April 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Geno Smith was swarmed by adoring children Wednesday morning and directed participants in an NFL youth festival the way he would West Virginia receivers. In the eyes of the children, Smith was just one of the 24 NFL draftees-to-be in attendance - and the most heralded quarterback in the group. He was not viewed by the children as the most polarizing player this season at the league's most polarizing position. Smith has been seen as a potential top-five pick, but he also has received criticism and been discussed as a quarterback who could fall out of the first round.
April 24, 2013 |
Robots that can transfer plastic rings. Robots that can toss Frisbees into targets. Robots that can climb, swim, dance, or make music. Robots that can clean up a nuclear plant after a Fukushima-style disaster, sparing human beings the risk of radiation poisoning. All were on display - or at least were the topic of hopeful discussion - at Monday's Philly Robotics Expo, a mix of demonstrations, classes, and presentations designed to whet the intellectual appetites of the next generation of robotics engineers and scientists.
April 16, 2013 |
The Eagles' newest player is a real powerhouse. The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year. Yes, the long-awaited solar panels and wind turbines at Lincoln Financial Field are up and running. More than 11,000 panels have been positioned atop the roof, over some of the parking spots, and armoring the side of the building along I-95. Those are the workhorses.
April 5, 2013 |
A day after Mayor Nutter named a lauded crisis manager to the new post as chief revenue collections officer, City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed Thursday to create an Office of Chief Revenue Generator. Coincidence? Clarke said he has been in discussions with the Nutter administration for the last two years on new ways to generate money other than through tax hikes, including a proposal for municipal advertising, which has been at a standstill. "There are a number of ways to generate revenue other than traditional sources as it relates to taxing individuals.
April 5, 2013 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On dating outside your race: I never considered myself a racist and I promise you many of my friends are of just about every race and color in the world. I am white. Then one day my daughter introduced me to her new boyfriend. He was about as nice a guy as you would ever hope your daughter would bring home. He was African American. It was then I found I did have a problem. I barred her from dating him. That is not a good thing to do with a 16-year-old, but I could not help it. I spent days meeting with my priest, discussing it with a counselor, then went back and swallowed hard.
March 31, 2013 |
If North Korea were to launch a ballistic missile at the United States, the Aegis air-defense missile system designed and built by Lockheed Martin Corp. for ships could detect and strike it down within minutes. Not just hit the missile, but destroy the warhead and determine whether the threat was conventional explosives or chemical, biological, or nuclear in nature. For 40 years, Lockheed Martin in Moorestown has been the Navy's contractor for the Aegis system, which uses radar, sensors, and computers to detect, track, and guide weapons that can intercept enemy threats.
March 26, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - The trial of the men accused of gang-raping a student three months ago in New Delhi is arguably the most keenly watched court case in India today, and it has emerged as a test case for the Indian justice system - and media coverage of it. At first, reporters were not allowed to cover the trial, which began Jan. 21, because public emotions were raw and daily reporting could bias the proceedings, the court ruled. But Friday, following a court petition that argued a need for transparency, the court lifted the gag order.
March 5, 2013 |
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. - The days of grandma, parents, and their children all living in one house is often a concept many look back on with nostalgia as a simpler time. But today, many families are sharing a home not out of tradition, but out of financial necessity. The number of shared households - those that include at least one resident adult who is not a student, spouse, or cohabiting partner of the householder - has jumped nationwide since 2007, when the recession began. New Jersey has a higher percentage of such households than the nation at large, and the fourth-highest percentage among all states.
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
February 14, 2013
By Michael Carroll St. Valentine is a bit like the character Bynum Walker, a freed slave and conjurer in the 1984 August Wilson play Joe Turner's Come and Gone . Walker is known for fixing people and their relationships. He claims that he "binds people together" but "cannot bind what does not cling. " Binding people together can take time, but can last a lifetime when it works. It can yield love, friendship, and relief from the stress and loneliness that life can sometimes bring.