September 25, 2015 |
Washington greets the pope with a full session of Congress. New York welcomes him with the United Nations. Philadelphia? We tap a keg. No fewer than 10 specially brewed ales will greet Pope Francis on his visit to Philly this weekend - and what else would you expect from America's holiest beer-drinking city? Yes, the mildly irreverent names may have some believers accusing local brewers of heresy. (The folks at Brewerytown's Crime and Punishment brewery are risking eternal damnation for their salty Jesus Wept gose.)
September 18, 2015 |
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, founded in 1966, comes a new documentary to recount the movement's lively history. While children of the '60s and '70s may find much that is familiar in Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution , most will also find something to discover in the film, assembled by veteran PBS documentarian Stanley Nelson. He uses vintage photos and music to place the movie in time, and finds insiders and eyewitnesses to explain the unique excitement created by the Panther "brand" - from the outset, so much more ferocious than the mainstream Civil Rights movement.
September 11, 2015 |
A MAN WHO could read 15,000 books, give or take a few hundred, was a man to be reckoned with. And Larry Riley was that man. But how to do the reckoning? He was a man whose spiritual journey took him to a Trappist monastery, probably the strictist order in the Roman Catholic Church, yet he was also a man who enjoyed handicapping race horses and cheering on the steeds at Philadelphia Park and the old Garden State track. He earned a Ph.D with a dissertation on the Bolshevik show trials in the Soviet Union instigated by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s to get rid of his rivals.
September 11, 2015 |
ACCORDING to Brandon Boykin, texts he wrote about Chip Kelly after being traded to the Steelers were "taken a bit out of context. " Has he forgotten the smoking gun? Or in this case, Derrick Gunn? In texts sent to the Comcast SportsNet anchor after his Aug. 1 trade to the Steelers, the cornerback wrote that Kelly can't relate to "grown men of our culture . . . and that makes him uncomfortable, he like to be in total control of everything, and he don't like to be uncomfortable.
September 11, 2015 |
When Ray Fussell was growing up, Saddlertown's two streets were made of dirt. But for Fussell and others with roots in Haddon Township's historically black hamlet - started by former slave Joshua Saddler in 1842 - Beechwood and Rhoads Avenues were paved with gold. "All of the people up and down the block left their doors unlocked," recalls Fussell, 85, describing Saddlertown's close-knit, extended-family ambience. The gentlemanly retired technician is one of three Saddler descendants living in the tucked-away neighborhood off MacArthur Boulevard.
September 10, 2015 |
Chelsea Fadio is one of those players who seems like she's been around forever. It would be easy to overlook the fact that she was just a junior last season. Last season, Fadio didn't just break the Audubon girls' soccer career scoring record, she led her young team to a South Jersey Group 1 championship. It's the type of season that seniors dream of: reaching personal glory and team milestones and then riding off into the sunset. But Fadio isn't done yet. She's been a lethal goal scorer since her freshman year.
September 6, 2015 |
They have been across the football field from each other since third grade, always as leaders of their teams, always as respectful rivals. Some seasons, Evan Powell and the Marlton Chiefs would get the best of Mike Welsh and the Medford Renegades. Some seasons, things would swing the other way. "It seems like it was always back and forth," Welsh said of the annual clashes between two of the top youth-football programs in South Jersey. "One year we would steal one, one year they would steal one. " Now set for their last scholastic season, Powell and Welsh will have one last chance to play against each other - and one last chance to lead their teams to historic seasons.
September 1, 2015 |
Philly TV history goes well beyond Sally Starr, Dick Clark and John Facenda. It actually includes the very creation of the medium. Our Town's relationship with television "started with the technology itself, which existed in the [1920s], and started being developed here in Philadelphia by Philo Farnsworth, who was an engineer," explained Bill Shull. "He worked on the technology at the Franklin Institute and at his own laboratory, which was on Mermaid Lane in Wyndmoor. Then he got hired by Philco, which was at C and Tioga [streets]
August 28, 2015 |
Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris has pledged to donate $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, the largest gift ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group, The Inquirer learned Wednesday. The New York-based investment tycoon planned to announce his philanthropy at an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday at a PAL center in the Harrowgate section. The donation is being made through a family foundation affiliated with Harris, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School who cofounded Apollo Global Management L.L.C.
August 3, 2015 |
Bits of hand-painted porcelain - likely part of a 19th-century teapot - were pulled from clumps of earth as the archaeologists shifted through the excavation site. A copper knot that may have been part of an earring dropped by a visitor long ago was found, along with a piece of a figurine monkey and the base of a wine bottle. One hundred and thirty-nine years ago, the ground where the artifacts were unearthed was the location of a Japanese garden and bazaar, one of the attractions at Philadelphia's Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park.