December 18, 2015
CHRISTINE FLOWERS and I are not always on the same page regarding religious and secular issues. However, I have great respect for her constancy regarding her beliefs and the ability to articulate them. That being said, we can only trust that the message of hope and welcome, recently voiced by young children singing Christmas songs, as told by Ms. Flowers, will remain steadfast as they grow. It won't be easy or assured. The message must survive the greed, narcissism and hate which we, as adults, continue to teach them by example.
November 21, 2015 |
Let's begin with what this column is not. This column is not an attempt to re-litigate the wisdom or integrity of the 76ers' rebuilding plan. For one thing, the sides have already been chosen in that debate, and they are intractable. The conversation is redundant and tiresome. For another, given the Sixers' play this season and, in particular, their performance Wednesday night in their 112-85 loss to the Indiana Pacers, it's natural to ask, Weren't things supposed to be better by now?
November 21, 2015 |
The name of a Fabric Row mainstay, faded on its storefront window, is hidden behind a red banner that blares: "Retirement Sale Everything 1/2 Off. " Marmelstein's, in business since 1919, started with an immigrant's door-to-door needle-and-thread sales from his knapsack. After 96 years, its last day is Saturday. Shoppers now roam South Fourth Street for the designer boutique, the hair salon, the bike shop, and the artisan studio that have reshaped a neighborhood once defined by textiles.
October 15, 2015 |
The Union of Concerned Scientists on Tuesday sounded a cautionary note about the shale-gas boom, citing Pennsylvania as one of the states most at risk of becoming overly reliant on gas as a fuel source for electrical power. Although 24 percent of Pennsylvania's power comes from natural gas - a smaller share than coal - the advocacy group said the state had experienced above-average growth in gas-fired generation since 2008. It also said that 97 percent of Pennsylvania power plants under construction rely on gas. An overreliance on one fuel can expose investors and consumers to price shocks in the event of market volatility, the organization said.
October 9, 2015 |
In July, natural gas surpassed coal as a fuel source for electricity generation for the second time ever, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday. The first time was in April, a month in which electricity demand is much lower. Gas, which has been capturing more market share in the last decade as domestic production has boomed and prices have plunged, fueled 35 percent of total power generation compared to coal's 34.9 percent share, EIA said. Coal-fired generation fell in every region of the country from July 2014 levels, even though electricity comsumption nationwide in July of this year was 3.6 percent higher than in the year before, according to EIA. In the mid-Atlantic region, coal was still king in July, accounting for 35.7 percent of electricity production, compared to 33.5 percent for nuclear, 26.5 percent for natural gas, and 4 percent for hydroelectric and renewables, the agency said.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jeffrey Lurie tiptoed through the cramped visitors locker room at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but he walked with purpose. Tucked into the corner, past Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley, was the Eagles owner's target. Sam Bradford had just completed a near-perfect, albeit short, night, and Lurie was ebullient as he approached the quarterback. Their conversation was a private one, but the gleam in the longtime owner's eyes as he spoke was one of optimism.
July 12, 2015 |
F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said "there are no second acts in American lives," but Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire didn't think so when they penned Closer Than Ever , a two-act sung-through revue about how life goes on long after halftime. The pair cultivated stories from their friends and, in 1989, wrote Closer Than Ever , which catches the aftermath of the first generation that followed the nationwide passage of no-fault divorce laws. Four actors (two men and two women)
July 7, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra, which knows the way to London and Vienna, could use a little help these days finding the neighborhoods of the city in which it lives. In 15 years, the orchestra's wonderful free neighborhood concert series has brought it to North Philadelphia, the Navy Yard, Drexel Hill, and elsewhere. This year, the series consists of two concerts, and you might notice that the next one, July 30, has the intrepid Philadelphians venturing all the way to, well, their usual perch in Verizon Hall.
June 22, 2015 |
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.
June 14, 2015 |
Clearview Regional High School's decision to take down a public display of a student police brutality project this week sparked controversy on social media and a student sit-in at the Gloucester County school. Four students hung the project, one of several in a humanitarian studies class, on a school wall Tuesday morning. It included a human silhouette with hands raised, cut from black construction paper and accompanied by the words, "Hands up, don't shoot!" and surrounded by statistics, prose, and photographs mounted on red paper.