July 15, 2016 |
During the 39 years the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was in existence, 628 students from the Seneca Nation would walk through its gates. Approximately 50 Seneca visitors from the Cattaragus and Allegany Reservations in western New York came recently to walk in their footsteps. And in a location where American Indian students were once not allowed to express their native traditions, the Seneca visitors came to dance. "Our social dancing is to bring positive energy, good feelings," said Sheldon Sundown who organized the dancers.
July 1, 2016 |
In the animal care world, July 5 is known as the busiest day of the year. The reason? Fireworks. At the sound of the first boom, family pets will tear through screens, break windows, shoot out doors, scale tall fences and race for miles until they are completely disoriented and exhausted. "That one day can be pretty scary," said Laura Garber, manager of behavior and enrichment for the Pennsylvania SPCA. It's not just the larger firework displays but also the occasional neighborhood firework or sidewalk popper that can send pets running, said Garber.
June 27, 2016 |
It isn't every day an NBA franchise is able to introduce the No. 1 draft pick, so Bryan Colangelo took a moment on Friday - as the team officially welcomed Ben Simmons - to acknowledge the man behind the bumpy road that made it possible. "We came in with a lot in front of us to do, but with a lot of tools and resources put in place by my predecessor," Colangelo said. "We were able to draft from multiple positions in this draft and add significant talent to the roster. That's in addition to all the good young pieces already in place.
June 21, 2016 |
On a wet afternoon at Crosswicks Wildlife Sanctuary in Abington Township, Leigh Altadonna walked the muddy trails, searching through binoculars for a breeding pair of wood thrushes, a species in decline, and remembering a childhood day 60 years ago when he saw a robin in the woods behind his Glenside home, carrying mud from a pond to build its nest. He's been a fervent birder ever since. "It doesn't take an exotic bird to get you into this," he said. "For me, it was a robin. " Altadonna, 67, is a benevolent guiding spirit at Crosswicks - Pennsylvania's only National Audubon Society sanctuary - rambling through its 13 acres as knowingly as he once walked the woods of his youth, eyes and ears attuned to the moving tapestry of birds from the forest floor to the tree canopy 100 feet above.
June 17, 2016
ISSUE | DEVELOPMENT High-rise within law The Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections is not considering allowing a developer, PMC Property Group, to back out of a "deal" to provide affordable housing in return for a zoning "favor" from the city that added five stories to the apartment building on the Delaware waterfront ("Low road for high-rise," Monday). L&I's role is to apply the law. There is no deal; there is no favor. PMC's zoning permit provides for a "zoning bonus" authorizing extra stories on its building.
May 20, 2016 |
BALTIMORE - When a really good horse wins the Kentucky Derby, that horse rarely loses the Preakness. See American Pharoah, California Chrome, Big Brown and Smarty Jones, as examples this century. I wasn't ready to put Nyquist in their class before the Derby. I am now. If you think Exaggerator was eventually going to pass Nyquist, think again. If you kept watching past the wire, you noticed the final margin actually increased as the horses galloped to the first turn. Exaggerator's jockey, Kent Desormeaux, said he lost momentum on his late runner heading into the far turn.
May 19, 2016
IF LAWMAKERS in Harrisburg want to look for a place with effective and enforced election laws, they do not need to look far. They can look to Philadelphia. Yes, Philadelphia. The city has a far tougher election law than the state of Pennsylvania. For one thing, the city has limits on campaign giving. The state has none. For another, we have the Board of Ethics to enforce the law. It tracks down mistakes and misdeeds in the filing or spending of campaign money - and has the power to levy thousands of dollars in fines.
May 3, 2016 |
Touting tourism gains and distribution of rebuilding grants, Gov. Christie delivered a clear message last week on the state's progress since Hurricane Sandy. "We have recovered from Sandy," he told business leaders at a Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey luncheon. "We've done it faster than Louisiana or Mississippi recovering from Katrina. " But gauging the state's recovery 3 1/2 years after the October 2012 storm depends on whom you ask - and how recovery is measured. Christie noted last week that 4,000 families still are out of their homes.
May 1, 2016 |
Anthony Ochefu has seen the answers to the test. That's the benefit of having an older brother recently showered in local ticker tape and national glory. Inside NRG Stadium in Houston earlier this month, Anthony, a junior forward at Westtown, watched as his older brother, Daniel, helped Villanova capture a thrilling NCAA championship. "It was a great experience for me and my family," said Anthony, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, whose recruiting stock is on the rise. "Nothing like it. " "Just reminded me of how much work is put into it," he said.
April 29, 2016 |
Here are some Southeastern Pennsylvania competitors to follow at the Penn Relays: Boys 400-meter hurdles: Miles Green, St. Joseph's Prep. The sophomore had a clocking of 53.73 seconds at the New York Relays two weeks ago. Mile: Josh Hoey, Downingtown West. Like Green, Hoey is an up-and-coming sophomore. He placed second in the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor championships with a time of 4 minutes, 17.45 seconds. Pole vault: Hatboro-Horsham junior Nicholas Marino cleared 15-feet-6 at the Jack Roddick Invitational last weekend.