September 17, 2014 |
THE PROLIFERATION of networks has watered down the experience of playing prime-time games. For years, there was "Monday Night Football" and nothing else. No Sunday night games, no Saturday playoff games and certainly no Thursday night games. Chip Kelly coached his 19th game for the Birds last night. Counting last year's postseason loss to the Saints, this will be his sixth game in prime time. From 1982-87, the Eagles did not appear on prime time even once - mostly because the team wasn't very good.
September 7, 2014 |
Real estate developer and certified public accountant Tom Conway bought what he thought was an ordinary house at Holland and Spring Avenues in Ardmore, close to Haverford College. He figured he would renovate the house and perhaps lease it to students. A Glen Mills native, Conway already owned a half-dozen income properties in Manayunk and thought this section of Ardmore was up and coming. Turned out that previous owners were Russell L. and Cleopatra Nelson, who lived there for several decades.
September 5, 2014 |
WHEN YOU'RE ranked fifth in the preseason, you don't expect to drop your first two games. But that's what happened to Villanova a year ago. The Wildcats lost at FBS Boston College, where they could have won, and at Fordham, which ended up getting to the second round of the FCS playoffs. And just like that, they were paddling upstream. After winning their next four, which included a win at No. 3 Towson, the eventual national runnerup, injuries and a bear of a schedule caught up with them and they ended up 6-5. It didn't matter that three of the losses were by a combined six points.
September 5, 2014
OFTEN, when I write something that is in the vaguest of terms controversial (as in, we shouldn't change the names of our local train stations), I'll get at least a few emails telling me to consider another "career. " There is the presumption that I'm a journalist, and not a very good one at that. One recent reader took umbrage at a column I wrote on immigration and sent me a not-so-veiled threat. Others have used every four-letter word in their rich vocabularies to tell me how much I'm appreciated.
September 3, 2014 |
More than a century after a Quaker florist spread spores he imported from England beneath greenhouse benches and sparked mushroom farming in southern Chester County, cultivation of the fertile fungi is a $500 million industry that still provides jobs for hard-working immigrants. Next weekend, nearly 100,000 visitors are expected to flock to Kennett Square, a 1-square-mile borough, for its annual festival celebrating the self-declared Mushroom Capital of the World. "Nobody grows as many mushrooms as us in a concentrated area," said festival coordinator Kathi Lafferty, whose Kennett gift shop, the Mushroom Cap, offers T-shirts emblazoned: "Shiitake Happens.
August 31, 2014 |
On a Saturday afternoon two years ago, Matt Capucini navigated his 33-foot Formula through Ventnor Heights' back bays, where Shore life is good. From Memorial Day through the warmth of autumn, there's a steady flow of action: swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, plus parties spilling onto large decks. It was exactly what Capucini and his life partner, Jimmy Ruiz, were looking for. They had traveled from their vacation home in Rehoboth Beach to see a bayfront property for sale.
August 29, 2014 |
WHEN Deborah Broadnax was starting her course in radio, television and film at Temple University, her professor made a disheartening prediction. Looking around the lecture hall, professor Norman Felsenthal said that out of more than 100 students, "only three of you will actually work in television news. " Deborah said to herself, "Well, I'm going to be one of the three. " And she was. She worked in various capacities in TV news for Fox 29 and KYW Channel 3 for several years before moving into academia for another of her numerous careers.
August 27, 2014 |
Michael B. Katz, 75, of Philadelphia, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, whose intellectual rigor shaped the school's urban studies program as well as current thinking about the urban poor, died Saturday, Aug. 23, of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Dr. Katz's early work at Penn focused on the history of 19th-century American education. He then delved into the history of urban social structure and family organization. In the last decade, he turned his attention to the history of social welfare and understanding poverty.
August 26, 2014
TALKING TAXES can be taxing, especially when running for office. Perhaps you recall what turned out to be troublesome tax-talk by Democrat Walter Mondale and Republican George H.W. Bush. Well, we've got similar situations in Pennsylvania's race for governor. Gov. Corbett last week told the Associated Press that he kept the no-new-taxes pledge he signed as a 2010 candidate. Actually, he said, "I'm living up to my pledge the best I can. " Technically, true. Then again, he's presumably doing everything the best he can, which is why he's considered to be the most vulnerable incumbent governor in America.
August 23, 2014 |
On the day Mark Segal saw the house in Society Hill, he knew instantly that he would buy it - and did, that very day. Few real estate deals happen that way, but this was back in 1994, and Segal, founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News and a national leader in the gay rights/LGBT movement, had a life filled with drama and constant challenge. Segal admittedly needed a sanctuary, and he instantly found it in the 1970s, three-story house with a contemporary look and feel. "Every time I walk into the den, I feel myself decompressing," said Segal, who shares the house with his husband, Jason Villemez.