nurtured in a close family centered around the church and music.
February 10, 2015 |
It's a given that any BeauSoleil gig will showcase beaucoup de dizzying instrumental prowess. Friday at the World Café Live, the acclaimed Cajun band from Lafayette, La. - marking four decades together this year - was spinning out plenty of it. During two hours, the legitimacy of their official full name, including "avec Michael Doucet," was on display, with founder Doucet leading via lively fiddle and melodic accordion. And there was no shortage of additional virtuosity on stage, with Doucet's brother David on fleetly flat-picked acoustic guitar, Mitch Reed on bass and second fiddle, drummer Tommy Alessi, and Billy Ware rotating among congas, vest frottoir (the chest-worn rub-board common in zydeco)
February 15, 2014 |
Marah had a tumultuous run of highs and lows between 1998's Let's Cut the Crap & Hook Up Later on Tonight and 2008's Angels of Destruction . Led by brothers Dave and Serge Bielanko, the Philly band made fans of Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Hornby, and Stephen King with its rootsy rock-and-roll, its literate storytelling, and, especially, its brilliant live shows. But Marah burned through rhythm section after rhythm section; it squandered early momentum with 2002's expensive, overproduced Float Away With the Friday Night Gods ; it abandoned Philly for New York City.
November 17, 2012
Martin Fay, 76, a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional Irish music as a founding member of the Chieftains, died Wednesday in Dublin. The Chieftains formed in 1962 as pacesetters of a new movement to reclaim the pure musical traditions of Ireland from the relatively slick commercial-sounding groups that had come to dominate the folk stage. Fay played haunting fiddle lines and contributed popping rhythms by knocking together a pair of bones, a time-honored Celtic instrument.
November 11, 2012 |
CAPE BRETON, Nova Scotia - The rolling farmland, glacial valleys, barren headlands, mountainous woods, rocky shores, and sun-scorched plateaus on the road to Cape Breton are enough to send the senses of the most ardent skeptic into overdrive. But sensory perfection doesn't truly kick in until one reaches the windswept cliffs that tower over the Atlantic. These views no doubt inspired Alexander Graham Bell, who made some of his greatest discoveries there. But it is the Cape's unique sounds, surprisingly, that elevate the senses to unparalleled heights.
May 16, 2012 |
MANCHESTER, England - In a city that's more used to a sea of red during title celebrations, it was blue confetti that fell over the streets of Manchester on Monday. About 100,000 fans packed the streets as Manchester City paraded the Premier League trophy through the city to celebrate its first English title in 44 years. Blue and white ticker-tape and streamers rained down on the team bus as City players showed off the trophy they had wrestled away from crosstown rival Manchester United in nailbiting fashion a day earlier.