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.
April 7, 2016 |
A failure to follow one or more safety rules designed to protect rail workers likely played a role in the Amtrak crash that killed two men Sunday, sources with knowledge of the crash said. The National Transportation Safety Board has said the communication between dispatchers and the work crew on the track will be one of the factors examined in the investigation. On Tuesday, several sources said a possible focus was on the failure to properly secure the permission that work crews need to safely access tracks.
March 30, 2016
By Peter Binzen This is a war story - actually an after-the-war story. I was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, the so-called "ski troops" of World War II. It's true that we trained on skis in Colorado before shipping overseas. But once we entered combat against the Germans in Italy's Apennines, skis were forgotten. We were ordinary foot soldiers. The 10th entered the fray in January 1945. The Apennines were white with snow and the fighting was static.
March 26, 2016 |
Imagine for a moment that Babe Ruth hit his 714 home runs, compiled his 2.28 career ERA, and won his seven World Series titles and then went on to became the best manager in baseball history. That, essentially, is what Cael Sanderson is in the process of doing in the world of college wrestling. You can have an argument about who is the greatest college wrestler of all time, but you can't have it without including Sanderson. Your odds of winning by backing somewhere else are slim.