May 18, 2015 |
B.B. King, 89, the Mississippi-born son of sharecroppers who earned the title "King of the Blues" over a seven-decade career in which he established himself as the most influential electric guitar player in history, died late Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. His attorney, Brent Bryson, told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. (12:40 a.m. Friday, Philadelphia time). He said funeral arrangements were underway. The singer was born Riley B. King.
May 4, 2015 |
ZAATARI CAMP, Jordan - When 13-year-old Majid fled with his family from southern Syria in 2013 to escape shelling by government forces, he left everything behind, including his dreams. Looking older than his 15 years, his face perspiring under dark stubble, a dirty green sweatshirt hanging loosely on his rangy frame, Majid spoke to me in his new home, a small, bare trailer in the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan - now the second-largest refugee camp anywhere. Sitting on one of several floor mats, the only furniture in the trailer, he had just returned from a workday spent chopping stones to make gravel that could be used in concrete.
April 25, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission moved forward Thursday to set controversial rules and limits for "net-metering" customers who generate their own power from sources such as solar cells. The commission tentatively adopted regulations that would allow "customer-generators" to produce up to 200 percent of their annual power needs and receive retail electricity prices for any surplus they sell back to the grid. Solar-energy proponents were encouraged that the PUC's rules were more generous than earlier proposals, which would have limited power production to 110 percent of power needs.
April 24, 2015 |
NASCAR FANS looking for the next wave of stars already know about Joey Logano, Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott. Logano, 24, Larson, 22, and Dillon, 24, are established in the Sprint Cup series. Elliott, 19, is third in Xfinity series in points and will race in the Cup series next season after Jeff Gordon retires. He also will drive the No. 25 Chevrolet in Saturday night's Cup race at Richmond. Another young racer, Brett Moffitt, 22, is taking advantage of his opportunity of replacing Brian Vickers, who is dealing with a recurrence of his blood-clotting issues.
April 22, 2015 |
In his play Joe Turner's Come and Gone , August Wilson uses song as a metaphor for an individual's highest essence, the true self. Those who have forgotten their songs are forever searching for them. Song as soul or self inspired A Forgotten Moon-Song , the lovely and lyrical world-premiere commission that three-time Bessie Award-winner Dianne McIntyre set on Philadanco to open the company's spring run at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater on Friday night. Joan Myers Brown, founder and director of 45-year-old Philadanco, designed a program, "Having Our Say . . .," of female choreographers whose work spans four generations.
April 16, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As he promised, Glenn Straub's rented mobile generators arrived on South Metropolitan Avenue outside the powerless Revel building Tuesday morning, but they were not hooked up by the end of the day. The city continued levying $5,000 a day in fines against Straub, who bought Revel for $82 million a week ago and saw the power shut off two days later in a dispute with the defunct casino-hotel's energy supplier, ACR Energy. Dale Finch, the city's director of licenses and inspection, said Tuesday that Straub had not applied for the permit required to operate the generators.
April 11, 2015 |
To cite a generational icon - and there's a lot of that going on in While We're Young - I believe it was Mr. Wizard who used to proclaim, "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot. " OK, maybe that dates me (but hey, King Leonardo cartoons were in reruns for decades). Still, if there's a moral in Noah Baumbach's cuttingly comic and keenly observed new film, surely it's that same message Mr. Wizard gave to Tooter Turtle every time the hapless reptile returned from his latest wish-fulfillment disaster.
April 2, 2015 |
When Will McGloughlin, 14, needs someone to listen to his cello practice, witness a new magic trick, or teach him to make the perfect egg salad, Grandma is his go-to person. And when his 11-year-old sister, Reba, slumps home after a bad day in middle school, she seeks out Grandma for a heartfelt talk. The kids don't have to go far - because Judy McGloughlin, 72, their paternal grandmother, lives right down the hall, in the bay-windowed, second-floor bedroom of their Mount Airy home.
March 13, 2015 |
The federal government this week projected that natural-gas prices would average about 30 percent less in 2015 than last year. That's great news for consumers, but it presents a challenge for Pennsylvania's new governor. Gov. Wolf has proposed a severance tax on natural-gas production that he says would generate $1 billion for education programs. But the proposed tax is based on the price of gas. And as long as gas is cheap, it will be hard to hit the revenue target. "I think the billion you're projecting is not there," State Rep. Garth Everett (R., Lycoming)