November 19, 2015 |
The first time Kaz met John Wayne, he was an 18-year-old immigrant fresh from Iran, standing in the lobby of the Barclay Hotel angling for a job. "Ah," Kaz said, spotting his childhood hero at the bar of the ritzy Rittenhouse Square hotel. "Here is the Duke. " Kazem Nabavi has never been a shy man. I met him in September after inquiring after the pony he keeps in a cozy paddock behind his tire shop in Port Richmond. We talked for hours. Completely charmed, I wrote about Kaz and his animals.
November 12, 2015 |
Scott O'Neil was sitting to Andy MacPhail's left Tuesday morning, the two of them taking part in a panel discussion at Lincoln Financial Field sponsored by the Rothman Institute, and the words and phrases coming from MacPhail's mouth had to sound so familiar to O'Neil. As the Phillies' new team president, MacPhail has been charged with shepherding them through what promises to be a lengthy rebuild, and if you closed your eyes and listened to what he told the panel's attendees, you'd have thought you were hearing a replay of the 76ers' mantra under general manager Sam Hinkie and O'Neil, their CEO. MacPhail revealed, for instance, that the Phillies will cut payroll next season - no surprise there - but have already begun reinvesting that money in player development, analytics, and technology.
November 9, 2015 |
Even as state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane questions their authority, the seven members of a special state Senate panel considering her fate are facing an unusual challenge. They must decide whether, for the first time, the Senate and the governor should remove an elected official: Pennsylvania's top law enforcement officer. The group is made up of four Republicans and three Democrats, selected by leaders from both parties in the GOP-controlled upper chamber. Three are lawyers.
November 7, 2015 |
Behind every neighborhood success story in Philadelphia, there seems to be a rejuvenated park. In West Philadelphia, it was Clark Park . In East Passyunk, it was the Singing Fountain plaza. Northern Liberties can point to its homegrown Liberty Lands . It sounds inconceivable today, but for years cities virtually ignored these little nooks of outdoor space, allowing them to decline into seedy, dangerous, no-go places. But the humble local park is now having its moment, thanks in large measure to a generation that craves public socializing.
October 23, 2015 |
Once considered a charming pursuit for part-time musicians, choral organizations are virtuosically redefining a number of vanguards, and they were bound to do so in Philadelphia if only because they're so portable and artistically singular. Unlike the lumbering monster choirs of the past, the 18-to-20-voice Tenebrae Choir of London (8 p.m. Friday at Philadelphia's Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul), the nine-voice Roomful of Teeth (3 p.m. Sunday at Princeton's McCarter Theatre) and Bach Collegium Japan (4 p.m. Nov. 7 presented by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem)
October 22, 2015 |
It's Oct. 21, 2015. That means the future - as envisioned in the 1989 film Back to the Future II - is officially here. As predicted, we do indeed have flat-screen TVs, video conferencing, and drones - and, appearing on Philadelphia streets of late, a device vaguely resembling Marty McFly's hoverboard. For now, though, Kevin DiCesare still tends to turn heads while cruising in the Spring Garden Street bike lane during his daily, eight-mile-round-trip commute on a Ninebot One, a device that might best be described as the uncanny love child of a unicycle and a Segway.
October 19, 2015 |
Some writers stick to one genre: mysteries or illustrations or scripts. Margaret Atwood has no such boundaries. At 75, she has produced poetry, comic strips, and children's books. She had a cameo in the fitness app Zombies, Run! and is working on a graphic-novel version of her epic The Handmaid's Tale . (A stage version is running at West Philadelphia's Curio Theatre.) She has published on several online sites, including Medium, Byliner, and Wattpad. In May, she used the Periscope app to let viewers worldwide watch as, in the middle of Oslo's Nordmarka forest, she handed over her story Scribbler Moon to be included in the Future Library, a group of texts not to be published for 100 years.
October 19, 2015 |
If you divined during the Philadelphia Orchestra's 2011 bankruptcy that the orchestra might emerge unable to raise the money required to fund its traditional size and stature, the new musicians' contract gives form to your fears. In the deal musicians approved Oct. 12, players did not reach the base pay of $131,000 that they had been scheduled to receive several years ago but that was canceled as part of a bankruptcy-era contract. Rather, the new base pay comes to $127,750, or about 3 percent higher than it was. And management agreed only to restore the ensemble's membership a hair, to 96 members from 95, which would leave nine vacancies and, by necessity, the continued use of many substitute players.
October 12, 2015 |
Does high-priced education translate into a fat salary? Sometimes, but not always. That's according to the new College Scorecard database, a government-mandated ranking that aims to help students and parents understand "return on investment" for a college degree. For the first time, this new U.S. Department of Education database ranks schools by graduates' salaries 10 years later, and links them to such factors as tuition costs, total debt, and graduation rates. The clear local winner was the University of the Sciences, with a median income of $82,203 after loan payments.
September 30, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TWP, N.J. - Tony Wroten has a lot to prove this season. Since the 76ers signed free agent Kendall Marshall this month, one rarely has heard Wroten's name mentioned in the conversation of who's the team's best point guard. Scoring points has never been the problem. However, there are questions about his ability to distribute the ball. Wroten believes that's a misconception. "A lot of people don't understand passing is what I do best," said the fourth-year veteran, who will be sidelined until at least late October.