August 28, 2015 |
IF YOU WANT to see Pope Francis but didn't play the SEPTA Regional Rail pass lottery earlier this month because you didn't think you had a chance - think again. There are plenty of those one-day passes still available for the pope's Sept. 26 and 27 visit, SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey said yesterday. Of the 350,000 rail passes made available, just 110,000 have been sold - 50,000 for that Saturday and 60,000 for Sunday, Casey said during a news briefing at the transit authority's Center City headquarters.
August 28, 2015
ONE OF MY favorite movies is "Jurassic Park. " Actually, that's not true. One of my 6-year-old nephew's favorite movies is "Jurassic Park," which means we watch it on a loop, which means that unless I want to engage a therapist, I embrace my inner T. Rex and pretend this was entirely my own idea. Deep breath. Right about the point of my 82nd viewing, it occurred to me that technology can sometimes be a dangerous thing. Resurrecting dinosaurs, assuming that were even possible, is not a great idea when the poor creatures would be coexisting with humans (and truly unfair to the dinos if some of those humans were members of the Kardashian genus)
August 14, 2015 |
GOD FORGIVE me, but I couldn't care less about Pope Francis coming to Philly, and not just because I'm a lapsed Catholic who still remembers the sting of hearing my name read over the loudspeaker along with other students who were behind on our Catholic-school tuition. Actually, God forgive those public-shaming nuns, but back to the pope. I get that having the pontiff come to town is a big deal for a lot of believers, businesses and politicians, and that potentially it's going to bring a whole bunch of people, cash and cache to the city.
August 8, 2015 |
Ryan Mathews was still out of breath 10 minutes after practice had ended. Chip Kelly's up-tempo workouts will do that to first-timers, but Mathews' workload may have increased slightly with DeMarco Murray's absence. Murray sat out team drills Sunday because of dehydration, and on Thursday an illness sidelined the Eagles' prized acquisition. Mathews, meanwhile, has plugged along under the radar, and would have dashed into the locker room unnoticed had a reporter not flagged him down.
August 7, 2015 |
Frontier Airlines which has cheap base fares, but tacks on fees for a carry-on bag, advance seat assignments, and soda and coffee, announced Wednesday that it will discount several common fees if the customer buys them all in a bundle. The package is called "The Works" and includes one checked bag, one carry-on bag in the overhead bin, the best available seat on the flight, priority boarding in Zone 1, and no fee to change a ticket later. Frontier is not eliminating any fees, just bundling them into one price.
August 6, 2015 |
When English actress and singer Jane Birkin asked Hermés to remove her name from its iconic crocodile purse last week, the fashion world gasped: Will a Birkin still be a Birkin without its namesake's blessing? Birkin, 68 and now living in France, made the announcement after she saw a gruesome video released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that showed crocodiles being slaughtered for their skins. (I had to turn it off after four minutes.) PETA says the farms in the video - one in Texas, the other in Zimbabwe - are the exclusive providers of crocodile skins used to make Hermés' Kelly and Birkin handbags, as well as watchbands and wallets.
August 3, 2015 |
ANDREW Stober is the kind of guy who thinks he can do something - and then just goes for it. Like when he one day realized that he enjoyed leisurely bike rides and then thought, "Maybe I should bike across the country. " Years later, Stober, as a top city transportation official, created Philadelphia's first bike-share program, Indego. He envisioned a bike program widely used by low-income residents, "not just by young white guys in suits. " So, Stober set up a network of bike stations, a number of them in the city's poorest neighborhoods, and developed an affordable cash-payment model.
July 20, 2015 |
At Circle M Farms in Salem, grower Santo Maccherone has trouble containing his enthusiasm these days. His peach trees - covering more than 100 acres - are absolutely laden with fruit. "The peaches are happy, I'm happy, and the people eating them are happy," he said with a laugh. A "consistently cold winter," cool bloom season, and plentiful rain have created the right conditions for a strong crop, said Maccherone, president of the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council, a nonprofit organization of growers, shippers, wholesalers, and associated industries.
July 17, 2015
WHATEVER THE situation, it seems we can always count on Attorney General Kathleen Kane to make the wrong decision. The latest involves an investigation, led by the Montgomery County district attorney, into allegations that Kane leaked secret grand jury information about an investigation to newspaper reporters, then lied about it. If indicted, she could face charges of perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction of justice....
July 16, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Tuesday that she would not resign if she is formally charged with leaking secret information in an effort to embarrass her political foes. Kane acknowledged that her attorneys recently met with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman's office, which is reviewing whether Kane should face obstruction and other charges. Kane allegedly leaked grand jury information to a Philadelphia newspaper last year to punish her critics - and then lied about it under oath.