March 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A higher-than-usual number of accidents due to lingering conditions after a heavy winter storm overwhelmed Pennsylvania Turnpike responders during the massive Valentine's Day pileup in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, turnpike officials told a Senate panel Tuesday. Mark Compton, the Turnpike Commission's chief executive officer, told the Transportation Committee that there were "gaps" in the agency's response. But he said the high volume of accidents across the turnpike during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14 because of scattered, fast-forming icy patches tested the agency's ability to reach the 100-plus vehicle pileup between the Bensalem and Willow Grove exits.
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It would be easy to look at the Seahawks following their dominating 43-8 victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and envision what might have been for the Eagles, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles, in theory, could have had Seattle's entire starting lineup, and, in fact, once had linebacker Chris Clemons on their roster. But the same could be said for virtually every other team in the NFL, and detailing every missed opportunity would be an exercise in futility.
December 22, 2013 |
It was the call of the wild. A&E's Duck Dynasty was the unlikely TV megahit no one understood. No one understood how popular it would become, setting records for nonfiction cable shows and becoming the No. 1 nonfiction show on cable, No. 2 overall (to AMC's The Walking Dead ). No one understood how closely audiences would identify with the Robertson family of West Monroe, La., and their conservative Christian values. And no one, evidently, saw the Duck Dynasty disaster coming.
November 21, 2013 |
The frosty weeks before the holidays were always the hot season for Andre Butler. He would head downtown, looking snappy in his "blacks and whites" - industry argot for tuxedos - to work as a bartender, server, or host in Center City's finest hotels. But postrecession, those parties have become fewer and smaller. The only reminder for Butler of those days is the constant ache in his legs and hips from the years of lugging heavy trays. He needs tests to pinpoint the cause of his pain, but lacks insurance or the money to pay out-of-pocket.
October 25, 2013 |
Volunteering at a summer church camp for needy children in Chester was an eye-opener for Andrew Hicks, whose comfortable life as a West Chester high school student centered on sports, family, and friends. "It changed his heart," said his mother, Karen. He would come back from Chester fired up about social justice and wondering why more couldn't be done to help the youngsters he taught to swim. But Andrew, who loved soccer, hockey, and the TV show Entourage , never got that chance.
October 19, 2013 |
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles is a charming, naturalistic family drama. It has no agenda, no big ideas, just an excellent cast portraying characters who feel like family - which is saying quite a lot. It is exactly the kind of play that gets nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama (as it did this year), and exactly the kind of play the Philadelphia Theatre Company favors. Mary B. Robinson directs with a light, affectionate touch. In the middle of the night, Leo (the excellent Davy Raphaely, looking like a young Mark Ruffalo)
September 18, 2013
It's a stretch to think Americans, like French peasants or Russian serfs in centuries past, will rise up and revolt to protest economic inequality in this country. But the continued growth in income disparity should concern Republicans who already think Democrats encourage class warfare to win elections. That the rich get richer while the less affluent struggle just to maintain their lifestyles is nothing new. But the ability of the more affluent to not only survive the last recession, but to seemingly profit from it, has poorer Americans who are still trying to recover from the downturn wondering if they are getting a fair shake.
August 22, 2013 |
Ten environmental organizations have asked a federal court to halt construction of the controversial Susquehanna-Roseland power line project through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, scheduled to begin Sept. 3. Public Service Electric & Gas Co. and PPL Electric Utilities are upgrading an existing 145-mile transmission line that crosses from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, including four miles of the national recreation area. The upgrade includes replacing a 230,000-volt power line with taller towers that will carry 500,000-volt lines.
July 21, 2013 |
At 11:15 on a Monday morning, four children under age 8 quietly walked up to Andrea Cooper-Chamberlain's house in Darby Borough to eat. An unpaid neighborhood do-gooder, Cooper-Chamberlain distributes free lunch every day at noon during the summer, when school lunches are unavailable. "I can't serve till 12, sweetheart," she told the oldest boy, who displayed the unmistakable demeanor of a hungry child: expectant, quiet, attentive. He wordlessly turned and led the others away.
July 2, 2013 |
TEL AVIV, Israel - Secretary of State John Kerry completed a new round of shuttle diplomacy Sunday without a hoped-for breakthrough in relaunching Mideast peace talks, but said he had narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and vowed to return to the region soon to complete his mission. Kerry said he was working on a package meant to bring the sides together, and said he would leave a team of aides in the region to continue the efforts. "With a little more work, the start of final-status negotiations could be within reach," he told reporters, shortly before leaving Israel for an Asian security conference in Brunei.