January 21, 2015 |
Penn women's basketball coach Mike McLaughlin originally didn't think his Quakers had a shot at the player he now describes as a game-changer for his defending Ivy League champions. Life works that way sometimes. It's the surprises that can change everything. Sydney Stipanovich, now a sophomore at Penn, was a big-time high school center in St. Louis. Missouri offered her a scholarship early. Her father had gone to Missouri, and her older brother. Her sister now goes there. Her uncle Steve was a star player there before he became the second pick of the 1983 NBA draft.
January 11, 2015 |
Even as a toddler, Timothy Denevi showed signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. By sixth grade, his angry tantrums had turned into physical fights with schoolmates. ADHD was not only affecting his mood, but threatening to compromise his academic record. But about 20 years later, Denevi has overcome his symptoms. He graduated from the University of Iowa with an M.F.A. degree in nonfiction and is now a visiting writer at George Mason University. "I'm very lucky," he said.
January 9, 2015 |
Q: I'm a 32-year-old woman. I met a guy who on our first date told me had prostate cancer, but that doctors had operated on him and he was now cancer free. We had an OK time and he asked me out again. My friend said I shouldn't go out with him because of his medical history. What do you think? Mia: Sorry, girlfriend, but you're not giving us enough information. Are you saying you're squeamish just because he had cancer? Or are you concerned about his ability to father children, or even just get and maintain an erection?
January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
January 3, 2015 |
Philadelphia and history go together like the Fourth of July and fireworks, like pretzels and mustard, like Hall and Oates. Philadelphia and American history, that is. World history? The connection isn't so obvious. But when DK Publishing and the Smithsonian Institution set out recently to tell the story of humankind through 1,000 objects, on the premise that humans define themselves by what they make, they turned to the Penn Museum for much of their material. More than 200 of the objects photographed for the book are from the Penn collection - and many of them are on display for you to see. The red-brick building, in the shadow of Franklin Field between 32d and 33d Streets, houses a world-class assemblage of about a million artifacts, from Egyptian mummies to Chinese statues to pottery fashioned in Central America 2,000 years before the arrival of Europeans.
December 31, 2014 |
"YOU COULD get hurt being out here, because there are a lot of weirdos out there. " Robert Palen allegedly gave that warning to a woman he approached on a late-summer night in 2010. Not long after Palen offered that advice, the woman later told police, he allegedly raped her on a park bench in a secluded area. Judging by his criminal record, Palen knows a lot about hurting women. Palen, 38, was hauled back to Philly on Dec. 26 after rotting in a Wisconsin prison for more than a year, police sources told the Daily News last night.
December 29, 2014 |
Unspoiled white-sand beaches, turquoise-blue waters, frolicking green sea turtles, and bays, lagoons, and reefs so idyllic you have to pinch yourself just to make sure they're real - the Grenadines are one of the most spectacular sailing destinations in the world. In this archipelago of sun-splashed Caribbean islands that stretch from Grenada to St. Vincent, there's so much to explore that it would take a lifetime to truly appreciate it all. With only two weeks and a chartered sailboat, my photographer and I did our best to get a taste of this fabled paradise.
December 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When David Carmicheal was growing up in rural Ohio, he asked his father to build him shelves so he could display his historic artifacts, the Civil War bullets and other objects he collected. Today, he has lots of shelves to manage - several miles of them. Carmicheal took over as Pennsylvania archivist last month, overseeing 220 million documents. Among them is Pennsylvania's hallowed founding document, Penn's Charter, housed for now in a windowless tower next to the State Museum in the Capitol complex.
December 21, 2014 |
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
December 6, 2014 |
The following is a partial list of changes to the lives of members of the Archbishop Carroll boys' basketball team since 2008, the last time anyone other than Neumann-Goretti won the Catholic League. Accra, Ghana, circa 2010. Ernest Aflakpui, a promising soccer player in the West African nation's capital city, grows four inches. His cousin Michael Jones puts a basketball in his hands. They practice Euro steps on a little hoop in the living room. Aflakpui is raw, but takes to the game well enough to consider playing opportunities in the United States.