September 5, 2015 |
The fourth, and biggest, Budweiser Made in America festival is upon us. Biggest in that, for the first time, the Jay Z-curated, Beyoncé-headlined two-day music festival has sold out in advance and this year will bring a record 70,000 music fans per day to an expanded site on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (The entrance to the fenced-in site is now on 21st, rather than 22d Street, where it had been in years past.) Also biggest in that there are more bands. This year, a fifth stage, called Tidal, has been added, branded as such to promote Jay Z's Spotify- and Apple Music-competing music service, which, not surprisingly, has exclusive rights to live stream the event.
August 27, 2015 |
Don't ever question Philly's star in the firmament. Not in front of Edward A. Mauger, anyhow. In true Philly fashion, Mauger, considered by many the city's preeminent tour guide, never shies away from a historical throw-down. He invites it. The Boston Massacre. Ehh - overrated. Paul Revere's midnight ride. Come on, he didn't even finish. Long before the massacre or the ride, or even the Declaration, it was here in Philly that the American character was established, Mauger will tell you. With smart guys like William Penn, who insisted on religious freedom a century before it was in vogue, and a young Ben Franklin, who, along with creating and founding just about everything someone could create and found, advocated endlessly for the primacy of the common man. These Philly guys set the table for the Revolution - and for the country America would become, says Mauger.
August 5, 2015 |
If Hitchy the robot could speak, it might say Philadelphia is one tough town. An experiment launched by Canadian scholars, the child-size bot had traveled through the free-spirited Netherlands, no-nonsense Germany, notoriously nice Canada, and a small part of the United States, asking strangers for lifts and testing basic human kindness (albeit toward a lumpen R2-D2). It won't surprise many to learn which American city failed this test. As far as researchers can tell, a local man picked up Hitchy, formally hitchBOT, and dropped it off at historic Elfreth's Alley, a normally genteel place, in the inopportune wee hours of Saturday, not long after Old City's bars and clubs let out. Hitchy's only moving part, its hitchhiking thumb, wasn't enough to fend off the unidentified thug who beheaded it and pulled off its foam limbs.
July 31, 2015 |
Open practices Tuesday, Aug. 4/Alumni Day Sunday, Aug. 9/Military Day Schedule for each day 9 a.m. – Lots open 10 a.m. – HeadHouse Plaza and stadium's interior gates open 10:30 a.m. – Eagles alumni Q&A (HH Plaza) 11:00 a.m. – Junior cheer practice (HH Plaza) 11:30 a.m. – USA Football tackling demonstration (HH Plaza) 11:45 a.m. – Practice begins There will be field access for fans following each practice . . . Also for youngsters, there will be a rock-climbing wall, a scavenger hunt and face painting.
July 24, 2015
IN 1966, Margaret McNamara brought a bag of used books to four boys she was tutoring in reading in Washington, D.C. She allowed each child to keep one, and they were delighted. Her giving soon developed into a program that eventually would bring books to millions of children nationwide: the "Reading Is Fundamental" program. Since I started writing a column, I've tried to do something similar, except that my mission is to get people to read more about personal finance. I often spotlight books that can help you become better money managers.
July 7, 2015 |
Muhammad, 13, hopes to play basketball and football in the coming school year and, long term, dreams of becoming either a professional athlete or a musician. For the time being, though, he happily watches sports, and listens to hip hop and rap. He recently completed seventh grade, where he excelled in his classes. Math is his favorite, though he loves learning, regardless of the subject. Polite and outgoing, he gets along well with his peers and adults, although it takes some time to build a rapport with new acquaintances.
July 6, 2015 |
Look, it's getting hot. That kind of Philly hot that makes your skin feel perpetually wet. Movie theaters used to be the places we could escape the punishing sun and get a blast of AC. But now you don't even have to leave the house. Summer TV may be dreck, but grab the remote and hit up Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu for entertaining finds without leaving your couch. Consider this your ultimate reason to stay inside. 'Seinfeld' What it's about: Nothing. Where to watch: Hulu Plus.
July 4, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On securing guns in households with children: I accidentally shot myself in the leg as a 12-year-old - after engaging in an extended search for the combination to my father's safe. (Top left drawer under the glasses case - where's yours?) To gain access to something as potent and forbidden as a gun, I would wager that other young people have been as determined as I was, irrespective of parental warnings. On guiding kids through a taste for offensive music: I recommend three ways to help children choose more appropriate and life-affirming music: (1)
June 10, 2015 |
Memorial services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, for Josephine Procopio Albarelli, 92, of Philadelphia, an educator and museum guide who died Saturday, May 2, of a heart ailment at her home. The services will be held at Dinan Funeral Home, 1923 Spring Garden St. Burial was private. A native of Fulton, N.Y., Mrs. Albarelli enrolled at Alfred (N.Y.) University when she was 15 and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in 1942. Drawn by her love of the Spanish language, she moved to Mexico City, where she earned a master's degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
May 20, 2015 |
YOU CAN SKIP the recommendations that follow, which wrap up our endorsements for the candidates and questions in this race . . . as long as you do one thing: Show up at the polls today. It matters. In fact, given the attempts to erode voting rights in the past few years, exercising your right to vote matters more than ever. You'd think that the threats against voting rights would encourage people to get out to the polls, but the sad truth is that here in Philadelphia, it's the opposite: Voter turnout continues to decline.