March 24, 2014 |
FROM NOW until Memorial Day, the calendar is crammed with concerts from our finest artists, as well as some outstanding guests. There are programs at an extraordinarily high artistic level most evenings this spring - and dozens each weekend - a roster that most cities would envy. Opera mavens in particular can celebrate a flood of spring offerings, both by Opera Philadelphia and by the city's three outstanding conservatories: Curtis, Temple and the Academy of Vocal Arts. Don't confine yourself to the highlights on this list.
March 17, 2014 |
Starting next school year, New Jersey public school districts will be called on to teach middle schoolers about responsible use of social media, according to recently passed legislation. Another bill, if signed by Gov. Christie, will require districts to create written policies about electronic communication between students and staff. With both pieces of legislation, the Garden State stands to become more of a part of a conversation - some would say movement - that is gaining momentum nationally.
March 7, 2014 |
"I can teach all of freshman chemistry in 45 minutes without leaving anything out - it's one of my great achievements," says Clark Smith. Anyone who knows Smith knows he isn't bragging - not exactly. A noted winemaker, scientist, inventor, consultant, college professor, and author of the recent book Postmodern Winemaking (University of California Press), Smith, 62, is one of the most dynamic, erudite, and outspoken people I've ever met in the wine industry, not to mention a know-it-all.
March 5, 2014 |
OUR OLD friends at Florida Gulf Coast are at it again. Delaware's Devon Saddler wants one final run to end his career. And we all know about Doug McDermott, but who is second in the nation in scoring? Hint: He's mentioned somewhere in this report. Put down the ice scraper and pick up the TV remote, it's conference tournament time. Here is the first installment of our previews: STARTED LAST NIGHT Patriot League Regular-season champ: Boston U. Fun facts: Former Villanova assistant Joe Jones is in his third season as Boston U. coach.
February 28, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Even after a five-year impasse, the tentative contract agreement between the city and AFSCME District Council 47 looks like a classic labor compromise, with both sides gaining and giving ground on different issues. That makes it a political godsend for Mayor Nutter, who had become the favorite whipping boy for the city labor movement and is still in a standoff with the biggest municipal union, District Council 33. The city is set to resume negotiations Friday with D.C. 33 and its president, Pete Matthews.
February 1, 2014 |
Kelly Giedemann stopped in her tracks and didn't even look at the referee before slamming the ball down so hard that it almost bounced over the backboard. For a moment, the gym went silent. This was a new one. "I don't even know what came over me," Giedemann said. Immediately, she apologized to the referee. She blushed. She went back to the game. But there was no denying: Giedemann's reaction to being whistled for traveling midway through the fourth quarter, resulting in a technical foul, was a rare glimpse into the fierce competitiveness that fuels Giedemann and her twin, Kylie.
January 25, 2014 |
Logan Milleman bounced down a hallway of Wills Eye Hospital on Wednesday, showing off his new ID badge: Master Logan, Commander in Chief. He was in good spirits. His right eye has been cancer-free for almost five years. The 6-year-old's parents, Robert and Jeri Milleman, trailed behind him with three large Kohl's bags filled with stuffed-animal toys they had brought for the children in the hospital. He has come a long way. In 2009, Logan's right eye was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that is blinding and life-threatening.
January 21, 2014
AND NOW, just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, another bright idea from the Pennsylvania Legislature. A 10-year-veteran Lancaster County lawmaker wants to amend the state Constitution to free us all from the burdens of anti-discrimination laws. You could say he has a dream. Republican Rep. Gordon Denlinger, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy, an elder in the Zeltenreich Reformed Church of New Holland, Pa., is circulating a memo seeking co-sponsors for his effort.
December 13, 2013 |
GIFT SHOPPING on a budget this year? Try Gizmo Guy's affordable stocking stuffers for gadget and electronic entertainment lovers. VIDEO GAMES: When new game systems (PS4, Xbox One) are introduced, prices invariably drop on older-format consoles and software. Nab classic PS3 and Xbox 360 titles in the "Grand Theft Auto," "Batman Arkham City," "Madden NFL" and "Call of Duty" franchises in "Greatest Hits" editions that list for $20 to $25 and discount as low as $15! Alongside its relatively new, sophisticated Wii U system, Nintendo is courting younger gamers with stripped-down hardware that works with old-school games.