October 18, 2013 |
WE HAVE two infamous shower scenes in American movie history, one from "Psycho" and the other from "Carrie. " The first offers the portentous spectacle of proto-slasher murder, the second a spectacle of humiliation, based on every teen's sexual anxiety and gnawing fear of being singled out and ridiculed by the pack. In the new remake of "Carrie," Kimberly Pierce has the apparently thankless job of trying to improve upon the 1976 Brian De Palma/Sissy Spacek original, but she has a few things on her side.
July 26, 2013
Kartik Hosanagar and Prasanna Krishnan have the earmarks of a power couple. At 36, Hosanagar is a professor at Penn's Wharton School, cofounder of Yodle Inc., an online marketer, and an angel investor in a dozen other start-ups. Krishnan, 34, has done stints in tech development at Comcast, venture investing in Silicon Valley, and management at Jetsetter, a travel website. But you might say that a third family member - their 21/2-year-old son, Aarav - is at least as important to Mom and Dad's latest venture: SmartyPAL, envisioned as a series of interactive children's books designed for the iPad generation.
July 10, 2013 |
MICHAEL LOCKHART was 12 years old when he stood stoically over the open gray coffin. He looked down at the body of his father, his namesake, known on the streets of West Philadelphia as MG, for "Major Gangsta," and wondered why he looked nothing like the man he knew. MG had been shot 22 times with an AK-47. Everyone fell silent in the funeral home as Michael, his voice quivering, read a poem he had written for his dad: What happens when the lights go off? What happens when the wind blows and I have no jacket to keep me warm?
July 7, 2013 |
LONG POND, Pa. - There's another racer from Nazareth, Pa., except he is not named Andretti. Sage Karam, 18, is attempting to follow in the fast footsteps of Mario, Michael, Jeff, John and now Marco Andretti. Karam has won the last two Firestone Indy Lights races. He'll race today in the scheduled 4 p.m. Indy Lights event at Pocono Raceway. Karam should be easy to find on the track: His No. 8 car is one of only eight in the 40-lap/100-mile race that supports tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 400 Fueled by Sunoco.
June 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second-biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar, and hydroelectric power plants to meet rising power demand and combat local pollution problems. And the costs of renewables are falling below the cost of traditional power sources such as coal, natural gas, and oil in some markets with high-priced power.
May 20, 2013 |
The flag hung from the house like a beacon, regardless of weather and sometimes in spite of it. It paid no tribute to country or ancestral motherland, but simply spoke of the nature of the home and the man who put it there. The bright, yellow smiley-face flag was the first thing my children spotted when we turned onto the street. "We're there!" they'd shout, their faces reflecting the flag itself. "Grandpop's!" Over countless visits, my children learned that flag had many messages to share.
May 20, 2013
KEVIN Beaford Sr. made a name for himself as a basketball star at Bok Technical High School during the late 1970s, but his early promise faded, and he never wanted his namesake son to go that route. Over and over, Beaford urged young Kevin to be about the books, as they say. Now Dad's sideline admonitions have paid off. Not only is Kevin valedictorian of the class of 2013 at Mastery Charter School's Thomas Campus in South Philly, but he's also a winner of a prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will underwrite his college tuition.
May 20, 2013 |
The students I have been coaching, 16 of them, range in age from 24 to 29. They are first-year MBA students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. I'm their "executive leadership" coach, which means we meet one on one at least four times during the academic year and figure out what they have and what they lack as future high achievers. We discuss how to increase the achievement-growth hormone and decrease all in their being or behavior that might stunt that growth. No problem.
May 3, 2013 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Fifty years ago, Birmingham leaders used fire hoses, police dogs, and jailings to stop waves of students who marched out of a church and onto downtown streets seeking equal rights for blacks. Thursday, more than 1,000 students re-created that landmark demonstration, bringing tears to the eyes of Ronald Short, 65. He was only 15 when he participated in the "Children's Crusade," which authorities in the then-segregated city met with overwhelming force that shocked the nation.